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The Long Walk by Stephen King

March 10, 2011 1 comment

The story starts when a hundred boys from different states of America joined a yearly “Long walk” contest. The participants need to walk without decreasing their speeds and without stopping until they reach the finish line. Each time they fail sustaining their walks is equivalent to a ticket, they can only get three tickets, the next one will be a gunshot in their heads.

What made me buy this book is because it is in my favorite genre, Dystopia. Maybe, I expect too much when I’m about to read this book.
Many reviews gave it a 4 and 5 stars ratings, which means, it is one of the best dystopian novel. And besides, I read somewhere that this is where Suzzanne Collins got her idea of her novel, The Hunger Games(One of my favorite novel).

I am disappointed when I finished the book. I felt like I wasted too much time reading the book. Though the premise of the book is good, but I think it is poorly written. I’m not sure if King rushed the novel or if he lacks of  idea when he is writing the novel. The sub plots are so hollow that it felt that it is not really needed in the story, that they are just a filler to reach King’s word quota.

The novel is just an OK for me, nothing special or spectacular that happened in the story. I will not recommend this novel to those who are looking for a “hardcore dystopian novel”.

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Feed by Mira Grant

October 27, 2010 6 comments

“After finding a cure to common cold and cancer, the world became more catastrophic. Instead of making the world better, it turned out to be more disastrous due to the medicine invented to cure the said diseases.

Another president will be voted, who the people expect at least to manage the cause of the uncureable disease. Three journalists was granted an access of following the one of the presidential campaign, and here, their adventure will start…”

Zombies? I’m not quite sure if I love zombies, even in movies. For me, they are one of the lamest creature ever created, next to vampires(sorry for the fans of zombies and vampires).

When my bookish friend, Tina(See her review of feed here), lend me this book, I’m not sure if it will arouse my curiosity of reading a zombie book because I know that the plot will always be the same. Since Tina knows how to determine a great book and I also trust her taste in books, then I felt that I should give this book a try. After reading the book, my belief changed… and thanks to Tina for that.

As I’ve said, the plot is the same as the other zombie movies have, but the way the author wrote the book is much different, that’s why I liked Feed. The book is written in Georgia Mason’s point of view, but it is also followed by the perspective through the other character’s blog in the end of each chapter.

I love Shaun, Georgia’s brother. I love the way he talk, the way he act and the way he think. I wish I do have a brother like him. I swear, If I do have a brother like him, I’ll always spank his face and will always kick his ass!

Honestly, the book started slow and picked up on the later part, but once you got “there”, I swear, you will wish you have all the time to finish the book in one sitting. The author really amazed me on how she concocted zombie and dystopia, she must be a genius because she actually did that awesomely.

The ending is unpredictable, and you’ll be surprised that it is already happening without any warning… so be prepared before you read this novel.

If you love zombies, then you must read this book.

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Atherton 1 : The House of Power

October 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Ok, since one of my customers ruined my day, then I guess I’ll be doing my short review for Atherton today to relax my mind…

Edgar has the skill to climb a wall or a tree easily, that’s why he tried to climb the cliff through The House of Power. He is curious of what is  really happening there, and to seek for someone who can read to him the book he found in the tabletop, the book which can answer all the questions about the Atherton and why Edgar is in that world. “Atherton will fall” said in the book, but it is happening now, so how will they handle it?

I find the premise of the story good, but the execution is somehow lame. Patrick Carmen’s narration is so dry that I can put down the book easily and I felt not needing to finish the book because I know what will happen next, coz i already read it in other novels, in short, cliche. I’m expecting a good execution coz this is a dystopian novel, meaning war and apocalypse, but it failed me. though it can be a good introduction to explain what is a dystopian novel all about, but for those who already read some great novel in that genre like: The Hunger Games, The Knife of Never Letting Go and Unwind will be unconvinced of how the narration goes.

The ending is also a trying hard cliffhanger, though I will still read the second and third book because I have them in my list in Y2-D2 challenge.

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The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker

October 9, 2010 Leave a comment

What makes a good Thriller/Mystery books? It has to have:

1. A killer
2. The victims (the more victims, the merrier)
3. A FBI protagonist
4. A cliff hanger endings in every chapter.
5. A surprising twist in the story

I’m a fan of this genre, so it means I read a lot of books in this niche, and I confess that I’m already used to the plots of this
kind of story, and that made the story a cliche for me.

The story is all about Brad Raine, a FBI agent who will investigate the killings of the so called “Brides”. He will then probe
the profile of the killer in an asylum because the killer is probably a psychotic. He will eventually meet the patients of CWI, and will ask the help of those insane people. He’ll meet Paradise, a patient who can see ghosts and who happens to be the last “bride”.

