The Alaskan wilderness is a harsh landscape in the best of
conditions, but with a pack of rogue werewolves on the
loose, it’s downright deadly.
Elena Michaels, the Pack’s
chief enforcer, knows all too well the havoc “mutts” can
When they hear of a series of gruesome maulings and
murders outside Anchorage, she and her husband, Clay,
journey to Alaska in the dead of winter in order to hunt
down the dangerous werewolves. Trapped in this savage,
untamed winter realm, she and Clay learn more about their
own werewolf heritage than they bargained for, tapping a
little more into the wild nature of the beast within. With
Elena back in the starring role, this is the book Kelley
Armstrong fans have been waiting for.
Heather Long: Thank you for your article. I know only too well what you've talking about.
Usually I can spot early on whether I want to finish a book. The first chapter, at most two, should be enough. How much of a fish do you have to eat to tell whether it's rotten?
If I'm deep into a novel and run into a problem, it depends on how big a problem it is.
If, say, a lead character I've emotionally invested in turns into or is revealed to be someone I can't stand, often because he/she does something I abhor, I'm through with that book. There's no point in reading more because there would be no payoff for me. And I certainly would not be interested in finding out what happens next to that character.
What if the author goes wrong in a small way? E.g., an obviously contrived fight scene results from a misunderstanding and could have been cleared up in a few lines.
I figure the editor told the author to add the scene so there would be more conflict between the characters and drama in the story, even if it's clearly artificial and therefore ineffective. Or the novel had to be longer to meet the required word count. I just shrug it off, hope that doesn't happen again, and keep on reading. (Mary Anne Landers 8:01pm November 2, 2009)
I've definately read a book where I had to struggle to finish it. I think it was the authors writing of a certain section also that turned me off. I can't remember which book it was I struggled with so, it was fairly recent, but I have memory problems and a few books away and all I can remember is if I liked a book or not, not the specifics, blame it on age, medication and a bout with meningitis. Any or all. So, yes, I really do try to finish the books, they are fairly pricey, and I hate to put the book down and not finish, if it is an author I usually like. Like you I will try to get past the struggling part and get through to the ending. I have only once or twice put a book down and absolutely not finished it.
Have a great day!
dancealert at aol dot com (Brenda Rupp 3:02pm November 3, 2009)
When I reach a passage where I want to put the book down - for whatever reason - I skip to the end. If I like the ending, I will endure the passage. If I am not happy with the ending, the book goes to the bottom of my to read pile. Maybe another day I will be in the right frams of mind for it! (Karin Tillotson 3:06pm November 3, 2009)
Charlene Harris's "Dead and Gone" was one that I struggled a little to finish. In general the storyline did not advance much and the continuity errors were very jarring. I have loved and laughed out loud while reading the rest of the series and was so disappointed after waiting so long for a new Sookie book( I actually had and read the first 8 books back to back).It felt as though this book had been rushed and not edited very well. Even though it had been about 6 months since I had finished the earlier books I noticed error after error in the continuity. Usually if it has been awhile since I read the last book I am less likely to notice these errors, but these were big ones and they made me stop and question myself. Now I love Sookie enough to give the next book a chance but this next one holds Sookie's life in its hand. (Lisa Richards 9:11am November 4, 2009)
I don't mind reading long-winded, explanatory passages as long as they serve a purpose. Often I actually need to see inside characters' minds to see why they act or react the way they do in a story.
Actually I'm really glad that I found this blog entry: I was unaware that there was another story about Elena and Clay. I went to one of her book signings about 2 years ago and at that time she was doubtful whether there would be another story about them. Thanks for the heads up. (Sigrun Schulz 1:39am November 5, 2009)
Wow! This sounds like a great read!!! Look forward to it! (JoAnn White 1:11pm November 22, 2009)
I love werewolves and it does sound good, I'll check it out soon (Diane Sadler 3:00pm November 22, 2009)
love stores set in alaska. and wearwolfs. (Pat Jasmin 10:17am November 29, 2009)
sounds good. Will love to read it (Kathy Weber 9:01pm January 3, 2010)
I love to read the 'series' type of murder mysteries. I have so many favorites that thre isn't enough room here to list all of those authors. But I have just started reading the " Donna Rose" murder mysteries by Norma Tadlock Johnson. The first book " Donna Rose and the Slgu War" started out to be so good that I couldn't put it down. " Donna Rose" being my age, was kind of a "grumpy old wo(man)" but I did start to love her character But then towards the end of the book I got the feeling this author was getting tired of writing this story and then just ruhed the ending to a close. Another series of mysteries by Robin Hathaway, the Jo Banks series is the same way. Her first book " Scarecrow" started out so good but then the story ending seemed to be rushed, to me anyway.I am starting to read the next book in this series " satan's Pony" and I do hope the ending isn't going to be rushed. I love to read stories from my age group, written by authors my age. But some of these authors seem to rush the endings too much. Maybe, like me these authors feel the need to rush with the hopes that they will live long enough to finish the book!!!!!???????? (Linda Cooper 2:02pm January 21, 2010)