Yes, yearly. It reminds us well our Father's heart for us and the heart we're called to have for each other. It reminds us that we all have different temperaments and we're commanded to love one another with those different temperaments. Mostly, it reminds us that we have an elder brother who is true and truly love us, Jesus.
The father - he loves and is show as magnificent in that love.
His inflection and tone make areas where he wants to emphasize even more clear.
God's prodigal love for us knows no bounds.
Overall, interesting story with some misses. It had no characters in whom I was invested. There was some interesting characters along the way but only as a point of curiosity not of true interests.
The story was also a bit disjointed; I almost had a sense of going between various set pieces who connection was tenuous.
Finally, while I know why Mr. Jeter has Scape use the language he does, uses the Lord's name in vain was unnecessary and would not have been accepted in Mr. Dower's world. For this reason alone, I cannot recommend this book.
Michael Page did an admirable job narrating
Mr. Underwood's Geekomancy, book 1 in the Ree Reyes urban fantasy series, was a fun romp into Geekoland with some great characters and a good storyline. He takes that a step further with Celebromancy; his writing was good but now it's even better. His dialog is crisper, action more visceral and storyline more cohesive. Mr. Underwood's sophomore novel has taken a good start and improved it significantly. There are a couple of caveats when it comes to the content of Celebromancy: while it's good to see change, we went from Ree having relationships while focused on the many aspects of her life to a focus on Relationship. That shift felt fairly abrupt; the abruptness then took on a feeling of being fairly contrived to make politically correct points. I also thought that the end had a bit of over-aggrandizement of the celebromancy powers, but that's a nit. Overall, Celebromancy is a fun book that continues to incorporate the current cultural geek milieu into great lines and interesting powers.
Mary Robinette Kowal (a Hugo-award winning writer herself) did a fabulous job narrating the Audible version of the story. I flipped between the Kindle and the Audible version. It was a delight to be able to use Whispersync (about which more here, if interested) to jump between my Kindle version and the Audible recording without back tracking or losing my spot.
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A review of The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura. Translated by Satoko Izumo and Stephen Coates. Audio book read by Charlie Thurston
The Thief is that rare combination of being thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining. It chock full of compelling, memorable characters, a storyline that pulls you in and keeps you in during entire literary ride and the landscape of the story, contemporary, seedy Japan, is brilliant. There are times I can almost sense the infamous pushers cramming people into the trains. As with any translation where one cannot read the source, it’s difficult to say how well written it is. However, this translation is written exceptionally well with crisp, spare dialog and evocative descriptions. I can only conclude that Messrs. Izumo and Coates must have done a masterful job based a great source. Despite the tragic nature of the world which our characters inhabit as well as their own tragic nature, this is an exceptional novel with a very different look at life that provides a flat-out great story. I highly recommend it.
For those who love audiobooks, I also commend the narration of Charlie Thurston. While he’s not Japanese, he seems to be move (or at least speak) comfortably in a Japanese setting. It was a delight to be able to use Whispersync (about which more here, if interested) to jump between my Kindle version and the Audible recording without back tracking or loosing my spot.
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Mr. Gaiman draws us into our past, our fears and hopes, our homely comforts and all too frequent pain of relationship and how our childhood impacts our lives. He draws in with his simple language hiding some interesting constructs. He draws us in with images of our own past and our own reflections on it. For those that listen to the audio book, he draws us in with his voice and pacing. He draws us home only to realize that home is on the other side of the looking glass, down the rabbit hole and more warped than we like to remember.
Interworld is a really fun sci-fi adventure. I read this with one of my sons and while it fits its Juvenile category, we both enjoyed it. It contains a really interesting backdrop of a multidimensional universes where the sliver that contains versions with alternate Earth’s is the focus, the Alternative. It plays out well with interesting, if not deep characters. This book is a lot like a good sci-fi summer film; it’s a great, fun ride with quick moving narrative hitting all the right spots for what it’s trying to do for its target audience (and beyond). No Oscars but a lot of fun.
I switched between the Kindle version of this and the Audible version read by Christopher Evan Welch (I do wish the Audible team would get Whispersync for Voice working on their Windows Phone 8 app). Mr. Welch does a fine job with the character’s voice. I think it was a good choice to have him also read the sequel, The Silver Dream.
Absolutely. This is a lovely introduction to Agatha Christie's brilliant, fussy Belgian Hercule Poirot. Indeed, this is the book that introduced him to the world. It also avoids that nasty habit for which she had such proclivity – heavily misleading evidence. In this case there is a clear over abundance of evidence and sifting through is your challenge whilst chuckling at Captain Hastings attempts to do so.
This production is one of those times when listening to the audiobook brings pleasures uniquely its own.
The interactions of the characters throughout the story is great.
Yes, Chronicles of Narnia. He's great in both but this is a special treat because David Suchet, who portrays Poirot (say that 5 times, fast) in the TV series reads the book. Of course his Poirot is perfect.
Simply lived within that time and among the family at Styles.
I respect the authors and, overall, enjoyed the story. As you'll see below, I believe that the gave short shrift to their characters, a bit one-sided and their setting, a very clichéd South. I believe they will do better with their characters and won't portray another region quite so poorly. Indeed, it is due to that respect for both Authors I’m so hard on the setting and the characters. I believe there can be so much more here with a bit more nuance. In fact, I anticipate reading Beautiful Darkness and look forward to other work they produce together or individually. I simply hope they let the mess of this world seep through a little bit.
Their twist on the magic theme so prevalent in YA is refreshing as is the ending which brings to the fore the fact that right choices can still have difficult consequences
It is read well by Kevin T Collins; his inflections and tone is quite good. His southern accent isn't overdone, which is all too often the case. What makes the audible version great is the eerily performed "16 Moons" song by Michele McGonigle. I can't image a more perfectly fitting performance.
I switched between the Kindle edition and the Audible version, made a bit more difficult due to Audible still needing to enable Whispersync for Voice on the Windows Phone app. Yet another plug to the development team.
Interesting collusion of worlds
Technomacer takes the best of conspiracy theory, parallel existences, aliens and the shady world of private detectives and melds an interesting narrative and cast of characters.The characters are really fabulous.
If Sam Spade read a book, he would sound like Christopher Lane. The amazing part of Lane's reading isn't just that he can out Bogey Bogart, but that he has a terrific range for all of the characters. This is my first book with Lane as a narrator. It won't be my last. He is one of the few readers that make the book better.
If only I could listen at one time. :)
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