All posts tagged: rage review

Review: This Census-Taker by China Miéville

Miéville’s always been one of those names, you know? I’d heard of him, heard he was a bit of a Marmite guy, but everyone agrees he’s an author that you have to try at least once in your life. So I bookmarked the guy, decided to pick up his latest story about a boy on a hill in a houseful of keys. I was excited to see if it was my cuppa tea. I’m sure Miéville knows by now that not everyone’s going to appreciate his specific brand of weirdness, and I’m sure he doesn’t care that I’m now adding my name to the list. I can’t judge his other works because I’m not going to read them; This Census-Taker was just so relentlessly awful. Plot? Nah. Interesting characters? Fuck no. Stupid narrative and one semi-interesting feature that is never explained? OH YEAH. Plus 200 pages of boredom, oddities, stuff that wasn’t really a story. It was irksome to read, like being stuck listening to the semi-coherent ramblings of the local drunk while you’re waiting at the …

Review: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

I’ve pulled up my ranty-pants, I’m fuelled by rage and coffee, let’s kick this review off with a summary of my reading experience, shall we? To my great displeasure, reading this book was like chewing on a lump of black mould just to check it ain’t caviar. It was not supposed to be like this. You don’t understand; I was excited. I’ve had my eye on this for months. This was supposed to be epic, I honestly had no doubts. With the premise being a daughter of two scientists chasing her father’s killer through alternate dimensions in order to exact her revenge, how can you fuck up? There is nothing redeemable about this book. I could scrape the bottom of the barrel if I really tried, but what would be the point? I would be saying things like at least it didn’t condone rape! or hey, spelling errors were not abundant in this novel, thumbs up! And anyway, I don’t want to deny myself the pleasure of rage-reviewing this hunk o’ crap into next Tuesday. We begin …

Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

This book can seriously do one. It can go to hell, and it can come back once it has learned its lesson. I got so annoyed at this failure of a novel, and not because it was a terrible book, but because it was choc-a-bloc with annoying, tedious, and completely unnecessary tropes. Let’s be clear here: tropes are overused literary devices, and there are hundreds of ’em. It’s impossible to write a book without tropes in them, even if you try. Some tropes are acceptable, even loved. Some are pretty much universally acknowledged to be the kind of tropes you don’t want to touch with a ten-foot pole (<– see that? that was a cliché, one of the more acceptable tropes…sometimes). If you read a lot of books of the same genre, you’re going to come across tropes that you see so much they piss you off. Now, I can forgive a few, even if I really hate them, I’ll forgive one or two. But I can’t forgive a book that has so many I …

Review: Gone by Michael Grant

In a world where everyone over the age of fifteen suddenly vanishes without a trace and the kids are now in control of the town and their own survival, somehow the story manages to be rubbish. I really didn’t expect this one to go wrong. The whole thing was right up my alley: a whole bunch of kids suddenly have the run of the land after every older teen & adult vanishes. They also start to discover that some of them have strange new powers like shooting fire out of their hands or super-healing abilities. It’s survivalist, it’s paranormal, it’s Lord of the Flies meets Heroes but it sucked. I know my survivalism, okay? I grew up repeatedly reading Michael Morpurgo’s Kensuke’s Kingdom and watching Disney’s Swiss Family Robinson on repeat. Survivalist lit is one of my favourite genres and I know when it’s done right. And I’m far from being the only one; we live in an age where a zombie apocalypse survival plan is something we have all considered mapping out. And some of us have even …