Springfield, MO, United States | Member Since 2010
This is my favorite Fantasy Book by my favorite fantasy writer of my favorite fantasy series.
This is a character driven book. The characters are all interesting. None of the characters are perfect and you love them all the more for it. Life is not fair and boy to these people find that out. If I have a complaint it would be with so much tragedy happening to these people, why can't Hobb give them a break every now and then. It is very similar to the character development in George R.R. Martin's books, only I believe Hobb does an even better job. It is interesting to see how people think of themselves and then how the people around them think about them and the surprise of some of them when they realize that they are not as well liked, hated, loved, etc as they thought. Each character in the book has struggles and you struggle with them. I can easily relate a lot of my struggles with the struggles of these characters. Hobb knows people and how they think.
The magic in this is different from most books, such as living ships. Hobb builds a different fantasy world for you, but there is no confusing time trying to get into the development of the world, you feel at home in it right away. It is exciting right from the start, no long periods of trying to explain the world to you. This is 35 hours long and there is not one wasted minute. (Read some of my other reviews and you will see I never go on about any authors like I do Hobb.)
I read the hard cover of this years ago and I am so glad audible came out with it. Some people claim they hate the narrator. I will admit that she has a different style, but I believe she is perfect for this book. I enjoyed this almost as much the second time around as I did the first. The only reason I didn't is that I already knew the surprises and the book is full of them. This is my favorite series of Hobb's and then is the Forrest Mage series and then the Farseer trilogy. Did not care much for the first book in the Tawny Man series and hope it comes out in audio, so I can listen to it. I have one book left in the Dragon Series, but the first two books were real good, so I am looking forward to listening to that soon.
HONOR, WHAT GOOD IS IT?
YOU CAN'T DRINK IT.
YOU CAN'T F IT.
This is life as seen through the common man. It is a harsh life, which is reflected in the language, attitude and wisdom of our main characters. This is also a life where one day you may be the handsome hero and the next the ugly monster. The characters are well developed, interesting and complicated. Each day I listened to find out what was gong to happen to these characters I had become so invested in. JA is not as harsh as George R.R. Martin, but you can not always be assured your favorite characters are not going to come to some harm or be killed.
DOING BETTER, THAT'S WHAT LIFE IS.
This is a five star book, but I must admit that it is not as good as book 1. Unlike others, I felt the story in this one went a little long and that it was not that much of a story. If I good give six stars, I would give book one six and this book five. I also believe that it don't matter which book you read first. Like most trilogies this book is meant to keep your interest just long enough for you to want to buy the third book, and it worked.
AS FOR BEING A GOOD MAN, THAT SHIP SAILED LONG AGO AND I WAS NOT EVEN THERE TO SEE IT OFF.
IN THE NIGHTSIDE, if you go to Strange Fellows, you will meet several characters. You will only meet these characters IN THE NIGHTSIDE. You might meet Suzie shooter or Shotgun Suzie or Suzie, Oh Shit it's you IN THE NIGHTSIDE. You could meet Alex, ALEX COULD GLOOM FOR THE OLYMPICS. IN THE NIGHTSIDE, you get great descriptions, especially of women. One woman was EXCEDINGLY BLONDE. Another was SUPERNATURALY SLENDER and there was the woman with IMPOSSIBLY SLENDER LEGS. Only IN THE NIGHTSIDE.
If you have read book one and liked it you should like this one just as well. YOU ALWAYS WHERE A FRUSTRATED DRAMA QUEEN.
It don't matter which order you read these in. YOU PROBABLY WOULDN'T NOW WHAT TO DO WITH A NEWT'S EYE.
NOT A RENT AND ELECTRIC GUY
Stark (Sandman Slim) is just back from Hell, where he has been kicking Demon Butt. This takes place in THE LAND OF CHEESEBURGERS AND COWBOYS. The wise cracks and hard core action is non-stop. The humor is dry, witty and often vulgar. Stark has been away from Earth for eleven years. A lot of things have changed, for instance no smoking in bars. For Stark, who CAN'T SMOKE IN THE SHOWER, BELIEVE ME, HE HAS TRIED, wonders why COFFEE DOES NOT COME IN A CIGARETTE FLAVOR. Stark has not been treated well by his so called friends, and he is out for revenge. Matter of fact they have made him feel DUMPED LIKE THE PROM DATE THAT DIDN'T GIVE OUT.
A GUY WHO ISN'T AFRAID TO PANTS GOD.
You may not have a problem with all the bad language, but still might have a problem with the disrespect for your religion. God is viewed as a deity who makes mistakes, with humans being the biggest ones. The Virgin Mary, Pope and Jesus are also made fun of. DID I HURT YOUR FEELINGS AGAIN? SORRY WHEN THIS OVER, I'LL SEND FLOWERS TO YOUR INNER CHILD.
