Sometimes when a book is fun, you're happy to suspend disbelief for a while because you're enjoying the ride. This is my rule for the older class of James Bond movies. Sure, he's jumped from a plane, skied down a mountain, and then flipped onto a motorcycle and speeds away. Why not? A few reviews have complained about bits and pieces being hard to believe, but they have apparently missed the fun romp of this book.
We have a very smart female lead (Myfanwy Thomas) saving England from evil foreign agents. Myfanwy is extremely smart and a talented bureaucrat, inside an organization that exists to stop fantastical threats. She also posses amazing powers, even surprising herself.
This is an entertaining mystery as Myfanwy figures out who she is! Great way to introduce us to this new world as Myfanwy discovers it herself.
This is a great set-up for a follow-on series of books, but it will be hard for the author to top this!
A few minor complaints... Now and then Myfanwy seems a little less like an adult woman and a bit more like an overgrown teenager. The "past" Myfanwy seems to break character towards the end of the book. As with any fantasy book, the "rules" of the fantasy world are a bit sketchy.
I will definitely read more book from this author. Also, the narration hooked me immediately. Loved it.
After listening to the audio sample, I really liked the setup for this book, and was expecting a supernatural thriller. What I got instead was a book about office politics, loaded with groan worthy one-liners used to destroy any threat of a sense of tension.
Admittedly I’m only about one quarter my way through this book, but I’m not sure if I’m going to go any further. The main character seems to rely on spunk and pithy comebacks as opposed to any sort of real wit, and the author wears his ignorance as a badge of honor, quickly glossing over any parts that might benefit from a real historical context or technical explanation, calling those bits boring, and making fun of anyone who might be interested in greater detail.
The characters and their back-stories all seem to exist all to make random ham-fisted jokes, rather than add any emotion to the story.
The reader is alright. When doing straight-up narration her voice seems a bit stilted, with awkward and seemingly random pauses. But that seems to be the intent of the source material, and her voice flows freely through the dialogue.
I’m guessing the target demographic for this book is under-appreciated female office workers, and if you fit somewhere near that group you might find this fun, but otherwise there are better ways to spend your time than listening to this.
I tore through this one, and I thought it was terribly amusing.
There are a few plot holes, and I wish there had been either some real suspense or more laugh-out-loud bits. Mainly, I wish there had been more suspense. The tone is such that, although there is a fairly substantial body count, there's no real sense of jeopardy or loss as the plot skips loonily along.
But I loved Myfanwy and Ingrid (and even Little Pawn Alan), so whatever. I'll read the sequel just as soon as it comes out.
I had not, but she's terrific.
This question and answer business is terrible.
Loved the narrator and her accent.
The MC. She had wonderful character development.
I enjoyed her imitation of male characters. Quite well done and a joy to hear.
Nope. Took multiple sittings. About a week.
This reminds me of an urban fantasy. You know, the chicks chicks in leather kicking demonic ass genre, except that the chick is in a suit and she kicks ass from behind a desk and through a mess of bureaucracy. It doesn't sound as interesting when I put it like that but I quite enjoyed it. Very well worth the read.
I can't figure the hype for this story. First the reader is the worst. I wake up in the night and hear her terrible cadence. She reads the whole story like it is a list. Then there is the story. Trash. I should have quit when the first two things that happened didn't make any sense. But I kept on and the concepts just got worse. I know it is paranormal fantasy, but we need a sense of plausibility. Characters should do what people do as we know them, these don't. The decisions they make, do not make sense. Then there is the whole premise of a person who wakes up with amnesia and other than not remembering who she is, remembers everything else about the world. Fashion, reading, interpersonal relations, society. I'm going back to John Scalzi and Neil Gaiman.
The Rook is a cute book with a great story, creating a mystery within a unique world of supernatural.
Rook Thomas deals with some very clever supernatural occurrences while trying to discover which of her colleagues has betrayed her and stolen her memory.
The only problem for me was that for the longest time it seems that the story is just not moving forwards, there was endless details regarding different people within Rook Thomas's organization, as well as some supernatural phenomenon some of which just seemed pointless, I found my self muttering to the book "just get on with it".
That said once she did get on with it, the story line is very interesting as well as intriguing.
Interesting story line and well performed. This is a story of the supernatural, and the main subject has the ability to read body functions and thus control others. The main subject discovers there is a traitor, knows she will survive without any of her memories, and proceeds to write instructions for her future self. The story bounces between the current and previous occupant of the body. Because of this, it is sometimes a little hard to tell which of the two body occupants is in the action. Overall, it was an interesting story and worth the listen.
The book was a fun story and a good premise to start with.
Men in Black? I know it's a movie...but that's all I can think of. It was a hilariously ludicrous concept that worked as long as you suspended reality.
No. She got her characters mixed up and somehow all of the men came off sounding the same. Her "American" accent was horrible! Completely unbelievable.
Can I reiterate what a very, very bad job Susan Duerden did on this? Her normal speaking voice is whiney in the extreme and her characters all had similar accents and delivery. UGH! At least I know who to watch out for in the future.
I thought the story was fun but trite at times. O'Malley's dialog could use some work. It's way to full of things like:
"huh?" she said.
"Yeah." I said.
"Really?!" she said.
"Yeah!" I said.
Maybe he's just trying to be funny with it by going over the top...but it just got tiring. Then again, it might have worked with A DIFFERENT NARRATOR!
And don't get me started on the "duck that can tell the future but only three questions per person". Really? C'mon you're a very creative guy Mr. O'Malley! You can do better than that!
This is an unusual story, even for fantasy. The premise that there exists a government-sponsored agency comprised of people with "unusual" powers is new to me. Like all government bodies, this one has a bureaucracy.
There were two or three scenarios in the story where it was left pretty much unexplained how the protagonist was able to get out of a seemingly hopeless situation, but the story was so good I was able to overlook those parts. The twists and turns in the story aren't so complicated that you wish you had paid better attention to earlier parts, but not so simple that the story is predictable either.
The narrator, Susan Duerden, is excellent, differentiating voices well for ease in following dialog.
If you are looking for a superhero story that is well written and well read, you can't do better than this one. Highly recommended for fantasy fans.