I got an hour into this novel before I decided not to finish listening to it. To me, the story and the characters were unbelievable and cliched. The Wicca references are over done and heavy handed. I can usually find one or two reasons to finish a story even if I do not really like the book, but not this time. It reads like a college student's first manuscript and I am surprised that it was published at all. Since the cover states that S. M. Stirling is a best selling author, it probably gets better and the sequels are probably much different. Even so, this book is so bad that I can not enjoy it and I will not give it any more of my time.
This is an OK book, but it was an Audio Book Pre-order. The chapters change viewpoint with no warning. The end is a massive car wreck pile-up. After two attempts at the last 45 minutes of the book, I decided I just didn't care. This should have been two books. The chapters should have descriptive names for the Narrator and listener to help with orientation. As a Printed book this review really would not apply. I bought it before it was published and so I feel it needs an Audio Book Review. No more then 3 stars as an audio book, and that is being generous. Derek Perkins is a great narrator. He read what he had in front of him and there were errors for him to read. RUSH to publication is my guess. I would buy another volume, even if the first 1/4 of it were to be the last 1/4 of this book. The challenge of Heroic Epic Fiction, in many people's opinions including my own, includes the transformation of the Protagonist(s) when the epic quest is done. Coming of Age stories end in... can you guess? Coming of Age. The young protagonist(s) grow up, usually too fast, and become adults without much guidance, or the guidance of a Mentor who usually gets killed somewhere along the line and is not there in the end. (That is a formula, I use it as an example, nobody likes a book where the Mentor is a Gandalf clone...... there are way too many of those.) This book fails to do a good job of ending a story, and tries to do too much too quickly at the end. I did not finish the story, I've got about 30 minutes left to go, and no longer care what happens. It may only be me, and I'll give it another try if, and only if, these characters or this setting continue. Bad Editing, and a rush to publication are what I hear.... I have no way to say if that is actually the case. The writing here is good but it could be better, the talent is there. All the other novels are enjoyable. This one is enjoyable until near the end when I simply could no longer suspend my disbelief and lost interest. My other objection is the use of "Huh." Fictional Dialect was not established, so it just got really predictable and irritating. When Multiple characters began to say it, I found this unnecessary and distracting. It made me wonder, "Huh?' Many readers will probably be fine with this novel. I can't give the story more then 2 stars.
You will love this or hate it. I understand her. She made soap, sometimes that is what one does. Make soap, or a candle, and hope to do some good along the way while still eating from time to time. Give things names (optional.)
Thank you Pat, you touched a "nerve" I have never been able to explain. Wordsmithery and Objectfreinds? No rule book so you have to make it all up? Yeah.... train wreck. But for those of us who get this, understand her even a little, it is solid gold. I marathoned all the way through. Mesmerized. It IS a vignette. Life isn't a story either. I've tried to outline it (life) and when I get to five minutes ago..... the plot falls apart.... most of the chapters only have one character. I don't have a clue where the plot will go... what is going to happen to me. Take your time with these characters. Be gentle with her in particular. She would be very easy to break.
Blackthorn and Grim - Great characters, alternating narration, and the Sidhe. I loved this and enjoyed the style enough to give this first book in a new series 5 stars.
The Vampire Chronicles spans 38 (Real Life) years now. I read borrowed copies of “Interview With The Vampire” and “The Vampire Lestat” (which ended in a cliff-hanger) then waited what seemed like an eternity for “Queen of the Damned.” I read that novel, and the ten subsequent novels and the related Mayfair Witches novels as they were released. After Blood Canticle, I did not expect to ever meet my old fictional fiend-friends again.
This is the 13th book in the Vampire Chronicles. It is written in mixed 1st Person, and 3rd Person Narration, with Lestat primarily written in First person. It flows together very nicely and I did not initially even notice the change in narration Point of View. I was impressed by this. Often changing of points of view in this fashion jolts me out of the story, and in “Prince Lestat” that only happened once, and only for a few paragraphs. This is not a flaw in the book. I learned something new to me about writing that I need to study further.
There is noticeable product placement in “Prince Lestat.” Good for Ms. Rice. It isn’t done in a heavy handed way, and in this case (as apposed to some best selling novels where the product placement often is so blatant it seems more important then story,) using product brands enhances the story. This is modern age “Patronage.” Marius would approve. Celebrity Endorsements are more difficult for writers then musicians. The one issued that Ms. Rice doesn’t face with use of brand names is dating the story. Dating the story actually an enhancement when writing about the angst of immortal creatures.
