Deborah Harkness wrote an excellent book: The Discovery of Witches. This sequel does not stand alone. While I enjoyed parts of the story, the book just did not stand-up on it's own. The first book ended with me having a desire to read the second book. This book left me feeling disappointed in the weak plot that goes nowhere and has no point.
A sequel should have a full plot and read like a run-on sentence or collection of parenthetical illustrations that while giving more information, really add little to the story.
At the end of the book, the main characters return to the present from the past without having accomplished anything.
I did find the time dilation and paradox to be interesting when describing the effects of time walking in the past on the present.
I hope the author takes the time with the third book to actually have a complete plot and story that enhances the previous books, but also stands on it's own as a complete novel. This book shows the author's laziness after having a successful book. Had he first book been this weak, I would have never read the second book. Writing one good book, is not an excuse for the author to crank out disappointingly weak story and plot.
The publisher and editor should be ashamed. The author should have tried.
Have you heard of the 7th son of the 7th son? What about the 7th daughter of the 7th daughter? What about the 13th child? Is this child doomed to be evil? This is the story of the 13th child.
This is a wonderful story and I enjoyed it very much, and I hope that you will too.
This book and it's reading were simply awful. It is the worst book that I've purchased in the last 12 months.
Although the material is a bit dated, it describes the Chinese economy and it's impact on the entire world. When the government forces even the biggest corporations to give up trade secrets, as it does to every company wanting to do business in China, it gives itself the power to produce those products on an unimaginable scale that even the originating company cannot compete with. Add to that the meaninglessness of copyright laws, and a population that is mobilized for production, it's inevitable that China will be the next #1 superpower in the world.
This story is nothing short of amazing. This book took me into the hardships and everyday life of freeborn man who was kidnapped in the the horrible world of slavery. The book was not written with hate. It was written as an account of an individuals personal experience.
I highly recommend this book.
While I was pleased, I felt the story lacked substance. I had watched the movie based on this book many times over the years. The book did not meet my expectations. The movie was a much better story. Usually, this is not the case.
The story while enjoyable it is not a complete book. I'm disappointed. It seems as if the author took a complete book, ripped in half, and published the first half. It would have been better had the story been published with a beginning, a middle, and an end with a prelude to the next novel. But, this book is simply cut short.
This book nothing more than a religious diatribe. Take out the religious ramblings about the authors personal beliefs, and there isn't much left.
I purchased this book in the hopes of learning something about "Surviving Off Grid". I wasn't expecting an instruction manual on religion. Had I wanted an instruction manual on religion, I would have purchased one.
I feel like the author misrepresented his book and took my money based on false pretenses. This is not honest. I actually expected that the book would have something to due with the title and the description, but it does not. It's a rambling religious diatribe couched in the guise of a guide to learning about off grid survival.
This book is an incomplete story. The first half of the book is pointless political ramblings that go nowhere. The second half of the book is a childish rendition of a space battle. The book seems to have no beginning and no conclusions. It's hard to even like the characters because they are shallow and vague.
I listened to the entire book and was very disappointed.
For me the story was bad. The plot was bad. I listen to the entire book, but this was one that I wanted to quit in the middle.
This was a very sad story of man's cruelty to man, and the hope that abides in the human psyche for things better. It is also the story of a family and the love that holds them together through terrible times. It's also the story of an abused boy who becomes the worst of men who heinously uses and abuses others. Mostly it's a story of great grief and the human spirit's rebellion against evil, while keeping that which is most precious: A family's love.
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