When I’m reading the The Bride Collector, I almost know what will going to happen and who ends with whom and who the killer is, coz it is already told in chapter 2 who the killer is, so the guessing game for the killer’s name will stop in that chapter. What made me finish the book is I want to know how The Rain Man stopped the killings.

The story has the five factors of what a novel must have to be called a “mystery” novel. Sad to say, it is not that exciting story but this book made me to contemplate on to something… The question of “How can we say that a person is normal?” Can we say that he/she is not normal because she can see a ghost? Are the patients in asylum not really a normal people? Do the psychotics think the “outside people” are also insane because we can’t understand “their world”? Is being normal means being ordinary? It is really hard to answer those questions.

Though it failed me, I still had fun reading it… And still looking forward to reading the other works of Dekker.

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The Thin Executioner By Darren Shan

September 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Jebel is one of the sons of the executioner in their town (I forgot the name), a thin and accused as weak unlike his brothers. Time has come for his father to retire from being an executioner, so he endorse his two sons excluding Jebel to join a competition to become the next executioner.Because of his pride, Jebel think of joining the competition, but he knows it himself that he can’t win the game.

There is only one way for him to gain the strength he needs to win the competition, Jebel need to do a quest, he need to go in a certain mountain to seek for the god. For him to be granted a quest, he must find a slave who he can offer to the God of that mountain and ask for the invincibility he needs to win the competition. He didn’t fail on finding a slave for his quest and for that, he was granted a quest… This is where the story began…

The book tackles about the equality of the people living in that place, the relationship of a slave and the master. Shan also touched the most controversial topic, religion, though he wrote it in a fictitious and gruesome way (One of the scenes in the book is really disgusting that made me want to vomit). He is lucid on the message he wanted to tell his readers.

And in the end, Shan showed that nobody is perfect whether you’re in a high or in the lowest society, and everybody can be a tool for a change, it is not based on the status you have in your life.

Shan is really a good story teller. He can make you move and can keep you amazed all throughout his novel, this is what I felt while reading his Cirque Du Freak and The Thin Executioner. And because of this, I will certainly say that I am a fan of him.

And by the way, the ending? Did I say “The Ending”? Oh! The ENDING!

*** The names of the characters and places are weird, so I really can’t remember the names except for the protagonist, Jebel…

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Raven’s Gate by Anthony Horowitz (The Gatekeepers #1)

May 30, 2010 3 comments

Matthew Freeman or Matt as they call him is a problem child. His parents died in a car accident and he never believe that it is just an accident. One night, Matt and his friend robbed a warehouse and got arrested by the police. Since he is too young to be in a jail, the court decided to just give him a sanction by the means of LEAF project. This is the project wherein somebody will adopt him and he needs to do all the chores he is being given. Mrs. Derevill, his new foster parent is a strange woman. She acts so weird. Matt knew there’s something wrong in the place where he is now and decided to investigate what is really happening around him, until he found one thing that will change his life forever, he’s going to die…

I have this book sitting on my shelf for a while, until last week, I pick it up and started to turn the page. I am expecting something on this book because the reviews its getting is quite impressive, and the book didn’t disappoint me. Horowitz made the book believable even though it’s in a supernatural category. I also expect that the ending will be a cliffhanger, and boy! I was right! It made me want to read the next book in the series, but my self-control is stronger than the urge I felt. I really need a breaker after reading a book that’s a part of a series, I want to keep myself as excited as possible. I am planning to read the second book two weeks from now, and I hope Horowitz kept the excitement the “Raven’s Gate” have.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The story was set after the catastrophe. The Man and The Boy fight for their lives by finding for food, shelter and clothes to warm them. This is the world wherein your money can’t buy anything or to say: “The survival of the fittest” in literal way. The protagonists just continue their “walk” to find a place where there is a life, they are hoping to find it and live there, but there was none, what they are finding is far from what they are looking.

There are some incidents in the story where they lost their foods, clothes and almost everything because somebody will take it from them or robbed them. The question is: What life awaits them in their world? Will they become the “bad guys” who eat other human due to starvation? Shall they still fight for their lives or just give up and die?

It will be answered as the story goes…

Review:

The writing style is different from the books I’ve read; no punctuations, no long conversations and the book is not divided into chapters. For the readers who will read the book for the first time will get confused on the story because the author didn’t narrate what really happened and what’s the reason beyond the catastrophe.

I didn’t appreciate the book when I started reading it, though as the story goes, it came deeper and deeper in me and it turned out to be one of my favorite books. I had fun reading the book, though the story is heart-breaking. It made me cry in the end. It made me realize something that I’m nonchalant of: The love of your father/parents for you is unconditional, he/they will give everything for you to survive even though it involves pain and sufferings.

By the way, the movie adaptation of the book is also great. Just wait for my review for the movie.

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