I admit it, I'm a Bujold fan. So, I was extremely happy to find this title. At first, the reader put me off. He uses the whangy twang of the privileged few. Soon it seems absolutely appropriate.
The story line is not only interesting but also amusing. It reveals the inner and outer life of a minor actor in the Vorkosigan saga that shows him as more than a side kick. Of course, with friends like his, you don't need enemies and complications will ensue. But, for a plot outline, see the blurb above.
Know that you need not have read any of the Vorkosigan books to enjoy this one.
This is a typical regency romance. A good way to wile away a rainy day, or a workout on the treadmill.
Jane Austin is responsible for a lot of popular literature. I've read several versions of "what happened" after the wedding bells ring in Pride and Prejudice. And, I've read at least three takes on the fate of Lydia. This is, in my humble opinion, the best.
It is a joy watching Lydia maneuvering through country life, London life, and life abroad to her advantage. She brushes through adventures with history, repeats her mistakes with aplomb, finds love (or, at least, lust) with the typical wrong man. Her enthusiasm for life remains undiminished and her friends agree.
An interesting tale, well told. It is part mystery, part romance in the classical sense, part sheer entertainment. Note that it is part of a continuing series by Kate Atkinson. Something I wished I knew before starting this one.
I've always enjoyed the political backdrop of Saylor's Finder books. Like them, "The Seven Wonders" is a not so subtle lesson in history. As our young protagonist, Gordianus, the Finder to be, visits the marvels of his age, he solves a mystery at each location. In addition, the listener is given a lecture about the Wonder in question. It's a fun way to absorb ancient history.
If you enjoyed the series and like history in small, not too dry, doses this listen will entertain you.
The tale is simple enough. A well-known ADA goes missing in New Orleans after Katrina. What happened? Why? (The who is less important.) The answers are straight forward; the reader will pick up most of the solution about half way through the book. It's the character development that kept me listening. The characters, in this case, include the city, the victims, the detective, her mentor, and many others. I liked that the author followed through to some extent on what happened after the case was solved.
The narrator is excellent. She conveys the story (told in the first person) with conviction.
This is an enjoyable, albeit, predictable continuation of the McCall Smiths series about Botswana. And, it is an excellent conclusion to all that has gone before. Well worth my one credit.
The initial concept of dividing people by their primary personality trait is riveting. After that, the story falls apart and goes down hill. There is a little bit of Harry Potter. There is a larger bit of The Hunger Games. There is an even larger dollop of teenage sex and a whole lot of angst.
The story involves a sixteen yr old girl who chooses to leave her family's life style for one that is almost diametrically opposite. Much of the book is devoted to the training involved, her attempts to fit into the new group, and to her burgeoning love life. Believe me, it isn't as interesting as that sounds. Plot is largely limited to the last couple of chapters. The ending that neatly eliminates her parents, is telegraphed and rushed.
The author has an easy way with words and some good ideas that are not fulfilled in this work. The reader has a little girl voice that suits the protagonist.
If I had read this before Game of Thrones, I would not have undertaken that series. This is an average Analog ss.
I understand that this is a YA novel, and likely number 1 in a series. The basic idea of various beings living in (more or less) harmony in a city (world?) is very good. The story line is rather flat and not very interesting. Characters appear stereotypical. The author has a handy way with words, very nice to listen to. But the plot deserves, at most, a novella, not a novel. Probably more development of the other "races" would make Cast in Shadow a winner.
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