Queensland, Australia | Member Since 2008
I bought and first read this book in its first printing back in the eighties and now it's available on audio. It's wonderful to find old treasures like this brought to another generation to enjoy, Unfortunately Jack L Chalker passed away in 2005 but his visions still live on in his many books.
Lords of the Middle Dark still stands the test of time if you are able to forgive minor issues like the fact that computers no longer require large spaces
The plot and character development is rich, and one could imagine a future like this could actually exist.
A group of scientists fearful of mankind destroying its self created a computer called the Master System to keep mankind safe. Master System took over control and basically de-populated Earth by moving moving most of the humans to other planets. Adapting people and planets but still keeping them mentally if not physically "human" to do so
Earth, and the small population's living there are ignorant of Technology. China has reverted to Warlords and peasants, America is basically a Native American Indian Reservation. etc
Earth is protected museum of what culture and life was like before Technology in each major culture.
An few people that show promise are chosen to learn and have access to the Technology controlled by Master System. Every so often these people must give up their technological lifestyle and return to their native people and lifestyle for a while. Master System basically uses these people and native leaders to run the various planets whilst keeping and eye over their shoulders ensuring that the planets under its control remains in the stasis of a pre-technoligal it has imposed.
Master System isn't malevolent, it's just following it's directive to protect humankind from itself as programed by its creators.
Master Systems creators fashioned 5 rings that could be used to control Master System and directed it to ensure they were always in the hands of humans but with most of humanity altered physicality to be able to live on the planets they now live on, any search for the rings is a daunting almost impossible task.
This book introduces us to this world and to an American Indian called Hawks who stumbles across information about the five rings, when on his "leave" however such knowledge is basically a death sentence. Hawks needs to evade Master System and gain allies . . . whilst keeping his "tribe" safe . . .
China (a Chinese Warlords daughter) story is interwoven in the book. Both gain allies whilst they battle the system to survive in any way possible . . .
I don't believe reviews should include major spoilers so for those who read this to find some . . . sorry
I hope i have whetted your appetite enough that you will listen to this excellent book the first in the series of The Rings of the Master.
Middle Dark refers to a sort of middle hell from Hawks tribal lore.
A Halfmoon Hollow Christmas gift from the wonderfully quirky & snarky pen of Molly Harper.
If you haven't read any of Molly's work before then I suggest you give your self an early Christmas present and do so now, starting with Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1.
I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas is a short story that manages to bring together all your Hollow favorites and covers Gigi's return home to the Hollow from college and to her married recently turned vampire older sister Iris (The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires Half-Moon Hollow, Book 1).
This books only issue is it finishes too soon . . .
Amanda Ronconi does her usual excellent narration, bringing all of Molly's wonderful quirky characters to life. I hope the pairing of this dynamic duo of author and narrator continues in future releases.
A feelgood Christmas tale that will brighten your day and bring a smile to your face
This is not my normal cup of tea but it was on special so i took a chance. The recipes at the end of each chapter destroy the flow and should be at the end of the book in the audio version of such books in my opinion.
The author may know cooking but unless building regulations and occupancy rules are different in the US, she knows Nada about building codes etc so you have to take the parts of the book that take part in the newly refurbished building with a giant block of rock salt and throw what you know about such things out the window
Again assuming the codes for public safety and buildings are roughly the same in the US
No one from the general public would be allowed onto a floor without a fixed unmovable barrier around any exposed perimeter. In fact i doubt if they would have allowed public access to a building for a viewing with a party in the building, at all! in its incomplete state. Normally occupancy or access by the general public would not be allowed unless all safety regulations, fixtures, doors, emergency lighting, balustrades and perimeter fencing/walls had been passed by inspectors and the relevant authorities.
All units, etc refurbished and new would have two fire stairs and they would have emergency lighting both in the stairs and on each level of each floor complete with exits clearly lit and marked. Fire stair doors would be accessible from each floor and the doors at the bottom of the stairs would be unlocked from the inside only to allow access to the street from inside each stairwell. For power failures, Fires etc
In spite of the above its not a bad book even though the Culprit was pretty obvious ( at least to me) from the very beginning of the book and became pretty much set in concrete with a blazing neon sign flashing over the villain well before the end.
Better than a lot of the other books of this type that now appear to have inundated the thriller genre
I still believe that books that contain recipes or patterns, etc between chapters should have such things placed at the end of the book to stop such things breaking the flow of the story when made into an Audio Book.
First off don't be conned by the stand alone "books" they are simply the same stories that are in this collection and a the same price.
Some of the stories are ok but none are in my opinion a tale that should be part of a landmark 50th anniversary collection.
This is, in my opinion, a rushed collection of short stories released by the publisher to milk fans of the series
Certainly not worth a credit.
Wait until it shows up as special offer e.g. a "daily deal" or "$4.95 surprise pick"
I was really looking forward to this, maybe I expected more, or too much and it's coloured my review.
I purchased books 1-3 of this series all narrated by Luke Daniels a while back. But now when i do a search it shows i own none of them and they all have a different narrator, but they still exist in my library narrated by the original and much. much better narrator judging by the sample.
The next crazy thing is it is today's Daily Deal is book 2 of this series and before i realised i already own this book i had clicked the link. BUT according to Audible when i use the Daily Deal link from their email, book 2, which i already own from Audible is not available in my region.
Strange i thought so i listed the series and clicked on book 2 from the list and book 2 did not have any "not available" message so i placed it in my cart and no message of unavailability sprang to life at any time during the process. I did not buy the book as i already own the better copy.
