Mississauga, ON, Canada | Member Since 2004
I've enjoyed Brandon Sanderson other works and as an adult I would not place this in his gems but it's enjoyable. None of the major characters are flat; the motive of the "enemy" forces aren't clearly explain by the end they are hinted at being more complex than this book could hold.
The rules of the Magic are if a little hard to imaged without a geometry textbook;they clearly explained in the PDF that comes with the Audiobook. (There appears to be one page in the PDF per chapter.) - I would suggest at least flipping though the pdf before the starting.
If you have not heard Michael Kramer read a book then you are truly in for a treat. I personally believe he is one of the best. He's voices never seem to strain his voice or my ears.
There is very little gore and the actual death count is very reasonable at the end of the book (you must however reach the end before you'll see.)
While the 2 main student characters are set at 16; really though I felt they were a little younger. There is no overt love or girlfriend boyfriend theme that I remember from my own high school days. The book and story would appeal to a younger crowd.
There is a "god" in this book but it seems to be more closely linked to the magic in the world than with morality.
This is a really good story. I enjoy the whole package - the characters are believable and enjoyable. It is a pity it's hidden in the young reader section! This is about being different and then coming to see that you are not the only one and that your differences isn't the most extreme in world nor does it define you but it does change how you are. But this isn't a moral story it's a actual story - enjoy read. My only question is where are more books by Rachel Hartman?
This is a really a recording of basically a reference book. Hearding it is in many ways similar to hearing a dictionary - a lot of ideas very very quickly. I have close to 1k of audiobooks and have seat though lots of 40+ hour books however I found this book is best in about 20 min doses: this gets you examples and the idea for about 3 or 4 ideas which are best to think about for a day or two. This is slow and it's hard to keep all the ideas in your head at once but likely it best that way. The ideas do build but it easier to try out the ideas (at a status meeting or something equally dull) slowly.
Most of the examples are from American and British (including Irish) Parliament speeches. While the context isn't important to the subject as the the word order that important; as a Canadian I found the American references a little frustrating given I never actually study American history. - The author habit of say "Now we're likely all familiar" fails for me. It's not critical but it's annoying. Most of the UK references I'm familiar with from studying WWII and the corn laws.
I was first forced to read this book in grade 9 as part of English. It was of all the books I read for English in high school the only one I felt at the end I understood why we had been assigned to read it.
It is an adventure story of the same ilk as Treasure Island. Christian values and practicals are part of the story but not critical to understanding it. More importantly it is about how we view ourselves and the choices we make. I would say that any teenager would likely have a good chance of enjoying the story.
This was my first "Great Courses" - I have a BA from York University and Sheridan College and I would not really call this a university level course. The learning company is rather targeting people with some or complete post high school education and providing a similar to introductory class level but without the need to master any of the skills of the subject. While the Professor McWhorter talks about books in pasting he is more suggesting further reading. This is more entertainment then education. I wish that learning company actually had listed the books if for no other reason then that audible is a book store and it seems odd that audible won't wish to make suggestions based on the course
The lectures are broken down on the assumption of 30 min chucks. Though I personally found that combining two or three in a row wasn't a problem. McWhorter is a good speaker and is passionate about his subject.
Having already heard his book "Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue" some ideas are cover in both but generally they are two different book though in many ways with similar thesis. If you really liked taking grammar in public school and learning all the little rules then pointing out others failing to follow them this is not the course for you; for the rest of us it's a interesting opportunity to think about communication.
The book is written from the view of the internal mono-log of the hero head. the issue in this case, I personal was having, was that it sounds like in the opening 15 mins that the character is attempting to try out ever possible order for a sentence that English allows for and is attempt to employ sarcasm before the reader has a hope of understanding it. It sounded to me like the character was having a panic attack which isn't a helpful place to come in to the story.
I can not actually comment on much else other then I hated the writing so much that after the first 15 min of the book I skipped ahead to the second chapter mark from audible and as the writing seem to have remanded the same (also the plot didn't seem to have progressed the main character was still in the progress of running away from his homeland now he had people chasing him) I decide to go back another book and re-read it.
If you do decide to buy the book the authors dedications are the first 1 min of the recording. The book was clearly a large team effort
I admit I felt that the previous book Island of Silence was cut in half when I finished it. After reading this one it's feels like Lisa McMann editor is worried that with a cliff hanger the next book won't sell.
I felt that the first third of the book was just a little too emotional and that it could been compressed without trouble. As a History major who took read a lot about people's raises to power McMann understanding from her side comments are so uninformed it funny. Aaron follows a stunning -historical speaking - well know road to power while Gunner shows a complete lack of skill yet McMann is clearly rooting for Gunner. Alex on ther other hand seems to almost as clue less as Gunner about leadership.
The rest of the book settles down to a number rescues. If the characters could wheren't having a emotional hang over for the first third of the book I really could have enjoyed it.
To enjoy you want to be either highly emotional teenager and just a Glut for *oh why ... *.
I think the biggest feature I liked about this book was that Modesitt settled down the battles and went back to writing about the political. There are prices that everyone is now paying for the success that Quaeryt achieved and plans to be made. This book has far less action that the other Imager books but after Battalion I was personally grateful. Yet Quaeryt does seem to comfortable in any role in this book. I felt that if Modesitt have wanted this book be a wrap and it could be a penultimate to the Quaeryt tale.
William Dufris continues to provide a strong narration. After 7 previous books in the Imagers there is not surprise.
I really enjoy this story. While the romantic themes of the book are very similar to Jane Eyre the book doesn't use it a cookie cutter template. The Fey side of the story will be familiar to people use to reading books about elves not influential by Disney or Tolkien. However the blend is better then both of those suggest - the plot does not follow the same well worn pattern and Jane's desires and dreams are so believable. The story isn't overly one thing or the other.
This is a nice Romanic story in the same vein as Troubled Waters just more Romanic and less magic. Nothing is going to truly surprise you but at the same time it's enjoyable. I personally missed the magic level of Zoe story. It's well written and moves the characters and story about 5 years from the end of the last book without a ripple.
Overall I wanted to like this novel. Eli Moonpress is an interest character; the magic in this world has it's flavor and does not come out sounding too much like a video game or another cookie cut system; Luke Daniels does a lives jobs of reading. The story line is good.
The problem with the novel is that other then Eli the other characters felt to me very flat and unformed. They did not really seem to be anything other then dialog and a reason to change perspective. They we robbed of desire or personal motivation other then blunt and clear one surface one.
It's not bad is just feels like a early novel where someone has mastered the art of creating characters who are real.
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