Zombie Fallout 5- Mark Tufo… 3/5 stars
First the bad. I really wanted to love this story. I really, really, really wanted to. But I couldn’t. Not only was it shorter than the others, but it was severely lacking in action. It felt like a filler, or maybe just the first half of a good story. Kind of like Mr. Tufo just wanted to get something published while he’s hot. Another problem I had was when he gave a shout out to himself, by mentioning Indian Hill (on a night stand, in an abandoned house). It bothers me. I’m not sure why, but it does. I’m also super creeped out by Paul’s death… CATS!? Icky. As for Mike- I don’t believe Mr. Tufo would just kill him off… the story is still unfinished. The editing is a bit rough, and I still don’t like the “journal” aspect. Finally, I wish Mr. Tufo would have written The Blood Stone stories as one book, instead of in pieces attached to the others.
Now the Good… I really liked how Deneaux is turning out. She went from a crotchety old bat… to a calculating, murdering, old bat. It’s awesome. As always, Mike’s sarcasm and speak-before-he-thinks outbursts lighten up a dark story. He reminds me of Home (Massachusetts). I also like how he’s starting to explore his “talents”. I like Tomas/ Tommy, and how we’re still not sure what he’s going to do in the end. The reason I did give this book a 3 is the people. I love them, even the secondary ones.
The Omen Machine (Sword of Truth #12)- Terry Goodkind… 1/5 stars
Please forgive the disjointed, and sloppy review. I’m trying to get it all down before I forget exactly what I want to say.
This is another book I really wanted to love. I knew it wasn’t going to happen though, and I wasn’t surprised. The series has gone down hill since Blood of the Fold (book #4). Unfortunately, once I start a series, I have to read it all the way through. It’s been a tough ride.
To make this easy on myself, and to keep it short so I don’t go off on a rant… I’m going to list the things I DON’T like:
Excessive use of deus ex machina.
The rapid turn to prophecy… it’s only been ONE day for Pete’s sake. Why did everyone suddenly start believing in Prophecy overnight?
The self-aware Omen Machine wrecking havoc, and being able to “throw” it’s thoughts into people’s heads. Like the boy from the market..
The Tale of Two (or 3) Bad “Guys”. The Hedgemaid & the Bishop. and the Abbot at the palace. The Bishop used the Hedgemaid, who ended up being super easy to get rid of. She’s a good character. Arc would be a good super villain (he’s very underdeveloped), but it seems like Terry Goodkind is setting up the Abbot to be the bad guy in another book.
I don’t understand how everyone seemed to turn into idiots. Richard’s kind of a condescending ass, and everyone else is whiney. I don’t understand why Kahlan was so weak… She was always a strong female lead, but this was a wicked bad case of Damsel In Distress Syndrome.
Long descriptions (of earlier places) and repetitive dialog.
It feels incomplete. The ending was abrupt. Too abrupt.
I’d like to end with a quote (or 2) from these authors, but not these books.
“‘It’s my New England sarcasm coming out in full force.’ Folks that don’t come from that region have a difficult time truly understanding what is being said to them. Many will find it an abrasive form of communication. It is, without a doubt, an acquired mode of information dissemination.” -from Zombie Fallout, Mark Tufo
“Wizards Fifth Rule: Mind what people do, not only what they say, for deeds will betray a lie.” -from Soul of the Fire (SoT 5), Terry Goodkind
So. Thats thats.