Powell, WY, United States | Member Since 2007
I give this book an A+ for the attempt to merge fantasy and sci fi, but it seems to not have a major punch. The book is now a classic(1980) and that may explain some, but the story is not dated. Feels like it could have been written yesterday. The story flows well and issues are resolved along the way. The plot does a nice twist toward the third book, upending some of what you know at that point. I did think the conversation between the Stiles and Sheen in the beginning was unique and I like the dialog between them, but that is about as deep as the book gets. I guess that between Stile's perceived handicap of being short and his abilities, his abilities out weigh any empathy you might feel for him. I found myself caring about the robot more than anyone else. All in all it is good story worth the read, if anything just to learn about the two worlds. The narrator is just okay, but did his job well though. Was able to listen without complaint. I think this maybe one book where a movie version might do better in showing visuals rather than explaining them, especially when playing the games or using magic.
Drothe is in no way special, not even anti hero special. He has no real talent, can be cruel and mean, and short tempered. He does have his moments of caring and kindness, though. He has the best of luck and the worst of luck, in this mobsters meets fantasy meets mystery tale. He bounces from meeting with people to battling for his life while searching the scant clues he finds along the way in search of potent relic. The end is a bit of a surprise, ending with Drothe in position even he couldn't have imagined. It leaves the second book wide open for possibilities.
The author does a good job of making you interested in a man you probably wouldn't have as friend or even care to know. The magic system is hardly explained, but happens in strange ways that still keep it fresh. The narrator draws you in even further using his clear unassuming voice and different characterizations.
I liked this book because the main character is pretty plain and simple, but it is his journey that leaves you wanting to see whats just around the corner.
If you liked the Gentlemen Bastards, Dark Angel, or Riyria series, you might like this one, but don't expect this to be anything like those.
I was waiting forever for the audio release. I even wrote Jonathan Maberry to find out when it was coming out and told me it wasn't, my hopes were dashed in ever finishing the story. Well, it was a welcomed surprise to see it one day sitting in the pre-order section.
This story fills outs the questions from the first two books, but opens more up at what will happen in next book. In this book we find a death cult group and learn about new types of zombies. Not to spoil anything, but if you have read other Maberry books, a certain character pops up in the middle of this one. That put a big ol' smile on my face.
From the sounds of it, the next book will be the last one.
Just have to say I enjoyed this section better than the first three. To me it seems the pace is faster, the action a little bit more engaging, and the story is tighter. I like the fact that we see how imaging is explored to come up with more tools. In the end though the author comes up with a very powerful magic system, but seems limited in his imagination on how to use it. I like Quaeryt much more, he is more reckless and daring than Rhenn. Quaeryt more roguish by far and little more free and easy. The narrator is still dry to me, but I have come to expect to hear his voice and now associate it with the Imager series.
Out of all the books I read as a teen in the 80's, this is the one I was happiest to see to make it to audible. The wait has been long but worth it. If you ever read Stainless Steel Rat, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Disc World, or Xanth books, you will probably like this one, too. It is set along the lines of medieval times but bounces around many dimensions. The magic of this series is the trouble Aahz and Skeeve manage to get themselves into and out of. There is a lot of word play that is main source of the comedy and interaction. The part I always like best was all the weird and strange worlds and people that Aahz and Skeeve come across. Aahz is a little one dimensional, set in his ways and often falls back on his 'situational ethics'. Skeeve is little more well rounded as he comes into his own, showing a range of emotions and the goodness of his heart. How Skeeve could have ever became a thief, is beyond me, as he always feels guilt towards those he feels he has wronged.
The narrator does a good job, but I always imagined Skeeve with a little younger sounding voice, but after listening for a bit, that was soon forgotten. He gives all the main characters a unique voice that make listening enjoyable and easy to follow along.
If you like urban fantasy like Dresden files or Iron Druid you might like this one. It deals with much the same lore, but is toned down in violence and sex for a kid level. My 14 year old likes it well enough. I like the narrator, she very English, but has a wide range for voices for all the characters so you tell who is speaking all the time. Not sure if I will finish the series but I will be getting the 2nd book to see where it is headed.
If you like the Iron Druid or The Dresden Files, you might like this series. It's just a lot weirder and stranger. It dares to go a direction most other books could or would not go. Mr. Green certainly has vivid imagination. There is a book series turned into an audio play he does called Deathstalker, that is 180 degree from this story but no less imaginative and fun. Marc Vietor is great narrator, but it did take me sometime to really enjoy his work and get in to it. He also does the Black Company series and if I did not know he had done both books I would have never guessed. He shapes his voice to the book and characters.
I really like this series, it is fast paced and keeps moving right along. It feels like 20 hours packed into 5 or 6 compared to some other books. It's gruesome, bloody, funny, scarey, and adventurous, sometimes all at once. The Nightside is a dark and horrid place where anyone can find whatever pleasure they desire. There are the abused and the abusers, the tormented and tormenters, it is a place of perpetual darkness. But, there are a few souls in this dark world that do shine some light in the corners. This is one of the darker urban fantasies have listened to so far, I would not recommend it for kids. It seems that one does not really have to listen to the books in order to enjoy them, each story stands on it's own, but there is some information that does come across as the series progresses, so it is best to read them in order.
There is a book with 4 short stories, including one from Mr. Green that is a Nightside story but read by another narrator, called Mean Streets.
Two things I disliked about the book. First is that monsters are suppose to be a big secret but about half the world seems to know. Second, I am so tired of the standard fare of monsters, vamps, werewolves, ghouls, etc. I really wish more authors that could be more creative.
Other than that once I got started into the book it was not bad at all. I like the fact the book keeps a pretty fast pace. I did not care the for last battle though, the fight dragged for more than two hours and could have been a little more condensed. Sometimes the book could be a little predictable. The narrator very is good, but, for me, there was just that spark missing that really makes an audio book shine. His voice is clear and understandable and he does a pretty good with female voices. Looking forward to the rest in the series.
If you like this book I recommend the Joe Ledger series or if you like a like more fantasy mixed into your military battles try the Black Company. If you're more into urban fantasy with a little more magic and less guns try Dresden files or Iron Druid.
What a good, fun story. Between the narrator and author the story has this hard boiled 1950's feel. Would like to see a follow up story, enjoyed getting to know Mack and how he gets along in the world. It was nice to see a main character that is not human. I've all ready listened to Gil's All Fright Dinner, plan on getting my hands on the rest of Martinez works.
I was disappointed that James Marsters was not able to narrate this book. On the other hand, having listened to several series that had narrator changes, John Glover does a very credible job(you know what I mean if you had to put with a Song of Ice and Fire switch from Roy Dotrice to John Lee). James is the voice of Dresden, as if Dresden in sitting across from you telling you his story. John makes this more like he is reading from a Dresden's dairy. It's good, just not great. Would like to hear more of John doing another series as he is a very good narrator. I hope they give James a chance to redo this book, but would not hold my breath. The producers of audio books seem to care very little about continuity of narrators so long as they get it made and kick it out the door. It's like watching a TV series, then next season they change all the actors.
If you have made it this far into the series you don't need me to tell you anything about this book. The only bad part is that we have to wait for the next to come out. Thanks, Jim for a such a wonderful character and story.
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