2013 Book Readings

1) Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

2) Shadows & Tall Trees – Volume 4 – edited by Michael Kelly

3) The Twelve by Justin Cronin – partial – finished the last quarter.

My thoughts on the book from 2012:

Only made it 3/4s of the way through this one before I had to return it to the library. I’ll have to reborrow to finish it but with an upcoming Christmas vacation that likely won’t happen till next year.The shifting timeline that occurred in the first book is back this time to even more annoying affect. At least in the first book it was in chronological order. In the second, it jumps back again with characters whose fates we know and don’t care about. The first book left us with a certain group of characters and then when the second picks up with them it is some time after the first book ended. Rather off putting and a momentum killer. 300 pages plus in and it was only then the book felt like it was gathering steam. On the plus side I really do like Cronin’s way with characters.

Completing the book reinforced my previous points. I found the book’s jumbled timeline a real momentum killer but Cronin’s craft with creating characters I care about is such that I was quite emotional during the final few chapters.

If it wasn’t for that, I would not read the third book. And I fear a long revisit into the past in the third book maybe in order to flesh out Zero. Another annoying trend was Cronin taking the story up to moments of conflict that had been well setup only to jump forward and then tell what happened after the fact. Not a fan of that style of story telling.

This series had the scope and potential to become the next big thing Apocolyptic novel but as of this point in the story, this series will not supplant The Stand for me.

Curious as to what the general reception for The Twelve has been and Cronin’s reaction/book sales have been.

For me, The Twelve is definitely a disappointment.”

Completing the book reinforced my previous points. I found the book’s jumbled timeline a real momentum killer but Cronin’s craft with creating characters I care about is such that I was quite emotional during the final few chapters. 


If it wasn’t for that, I would not read the third book. And I fear a long revisit into the past in the third book maybe in order to flesh out Zero. Another annoying trend was Cronin taking the story up to moments of conflict that had been well setup only to jump forward and then tell what happened after the fact. Not a fan of that style of story telling. 


This series had the scope and potential to become the next big thing Apocolyptic novel but as of this point in the story, this series will not supplant The Stand for me. 


Curious as to what the general reception for The Twelve has been and Cronin’s reaction/book sales have been.


For me, The Twelve is definitely a disappointment.”

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