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I truly enjoyed this book...almost as much as the movie. I recommend this to any fan who wants to get a little Trek during thier drive!
Correia did a good job with this one, and I'll keep reading these, but why the asides? This is a growing trend in books and it isn't a good one. Don't tell me a story within a story when a character could give a synopsis of past events and make it a smoother flow to the reading. Other than that, I truly enjoy this series and recommend it to anyone who enjoys supernatural without the teenage girl romance and glittery vamps!
Listening to this really got me thinking about the possibilities that are just around the corner. Wilson does a good job of showing the fears that technology can bring but also giving a view of the humanity that will survive even as technology becomes even more integrated into our lives.
So I can't say this was the best of continuations, but I have enjoyed it. My wife and I were talkinga bout it and the only complaint we have is that Hearne has started using other characters to tell the story at times. In the last few books, he has used a bit part character to come in a tell a story to catch us up to speed on some info that he wants us to have before moving forward. That's fine, except that it makes forward progress in the story feels halting. The book also felt like it had to many different stories running parallel and that we never got enough of the back stories to make the amount we got resonable. So now my review sounds halting, but not sure how to tell it but that.
Daniels was back up to his normal performance with this piece and I loved hearing the characters return to thier normal voices (see my review of "Two Raven, One Crow" if you're not sure on this!)
Departing from the story of Z. Pitt and his life as a monster hunter, Correia gives us more of the story of Harbinger. This story was much needed and I actually liked it more that the rest of the series. Harbinger is a bit more believeable and understandable after hearing this side of his story, and the idea of an alpha being challenged. If you like the story so far, jump in to alpha, you'll like it even more!
So I'm a steampunk, and a fan of noir. Christopher Beats wrote this book for me, or at least people like me. From the first chapter, his story captures the mind into a world that is almost, but not quite familiar. Coulter does a magnificent job caturing the characters and gives a truly masterful performance.
For anyone who likes the gritty world of noir and the gears of steampunk, this is for you.
Scott Jurek has intrigued me since reading about him in "Born to Run". After reading this, I'm even more intrigued. His story inspires and makes me want to push beyond the limits I have imposed on myself. I encourage anyone who feels those limits to read this, and follow Scott's advice and example as you tread forward in your journey.
I've said in other reviews that I'm a fan of Mark Driscoll, and this book shows why. Driscoll lays out what he believes to be a true and fair interpretation of church leadership as laid out in scripture, primarily the Pauline Epistles and Acts. He is clear in his source for each of the major points and gives a concise description of need and want in a church.
The fact that he sets up elder and pastor as the same in leadership is very important to me, as scripture does not use different words for these roles (in the original languages). If you are looking for a book to help navigate the process of setting up a church plant, or overhauling the leadership of an established church, this is the book for you.
Prayer and clear guidance are the two most important things when navigating leadership, and this helps with the guidance!
So I'll admit, I was one of the few people who actually enjoyed the movie...
I've never been one of the people who let a movie change my feelings about a book, but I was expecting more from this one. Let me break it down for you.
Post Apocalypse- brilliantly done.
War- excellently portrayed
Characters- gripping and honest, only a few lacking meat
Over all story- awesome, and scary
And that's where the problem lies. I felt like a less charasmatic and less interesting version of Captain Kirk was reading this to me. It was boring. It was slow. And it almost killed the experience for me. This is the first time I said this, read it for yourself, don't let David LeDoux ruin the experience that David Brin created so well.
So, It's not often that I say this, but this was not what I expected. Healy and Harris do an amazing job bringing us the story of the "Princes Charming" and thier work saving the kingdom. They also gave us more of an insider track to the ages old "Happily Ever After". If you are a fan of fantasy, fairy tales, or just like a good laugh, you need to listen to Bronson Pinchot narrate this story.
That's something else that surprised me. Bronson Pinchot. Perfect Strangers. And here is he doing an amazing cast of characters with absolutely no trace of Balki! I loved it!
When my wife and I chose this one for a recent road trip, I wasn't sure what to expect. Its about a supposedly 2000 year old druid and his life? Seems like it's just gonna be another stupid joke like Twilight.
Thing is, it's not. Hearne took what could have been a horrible mess of modernized legends and he made it into a plausible and enjoyable read. The vampires don't glitter, werewolves are mean, and Atticus has a true need for his friends. Theres only a small amount of sexual tension, and the story doesn't fall apart.
The thing I enjoyed most about this book was that Luke Daniels narrates it in a way that makes suspension of disbelief easy. There aren't alot of narrators that do this for me, but Daniels is one of em. Keep it up guys, and we'll keep listening!
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