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text 2017-02-13 23:19
Week 6 of 2017
"Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?" (All the Wrong Questions) - Lemony Snicket,Seth
The Bad Beginning - Brett Helquist,Lemony Snicket,Michael Kupperman
The Reptile Room - Brett Helquist,Lemony Snicket,Michael Kupperman
The Wide Window - Brett Helquist,Lemony Snicket,Michael Kupperman
The Miserable Mill - Brett Helquist,Lemony Snicket,Michael Kupperman
The Austere Academy - Michael Kupperman,Lemony Snicket,Brett Helquist
The League of Frightened Men - Rex Stout
Too Many Cooks - Rex Stout
The Final Descent - Rick Yancey

This post is a little late this week. We were without internet since Sunday morning after a truck driver came through and took out a cable.

 

Books Read: 9

 

"Why is This Night Different From All Other Nights?": This is the last book in the All Wrong Questions series and just like A Series of Unfortunate Events, it doesn't end on a positive note. 4 stars.

 

The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window, The Miserable Mill, The Austere Academy: After finishing the All the Wrong Questions series I had to go and start reading this series again. I didn't realize it had been so long until I looked at my shelf on Booklikes. This is one of those series that I could read over and over again. I will say as much as I enjoy this series, I find that it doesn't really pick up until the fifth book The Austere Academy, though the preceding four books are still enjoyable. 4 stars for The Bad Beginning. 5 stars for the other four.

 

The League of Frightened Men, Too Many Cooks: Two more Nero Wolfe books and two more re-reads, I really am trying to cut down on re-reading. I'm actually enjoying these more the second time around and I'm curious how I'll rate the other books in this  series as I work my way through. 4 1/2 stars.

 

The Final Descent: This is the final book in The Monstrumologist series and I have to say, I don't think I have ever been so disappointed in a series ending (excluding Sherlock Season 4, I'm just pretending it never happened and hoping for another season). The author warns the reader going in that the format of this final book is quite different than the others, but it was still annoying. The ending itself was just ... I knew it was headed in that direction from the previous book, but I was just so unsatisfied in the ending. 1 star.

 

Ongoing Reads: 2

 

The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Reveled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime: This book is quite interesting, but it's a slow read as well. I'm stuck reading this book only at home because my co-workers, who have never previously taken an interest in what I read, insist on coming over and asking a million questions about it. Aargh!

 

Champagne For One: Another Nero Wolfe book and I actually finished it Sunday morning, but it didn't seem right to count it in the previous weeks tally.

 

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review 2016-11-03 00:00
The Final Descent
The Final Descent - Rick Yancey I honestly have no idea how to talk about this book without spoilers, but here goes. This final book has the author Rick Yancey disgusted (we also get a foreward) due to him finding out the truth about Will Henry and the doctor. And at times we are told as readers to turn back, but if you don't, you have no one but yourself to blame.

We now find three Will Henry's in this book. We find Will Henry at the age of 16 still in service to the doctor, Will Henry I think at least 40 years old (due to the years we hear have passed since he last saw the doctor) and the aging Will Henry who is angry at what he remembers and what he wishes he could forget. I listened to this via Audible, and then switched over the kindle copy and finished this up around 3 am sometime. My brain ended up twisting and turning every which way at the reveals we are given. Frankly, I am not shocked at them, you had to know this end was coming due to everything we have seen Will Henry endure.

We are given a look into a 16 year old Will Henry we are not going to like much. A darker one who shows sad similarities with Jack Kearns. At times he even repeats thing that Kearns says and lashes out at people in his mind who are faking their humanity. I adored Will Henry in book #1, felt for him in book #2, and was really apprehensive about him in book #3 and ultimately fell to pity for him in this final book based on what I think occurred.

The monster in this one is not really important to the plot for once. Instead we see how this monster ends up being the catalyst that wipes things out for the monstrumologists as a science in the end. You get to see that the actions that have taken us on this long path end up influencing things. And we also get to see how those who refuse to acknowledge the things they did (Will Henry) are doomed to never get any real rest because I think Will Henry in his deepest of hearts knows that he can't blame the doctor as much as he would like.