HARRY POTTER IS A WIZARD, I'M A MAGICIAN
I listened to this right after a Harry Dresden Novel. This has a lot in common with that, he even as his own version of Bob. This is gorier, nasty and funnier, if you like that sort of humor and a lot of people will not, so beware. THE TRICK IS NOT TO REMEMBER, THE TRICK IS TO LEARN. There are some intellectual messages hidden in the gory vulgar details. Unlike everyone else who like to lecture in their novels, Kadry knows how to entertain. Yet, some people will get so wrapped up in the vulgarity that they will miss the genius of Richard. SO SIMPLE FUNGUS COULD GET IT.
MY HEAD IS FULL OF MONSTERS AND I'M ONE OF THEM.
I believe fans of Clive Barker and J.A. Konrath will love this. This may sound like it is nothing but a bunch of one liners, but all sentences are well planned out and fit the story and the characters. Most novels kind of go flat in the middle, with a attention getter in the beginning and a grand finale. This book is entertaining from start to finish. NICE OUTFIT, DID YOU GET THAT AT ONE GARAGE SALE OR MORE THEN ONE?
The narrator is a perfect fit for this novel.
YOUR THE ONE WITH ALL THE BOOKS, YOU TELL ME.
I WOKE IN A DARK PLACE
This is a popular series about a likeable character. HELL'S BELLS there is a lot of action. Some have said they like this better then the first book. NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO THERE YOU ARE. I liked the first book better. I don't feel it is important what order you read these in. You will not be lost or anything. It is obvious that Butcher is an intelligent writer and it shows. This story started pretty good, but as it went on, I felt it dragged. I usually don't like lectures in my stories and in this you kind of get werewolves 101, I actually enjoyed learning about the three different types of werewolves. If you have listened to any of the other books in this series and you liked them, then I believe you will like this.
I REPLIED KEEPING MY VOICE BLAND.
This narrator might be ok in small doses, but if you listen for several hours in a row, his bland voice can get on your nerves.
I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY, SO MY MOUTH JUST STARTED ACTING ON IT'S OWN.
SOMETIMES BEING ALONE IS A HURT WORSE THEN DYING
Yes, I know, your saying, why would I get a book with a cover done in pastel colors, a horse and a tortured boy on it. The cover alone screams chick lit. The answer is: I have read Lackey before and found her not lacking. I liked The Serpents Shadow and was alright with Take a Thief, Brightly Burning and Owlflight. This is a combination of Chick Lit and Gay Lit. Lackey uses the word Fay to mean Gay. This also follows the same pattern she uses in 95% of her books. The story is about a young tortured soul who is an outcast, but finds peace and understanding in a Magic School.
HE GAVE ME THE KEY TO HIMSELF, HE WANTED ME TO HAVE IT.
I have nothing against the Fay, I just don't have much interest in the coming of age of a Fay. The main character is very melodramatic, you know your typical teenager. He does not know he is gay or even that gayness exist until he goes to this school which seems to be full of the fay. I don't like melodrama in real life and really can't stand it in my novels. It may be true to life, just part of life I try to avoid.
THE HIGH TABLE WAS HIGH
RELIGION IS RELIGION HOWEVER YOU WIEGH IT.
This has received some really good reviews. I was into it for the first three chapters. It reminded me of a beefed up Joe Haldeman. It did not entertain me like a Duane Suarez. I felt the story got bogged down in the techno details. Saving a persons personality in what they called a stack from your vertebrae was cool the first fifteen times it was discussed. The 50th time, it was getting old. There was lots of other tech advances, matter of fact, almost everybody in the story was damaged in some way and was being cured through some sort of advanced tech.
The narrator was okay, his voice is a deep bass. I could hear him alright on ear phones, but through my truck radio the bass messed with my speakers.
THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN IMPOSSIBILITES PROVE THEMSELVES TRUE EVERYDAY
I am one of the biggest critics of Kevin J. Anderson there is, so if I say this is a good read then you can believe me. A lot of work went into this book and it shows. The character development is excellent, the prose is good, the message is spot on and they way Anderson captured Verne's writing style is spooky. I am a fan of Verne and this book is going to mean a lot more to fans of Jules Verne then to anyone else. This book made me want to read all of Verne's works and to try and find another biography of Verne.
VERNE'S IMAGINATION HAD ALWAYS BEEN GREATER THEN HIS DESIRE FOR TRUE ADVENTURE.
Verne is a writer of the1800's and that must be considered when listening to this. There are some solutions to problems that come too easy and some things happen that are little unbelievable, such as Nemo riding standing up on the back of a Zebra or the many times he gets shot at, but not hit or the big target of his balloon not getting hit. Yet, for Anderson to stay true to the style of Verne, he must include some of that in the book.
