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Though I have watched all the movies, I have only read two other Star War Novels. Those were written by Bear and Zahn. Those turned me off to reading in the genre. This book has brought me back. Karpyshyn is a good writer and brings life to the story or story to the story.
I like the look at the bad guy as the good guy. In most wars, both sides believe they are the good guys and it is nice to see this brought out in this story. Because of the history of Star Wars, the Dark Side is stuck calling themselves the Dark Side. In real life I don't believe they would think of themselves as Dark.
Bane starts out as a miner in a typical company owned planet, in which the company takes advantage of it's workers. There are several chapters dedicated to a card game and in explaining all the details of the card game. This card game happens early in the book, and made it slow for me to get into the story, as I wondered if the whole book was going to be this detailed about minute stuff. Around chapter 13 the story really picks up and I am glad I hung in there. Bane goes to a school to learn to be a Sith, which involves students challenging each other. It brought back memories of high school wrestling, only with deadlier consequences. Several times Bane is like Ben Roethlisberger, it seems like he is going to get sacked and that is when he is the deadliest. Matter of fact this theme was played out about once to often. Most of the book is predictable, but not in a bad way. This did not earn five stars, but I will be listening to the second book in the series.
I am not a big fan of the narrator, he has a sort of melancholy voice that seems better suited for girl books or classics, but the sound effects for this make up for that. The audio for this makes the book lots better then reading it.
I got interested in Heppner, because of the Invasion series. I have read the first two books in that series and will continue on with it. I believe Heppner and B.V. Larson to be very similar writers. They are not the best writers in the world, will not win any awards, but they come up with the more interesting story concepts. They write about things, we think we would like to know What If? about.
This is more Fantasy then Sci Fi. Involves a lot of telepathy. I knew there would be some, but did not realize it would be so much a heavy part of the plot. I got half way through it, but could not get myself to want to listen.
If you like telepathy books you may like this.
WE DON'T MAKE LOVE, NEVER HAVE, WE F
Matt Shaw is a sick bastard, every character in the story is a sick bastard and now I am a sick bastard for listening to this. I listen to hundreds of books a year and a lot of horror books, this is not horror. This is out and out, sick and gory. I found very little that was scary, a lot of incest, lots of descriptive cannibalism, but no scary. This story actuals ends up fairly cliché.
Here is the first ten minutes: We open with a twenty something boy who is screwing his sister from behind, he turns her over and starts hammering her hard. This is not enough, so he starts choking her. Mom pops her head in the room, smiles and makes some commit about the boy doing some of the things she taught him, and that dinner is ready. They go downstairs. A woman is naked, gaged and tied to the dinner table. She is still alive. She tries to scream, but she is gaged. Dad starts carving pieces off of her and putting the pieces on the family's dinner plates. They start eating the woman and she is watching them do so, when she is not passed out. This is only one of the many brutal scenes. This is only one of the sex scenes.
You can call me a prude if you want. I love J.A. Konrath (Kilborn) who has lots of blood and gore and torture. I like Tufo's Timothy. This just made me want to take a bath after I was done. I did not enjoy it. Part of the problem was the whinny main character. I believe Shaw was trying to make it look like he had a conscious, yet he is the first to chop someone's head off. He reluctantly gives in to the sexual demands of his sister and mother. He runs away from home about three times. He constantly questions himself and contemplates suicide. The running away and anguish is the main part of the story and it always leads to him screwing, killing and eating the dead. I think this would have been better if the main character would have been evil or good, but not whinny. There is kind of a twist at the end, but it is pretty cliché.
The evidently takes place in Scotland as the narrator has a strong accent. It takes a while to get used to this accent. Some words just get lost. Several times it sounded like he was saying cheese and much later I figured out he was saying trees. There are several more of these.
One thing is for sure, it may be a long time before I eat ham again. It seems people taste much like Ham. Now excuse me, I need to go take a long shower.
The old west and Zombies. Sounds like a good unique take on the Zombie books. Had it been well written, it would probably be so, had it been average narrated maybe. Neither happened. I don't know how you make Zombies boring, but Brant discovered a way.
