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 is not an adult book or a book written for intelligent readers. It is written for 14 year old boys with a limited vocabulary and who have not yet been exposed to prose narrative in a book form. This would be a good book for teenage boys who are moving from graphic novels to prose novels.
Not much of a story that slowly, slowly, slowly comes to an end without coming to a conclusion. There was potential for this to be a really good story but it never happened.
The sounds made by the reader belonged in a book for preschoolers. The story is long and without much action. I will be returning this book and I will not read any other books from this series.
It felt as if this book was written by a different author than the books at the beginning of the series. The characters were not as developed and the story seemed to wander. I think I will go back and listen to the earlier books but I will not listen to this book again.
I live in a house where there is almost always an audio book playing and it is becoming harder and harder to find a series that myself and my family enjoy. I just endured the audio book, Charming (Pax Arcana) and I am giving it 2 stars. The main character was not witty nor cleaver as some of the reviews let me to expect. I did not grow to like most of the supporting characters and the universe contained no interesting elements or characters such as is found in Jim Butcher’s Dresden files or Benedict Jacka’s Alex Verus series. The book started out okay and then descended into one cliché after another and it did not contain any interesting twists or turns. The romance between the two main characters was not believable or interesting. I will not buy the next book. The author is using a pen name and I was curious as to who would write this book but could find out the identity of the writer.
I bought this book for its historical significance and it turned out to be a really good piece of science fiction that is not dated.
Wonderful imagery but the story was dull. There were too many references to "warrior uteruses" in an effort to make the artist sound as if she broke rules and new ground. The murder felt contrived and as if it was tacked on in order to categorize the book as a murder mystery, but there was never any mystery. The story had a great deal of potential but a plodding storyline and a predictable conclusion left me feeling disappointed and cheated. I do not think that I will read another book in this series.
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.
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