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Steven Stout

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  • Bitter Seeds: The Milkweed Triptych, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ian Tregillis
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (713)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (538)

    Raybould Marsh is a British secret agent in the early days of World War II, haunted by something strange he saw on a mission during the Spanish Civil War: a German woman with wires going into her head who looked at him as if she knew him. It wasn’t his imagination; the wired woman can see into the future and use her knowledge to twist the present. In fact, Marsh soon discovers that the Nazis are running missions with people who have special powers....

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "WW II alternate history: X-men vs Warlocks"
    "Poor stand-alone book"
    Overall

    The premise of this book is way more interesting than the book itself. Basically, the entire book has only one real character(who can see the future), and the story hooks you into wanting to know what her plan is. Expect no resolution to any significant plot points. The other characters are cardboard.

    Ultimately this is just a hook to a trilogy, but it gives no indication if it's worth reading the other two(as of yet unpublished) volumes.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Witch Walking

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2916)
    Performance
    (2009)
    Story
    (2015)

    Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law-breakers throughout Cincinnati. She's also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50 percent of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves: the creatures of dreams and nightmares have lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But now they've stopped hiding, and nothing will be the same.

    Patti says: "wildly entertaining"
    "Just awful"
    Overall

    I've been reading science-fiction and fantasy for 25 years now, and this is the 2nd worst book i've ever finished.

    The target audience for this book is likely women between the ages of 25-40. I assume this based on the fact that all the women are empowered, the protagonist is able to beat up most men but can still cry from time to time. Combine this with the fact that every male character is flawed in at least one major way.

    I just looked up the author on wikipedia and am shocked that the author is not a romance novelist. Her writing convention seems to be from a genre like romance. For example, in one scene a character's eyes widen 3 times as they are shocked by a variety of things. By the end of the scene I imagine that the character's eyes being the size of dinner plates.

    The plot revolves around an alternate earth where gm foods have killed enough humans that all the fringe creatures like werewolves, witches and vampires now have a comparative population to man.

    The protagonist works for a police force that will hire assassins if any of their operatives try to get out of their 20 year contracts without paying it off first. Some police force huh? The plot seemed to be created using some random plot generator, and it ends in a clunky "I really want to extend this crappy book into a big series I can milk for a few years" sort of way.

    Really, it's just feminist drivel under the guise of a bad fantasy noir story.

    Don't believe the hype. I'm sure if you read twilight and harlequins this will be enjoyable I guess. I'd recommend Jim Butcher, Robert Asprin, Terry Pratchett and Spider Robinson if you're looking for lite fantasy fare.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (5326)
    Performance
    (2666)
    Story
    (2720)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "One of the best Sci-fi novels of all time"
    Overall

    Snow Crash is one of the definitive novels of the "cyberpunk" genre. This audiobook version is very well produced and engrossing. The beginning of the novel is incredibly campy, and I found it almost too silly to listen to. It's worth it by the end though. This book is very non-stop action, so is good for long roadtrips.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4239)
    Performance
    (1929)
    Story
    (1953)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    "A tornado should blow a house onto this book"
    Overall

    The idea of this book is excellent. Unfortunately, the pompous "satire" that is used to present it is poorly executed.

    If you love your satire dry and pompous, perhaps this book is for you. Otherwise: stay clear.

    For so fantastical a setting the problems and characters in this novel are mundane to the extreme. It is not in the least engaging.

    Other than the concept, the only positive thing to be said about this book is the narator, who does a fabulous job despite the material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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