The narrator does good voices and characters, but his narration is awful. He pronounces each word with lots of emphasis. There is more narration, then conversation, so this gets real annoying. I hope Martinez did not quit his 3rd grade teaching job. There is lots of blood and gore, but he reads it like a first grade learner.
You want to take a pass on this.
JUST BECAUSE YOU CALL SOMETHING, SOMETHING, DOESN'T MAKE IT, IT.
If you like John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton, then you will love this. During the first hour, I thought this is cute, but it is going to grow old. Over nine hours later, I am still laughing. As the story grows, it gets funnier and more interesting. If you are driving be careful, you may miss your exit, it is that engaging.
TECHNICALLY I AM OLDER THEN YOU, I WAS JUST BORN LATER
I am 56 and barely understand computers, so this was not aimed at me, but I loved it anyway. It was a fun light book, with plenty of surprises. After a while some of the jokes become predictable, but they are still funny. There is a little Connecticut Yankee in here, an updated version. This has time travel, wizards, Lord of the Rings, orcs, etc...
SILENCE SO THICK, YOU COULD LEAN ON IT.
I can not say enough about Luke Daniels. His performance is above and beyond. This would be a great book to read, but I believe that Daniels makes it so much more. Don't miss out on this experience.
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ME EAT ANY OF THAT STEW?
I will be getting the sequels.
250,000 ACRES OF UNEXPLORED JUNGLE
Remember the old black and white movies they would show on Saturday afternoon. Movies like the Creature of the Black Lagoon. This first episode is a movie like that, only on steroids. I might be a 56 year old man with the heart of an eleven year old boy, but I love this type of book. Also reminds me of Amazonia by James Rollins. An Indiana Jones type runs out of the jungle with a live specimen of the first bird. He brings it back to the United States. Then his skin starts falling off, for he brought back more then the bird.
I read the reviews, so I was warned. The is not book one, this is an episode and it ends with a cliff hanger. Almost no issues have been resolved when this episode ends. I would have rather it had been a full book with sequels, but I knew what I was getting into and I will be getting episode 2.
INSECTS DON'T KNOW FEAR
This is good because of the story. The writing is not above average and the characters mostly suck. I thought he over did it with the Macho Man thing on two of the characters and I did not understand the rudeness of the FBI agent in the beginning. The story is always entertaining and it took me back to lazy Saturday afternoons, when I was Eleven. Probably the best time of life for most boys. The creatures are scary, such as the snake that swallows a man whole. A lot happens in this episode and it ends just when they get to the Lost Island scene (Conan Doyle).
Narrator does a great job.
THEN SHE KISSED HIM ON THE MOUTH. IT WAS BETTER THEN COFFEE.
This book does start with a gory, painful execution. The Hangman is also the town torturer, maker of love potions, etc... and it is bad luck to even look at him. His daughter is beautiful, but as the Hangman's daughter, she is ostracized by the town folk. The story is a multiple murder mystery of children, an adventure and a great look at the 1700's in Germany. The way people treat each other is unbelievable to us today. It was a hard world, with lots of poor uneducated people, taken advantage of by the rich.
As you would expect from a world like this, there are some strong characters. This is a character driven story of which the Hangman is outstanding. You will fall in love with his daughter who is also a strong willed character. She and a doctor (son of a bleeder) fall in love, but like Romeo and Juliet, it is not allowed. In the story a woman is accused of witchcraft and blamed for the death of the children. The Hangman knows she is innocent, but it is his job to torture her and get her confession. He with the help of the doctor must find out who is actually killing the kids before the accused witch confesses. Meanwhile the town starts accusing everything on witches and more people are accused of witchcraft.
At the end there is an afterword by the author. He has thoroughly researched this period. He got interested because he was tracing his own family roots and he discovered this line of Hangmen in his family history. This is educational as well as entertaining, my favorite way of learning about history.
I loved every minute of this book, and I am purchasing the sequel today. If you buy it before 4/21/15 you can get it for $6.99. If you like the type of books I like, I don't know how you can pass that up.
LET'S GO TO THE DUMP AND SHOOT RATS
A house in plain sight that nobody sees or sees, but forgets. A house with hidden passage ways. A basement you don't want to enter. A man with no face. Abducted children. A huge mystery.
