the book was very entertaining. lots of detail and very well written. the story was good with lots of background and set up a world I hope we get more of.
Not the best book I've ever had, but one of the better first books I've seen. Could have been more tightly edited, and a bit more rambly, but by the same token, lots of quirk, some nice lines and a pleasing mishmash of visceral horror and comedy of manners. Curious what comes next from O'Malley.
Sure it was time well spent as I drive 4 hours each day and need to fill the time. Plus i'm new to this whole audiobook deal so I'm still trying to find what genre I enjoy. That is why I chose this book; it was something completely different than what I normally listen to (the classics).
Perhaps because this isn't my cup o tea, but I can sum this book up as follows; take 1 part X-Men, add 1 part League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, water down greatly, and toss in some Hardy Boy's mystery novel and you have The Rook.
I won't say it was bad, I can only say that the elements were not original; a super secret team with superpowers battles monsters and bad guys all the while a traitor is afoot. One guy can manipulate metal, another can control your body and read your mind through telepathy, another can turn invisable, another has sharp bone claws...and they all learn to develop and control their powers through a secret school only for those with superpowers...come on!.
And the mystery was easily solved once you you were introduced to the backstory of each character.
Yes. I always do the book/movie comparison whether I enjoyed it or not.
Without a doubt, there is a huge debt of acknowledgement owed to the orator. As pessimistic as I have been about this book's review, the orator is nothing short of phenomenal. Her accents, her accentuation, her tone and delivery. She is without a doubt the best orator I have listened to so far. There were several occasions where I swore that another person was involved in the reading.
Absolutely brilliant she was.
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.