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The Neverending Story

The Neverending StoryThe Neverending Story by Michael Ende

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved the movie, it has always been one of my favorites, but I never considered the fact it was a book until a couple of months ago. The book is beyond all doubt amazing in my opinion. I love fantasy and this book encompasses everything that I love in a good fantasy.

Bastian is a remarkable character who you love, pity, and can dislike throughout his journey. He struggles with finding out who he wants to be and who he really is. His friends and people he meets help him in his journey throughout Fantastica.

If you have only seen the movie, read the book, there is so much more to the story and it grabs you from beginning to end. It is a quick wonderful read and has definitely made my list of top reads for 2012. I will be visiting Bastian, Atreyu, Falkor, and Fantastica again and again, wishing I could be part of The Neverending Story…

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The Long Walk

The Long WalkThe Long Walk by Stephen King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is absolutely amazing, it is a very quick read and I would classify it as a novella, or for those who don’t like that term a long short story. I made a comment in a discussion group during the beginning of the read that it reminded me of The Hunger Games, I need to retract that statement at this point. While you do get that impression early on, you realize King did a much better job and made it a lot more terrifying due to the fact that The Long Walk is voluntary.

Ray Garraty is our main character, a sixteen year old boy off to join ninety-nine others for The Long Walk. The idea is simple out walk the others to win the prize, but it begs to answer at what cost. While the walk is ‘every man’ for himself, Ray develops a bond and even friendship with those he is walking against. In the face of it, this seems detrimental, why become friends with someone you want to get a ticket? That’s the whole idea, they have to buy the farm before you do. However, it seems just the opposite, the friendship between Ray and Pete is what saves Ray’s ass more than once.

This book also makes you wonder, what kind of sick twisted society allows this to even take place. Who let’s teenage boys decide this is a good idea, I can do this. This is the struggle that Ray has on the walk, why did he sign up for this, what is the real reason. The boys not only struggle with their own internal turmoil, they have to struggle against the other walkers, and with their views on society. In the end what is the point? After the struggle and the insanity of finishing the walk does the prize even matter?

The character development is amazing, watching Ray grow and come to understand things that he thought he knew but had no idea. McVries and Stebbins are also great characters and the interaction they have with Ray really gives you pause for thought. I also must admit I really liked Scramm, he was a good guy, big, not too bright, but someone you couldn’t help but like.

Okay my review is getting wordy – in a nutshell – read the book.

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The Talisman

The TalismanThe Talisman by Stephen King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not what I expected, but presently surprised. I really enjoyed this book and the wonderful story of Jack Sawyer. The characters in the book were amazing and easy to fall in love with or hate. It is a wonderful fantasy about multiple worlds with a truly engaging story.

I did find it a bit wordy in spots, and thought on many occasions, just get to the point already. I think that may be why it took me so long to read it. I also kept thinking of The Never-ending Story, while I have not read the book yet, I have seen the movie, and all through this book, I kept thinking of parallels between Jack and Bastien.

I must say my favorite character in the book was not Jack, Wolf was by far my favorite. I loved everything about Wolf and loved how his character was written.

All in all a great story, the end was a bit abrupt, and kind of leaves you hanging in my opinion, but the quote by Twain at the end really does sum it up. You have to end the story somewhere. Four stars for me, and will definitely make my re-read list.

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Tick Tock – Dean Koontz

Tick TockTick Tock by Dean Koontz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was not really what I expected at all, but I must say I loved it. The descriptions in the book are amazing, so very detailed, it is like you are there. It is a very fast read and seems a bit on the short side from the typical Koontz novel. I must say I was disappointed to see it end, but maybe with the way it ended Koontz can make another series.

I found the characters to be very engaging, and loved the humor, sarcasm, and wit in the dialog between the characters. I laughed out loud more than once during my read. I also really enjoyed the mystery surrounding Tommy, Del, and Scootie. I think Del is the most interesting character Mr. Koontz has ever written aside from Odd Thomas.

If you are looking for a fun light read with that X-Files feel, than this book definitely fits the bill. Creepy, but light hearted, a great read that won’t disappoint.

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The Procedure

The ProcedureThe Procedure by Margaret Belle

I give this little book 3.5 stars. It is a decent engaging story and was a nice quick read. The author did a good job with character development and made them very likeable even if they seemed a bit dim witted at times. I enjoyed the science aspect of the book because you know it is technology that is not that far out there, the moral and ethical dilemmas are also a aspects that give you pause.

I will say that this author enjoys a short chapter. It seems like every other page was a new chapter and it did get rather tiresome. I don’t know if the book is predictable, but I saw a lot of stuff coming, but then again I read a lot, and this is not anything new for me.

I do not feel that this book was wordy in any way, if anything, I felt like there was more that could have been added. The jumps in time from one chapter to another were not always a smooth transition in my opinion, and I felt that some things just ended rather abruptly.

All in all not a bad read, is it great, no, but is it a good way to pass an evening or two, sure. Would I read this author again, quite possible.

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