RENT A MINISTER
This is a story told in overlapping time lines, from the view of different characters. The suspense builds during the story and it gets more interesting as it goes along. For me it never hit great, but neither did it hit bad. I did not feel I wasted a credit, but I did feel it could have been more. It does not raise the emotions that you get from Orson Scott Card's Lost Boys and it is never that terrifying. It is more just creepy. It is more of a paranormal then a horror story. Had Peter included the thoughts of the monster, it could have been scarier. A prequel to this actually should be written. We get this mostly as bad things that happened in the past, as opposed to the present.
HELL HAS COME TO US
Parts of this I really loved. I like nature specials and I like insects. Ants have complicated societies. Ants wage war, build colonies hundreds of miles long, farm and are mostly female.
If you like nature programs, you will also like large parts of this. This is the books' only saving grace, so if you think watching and learning about ants is a waste of time, you will not like this book.
THE MUSCLES OF HIS ARMS WERE HARD AND TREMBLING.
It wasn't long into this book that I realized that Colucci was female. It is a common trick of female authors who write in the Sci-Fi field to abbreviate their first name, to hide they are female. Don't worry, this is not chic lit, but it is noticeable. I thought it was funny that the main character who is an expert on ants, happens to be shapely or hot. The two main men who are the leading ant experts are hunky dream boats and our female lead has slept with both. Cause we all know that scientist are usually trim and fit sex gods and goddess. Forget what you see on Big Bang. This is A.J.'s debut novel and for a debut novel it is not bad. I, Jim the Impatient, did listen to the whole book. The characters are cliché. The story would make a good action movie, but it is not a great book. Most of this reads like a Patterson novel. She even has four feel good cliché endings, not one, but four. I like nature gone wild books and her next book is called Seeds or something similar and is about plants gone wild, so, it is possible I will continue to read her books, to see if she gets better.
This narrator is one of the worst. Her voice is mostly monotone. When she reads about a guy shooting himself in the head it is in the same tone as if he was buttering toast. I hope she gets a better narrator for her future books. I will not purposely listen to this narrator again.
I FELT UNMASKED, UNCLOTHED, NAKED
A lot of similarities in this with Odd Thomas. The goblins feed on fear and bad vibes. Had Koontz just wrote this story it could have been great. Instead he tried to be Fitzgerald or some classic writer. He is very descriptive and everything is described in three different ways. The love scene might make you gag. I stayed with it for almost eleven hours, cause I wanted to know how the story ended or the problem was solved. When part 2 started and Koontz got even more flowery, I could not stand it anymore. This is early Koontz and in my opinion all early Koontz should be avoided, while later Koontz should be treasured.
MY INTEREST WENT FROM ZERO TO NEGATIVE
I never realized that King wrote YA books. I always say that King writes horror as relish to his great stories and characters. This time he did neither. The story is extremely slow moving and after 7 and half hours very little suspense had been built. The characters were not interesting and not real believable. The school jocks' best friend is the wimpiest nerd in school? It is told in first person, which I feel was a mistake. It is full of teasers, the sign of a new writer. The jock makes fun of a fat family and what they eat, then later he is eating brown sugar sandwiches, twinkies and drinking Hawaiian Punch. The story is very slow, with lots of long illustrations to highlight his thoughts. King, an admitted baseball fan gets his football positions mixed up on offense and defense. An end plays defense and a Wide Receiver plays offense. You do not call a Wide Receiver an end.
I Think I love You
The story takes place in 1978. Young people today will wonder what was the big deal with a car having 97,000 miles. In the 70's a car with close to 100,000 miles was heading for the salvage yard. Everyone also knew how to change a flat, as with bias ply tires, flats were common. A Sean Cassidy 45, would be a popular heart throb's record. A 45 was a record with only two songs on it. One on each side. You may have seen Sean's brother, David Cassidy on reruns of The Partridge Family. I did like that the main character's family was close, something you don't always see in a YA book.
I wanted to see how it ended, but could not take another 12 hours of High School Life. Knowing King, the car probably turned into a space ship and flew into space on the last page, but I will never know.
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