We have reappearances by Lilian Bates, her mother, and her uncle once again. We also get some looks into new characters. But honestly, the main focus is on Will and even the doctor. Because the doctor is now afraid that he has not done enough to keep Will Henry safe from a fate who didn't want him to have to endure.

The shifting timelines get a bit confusing at times. It made it easier figuring out the timelines when I was listening because the older Will Henry (40 year old) sounded darker and nastier. We also get to see an older doctor who will break your heart. You also get to see the doctor come full circle in this one and sadly seemed to be doing exactly what his father was near his end.

Lilian and Will Henry's relationship was tragic. I think Will is under the assumption that Lilian can save him from himself, but instead she starts to realize that something is not quite right with Will, and him blaming the doctor is the easy way out of what he has become inside.

The ending was shocking to me. You read between the lines and you guess what happens. But you also have to recall what happens to the elderly Will Henry in this book. He is ultimately found dead in a ditch. When you finish this series, you may not be as pained about that as you were after reading book #1.

Now time for some spoilers.


I think that this was the only way this book could have ended. We have Will Henry ultimately becoming a human made monster just like Jack Kearns was. He tells himself he would not do the things he did if not for the doctor, but you start to see a part of him relishes killing and not having to own it at all.

Based on how things were left with Lilian I was shocked that they ended up marrying some day, especially since we know Will's infection could kill her. When we see what happens to a woman that Will was with I wondered at how Lilian and Will ended up married til her death.

And then the final reveal. The person known as Will Henry, is not Will Henry. Instead he stole the name of the man that Lilian married. He and our Will Henry share a middle name, but they are not one in the same. Since book #3 mentions a fire and how Will Henry disappeared my next shock was that our Will Henry was behind both. At this time knowing what we know about how he ended up killing/murdering the doctor through fire, I assumed that he did similar to Lilian as well.

Our Will Henry trying to blame the doctor for what he became is so tragic. Because though the doctor was cold at times, he held onto his humanity and tried to keep everyone safe. He was terrible at making impossible choices, but that was because Will would take the dark path and lie to him about it.

Our Will Henry being in a ditch in the end makes me think that he finally hit his final descent as well.
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text 2014-12-02 01:14
Feeling my biblio-groove again! (Nov reads)
Undivided - Neal Shusterman
Symbiont - Mira Grant
Hate is Such a Strong Word... - Sarah Ayoub
The Final Descent - Rick Yancey
Revival - Stephen King
Somebody Killed His Editor - Josh Lanyon
All She Wrote - Josh Lanyon

This feels so good!

 

For months and months, since the spring, my reading has been nearly nonexistent.  I mean, I'm talking only like one or two books a month.

 

The worst part was that I went into this change in my life and pattern just after joining an actual blog, when I'm supposed to be on my game and I just wasn't.  

 

I've finished SEVEN books this month!  It's not quite the 11 I was at previously, but damn it I'm proud of those 7 books up there.

 

Best book that I read up there is probably Undivided.  It's maybe a little bit cheating though since it's the final installment in a beloved series so if I'm being fair my favorite book that was a total surprise was Someone Killed His Editor.  (Awful cover.  Awful.  Really cute story.)

 

I don't think that any of these books qualifies as a 'disappointment' but I guess if I had to pick one that I liked the least it would definitely be Hate is Such a Strong Word.  

 

Overall, I'm happy with how my month ended.  I definitely intend to do more for December!

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review 2014-11-27 14:50
These are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust I have never betrayed...
The Final Descent - Rick Yancey

Darkness has always been the theme of the series, but in The Final Descent that darkness is taken who a whole new level.

We are vain and arrogant, evolution's highest achievement and most dismal failure, prisoners of our self-awareness and the illusion that we stand in the center, that there is us and then there is everything else but us.

