I was just looking for something light to take a break from the length of finishing Dune before I started Messiah. Ooops, I stumbled on to a series I can't stop listening to. In a parallel world, one of our own gets sucked into a land of Pires and Thropes and their inability to deal with the concept of serial killer/criminally insane perps. Barant is obviously very educated, or at the very least extraordinarily well read, and it shows in the development of her plots, her use of pulp fiction, her references to modern pop culture and the variety of characters she makes from classic horror fiction. Just when I thought I couldn't be delighted more, what with my inner nerd hopping and pointing at every reference I understood, I started listening to the second book. BOOM, she impressed me again with her intimate knowledge of the comic book world. Not just with the heroes and villains, but with the culture and the artists!
She uses this alternate world of hers to take Jace (I think that's the spelling) and make an Heroin that is part stephanie plumb, part buffy sass, part dick tracy (or name your favorite dick), part lois lane (tenacity) all seasoned with some John McLaIn attitude. I'm sure there are other attributes in there, but Jace is a truly fun character.
If you are a nerd, even a little one, you will love this series. If you like strong female characters, take a listen. If you like fantasy, alternate worlds, the non traditional use of the familiar and laughing, i recommend this series. Barant weaves these characters with extreme skill and presents information about the world with excellent narration.
Go, spend a credit.
The store is well written and entertaining but the narration was a little fast. The narrator spoke to quickly for me
It's a favorite. Very nice surprise, new take on a old story.
Jace, she is a badass.
All of it.
Yes, I really enjoyed this book.
Enjoyed the book. Is it the best I have ever read, no, but enjoyable just the same. Will read the rest of the series.
Yes, I actually have already done so. The book itself has a great story line, with a unique perspective. While yes you do need to stretch your own perspectives of disbelief, as long as you can accept that perhaps there are other dimensions, who is to say that they can't be just close enough to ours to throw things off a bit. For those who like dry humor there is plenty to go around. I found myself laughing quite a bit, but suspect that some readers will miss the references if they do not listen closely, or if they have problems with a snarky, mouthy FBI agent whose defense mechanism is to be sarcastic. I love Jayce in part because she's very much like me in many ways. Ask yourself how you would react if you were drug from this reality into a totally different one without your ascent? I know I'd be pissed, even if I did get my own Charlie the golem watching my back.
Jayce however sometimes is quick to strike back at what she perceives as an insult or potential threat a little too much and could possibly alienate some readers. She can come off a bitch at times.
Slight spoiler alert: Knowing a little about world history can be helpful to readers of these books. While some of the events described in the books are explained, the scope of the events may not be completely be appreciated in my mind if you don’t have some point of reference. For example, the concentration camps, yes Germany had them as did Japan, Italy, and even us except we called them internment camps. Thousands of people died on both sided of the war in the concentration camps. So the references in the book about the war and it’s devastating effect on the human population of both dimensions is better appreciated if people know more about what atrocities were committed, in helping understand why the serial killer in the book justifies in his mind why to take commit his own atrocities.
One main issue I still have is: I like Jayce am still unsure of why they drug her into the alternate world and hope that will be better explained in future stories. I’ve already bought the next two and plan on listening to those next.
The main character to me has a very similar personality as does Illona Andrew's character, Kate Daniels in that take me or leave me I don't really care matter of fact way.
Better control of the southern twang. I know it is very difficult when talking in a different voice than your own not to occasionally slip into your own voice default. However, from an audiobook perspective I am not overly impressed with her portrayal of Jayce. It isn’t that I don’t dislike her voice it is just that for me I first heard her read the Sookie Stackhouse books and love her voice, and have listened to some of the ones she did for other writers and have enjoyed those as well. However to me her voice IS Sookie. She has a very distinctive voice that works well with that character as a Louisiana small town girl. In this series the narrator uses that same vocal style; I suspect her regular voice, to articulate the main character. While the character is a smart ass just like Sookie she is supposed to be from St. Louis, not small town bayou. She attempts most of the book to remove the southern twang but it slips a few too many times for me. Because of this I have difficulties envisioning the Jayce the author attempts to setup and instead have visions of Sookie Stackhouse in the scene. Despite this for those who have never heard the Sookie books I know you will hear a strong, well articulate narrator who does a great job with the various voices to the point it is very identifiable which character is talking.
Brilliantly funny, must see, sleeper hit for all those people who enjoy rooting for the strong, smart-ass heroine.
Like I said for those who like reading books with strong female leads, who enjoy dry humor, smart-ass comments, and occasional romantic subplots (no detailed sex scenes) this book is worth the time and money.
I say surprisingly because, its not often that I'm listening to a book, and thinking ahead to how excited I am that there are more books available when this ends.
It's a fresh concept, and fun to read along since the heroine doesn't make the basic "girly" mistakes a lot of main characters do. But she's not all brass and stubborn head strong over confident either- well, leans more that way, but not that cliche Anita Blake type of personality.
You know, I think I like it because its fun, bravado, but not too much romance. It seems like so many urban sci-fi books are all romance, sexy vamps, and hot wares. I have no problem with that when it furthers a plot, or if that's what the book is and is in the romance section. But I hate when I buy a book from the sci-fi section thinking I'm getting one thing and then feel like I'm reading a harlequin novel- all pining and longing, and wondering...puke. Stop publishing erotica as sci-fi. Just publish it as erotica or romance. Haha sorry, I know a lot of people love it, my sister loves it. No offense meant.
Anyhow- this book is really good, and I look forward to listening to more from the series. I hope it continues capturing my attention.
Johanna Parker does great. I was a little weary when she started talking and I recognized her as the narrator who did the Sookie books... But no overlapping or distractions.
First off, there are some really violent and cruel tortures in this book. The books itself is well written, there are some really good scenes in it and it is one of those books that is better left letting it tell the tale rather than trying to guess what is coming next. Characterization is great; everyone acts within the range given them by the author and they are all more than cookie cutter figure. There are twists and turns in the book, but no particularly ugly surprises. The narrator, Johanna Parker, is, of course, great, although I have a tough time with some of her male voices, particularly since there are a LOT of them in this book and I had a tough time trying to figure out just from the 'voice' which one it was. While YMMV, I found this a good book, both the print version (I read it when it first came out) and the audio version recently listened to.
I just happened by the second book in this series and found it interesting. I went back and found this one and downloaded it just for fun. I was very happy with the story and the narration. If you are a Sookie Stackhouse Fan you will either love the narration or find it a little weird. Parker is a great narrator.