Likes: Horror, macabre, fairy tales, ghosts, hauntings, serial killers, zombies, werewolves, shapeshifters, vampires, time travel, orphans, clones, thrillers, classics, gothic
I like to read anything that tells a good story, duh ;) Genre doesn't really matter much but I tend to read dark fiction and fantasy the most. I skip chick lit and romance novels with a few exceptions for the extraordinary.
My ratings system:
5 stars - ADORED; plan to read over and over and over.
4 stars - ENJOYED; will likely read once or twice more.
3 stars - LIKED; may or may not read again ... someday.
2 stars - MEH; no plans to read again.
1 stars - I didn't enjoy the story and was lucky to finish.
0 stars - I couldn't or wouldn't finish for reasons that may or may not be listed in the review box.
Rating: 4.5 of 5
Superb debut novel. The descriptions of the orchard are unforgettable, as is Talmadge, one of the best "good guys" I've ever read - from the opening paragraph he was a person, not a mere character; in fact, all of the characters were equally alive and distinct, memorable. Overall, an excellent story.
Disclaimer: The Orchardist contains unconventional dialogue (there were no quotation marks and it was often mixed in with a character's thoughts) so if you can't abide such devices then you may not be able to enjoy the story as much. Also, this is not a story for those looking to experience shock-and-awe at every turn.