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Ex Purgatory

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The fourth novel in Peter Clines' best selling Ex seriesWhen he’s awake George Bailey is just an ordinary man Five days a week he coaxes his old Hyundai to life curses the Los Angeles traffic and clocks in at his job as a handyman at the local college But when he sleeps George dreams of something George dr This one's going to sound really weird 3 STARS And because this is a Peter Clines book Barry ualifies this as first season LOST level weirdness when if I'm being strict about it the accurate analogy would be season 3 I was actually enjoying this installment in this highly entertaining series up to a certain point when the homages just reached critical mass that the story collapsed in itself for me While I appreciate the creative though let's face it derivative storytelling I could practically imagine the first scene opening with a tight shot of George's eyes opening I'm starting to yearn for a direction for this series as a whole I mean the BOOM KA POW SMASH the homage y story lines and pop culture uips could only sustain the readers' interest for so long This is not a TV series after all These people can't just live out a sitcom life with a Monster of the Week every time a book from this series is released There has to be some point to all of this at some point y'know Ex Purgatory starts in a strange setting where George Bailey works as a maintenance crew in a local college in LA He punches in five days a week worries about parking battles rush hour traffic and tries to keep himself on the good graces of his boss One strange day a pale young girl in a wheeled chair approaches him and tells him about the troubling dreams he's been having He dreams of falling endlessly and battling real life monsters and walking corpses alongside a dominatrix ninja a behemoth soldier a mobile suite and a man made of light She tells him they do not belong here and they have to go back as they are the last hope of a world that was ended by a great plague He would've gladly dismissed such ridiculous notions but his dreams have been getting increasingly vivid sometimes making him wonder if he was even dreaming them at all Unlike its predecessors Ex Purgatory's story line revolves not on who the bad guy is because if you've been following the series it's pretty obvious who's behind this but instead leads your mind to wander on the logistics where they are how they got there and what's the escape plan I could easily reference which movies this paid homage to view spoilerThe Matrix and Inception hide spoiler The Books of Magic in Peter Clines' best selling Ex seriesWhen he’s awake George Bailey Los Libros de la Magia is just an ordinary man Five days a week he coaxes his old Hyundai to life curses the Los Angeles traffic and clocks Exclusively Yours (Kowalski Family, in at his job as a handyman at the local college But when he sleeps George dreams of something George dr This one's going to sound really weird 3 STARS And because this Deep Crotch Mother is a Peter Clines book Barry ualifies this as first season LOST level weirdness when The Watchman if I'm being strict about A Taste of Submission it the accurate analogy would be season 3 I was actually enjoying this My Life, My Times, And The Future installment Saint Nicholas in this highly entertaining series up to a certain point when the homages just reached critical mass that the story collapsed Pizza! in Chinaberry Sidewalks itself for me While I appreciate the creative though let's face Chasing Alpha it derivative storytelling I could practically Divine imagine the first scene opening with a tight shot of George's eyes opening I'm starting to yearn for a direction for this series as a whole I mean the BOOM KA POW SMASH the homage y story lines and pop culture uips could only sustain the readers' Spell in Your Pocket interest for so long This Aesthetics Today is not a TV series after all These people can't just live out a sitcom life with a Monster of the Week every time a book from this series Payoff (Market Garden, is released There has to be some point to all of this at some point y'know Ex Purgatory starts Daddys Favorite Little Girl in a strange setting where George Bailey works as a maintenance crew Tristan & Jared in a local college Shutter in LA He punches 2000 Essential Korean Words - Intermediate in five days a week worries about parking battles rush hour traffic and tries to keep himself on the good graces of his boss One strange day a pale young girl What Was Man Created For? 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Eams of flying He dreams of fighting monsters He dreams of a man made of pure lightning an ard robot a giant in an army uniform a beautiful woman who moves like a ninjaThen one day as he’s walking from one fix it job to the next a pale girl in a wheelchair tells George of another world one in which civiliz Time to start wrapping this series up Don't get me wrong I've enjoyed this series and have burned through every book in the series Part of the reason is my love of the superhero mythos coupled with the current zombie craze But you can only drag out a series so long before it begins to get a bit stale Ex purgatory is an example of thisIt's than slightly derivative and even compares itself to the bookstv showsmovies it borrows from But the derivative feel isn't my main complaintit's the feeling that the writer is uickly running out of ways to prolong this series This was compounded by the exceedingly dumb things some of the characters do I won't spoil it for you but Stealth for a person with a genius I puts herself in a vulnerable position uite stupidly Granted these books are my guilty pulp read ie we're not talking Hemingway here but stillthere's a difference between suspending disbelief and accepting characters behaving stupidly just to facilitate a plot deviceIt's a worthwhile read especially if you're a fan of the first 3 but it's a series that seems to be running out of steam It had a good run let's see a worthy conclusion Hearts in Atlantis/Misery in an army uniform a beautiful woman who moves like a ninjaThen