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)
Pretty straight forward non-gory, non-noir fantasy novel. It isn't necessarily written for young adults, but it could be read by them as it is pretty tame (no foul language, no graphic anything).
There is definitely a moral to the story (being an outsider, definition of family), but it is relatively subtle and didn't make me roll my eyes.
The race(s) are pretty interesting, and very well created. It seemed believable that such a world of creatures could exist and the dynamics between the species also made sense. Even the "bad guys" were a logical extension of the world's species, and their behavior was believable.
I quite enjoyed the story, even though it was a bit slower-paced - and lot less dark - than my usual fare. There is a lot of world and character building and the only part of this that was a bit on the weak side was the 'romantic' component(s). This romance was required by the story, but the angst between the love interests was told, not shown, and had little tension or "oh no" sense to it.
The narration was good and I did buy the next in the series from Audible.
Enjoy the adventure
It is easy to be impressed with the creativity in Cloud Roads. The book includes unique fantasy elements which I enjoyed. Unfortunately, the book also includes Romance elements and I am not interested. (Well, except for the aggressive females who take what they want.) I became bored during repeated arguments that she thinks he is being aloof while he is mad at her for being needy. Blah, Blah.
The author has a great ability to take animal behavior and intertwine it with human society. The characters are well-thought out and the book keeps you interested all the way through. Can't wait for the next one. The narration is also great.
The writing was just a little bit stiff but somehow I was able to believe the story and it gets pretty bizarre. The world is interesting and even picturesque, the bad guys are really, really bad and the social dynamics are believable. I became very fond of Stone and was very sympathetic to the hero, Moon.
Reader of all things science fiction, fantasy, mystery and paranormal.
I didn't read it in print, so I can't speak to that. The narration was good though, except for Jade's weirdly deep voice. Moon's voice was excellent throughout.
I was hooked on this one right away. I loved it and I wasn't expecting to, having not read anything by Martha Wells before. Moon's story is all about finding a place where you belong and it's easy to relate to. Moon's relationship with Stone is my favorite part. It's so painfully awkward, and rings very true that way. The author has free "deleted scenes" for this series up on her website, and there is a sweet moment there between Moon and Stone that I wish had found it's way into the book somehow. I can't wait to read more about them.
Moon, by far. Jade was the worst. Thankfully, Moon is the main character and Jade rarely speaks.
Oh yes. I downloaded book two before I was all the way done with book one just so I just have it queued up. I listened to books one and two back-to-back, and then read all the short snippets on the author's website. I wish book three wasn't so far away.
I really enjoyed this book; it is a truly innovative fantasy fiction. The author quickly gets you invested in the characters. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next.
I have also enjoyed books such as the Aragon series but the beauty of this series is that there is not anything else like it.
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If you like fantasy and shapeshifters, this is a solid story with likeable characters within a created universe that make sense. The narrator does a good job. All in all, good fun.
Love the reader to peaces! I wish my husband had a voice like that ;). His woman voices left a little to be desired but its not distracting.
I found the story very enjoyable from one moment to the next, and am very existed to listen to the rest. I couldn't stop listening until it was over. It was intriguing, inventive, the love story was tasteful and made for funny moments, the man character wasn't totally annoying since he is of the 'somthings wrong with me because no one likes me' audited. And all side characters were fun, colorful, and felt like fully forms characters rather than just popping in to say a line and leave.
this book was very childish. i got up to the 5th chapter and hoped that it was going to get better, so i pushed on for a couple more and i couldn't take it anymore. it was that bad
if all the books that you write are like this. i am going to stay clear of you.
it was as if a child was telling me a story about a unicorn. i didn't like this book at all
i'm going to stay clear of all the books in this series but if you write a new series. who knows.... it might actually be worth my time.
This is a far cry from what I've been used to with fantasy lit but this was a pleasant new world to explore and learn about. Loved the explanations of the characters which truly helped my minds eye to visualize them. Narration was great and the story line was well paced. Moving on to the second in the series and very hungry for more!