I just finished reading Legion by Brandon Sanderson, and thought that it was a great little Novella. I had never read Mr. Sandersons books before, and this was a great introduction. His characters were amusing, intriguing, and more importantly, I never got bored with his Novella as he developed interesting questions for his characters to ponder, important questions about privacy, moral responsibility for ones actions, the use of technology; acceptance of weirdness is assumed.
His main protagonist is a man who has some serious mental illness which causes him to create multiple "aspects " of himself, most of whom have some skills and some individual character personality, beyond himself.
I am hoping that this becomes an introduction of sorts, to the family, and more stories will come that will continue using the same cast of hallucinogenic people, all of whom share in and live in the same 45 room mansion with a butler who serves the aspects orange juice, and provides dignified tolerant amusement to the invisible creations of the master himself.
Great fun. I await a full blown story.
sure.. I would recommend legion as it is a fun little read of 2 hours.
This Book, which is the 7th in a series called Outlander, is a continuation of the Scottish James Fraser family, extended into the following two generations,including in- laws and the many affected others one gets to know. The vivid characters wrestle with questions about being family, being a father, a partner, loving and committing to a cause, being true to one's own nature, all set, primarily, in the Revolutionary War time of 1776. Diana Gabaldon's unique style of mixing her characters around and seeing what they will do with real life emotions, and consequences blend with the smells, sights and sounds that make one feel as though they are present as observer and participant. There is a moral undertone that runs through all of Diana's work lending even her humor a gravitas on the condition imposed by real people living life. She creates strong women and male characters both, hearty villains, imaginatively flawed characters and sympathetic observations on the human condition.
So many individual scenes stand out. The loss of one of the characters made me cry, as he was so vivid a person to me. The wounding of another created an entirely new plot twist, turning the direction of the book toward a new goal. I hesitate to say too much and give away any of the enjoyment of discovery.
Davina brings an entirely enthralling dimension to the characters and an interpretation of their actions. Words fail me when describing Davina Porters excellent skills. She enables me to forget that there is one reader, and a large cast of characters, with different accents, different energies and intentions. She has marvelous diction through out. She is simply the best. The best. She ranks at the top of the four or five fabulous readers that I would prefer to listen to always.
Absolutely not. I wanted to savor it,doling it out in bits and small pieces to make it last, much like a favorite treat that you do not wish to let go of with greedy haste. As it was, it was over too soon.
This isn't as exciting a book as the first one in the series, but it is a great read. I believe that it is because there is only so much that could be told as the main characters age. Diverging from the protagonist couple that sparked the first couple of dynamic stories, we are now witnessing the view from the next generation, along with their problems and unique perspectives. Diana weaves stories like a tapestry, and the threads are being woven over and over, entwining and knotting here and there, then returning to form a whole cloth.The threat of death runs through all of the books. She does not shrink from the strong acknowledgement of wounding and the damage from living life. I admire her skill as a writer, and would read any of the stories that she can create, just for the pleasure of her written , and spoken, words.
The book was a surprise to me, as I more often read fiction, because I love stories. I was fascinated by these different, historic stories, on which Sarah Vowell is really competent and well-informed . In addition to her research, her insight is thoughtful, sassy and full of wit. I was entertained, and totally hooked. Great read.
Sarahs insight, Sarahs voice, which suits her viewpoint completely.
not ever listened to them
I found myself quoting the book, and laughed at many of the stories.
I am a fan, now. There are many actors who portray the characters in the book, so there are quantities of variety of speakers, which made the book quite interesting to listen to.
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I found the character of the Rabbi to be the most complex character, and I would have more of the rabbi. Rina Lazarus most interesting to follow, but she wasn't totally well defined. She pulls back the curtain that hides a Jewish sect, their feelings and behaviors. The least Interesting was the hero Peter Decker, who was boring.
nice vocal presence.
While I enjoyed the book, I was not compelled to pick it up and continue to read it with avidity. I just enjoyed it. Nicely done small photo-shot of a segregated community and the larger town reaction to their existence.
Fabulous writing event
I have read this book, and Davina Porter is the perfect voice to these characters, bringing them alive with character and personality. Her reading is supurb,utilizing accents that clarify class, and she does it in English, Scots, French and American besides. I have given this book as a gift and I have given away the audio version as well. I found that people enjoy the audio even better as all of the characters become more real with such a competent reader.
The author is a marvelous storyteller, and weaves an intense physicality into the story through capturing all of the senses of smell, touch, feel, sight and sound.The book moves fast .Claire has accidentally been thrown from one husband in the 20th century into a second marriage of necessity in the 18th century.The somewhat redoubtable nurse Claire is pulled from one world into another, as her relationship with the world of Jamie Fraser deepens. Is she a bigamist?Is she a murderer? Is she a nurse and healer? She is capable of much. Between the ongoing preparations for the Jacobite wars, and the lesser infighting of the clans and their blood oaths, the action is continuous, the characters complex and interesting.The wedding night remains one of my favorite well done scenes,as does the imagery of clan MacKenzie working out their proscribed roles of the day, with many smaller character roles becoming real. The action scenes are fast and continuous, and all ties together in one long storyline, with multiple threads being woven together. A most satisfying read and listen.
Gosh I loved this book, each time I have read it, and those that followed. This of all, however, is the best.
Odd Apocalypse was the third book in the series that I have read, having just discovered Dean Koontz recently. Yes, I know, everyone else knew him before, but I procrastinated. His use of a type of inquiry that continues through the book, in which a quasi spiritual conversation takes place within the main characters thoughts.The author poses situations and contrasts them with his hero, the Odd Thomas in question, who is constantly providing paradoxes and thoughts that provoke others.The main character, Odd Thomas enjoys a terribly simple existence, bumping along on the kindness of others, following a type of "voice" or urge, or Higher Powers instructions.The author got a little beyond me in this one, and I never quite enjoyed it as much as the two previous novels, but it was probably due to his use of over the top characters who behave so, well, improbably. They were just a bit too inexplicable for me to feel a connection with.I felt a little irritated with the consistently lurking evil, having insufficient reason for the action going to take place,always by brilliant people, with loads of money, and either a grudge or an ego based goal. With all that said, I would also say - all along, I enjoy the writing, and so I will read more of this writer, in fact, with an eagerness I will try the next one n the series. After all,not every book comes from the same space in a writers head, as another.
Yes. This is a complicated story that would be good to listen to twice, in order to enjoy the small details and small references, to savor them as much as possible.
Geography, Interesting Culture, Great Tale, Intriguing Characters; all are part of what I am coming to expect from the Walt Longmire series.I have read three of them now, and feel as though they build on an awareness of a place in time, a contrasting between modernity and timelessness, and an excess of idiosyncratic personalities. Fast paced, and a bit supernatural, the mysteries open up and out, unfolding until the story is satisfyingly complete.
George Guidall is THE BEST! I would listen to him read the newspaper, or a telephone book perhaps.
If I were to make a film of this book if would have a tag line of 21st century small town living out the past.
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