We (our household) have listened to all of the Dresden Books over our stereo system, and with the exception of Ghost Story, they have been declining in their ability of hold our interest. We are becoming very tired of the stock descriptions of women in his stories, in particular, the fae women and of the same tired one-liners. The book did have some interesting parts, and we continue to enjoy most of the characters, with the exception of Karen. Dresden’s meeting with the fae mother’s and the gate-keeper is interesting and well worth reading. However, some bits were parachuted in the story and did not seem to belong in a Dresden book; for example, his discussion of homosexuality did not fit into the story. We will buy the next book, but we will not eagerly anticipate its release because this book relied on too much boilerplate material and there were not enough new or fresh ideas in the writing.
This books lacks the humour found in the earlier novels and in the last third of the book, there is too much violence and death. The characters are in a constant search for more powerful weapons with which to solve problems. I will continue with the series.
I thought the writing was good, but the main character was immature and not at all likeable. The ending was not believable but might appeal to those individuals who like vigilante justice. I will not be reading any more books in this series.
This is a short story that focuses on Tanith Low and it advances the Skullduggery Pleasant series. It should be read prior to listening to Last Stand of Dead Men but not listened to as an audio book as the reader, not voice actor, does not do any of the voices adequately. Imagine a women with a high voice and a British accent doing Billy-Ray Sanguine’s Texas accent and sounding like a southern belle. There is good humour in this story, but reader ruins it.
I really like this series but this book felt as if it had been written in a hurry and there were pieces of the story missing. I will continue to read the series but I would not recommend this book to anyone who does not already like the characters, and is prepared for a storyline full of holes.
I have read all the Disc World books and enjoyed them. Raising Steam contains many references to characters from previous books but I do not think you would need to read the previous books to enjoy this novel. I have just finished reading this book and I am ready to read for a second time.
I have not liked all the books in this series but I found this book a joy to read. All the characters from the previous books make an appearance in this book and Ruth is an unexpected delight. The tension mounts as the story progresses and I stayed up late to finish the book.
I enjoyed listening to the first half of this book, but there was too much opinion in the second half. The book did little to add to my understanding of teenagers and there was very little inforation that could be used to change a teenager's behaviour.
I enjoyed this book and was going to buy the series until the conclusion, but I do not purchase books about vigilantes. I think that readers who enjoy the Travis McGee books would enjoy this book.
I found the book difficult to finish because there is very little action or humour. It is told from a woman's perspective and the story never moves beyond the predictable. There is no thief or trickster amongst the companions to add colour to the story. I would categorize this as a young adult book that should appeal to young women interested in fantasy. It is not a stand-alone book and I will not be purchasing the second book.
I am going to return this book because Scarlet spends too much time, 'screeching' and too little time thinking. I enjoyed Cinder because she was a smart and interesting character, but Scarlet is not either of those things. I will not buy this author's next book.
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