Been a bit of a bookworm of late...|
Noah's Ark (Andrew J Morgan) - 8.5
Picked this up on a whim and wasn't disappointed. fantastic pacing and two characters I actually cared about. A nice premise that wasn't too stingy on it's reveals yet kept enough back to keep me intrigued.
A bit derivative of other sci-fi films and books, I still think there was enough originality here to recommend it. The fact that the ending felt a bit rushed is my only major complaint. Other than that there seemed odd lapses in writing quality but on the whole highly recommended for some post apocalyptic sci-fi.
Doctor Sleep (Stephen King) (Shining Book 2) - ?
To begin with I was loving it. Danny all grown up, references to the Overlook, Jack, Wendy and Hallorann and then... Then it kind of went all "new King". Somehow it lost it's heart. The True Knot were not a palpable menace, Abra was difficult to relate to or care about and everyone else, including Danny, just seemed to lose all individuality. Everyone became a stock SK character. Well, apart from the True Knot themselves which I ended up feeling quite sorry for.
Which is maybe the point.
Anyway, can't rate it yet. I think I'll have a break and read it again. Although it won't ever be as good as I'll want it to be.
The Deep Dark Sleep (Craig Russell) - 9
Dead Men & Broken Hearts (Craig Russell) - 8
In Lennox, Craig Russell has a character that beats his own Jan Fabel. The novels he gives that character are set in 1950's Glasgow and couldn't be more cliche noir P.I. If he tried. Full of dirty cops, dirty gangsters and dirty women it would be hackneyed under a lesser talented author. Russel is greater than that however and injects his characters with enough personality and his plots with enough depth that elevates these books up a couple of notches.
The Small Hand (Susan Hill) - 6
I understand Susan Hill wrote the woman in black so was looking forward to this. Not overly impressed. Lacked tension and saw the ending coming a mile away. Seemed over long even though it was nothing more than a novella, but yet also not long enough.
That said would like to read some other Hill stuff as parts did have promise.
Rain (Conrad Williams) - 7
A big fan of Williams, I've been looking for Rain - one of his early novellas - for a while now but paperback prints were very costly. Released on Kindle recently I promptly downloaded it and devoured it. Above-par writing is the norm with Williams and this was no exception but I must admit to feeling confused at the end, and a little let down. It seemed as though the denouement didn't live up to the earlier premise and almost cheapened the rest. It was a 9 up til the last page.
Edited by BillCityfingers at 15:45:44 15-10-2013
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