I have never been more satisfied or excited about a book since Enders game. The writing and story are phenomenal! The narrator is amazing and ill look for more by him now as well.
Larry is quickly becoming one of my most favorite authors and I can wait for more from him!!
Just enjoying my readin', 'ritin', and 'rithmatic.
Definitely. I love the current trend where authors have been mixing very disparate genres. In this book, Larry Correia takes urban fantasy and puts it in a noir setting in the 1920's. The fantastical element being magic begins to suddenly appear in humans around 1850. So even though everyone has grown up with the idea of magic, it is not well understood and is still quite uncommon.
I guess I'd have to say Fay was my favorite. She was a "Traveler", or someone who could teleport themselves. I liked her country bumpkin simplicity. To her, everything was right or wrong, friend or foe, black and white. Even more interesting was her simple morality, if you were good you should live, if you were bad, you should die. And she had no compunction about ending those who she deemed bad.
Geez, these questions are terrible. If a book is written well, it should be a scene near the end, likely the climax, because each preceding scene should have been what culminated into a satisfying result. Since I don't want to give any of that stuff away, I guess I'll say this book followed that template.
I'm not writing a review for a 6th grade book report. I'm just going to skip to the additional comments now...
First things first, Larry Correia marries the two genres wonderfully. I suppose you could also call this story an Alternate History. I'm not sure I would. All genre quibbling aside, his alternate history is both well crafted and interesting. One subplot dips into the "why's" of how magic came to earth, which aids in building both his vision of the world and creates a foundation for the sequel. Speaking of which, I enjoyed this story so much, after I was finished, I purchased and downloaded the sequel right away. I suppose that's as good as praise gets.
Of course, the world makes for a nice place to visit in fantasy, but ultimately, it's the characters that makes a story worth reading. As is the modern convention, good versus evil is merely a matter of perspective and morality. This story is no different. Though in true noir fashion, the protagonist, aka Jake Sullivan, is the type of person we can consider to be "morally pure". By that, I mean, he always does what he feels to be the right thing. Considering the U. S. Hippy-Christian salted with a pinch of schadenfreude-ian Old Testament Eye-for-an-Eye mentality that many of us have been raised with, we're inclined to agree with his actions.
Basically, that's a long-winded way of saying Jake is sympathetic and likable.
In a nutshell, this story takes all the elements of fantasy, noir, and alternate history and blends them into an well crafted and interesting story. I highly recommend it!
Strong characters, novel re-write of history, unique alternative universe, all the threads pulled together, yet clearly leads to sequels.
Fay was my favorite character because of her strength, thirst for knowledge, growing powers, innocence.
Pinchot's performance was exceptionally fine with him creating new appropriate voices for each of many characters
Belabored description of fight scenes that grows tiresome
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I'm huge fan of the MHI series so I decided to give this series a try. I'm so glad I did. It is very imaginative and fun. The narrator does an excellent job. I will admit that the story kinda has an x-men feel to it, but since I'm a fan of that I went along for the ride. The characters are great and there is lots of action. This is one of those books that it gets really intense and then switches to another character right when you are at the edge of your seat. The story line does take a bit to figure out what is going on, but once you are there it is a wild ride. Many people are saying they like this book better than MHI, and although it is excellent, MHI is better. For those of you who like steampunk/romance try Meljean Brooks series Iron Duke, it has some simularities to this story.
This was the first book that my boyfriend and I listened to on audible. We were going on a long road trip and wanted something to pass the time. I like fantasy stories and he likes guns. This worked out perfect. We are now listening to the second book and really hope a third makes it out.
We both really enjoyed the storyline and the narration of all the characters was wonderful. It was easy to tell them apart. My favorite was Faye. She was definitely the comic relief, and her character really had me laughing out loud a lot.
My bf really liked the way that the inventions and things in the book came from actual concepts that real people have thought of, but never got produced. Like the peace ray. It wouldn't be a hard stretch of the imagination that if in some parallel universe things like that were actually made and put to use. The same goes for the deridgables, or blimps, in the story.
So if you enjoy stories with magic, weaponry, mentions of a few famous people in a parallel time of this world, and good vs bad, then this is one for you. I definitely recommend it.
This is a fun, fast-paced magical thriller, with likeable characters that are not too far-fetched, and a interesting, complex universe.
What sets this apart from Correia's other work (which is quite similar in terms of plots) are the characters. They're all sympathetic, substantive, and real, even the bad guys. Stereotypes are well done, conversation is punchy and enjoyable, but still realistic, and character development doesn't seem far-fetched.
The performance is just spectacular. Might take a bit of getting used to at first, but the gruff, almost gritty narration fits into the overall feel of the story really well, and the different characters are easily distinguishable.
This isn't exactly canonical literature, but it's a fun story, and good company on long drives or at the gym. Definitely recommended for a light-hearted yet engaging listen.
Enough people have written about the story, which I loved, so I thought I would make this about the narrator. Being old enough to know of Bronson Pinchot from his start in Beverly Hills Cop and Perfect Strangers I was very hesitant to give this a try. But since I had just finished Monster Hunters and loved it so much I couldn't pass it up any longer.
I loved Bronson's performance and have a greater respect for him than I did before. Being able to identify all the characters without hearing "Sullivan said, Francis said" all the time was a relief. This was a true performance and not just another flat reading of a great story. The emotions of the characters could be felt, even when there weren't supposed to be any as in Sullivan's case most of the time.
I will gladly pick up any of his future performances without hesitation.
I have never been a fan of period based fantasy or science fiction. I find that my knowledge of the period stops me from dispelling disbelief in what I read. So it is harder to relate to the characters. However Larry Correia has done a masterful job of interweaving Jake Sullivan and the rest of the US Grimnoir Society into the fictional fabric of American history.
And without digging to deep into the characters too much, I think that Oke' Faye is one of the most memorable characters ever.
And then there is Bronson Pinchot. What little I know of his work was a mid level character actor. After listening to Hard Magic, this saddens me. His performance in this book is unnerving. It is that good. It was as if he lived each character. Combine the performance level with the detailed level of development provided in the Larry Correia's writing and you have a winning combination.
I want more.
Avid reader and love that audiobooks opens a whole new sense
I could picture every moment, the clarity of picturing the unique environment created was stunning, the story moved a little too slowly for me and I'm not sure I will bother with part 2.
At first, I wasn't sure if I liked the story, but after listening for an hour or so, I was hooked. Great story, equally good narration. Will be reading Book 2 shortly.