Simon Vance did an amazing job reading this book. He got to warm up reading the long awaited unabridged version of “Memnoch the Devil.” Bravo Mr. Vance! Lestat’s accent comes and goes, French to American, or a Fusion of both. This was well done and realistic. Marius’ accent must have been a challenge. I would have made his spoken voice more languid and detached, however that is just my personal take on the character. This is also not a flaw. I’m looking forward to hearing him read “Memnoch,” but I’ll wait a weeks or so before taking that journey again.
I enjoyed every single word of “Prince Lestat.” There were several passages that moved me very deeply. I suspect other readers fill also find bits of their own mortal life’s journey reflected in this novel. If one has read all the preceding books, I believe you will find this 13th a welcome reunion with old friends. To me it felt like, “Putting on my old leather jacket once again, as Winter cold approaches.”
I do not recommend starting with this novel. If you haven’t read the preceding novels, I suggest that you go back and read “Interview With The Vampire,” “The Vampire Lestat,” and “The Queen of the Damned” before (if you really have to) skipping ahead to “Prince Lestat.” The reader will get the most out of this 13th book by reading all of them in order, as well as “The Witching Hour,” “Lasher,” “Merrick,” “Blackwood Farm” and “Blood Canticle.” I thought until recently that “Blood Canticle” was the end of the story. It most certainly is NOT.
This is bad writing, Overly verbose, and often words are mis-used. Michael Kramer tries hard, but there is no way I can get past the quality of the prose, the poor use of point of view, modern slang, Adjective and adverb overload, and no back story to explain all the invented fantasy words and sudden superpowers.... There is a story here, but I am surprised anyone would publish it. It is just plain bad work. I may be pickier then others, some might not care about these issues. I do, enough to review it and lose 1 credit. I would otherwise return this manuscript (as the publisher should have.)
This prequel to “Mariners” is the story of a Slaver and one of his Earth Barbarian captures. We learn of secrets and conspiracy before the sailing of the Great Ship With No Eyes. Duel Narrated. I enjoyed this book very much and I didn’t expect to. It contains information that will make events in “Rebels” much clearer, but does not resolve any mysteries. We do learn more of the Panther Girls in the Northern Forests, some of whom we first met in “Hunters.”
Told by an Earth Girl Slave, we once again meet Lady Bina and Lord Grendel. I read a really negative review of this book. I think it is very enjoyable. The author seems to have regained his sense of humor, and the story is engaging and well told.
This is the first part of two novels, Renegades and Vagabonds. Renegades was not available in audio for a while and I skipped both, having read them years ago, and went on with "Magicians." Once I was caught up with Tarl's adventures in "Mariners," I went back and bought "Renegades" and then listened to them in the right order. I believe the author insisted that they be released unedited and there are some really distasteful Rape comments, (particualarly on in Vagabonds about 15 hours in) that just were not appropriate (my strong opinion) in a work of Fiction. I suspect this is what got him in trouble, cost him his publisher, and ended up in a blacklisting and lecture tour on censorship. I don't think it is Censorship, just editing. This is fiction, and some of the retorical digressions are not even in character. Any editor would have redlined them. I'd have refused to publish Vagabonds with the rape on EARTH passage in it. (It is otherwise a great book.) Just yell "I am quite aware of that..." or "Shut Up!" and ignore these passages. Tarl's journey through Ar's Station, the Vosk Delta, and onward is a turning point in his life and the story is well worth your time. This is a good story and should be read in the right order. Don't go on to Magicians unless you have read this book, and Vagabonds.
Our Narrator is not Tarl Cabot here, but Tarl is very much present in this story. This is a return to what I expect of a Gor Novel, thorns and all. I loved it, I loved the different narrator, and understand why it was necessary. Comments on the story would all be spoilers,but Tarl Cabot ends going on a grand adventure to the Ends of the World. Enjoy.
This book is badly written and though popular, I gave up and do not intend to finish it. I've read all this before, nothing new, and the writing can't possibly have gotten past any serious editor. It may get better, but I will never know. There are so many good books, and this, in my opinion, is just a re-hash of other people's ideas. Try Nancy Collins if you want to read this done well.
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