Almost all of the books I got from NetGalley are due not until next year. So I thought this would be a good time to read some books I bought myself. But apparently I am better at choosing books from NetGalley than find some of my own on amazon. This book is the third or even fourth in a row of books I bought which I really disliked.
The blurb sounds promising and I heard about the cursed paintings many years ago. And I am always looking for a good horror book (which is hard to find). I saw all the good reviews and I happily started reading. But this book took ages to get started. I almost gave up. But somebody wrote that the story gets better after 25% into it. I can confirm that. But it doesn’t get much better. I was so annoyed by the characters. Clifton is dumb and Avril is just horrible. She is so changeable in her feelings for her husband. One minute she despises him almost, the next minute it is quite the opposite. Each conversation between them changed everything. And I really could not understand Clifton’s urge to move on and his mixes feelings for his dead child. This whole situation was just chaotic. Maybe I would have be Ok with that if at least the story would have been good. It’s not the thing with the picture. It is more how it was developed. The story was very weird, but not in a good way. Everybody is a mess and changes their opinion all the time. The story is not gripping or even frightening. Just chaotic and nothing makes sense. And it is a loooong book. I don’t know why I did not stop reading. The end annoyed me even more when stupid and stubborn Avril makes the dumbest decision ever to go back to that house*eyeroll*.
This was just a waste of time.
Did I read the wrong book? Where do all the good reviews come from? This book was just …bad. The story is ridiculous, absolutely unrealistic. The characters are poorly developed, the dialogs are so bad and the ending is just….I have no words. I also did not like the writing style. It was so pretentious in a very forced way.
I really disliked this book I can’t understand the good reviews. To me it was just awful and I certainly will never ever again read a book from this author or follow the bone collecter in a next book. There are too many other good books out there worth my time.
I read the german edtion „Der Knochensammler“
This was an easy and pleasant read. I did not find it very creepy, although there are gruesome murders and something sinister is going on. But from page 1 I was hooked. I don’t want to get into the story itself. Maybe it is better, when you just jump into this book.
As I said, it is an easy read. The pages just flew as I began to wonder what was going on. I figured the main twist out quite early because there were one or two clues which really pointed in that direction. But there was enough other things going on and I enjoyed it very much.
This book is hard to review for me. Like many other readers I loved “The Martian”. It was fun to read. It had a likable main character and an interesting and gripping story. For me it was something new.
For an author, it is always difficult to reach or even top such a huge success. I was really looking forward to read “Artemis”. Weir sticks to his writing style but he also managed not just to rewrite “The Martian”. He came up with a new and different story. It is almost a thriller. But it is not as gripping as it should be.
What I liked about the book:
Artemis. The first city on the moon. It was very interesting to read about how it would be to live on the moon. Less gravity, a different currency, a cruel surrounding. Andy Weir did a fantastic job by creating this city. It all came to life and I enjoyed every fact about it. Artemis is the main reason I give 5 stars.
The author also managed to write again a innovative story. He did not make the mistake by writing something similar like “The Martian” although many stylistic elements reminded me of it.
I also like his writing style. I like his humor.
What I did not like:
In “The Martian” the main character was funny and witty. Maybe a little bit over the top but I liked him. Jazz is somehow a twin sister of Mark Watney. But she is more annoying and seems often very immature.
As I said before, I am very happy that this story is different than Weir’s first book. It is almost a thriller and it developed in a different direction than I expected. But all that science talk slows it down. Much of it I found very interesting. But sometimes it is a bit much and I could have definitely done without so much information about welding.
For me the great thing about this book is the city of Artemis. Everything about it was just amazing. The book has definitely some issues when it comes to its characters and keeping the balance between science and story development. If you read both books you can see Weir’s writing style and how he puts his story together. The conversations are often a bit comic-like and he tends to explains too much. I still liked it here, but I think it can get a little bit boring when he continues to write in that way.
My second 1 star book in a row. This is a badly developed and badly written story. There are chapters you just can’t make sense of. And the blog posts are cryptic in a very forced way. Poppy is an annoying character and her playing detective is just ridiculous. The whole story was weird and I had massive problems with the way it was told.
Ununfortunately this book did not work for me. I almost DNF it. I did not like the writing and Nora annoyed me. She was obsessed with her sister. I just finished it to see who killed Rachel. But the twists were ridiculous.
Awful, awful writing style
This was an easy and quick read. A young couple moves into a new home and has to deal with weird neigbors who make their lives miserable.
Maybe there were a little bit too much convient things happening for the neighbours. Maybe it was a little bit too weird. But it was entertaining. Only the ending…it was strange. i did not get Jamies way of handling it and his downfall. So it is actually 3,5 stars and I round it up to 4.