 

But we do not stand apart from or above or in the middle of anything.  There is nothing apart, nothing above, and the middle is everywhere-and nowhere.  We are no more beautiful or essential or magnificent than an earthworm.

 

In fact-and dare we go there, you and I?-you could say the worm is more beautiful, because it is innocent and we are not.  The worm has no motive but to survive long enough to make baby worms.  There is no betrayal, no cruelty, no envy, no lust, and no hatred in the worm's heart, and so who are the monsters and which species shall we call aberrant?

The fourth and final book in this quartet was quite a change from the first three books.  Unfortunately, because this the last book, I can't say too much about it without giving away the direction the story took.  Just note that the book veered off in a direction that I didn't expect and I can see how some fans may have found it disappointing.

 

I will say that there was a giant change in the writing style from the first three books to this one.  In the story the reason for this change is explained.  As the reader though, it took a bit of time to become accustomed to.  It jumped around a lot.  The jumps weren't from character to character like other books, but it instead moved rapidly through time.  One page would be the past, then you'd get half a page in the future, and the chapter would end in the present.  I found myself frequently having to remind myself of when the scene was taking place.

 

I didn't like it as much as I had the previous ones, but I also wasn't as disappointed as I read others were.  Things didn't turn out the way I'd been hoping, but that's alright.  It mirrors life.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-01-27 03:51
I is for Ice
The Final Descent - Rick Yancey

 

Done for Sockpoppet’s 2014 Reading Challenge I is for Ice—this  book left me cold.

 

Everyone who’s read the the first three books of The Monstromolugist series knows how the series is going to end.

 

At the very beginning of the the first book, we already see the person Will Henry has become—he was first introduced to the reader as a deceased patient in a mental ward. He died alone and friendless, raving about imaginary monsters.

 

Any story that ends up with a protagonist like that has got to have a very depressing final book.

 

Except that this book depressed me in all the wrong ways.

 

Everything that I loved about the first three books were either gone or twisted to such a degree that I found them either horrifying to look at or unrecognizable.

 

It’s sort of like watching someone you love turn into a zombie.

 

Mom?

 

Gone was the naive, likable orphan that had me cheering for him, that made me cry when I thought of him as a demented old man.

 

Gone was his unbending desire to do and be good.

 

In his place was this unrecognizable douche with slicked back hair trying so hard to sound so cool and going all “I know so much better than you because I’ve seen monsters”.

 

The same boy who was horrified at the idea of killing a man in the first three books, murdered several in cold blood in the fourth.

 

I realize that, realistically speaking, his horrific experiences would have changed Will Henry for the worse but if we’re talking realism, both he and Pellinore should have frozen to death back in Curse of the Wendigo.

 

Let’s face it, we’re not reading this book for the realism.

 

The thing about Will Henry’s transformation was that the author did it in such a way that I could not relate to him or even recognize him.

 

Pellinore on the other hand, became even more pathetic.  He lost all of his good qualities and devolved into this spoiled man-child that could not even be bothered to look after himself. He wasn’t a very likable character to begin with, but now he just seemed like a crybaby.

 

The relationship between Will Henry and Pellinore also took a turn for the worse. I always loved this aspect of the books: the young orphan being an assistant to a cold, callous scientist. The Watson to Pellinore’s Holmes.

 

Will Henry, as an orphan desperate for love and affection, had no one else.

 

Pellinore, as a too-brilliant-for-his-own-good scientist needed someone like Will Henry to thaw him out.

 

In this book, they can’t even stand one another. The whole I-hate-you-but-I-really-love-you relationship was gone.

 

Which was a shame, I always felt as if there was one thing that could redeem Pellinore, it was his love for Will Henry.

 

I don’t even want to get started on the plot. What started out as a brilliant, refreshing series about a Holmesian society that eyed monsters through the lens of a scientist ended up as a pop-psychological rant about how the monsters were inside us all along.

Spare me.

 

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