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I'll be the first to admit, that I'm not normally a fan of urban fantasy when it starts down the paranormal romance road. That being said, I really like this series. So many in the genre focus on the romancy bits at they expense of character and telling a good story. I love the world that Kim Harrison has set up and the characters that inhabit it.
Rachel Morgan kicks a whole lot of ass and has a great progression from novel to novel. The other characters also have their own lives and stories that play into Rachel's life in interesting ways.
If you're a fan of the Dresden Files and maybe looking for a decent female protagonist, you could do far worse than checking out Kim Harrison's Hallows series. Keep in mind, you might want to start with Dead Witch Walking, but you should still check out the series. Things really pick up here in the third book, with the stakes getting higher and the action really picking up.
I'll admit, the idea of special forces being integrated with magic users is intriguing but this book fell completely short of that promise. It was, instead, very boring. I made it through the first half where we meet our main protagonist Col. Bookbinder who is infuriatingly passive for all of the story I could take. It takes about half the book for him to take any action that even relatively effects the outcome of events.
I know, its supposed to be a story about him learning how to stand on his own, and that's fine. I just found the character too annoying, too whiny to connect with. Unfortunately, when he FINALLY stands up for himself, finally starts acting the story breaks off to follow a character who's only been mentioned a couple of other times, leaving the events surrounding Bookbinder completely!
Aside from that I just couldn't believe the world Cole was setting up. By half way through I still didn't know what was up with his magic. The odd insistence of some kind of code names made me think he was trying to get an X-Men vibe into an already confusing story. The setting and story has some promise, but it just couldn't hold me at all.
I love urban fantasy. And its that love, and the fact that Chloe Neill is a local author that made me want to give Some Girls Bite a try. Unfortunately, that's all it gets. I'm aware that the series has continued far on past this book, which means it either gets better, or its just not what I'm looking for in my urban fantasy.
I'm good with the premise... Girl gets turned, has to adjust to her new life as a vampire, hijinx ensue. Unfortunately, the girl in question never really made me believe that she was vampire warrior material. She went from being weak academic to 'warrior' too fast for it to be believable and was more than a little too whiny. "Mary Sue" is pretty much the perfect way to describe it. Now, I might be able to let someone talk me into continuing the series but I'd have to be absolutely assured of it getting great down the line. The start of a series is where you really have to grab someone by their ears (or eyes, but those are hard to really get a good grip on) and drag them forcefully into your world. This just didn't do it for me.
Mogworld is really something different and I mean that in the best of ways. For the first thing, we open up with our protagonists untimely demise which is not immediately followed by a flashback on how he got in his current predicament then his miraculous escape. Nope. Voom! Arrow. Dead.
Jim is, without a doubt, one of the most unfortunate, but utterly entertaining main characters that I've spent time with. He doesn't have escapades, so much as they have him and its a fun trip.
Yahtzee, the author, also does a great job of narrating. Mogworld presents a good argument for an author narrating their own work because only the author knows exactly how characters would say or do any given thing. Yahtzee gives not only some great sound effects but I don't know if anyone else could have really portrayed Jim as well as he did. Keep in mind though, I've been a fan of Yahtzee and his web series for a while.
Should you get Mogworld? Hells yes! More specifically, you should get it if you're looking for a funny and original fantasy that, nonetheless, has some bits in it that encourage you to think a bit. This isn't your standard fantasy but it is a fun one. Also, get it if you enjoy the words "scarpered" or "stupid git".
Up until this point, I had yet to find a book that I couldn't make it though. By the end of the first hour I had decided I'd only listen to it for the "not to do's" of writing a story, such as cliched phrases and characters, but by half way through the book I just couldn't get through it.
Add all that to a narration that set my teeth on edge, especially her accent that she used for Bones and I really had to turn it off.
To those who are giving this book a one star rating, I'm not sure that you read the same book everyone else was reading. This was a fantastic book and not only that but I loved the narrator.
The story contains a unique blend of first and third person storytelling, that just works. While Kvothe tells the story of his life, events are unfolding in the world around them. The writing is strong and characters are great.
The narrator does an excellent job of bringing a unique voice to each of the characters and bringing life to the world in general. I have already listened to this book twice this year and its sequel The Wise Man's Fear too. I'm eagerly awaiting the third installment of the series and hoping it isn't the last. Check it out, I highly doubt you'll regret it.
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