My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
THERE WAS NOTHING AT ALL BETWEEN HIMSELF AND THE STARS.
Why could I not get into this book? It had Warlocks, super humans, and Gods. It was a unique alternate history. It had some interesting prose. Some writers such as King or Card can write about stuff I don't care about and make me interested, some writers such as this one, can write about stuff I get excited about, but put me asleep. I think some writers have the ability to connect with the reader. It is hard to describe, but it is a talent some writers have and some do not. In this book Ian Tregillis did not connect with me, so all the prose, all the cool characters fall flat. My ears hear, but my mind does not register.
Ian spends a lot of time describing things, for instance a man gives a woman a boutique of flowers and we get an inventory of all the flower types in the boutique. You will always know the weather, the scenery, the direction of the wind and the smells. The smells will always include oil or gas or diesel. Every form of the word crystal is used in this book.
The story would have also flowed a lot smoother if he would have left out the Idolans. These are some type of gods? who are part of the universe. They are a difficult concept to describe, even for the author himself. They are not that interesting and just detract from the rest of the story.
HIS BREATH SPARKLED
I thought the narrator was pretty good, especially when he was doing voices. It was during the long explanations where no one spoke that I had trouble staying awake. There are more explanations in this book then actual interaction between the characters.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I wanted to like this so much more than I did. In fact, to be completely honest, I didn't like it very much at all and had to force myself to finish it. It is fundamentally boring. The author spends a lot of time building the world/reality while trying to "hide" the actual details in order to dole it out throughout the story.
Tregillis could have just stated in a prologue that it's a take on WW2, as it might have turned out if there were advanced technical know-how and supernatural beings involved. Then chopped out the page after page after page of Will or Marsh or whoever... (it was extremely difficult to tell who was who)... going here, or going there, then returning home. And spent this extra time and effort in distinguishing the characters.
Seriously... I think the blurring between Will and Marsh was the main problem... sometimes they were referred to by their first name, sometimes by their last name, and sometimes by a nickname, I think... (actually, even as I write this, I recall numerous scenes where I wasn't clear if Will really was Marsh, or if it was about another guy completely).
There are no women in this story. Well, of course there is a wife, and a female bad-guy, but they feel exactly the same as the male characters... who in turn all feel like the same person, even though some had different accents (which was often the only way to tell the characters apart).
I, unfortunately, already own the rest of the series, but unless I get stuck in an airport with absolutely nothing else to read - including menus and advertising pamphlets - I'm not going to be reading any more of this.
There is no gore or graphic details, no swearing, no sex, no action, no ... oopsy...there was kinda a plot... if you can wade through Will and Marsh's super-boring conversations to get to it. The narration was well-done; he did different accents for different characters - and this often was the only way to know if we were hearing about the British or the German side of the war. Unfortunately, he couldn't breathe life into what felt like a long-winded and boring soliloquy.
Where ever I am that's where I'll be.
Ian Tregillis has written a tale of adventure, action, cyborg mystery and the occult injecting them into the iconic history of WWII. The story trail blazers into a unique place in fiction & for this listener doesn't follow the expected. First rate can't wait for more. See The Coldest War.
After reading the back cover of this book, I felt it sounded mildly interesting. Then I started listening.....I immediately was engrossed. As a fan of H.P. Lovecraft, I found some elements of that genera in the preface. As a fan of the RPG Godlike, I loved the similarities between this and the game. I am really looking forward to the rest of the series. Can only give 4 stars, some of the writing is needing some better editing, some sentences don’t flow as well as they could, and the reader’s accent is overdone at times. But this book is a great begining for a series.
My wife says she can read me like an open book. Though she regrets not being able to shut me up the same way. :)
Magic, a team of warlocks, and scientifically engineered "x-men." This was a great idea for a story. Sadly, this story never got off the ground. I regret to say that the publisher's summary pulled me in; it was very well written and more intriguing than the actual story.
It seemed like the author kept padding the pages with narratives about minutiae that was unnecessary and which had the effect draaaaagggging the pace. I was a trooper, though, and kept at it. But, after a while, it seemed to me that the reason for the minutiae may have been because the author was waiting to see what inspiration he might get for compelling new scenes and scenarios. Nope, 'never got there. Inspiration apparently never quite flashed.
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Personally, I think the author shot himself in the foot with regard to the nature of the "physics" he defined for the warlocks in his story. The bounds he placed here, I think, sadly limited the many possible directions he could otherwise have taken such colorful characters as warlocks in World War II. Rather, he effectively reduced them to not much more than facilitators with some unique language skills, but no real power.
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The other thing about this audio book that never quite gel'd for me is the performance of the german and british accents. Now, here I'm going to give the narrator, Mr. Pariseau, credit. As I have no real ear for British and German accents, all I can say is that Mr. Pariseau shifted between American / British / and German accents quite skillfully. He did well to use this skill in differentiating each character with consistency. I was able to keep up with which-character-was-which because of his skillful shifting. That said, the German accents in the story was fairly annoying... they came off as somewhat of a parody. But, like I said, I don't have an ear for what a proper German accent is supposed to sound like, so I'll give Mr. Pariseau the benefit of my untrained ear and just say the German-accented dialog just didn't help with the uptake in this story.
Overall recommendation: Move on.
This must be the WORST book in my library. I absolutely hated it. Maybe I just don't like historical fantasy, I don't often read it, and this one just seemed brain-dead from any angle.
Germans are depicted as cruel comic-imbeciles, who nevertheless have achieved a technological highpoint the Allies never manage to understand. The English are equally cruel and unkind to their own people, and try to overcome the Germans with Enochian magic, which (in this book) is savage yet futile in its usage.
There is never any attempt at an explanation of either technology or magic. We're supposed to simply take it all at face value.
The whole thing just strikes me as stupid. I'm not able to give it less than one star, but my advice is to steer clear.
I'm an Audibook Fan driving tens of thousands of kilometres for work yearly and I find the performances on these novels the best time passer
So far it has all the elements I enjoy from a solid book, which are a good story, rich understandable and relatble characters and flowing naration.This is easily one of the best I've listend to so far.
Hard to say but it feels like a Tomy Clancy Novel with Dr Who elements.
Liked this alot it was similar to listening to an old fashined radio show which completly suits the book.
I was a little skeptical to read this one, the description just didn't do much for me. But i obviously purchased it and i am glad i did. This is probably one of my favorite books Ive ever read. It was original, fast paced, narration was amazing, and it had me tensing at certain moments and smiling during others.
I am starting book 2 now, and cant wait for book 3.
Buy this audio book and listen to it. No one will be disappointed.
I can't reccomend this highly enough. It's a little hard going at the very beginning as the various story strands are introduced, but they converge into a magnificently entertaining, if slightly grim story. Eagerly looking forward to the rest of the trilogy,
I thought I would love this one -- alternate history, WWII Nazis fighting British warlocks. What's not to like, right?
Well, the book reads like a really nicely written high school fiction workshop project. The characters have an average IQ of around 75, and their approach to each of the "problems" encountered is slow, obvious and completely expected. Even the dialog is pedestrian.
Sorry to say that I wasted a whole credit on this one, but please, please do not make the same mistake I did. Skip right past this one and get something better and worthier of your time.