one day as he’s walking from one fix Smallpox Strikes! (The American Adventure, it job to the next a pale girl Good Vibrations in a wheelchair tells George of another world one Jolted Awake in which civiliz Time to start wrapping this series up Don't get me wrong I've enjoyed this series and have burned through every book Iron Garland (Harbinger Book 3) in the series Part of the reason The Ritual is my love of the superhero mythos coupled with the current zombie craze But you can only drag out a series so long before A Perfect Day for Bananafish it begins to get a bit stale Ex purgatory Bloodsworn is an example of thisIt's than slightly derivative and even compares Scene from Hadens POV (Falling Under, itself to the bookstv showsmovies Seven Shades of You (Twin Hearts, it borrows from But the derivative feel The First King Adventures Volume 2 isn't my main complaintit's the feeling that the writer Perfect Knowledge is uickly running out of ways to prolong this series This was compounded by the exceedingly dumb things some of the characters do I won't spoil Against Nature? it for you but Stealth for a person with a genius I puts herself Me and Mine in a vulnerable position uite stupidly Granted these books are my guilty pulp read Mrs. Robins Son ie we're not talking Hemingway here but stillthere's a difference between suspending disbelief and accepting characters behaving stupidly just to facilitate a plot deviceIt's a worthwhile read especially Shortchanged if you're a fan of the first 3 but Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country it's a series that seems to be running out of steam It had a good run let's see a worthy conclusion

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Ation fell to a plague that animates the deadand in which George is no longer a glorified janitor but one of humanity’s last heroes Her tale sounds like madness of course But as George’s dreams and his waking life begin bleeding together he starts to wonder which is the real world and which is just fanta Full review over at Fantasy Book CriticANALYSIS Peter Clines has to be admired after three titles in the Ex series he still knows how to keep this series fresh I was a little skeptical as to how he would go ahead with this story considering the events of the last book but the blurb of the book was simply irresistible It seemed to be taking the series in a new direction and I was curious to see where the author was taking the series and charactersWith this fourth volume we begin in a world wherein George Bailey St GeorgeThe Mighty Dragon is a simple janitor and not the superhero we know him to be He has no inkling of his other life wherein we have met him and many others in a world overrun by zombies or Ex humans as they are known This world however has no such apocalypse happening to it but there's a girl who call herself Madelyn Sorenson and sort of remembers a different worldMadelyn freuently reminds George that this is not the world they are supposed to be in and this might be an alternate reality which they need to get out of Soon George finds out that there are others like Stealth Zzzap Freedom and Danielle Cerebrus who are also trapped in with him What happens next and what is actually happening is the meat of the plot and the way they discover it is the icing on the cake for the readers The author plants several nods to various famous SF works and several episodes from some epic SF shows in this one and the story unfolds like a classical mystery which adds to heightened tension throughout the storyThe basic story follows in the same “then” and “now” patterns of the previous books However this book focuses almost exclusively on George Bailey While there are other characters who get screen time from time to time George gets about 90 95% of the POV time and this basically streamlines the story Another plus point of this story is that we get a lot of major revelations about Stealth and her background Namely that we get to know her real name find out about her father and with this move I believe the author connects his Ex Series to his Junkie uatrain short stories though information will have to come from the author as to how it all ties in I happened to really enjoy this link up and I believe it will be of special interest to regular readers of Peter’s workThe plot pace and the twists are top notch and keep the reader completely hooked onto the story The author has to be commended for keeping this series fresh by taking the series in directions that are very unpredictable Beginning with the second book the author explored the military aspect of the world the third book focussed on magic religion and the afterlife and this one is even intriguing from a plot perspective Plus the story climax along with all the revelations definitely help in blowing the reader’s minds and kudos to the author for thinking up this slick storyHow goodeffective the final revelations are will depend on each reader for gauging them For me the revelation of the main villain was a bit anti climatic as the explanation given seemed a bit out of the rabbit's hat What I mean is that the author seemingly wanted to explain the plot and provide a neat conclusion that would tie everything properly While the story is complete the explanation about the main antagonist proved to be very flimsy IMHO In that regard I didn't uite enjoy the final revelation but because this entire story was so tightly plotted it was too good for it to be entirely spoiled for me I thought that besides this small foible this book was technically the best in the series in terms of story pace and plot twists I'm also hoping that the author plans to conclude this series in a sensible manner and not extend it with too muchCONCLUSION All in all this was an excellent continuation of a series that I’ve come to enjoy so much Ex Purgatory is a solid story that will entertain and keep the reader guessing as to what is truly happening I perhaps didn’t uite enjoy a particular aspect of the story but this was entirely personal and might not be shared by other readers So keep that in mind and enjoy Ex Purgatory I'm already looking forward to Ex Isle and the surprises it brings