I listened to the entire series in hopes that the author would develop the characters, world and story better, since I found the concept of a Vampire in a domestic setting intriguing. Although the series continues to keep some interesting concepts, the story doesn't get better or worst.
The author continues to make the same mistakes throughout the entire series. The mystery is very predictable. Samantha doesn't act as a mother in many situations or like a former federal agent, or even like a regular woman, and keeps making poor decisions that could easily expose her "secret" vampirism to strangers. Also all other characters in the series are kept one dimensional.
For some reason the author also seems to be going with the "extraordinary and most powerful" route for Samantha's character. She is now developing all kinds of psychic abilities that allow her to "know" everything by touching objects, talking to ghosts, listening to her "inner alarm" or by communicating with old spirit, etc. These abilities apparently are not developed by all vampires. Although it is somewhat interesting to have a psychic vampire, at the same time its also very anticlimactic and convenient to have her find out everything so easily.
I suspect that many of the issues I find with this series are related to the shortness of each book. I have no idea why the author creates such short stories but by doing so he really hampers the character development and the flow of the story.
Nonetheless the series is somewhat interesting and the author has a different concept going (psychic vampire investigator and mother of two kids). This series may not win any awards but its still mildly entertaining.
This book was a complete ripoff of Kelly Armstrong's books. This author proved to me that she has no creativity and her way of dealing with that is to copy other authors. I guess she thought that by making minor changes to Armstrong's story she had a "new" story. Her copy of Clayton was flat and uninteresting. Her copy of Elena turn out annoying, childish, self-centered, spoiled and stupid. Elena was ten times a better character, even with her flaws, one could understand her decisions and motivations.
I'm guess I'm truly astonished that this book was published and was made into a series.
Although the mystery was very predictable, somehow this book held my attention. Maybe it was the somber mood, or the newness of having a vampire in domestic setting that made this book intriguing to a point.
Aside from the predictability, this book has also several inconsistencies and problems. Like the husband's complete revulsion for Moon. According to the story they had a great marriage before the attack. He was the person who help her setup her new lifestyle. Somehow from that you go to utter revulsion and blackmail. Obviously, the author wanted this character to be a jerk and to push Moon into a new stage of her life. But the inconsistency and lack of explanation (consistent to human behavior) is a bit annoying. The same thing can be said about her husband's sudden fear for his kids. He goes from having no fear (always leaving the kids alone with her) to stipulating that she will only have supervised visits. There was not reason for this and no event that supported this behavior (this was his plan from the beginning). I don't even want to start with all the problems and inconsistencies with Moon's character.
However, even with all the problems, I still listen to the story until the end. Astonishingly, I'm not against buying the next book in the series. I think I see promise with Moon's character and the series as a whole. I can see her character growing, getting stronger and taking control of her life. Hopefully I won't be disappointed.
Let me start by saying that I really enjoyed the first installment "The name of the Wind". I really liked Rothfuss writing style and although there were things that annoyed me about the first book I thought that was a good book overall. Now, the second installment "The Wise Man's Fear" is another matter. I find it hard to believe that an author can write so much about nothing and some how people like it. 42 hours (I think the book is about a 1000 pages) and the plot doesn't progress one bit..not one bit...How can that be possible? Book two and Kvothe is still 16? I think at this pace we'll see the conclusion to the KingKiller Chronicles in 20 years, if we are not bored to death before!!!This book has NO PLOT, there is no excitement or big mystery, it only contains side events in the life of Kvothe. Events that are mostly unimportant for the plot and at times silly or boring but still they go on, and on and on. For example, all the hours/pages wasted in Dena and the Felurian. Really, what a waste of time, ink and Megabytes. Or what about the ridiculous ketan fighting thing? Really??? But of course we get no insight in potentially more interesting events. I'm starting to think that Mr. Rothfuss likes to write just to show his writing skills, just like some people like to talk just to hear themselves talk.Also, Kvothe's character in my opinions is very inconsistent in this book. At times his a very sharp/smart, street savvy, even mature, the next minute he is as naive and stupid as it comes. I found him less likeable and real because of these inconsistencies. Lastly, during the course of this book I got a strong feeling that Kvothe never becomes all that powerful or even competent throughout his life but instead he gets lucky during certain events, which are then exaggerated by story tellers and that's why he is telling "his real story". Hopefully, I'm wrong and that is not the case!
Have a plot for this book instead of writing about silly and inconsequential events.
Great Performance. I think he is the reason why I continued listening.
I was completely disappointed with this book. Not sure if I'll continue to waste time and money in this "trilogy".
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