Upper Tantallon, NS, Canada | Member Since 2011
It's an interesting twist on the traditional paranormal soulmate story. I enjoyed and 'liked' all the characters, even the bat guanou crazy ones. I didn't find the sex over the top or out of context. The wide variety of species calling Maggie's Grove home bodes well for an interesting future
When I finished listening to "Godess with a Blade" years ago I had two thoughts.
1 - Fantastic Story
2 - Where's its sequel?
Finally "Blade to the Keep" has been released and I couldn't be happier. The setting moves to the vampire world providing an interesting look into Rowan's early life growing up with vampires. It's a great sequel.
A complex narrative following the rotating capture and loss of a group of standing stones called "The Heroes." The lives and actions of several characters on both sides of the conflict are followed and I had difficulty determining who to cheer for. The narrator was ok but he didn't add anything for me and I found the lack of difference between characters confusing; reducing my enjoyment of the story.
If you're earning 7 figures a year don't bother reading this book but for everyone else out there this is a must read.
Although Thom Hartmann's book concentrates on the situation in the United States, since Multi-national corporations are just that, the material is applicable in any country that still has a middle class. For all those people out there who believe Unions have out-lived their usefulness, find out why Unions are the middle classes' most important defence. If the situation doesn't change our children may have better odds becoming a rock star or a professional athlete, than achieving a successful business working career
Take JR Ward's Brotherhood or Lara Adrian's Breed, blend with "Bladerunner" to exchange vampire for cyborg, punt them into space, and you have a good idea what to expect from Laurann Dohner's new Cyborg Seduction series.
Cyborgs were created by Earth scientists and when the cyborgs proved to be too powerful, the Earth Authority sends them on suicide mission. When cyborgs begin refusing these "missions," the Earth Authority terminates All cyborgs. Or so they wish everyone to believe...
Fast forward several decades and the surviving cyborgs have established a tenious toe-hold in the Galaxy. Space Salvage is a major component of their survival resulting in cyborgs in space. The format of the story progresses along this kind of story line. A strong Alpha Male character cruises through space fighting "space pirates" and the Earth Authority and despite incredible odds, finds his corresponding "soul-mate." But finding her is just the beginning of the tale and getting to their "happy-ever what-ever" has its own set of obstacles.
I don't want to go into specific details but I'm a real fan of the self-contained happy conclusion novel. I enjoyed not only this book but several other books in this series so I can confidently recommend this book (series).
I'm a sucker for positive endings so sue me
Things are really starting to get interesting in Maggie's Grove. There was a lot more action in this book compared with the first book in the series. While I really liked this book and I feel it's better than the first book in the series; I agree with reviewers saying the story is missing something. IMHO, while there have been excellent villians so far, the series needs an arch-villian; some one or some organization that can't be defeated in a single book.
Looking forward to the next one
What a great start. I really look forward to listening to more writing by Vicky Loebel. "Keys to the Coven" bowls strike after strike on the way to a perfect game. The characters are flawed, interesting and engaging. They are solid, well-developed, and vibrantly described while maintaining their own personal areas of mystery and leaving plenty of room for future growth. The narration was great and I'm a real fan of using two (male and female) narrators. I don't want to reveal my favourite scenes because I would hate to spoil this book in any way for anyone.
I will mention two things. First, I hesitated purchasing this novel because of the strong over 18 warning but honestly I didn't think the story was that raw. There were some intimate scenes but I found them completely in keeping with the story line and never gratuitous. Second, the last hour, hour and a half, of the book are really action packed, so I would strongly recommend saving the end of the book for a quiet time because you don't want to be interrupted or distracted while listening to it.
Looking forward to the next one!
The latest installment of the Tome of Bill continues to raise the bar for how much crap can be dumped on a poor geeky vampire. As a result, it's a good thing Bill doesn't have to breath because there isn't a snorkel long enough. Explosions have Bill dancing as fast as he can as he tries to stay undead for another day. Just when you figure there isn't anyone Bill hasn't driven to want him dead, his ultimate wedgie of bad luck and super anti-personnel powers manage to identify the few beings left on the planet that don't want to "Kill Bill" and alienates them. The World wants Bill and it wants him dead, really dead; like Monty Python Parrot dead.
This is a fast paced, action packed ireverent romp tripping the vampire geek-tastic. Bill's SMALL group of co-adventurers (friends would be stretching it in some cases), lead by Sally (a real femme fatale), navigate a world turned hostile where "safe house" seems to translate to "Ground Zero" for Bill. Bill's inner monologue and the witty banter between characters had me laughing out loud. It's got to be funny to get me to laugh out loud because people look at me strange when I do; but this book is funny and people did stare.
This tome ended on a cliff hanger so there has to be another one coming and I can't wait. Maybe the next one will have some characters dressed in red to clear things up a bit.
Free Will Bill and company head north to my native land (Canada) as the vampire nation's last chance to avoid a war with big foot. Doctor Death the Diplomat's task is further complicated by the French vampire, Francious, the vampire ruling Canada. Control the maple and control Canada. "Tom" Hortons and "eh" punctuation hilarity ensue. Bill continues his inventive manipulation of his 4-letter vocabulary while Sally proves whose the "Alpha" in their relationship.
This series has become a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. The more I enjoy it, the more I fear my PC quotient is failing. For some reason I find this addictive series 100 proof entertainment; maybe it's because its "juvenile" humour makes me feel young again. The Tomes of Bill is a paranormal parody poking pun at packing, prods, paramores, politics, and peaceniks. Blobs, Bullwinkle, Draculas, environmentalists, french, human friends, nerds, ninjas, Scooby-doo, tree-huggers, vampires, yeti, witches, zombies, no beings are sacred.
The ending cries out for another Doctor Death adventure. This was the best performance yet by narrator Christopher John Fetherolf . He really nailed the "outrrrageous" french accent a la Monty Python. Christopher John Fetherolf has become Free Will Bill's voice and I really hope he continues as the narrator.
Strap on your little boy shorts and enjoy.
Bill is Back.My favourite telecommuting, under achieving, game programmer turned vampire is once again unleasing his unique can of wimp-ass on the vampire establishment. Bill's an anti-literary industry vampire. He's dumpy, he's bespectacled, he's a nerd but he doesn't sparkle. IMHO the strength of the series is the character's interaction. I just love the conversational banter between the characters.
You would have to read The Tome of Bill, Book 2, Bill the Vampire. It's another great story with a Khan. Bill gets to visit the far east and Sally's fun with Bill is just so wicked.
I really enjoyed this audio book and I have already started listening to book 3
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