My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Before I start this review, I want to make it very clear that I am a huge Dean Koontz fan. I say this, because I feel that I am typically pretty biased towards his novels, and I am pretty happy with his books no matter what. Unfortunately, I definitely don’t feel that way about Innocence. The book started well, and Koontz tried something I had never really seen before, in that he does not describe the main character until the very end of the book. I have not read many books like that, and while it was interesting, the more you read, the more predictable it becomes. The ending felt like he gave up, and just wanted to finish the book as quickly as possible and collect a paycheck. I was pretty disappointed with it. The only thing that I enjoyed was the imagery. This is consistent with all of Dean Koontz’s works, in that he is able to paint an extremely detailed world through his use of metaphors. So, if you are a diehard Dean Koontz fan, go pick up the book, and enjoy the ride. If you are not, don’t waste your time, and find something better.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Usually, if a book doesnt pull me in within the first few minutes, it hits my read later stack. I have been getting more and more impatient with books, and the casualties have been piling up left and right. This book almost hit that same pile. The only thing that kept me from doing that, was some strange inconsistencies. At the beginning of the book, there is an alien race that at first you assume is humanoid. As the book progresses, you see that that is not definitely NOT the case. That is the only thing that kept me interested in it till it got good. The book itself I found a little hard to follow, as the author has set up the universe in a very strange way, with different layers, and technology only works on certain layers, and just generally I felt lost in the universe that he created. I tended to just go with it, but I did get confused many times. I was ok with the ending, and I was not to disappointed, but it could have been better. My last gripe, is that you can tell this book was written a while back. He handles the universal internet like its one giant forum, and the amount of bandwidth that people get is laughably small compared to what is available now. Overall, I really wanted to know what happened in the end, so I did finish it, but I probably wont recommend this book to anyone. It had enough novelty in it to keep me interested, but the story was too convoluted for me to follow well.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Once again, I am simply blown away by George R. R. Martin. He takes pure chaos, puts it in print, and makes a gripping world where literally anything can happen. Just when you think you know where the book is going, it makes a complete 180 degree turn. If you have not read George R. R. Martins Song of Ice and Fire books, you are truly missing out. A combination of dragons, knights, magic, political intrigue, and pure chaos make this a book that can not be missed. My only real complaint is that I cannot continue in this world, as George R.R. Martin has not released the last book, A Dance with Dragons. It is still being written, and was supposed to have been finished 3+ years ago with no end in sight. Honestly, I think he has woven so much chaos into his last book, that there is no end in sight, and he has no idea what he will do to finish it. Until he figures it out, I will remain optimistic that it will be published soon. Till then, I will need to start reading his other works.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Amazing book!!! I love this book so much! As always, George R. R. Martin surprises you at every turn. I have learned to not fall in love with the characters, because there is always a chance they could die. Regardless, One of my favorite characters was killed anyways… 🙁 Anyways, don’t even try to figure what is going to happen in the book, simply sit back, and enjoy the ride!