Anderson provides fictional origins for Five Weeks in a Balloon, Mysterious island, Journey to The Centre of The Earth, Robur the Conqueror, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days. If you have read these books, then you will find these origins entertaining. If you have not read the books, you will desire to do so.
The development of Nemo's character is so well done, that several times I had to remind myself that this was a fictional character. I also love the message, THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN IMPOSSIBLITIES PROVE THEMSELVES TRUE EVERYDAY. Verne's character is a dreamer, who desires adventure, but every time the opportunity for adventure is offered, he finds an excuse to get out of it. Nemo dives head first into everything. Often he suffers the consequence. Anderson shows that if you want something you must take the chance and he does not sugar coat it, since he shows that you can also suffer by taking chances. The main message to me, was don't blame others and don't expect things to fall into your lap, either take the chance and be willing to suffer when it goes wrong or live a safe life, but don't have regrets.
One reviewer, claims the Anderson borrowed more from the Disney version of the books, then the actual books. He then admits he did not finish the book. I don't want to give away part of the plot, I will just say that I believe he gave up while reading The Mysterious Island origin and did not read far enough to see that this was a clever plot twist to get you to the next book origin. I have read the books and seen the movies and I believe Anderson borrowed from both and rather you like the books better or the movies better, you will not be disappointed.
I have read a lot Anderson's books. I have been a fan of The Seven Suns saga, some the dune books (not all) and his Superman book. I have been a big critic of his first Zombie book and some Dune books. I am not aware of any awards for this book, probably because of how hard it is to fit it into a genre. As a Sci-Fi fan I may have enjoyed The Seven Suns books best, but I believe this book is Anderson Masterpiece, when it comes to character development and the capture of another man's writing style.
SMILING COMES FROM THE EARLY FORM OF SHOWING YOUR TEETH.
Unlike one of the other reviewers, the cover of the books drew me to this. I also knew he co wrote a book with Robin Hobb. Maybe I am prejudice, but I find most of the fantasy of the 80's and before to be very lacking. I always have trouble connecting with the characters in these early fantasy novels. I should have enjoyed the relationship between the main character and the dragon like character, but little was done with this. There were several attempts at humor and I got the jokes, they just were not funny. It might have been the narrator. He didn't seem to have much expression in his voice. If this had been written today, I would have gone on about over doing the assassin type story, but since it predates Brent Weeks and others I can't say that.
This has gotten lots of good reviews by reviewers with huge followings, but if you share my taste, I have to say No to this book. I have been spoiled by Robin Hobb, Stephen King, Jean Auel and the early Orson Scott Card, pre 1990.
IF I HAD WANTED HIM TO KNOW THE RULES, I WOULD HAVE WRITTEN THEN OUT.
THESE PEOPLE SHOULDN'T BE TRUSTED WITH A BURNT MATCH
If he had made two books out of this I most likely would have liked it better. One book with the story in it and one with the science fiction talking points. Some parts of this are actually very good. I especially liked the science discussions. In parts he discusses how aliens may actual make contact. It is a theory similar to putting a message in a bottle and throwing it out in space. In another part he discusses how it may be stupid of us to be trying to make contact with other races. Giving the example of our history and what usually happens when one more technically advanced race meets another. It is almost never good for the less advanced race.
A lot of the story parts were just not that interesting. I enjoyed following the Chinese couple living in a make shift house boat, but could not connect with the rich guy, the astronaut or most of the other characters. I also did not enjoy the uplift trilogy. If you enjoyed the uplift trilogy you will probably like this. This also reminded me of John Brunner's "Stand On Zanzibar" Several parts of this are like reading a newspaper from way in the future.
One reviewer said give it 8 hours, I gave it 9 hours and just did not want to spend the rest of my working week, listening to this disjointed story, newscast, or science nerd discussion program. If you are new to science fiction and or science lingo, you will probably not enjoy this. If you like Brin's other works or John Brunner, you may love this. I liked The Postman, but I could not get into this.
There are a variety of narrators and one of them is a little hard to hear.
While listening, I thought two things, it must have been written in the 70's and that it was written for a movie. It was actually published in 1988 and it did start out as a script. The book has a sort of Ira Levine feel do it. Most of the scary happens toward the end and by today's scary, gory books, it is not that scary. It does build to a pretty good climax and from chapter 23 on it really gets good.
At first I thought the main character a little silly, since he did not believe in the supernatural, but did believe in the paranormal and telepathy. By the end this makes more since and I can not explain without giving away the plot.
I normally would not read another book by the author if the first book is only worth three stars, but in reading Herbert's bio, it sounds like his very first book Rats, might have been his best and pretty good by today's standard. He was criticized for it being too gory and too negative about London slums.
When I want really scary I turn to the three K's, King, Koontz and Kilborn.
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