Normally books not available in your region don't even show up once you are logged in so either their daily deal link is wrong which i suspect is the case or the normal link to the book is wrong.
First the dump the original a better narrator and now some of th books are no longer available even though i have already puchased them with a different narrator it seems publisher greed gallops to wards insanity and is will to destrop a good series in the process. Go figure
Sorcha offers up an amulet, a third of her magic, combined with the protection of a particular animal to each of her three children to protect them from the evil that is Cabhan who threatens to take her power and destroy her family for his own gains. Fast forward to the present and her descendants in Ireland continue her legacy.
Iona Sheehan, is an American who comes to Ireland searching for answers and somewhere to belong leaving her beloved grandmother behind. There she meets her many times removed cousins Connor and Branna O'Dwyer, and begins seeking answers to who she is and control of what she has inherited.
Katherine Kellgren is a an excellent narrator but her performance in this book left me alternately loving to almost disliking the narration. The accents and different characterizations were as usual for this narrator excellent. Her main voice for the book seemed to me to be sometimes strident or at least overly emotive and loud, and maybe even wrong for the main character, whilst other times it was perfect. It may have been me, i normally have no issues with this narrator. Overall it did not stop me from finishing the book but did at times drop me out of the book, again it might be me and the next listen might make me wonder about my comments.
Any one who has read Nora Roberts other books in this genre will no doubt recognise some of the themes and compare the book to her Three Sisters Trilogy for example. New witch to the area is embraced by the existing coven and completes it - check. Black marked evil in large wolf form that threatens the coven - check. Male witch who is estranged from the more experienced witch in the coven but seeks to prove himself - check. Each of the 3 witches it the coven and their respective partner is to be tested one by one during the trilogy starting with the newbie to the area and to witchcraft - Check.
All that aside, I believe this book and trilogy does and will stand on its own. The books beginning spends time in the past giving the reader an understanding of the "legend/curse" and builds on that understanding via flashbacks (visions) at times throughout the book
Overall i would recommend this to all who like fantasy/supernatural/paranormal books.
I wont go into the difference between supernatural/paranormal as publishers etc genre classifications have made a joke of that
So simply enjoy it's well worth the price or credit
Although the intended audience for this book is for the YA market I found it a fun read, entertaining and interesting enough to hold my attention from start to finish and I'm in my early 60's
Oona is an incredibly likeable and well rounded character, as is Deacon her enchanted raven sidekick, some of the other characters are less rounded however and whilst it does not spoil the overall story it would help flesh out this fantasy world if some of the other characters had a bit more depth behind them. That is not to say that it is in anyway hard to find your self becoming immersed in the fantasy world of Dark Street as it stands.
I am normally wary of books narrated by the author but I found his narration to be well suited to the story and will definitely listen to more of this series.
The only qualm I had with the story was that 12 year old children were expected to sign contracts that in this universe were legally binding and that Oona seems much older than her 12 years . . . but these did not detract from my enjoyment of this book.
Frankly i did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did . . .
I would recommend this to the young and young at heart that love fantasy and or mystery
Susannah is portrayed in my opinion for most of this book as a flaky, brainless, stubborn, woman who seems to want to risk all for basically flimsy, and all the wrong reasons and whose daughter appears to be made from the same die . . .
A few parts of the book, the ending and a good narrator (Laural Merlington) save this book as do some of the "secondary characters" such as Susannah's mother and her old friend Carol
I must admit I never guessed the twist at the end . . . but knew one was coming and Susannah and her daughter appear to regain their sanity which they lack in spades for most of the book and right at the very end we get given a quick short tie in to Blossom Street.
I had to stop listening and go to another book for awhile in some parts of this book, but stuck it out to the end and glad i did.
Debbie Macomber is an excellent author but i don't think this is one of he better books.
That of course only my opinion and judging by other scores and reviews not wildly held by others who read/listened to this book.
This book is more a tie in rather than about Blossom Street.
With an excellent Author and narrator how can you go wrong.
All of books in the Arcane. Ladies of Lantern Street, Dark Legacy and Harmony series are an auto buy for me. Not that some of Jayne Ann Krentz's other series and books are not worth reading or buying for example the Lost Colony series (early Harmony clone) Lavinia Lake / Tobias March series and Eclipse Bay series/books to name but a few
I hope we hear more about Rainshadow and the world of Harmony for a long time to come.
As there are 3 Sebastian siblings and 3 missing crystals as noted in The Lost Night, I had hoped that meant the third crystal will be tackled in the third book along with inducing the third sibling a sister. But with all crystals now accounted for . . . who knows . . I guess we will have to wait for the next installment to find out.
As for meeting the next Dust Bunny it.s going to be a hard wait to meet the next successor to bunnies like Elvis and Houdini. each one in the past has had him or her own unique personality and contribution to each story
Is it worth buying - YES
If you like a touch of Paranormal or books set in alternate worlds you will find it hard to find a better author than Jayne Ann Krentz
Jayne Ann Krentz also writes under Jayne Bentley, Jayne Castle, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Amanda Quick, Jayne Taylor. The most famous being Jayne Ann Krentz contempory, Amanda Quick past and Jayne Castle future themed books.
The narrator does an excellent job and i would like to listen to more of his work. from what i understand he has been involved in TV shows, radio dramas, and audio drama to note just a few.
I found Cormoran Strike to be too self absorbed and overall not a pleasant character where as his new temp is a much more engrossing. That said the characters are on the whole well rounded. but in the most cases extremes of their particular niche in society as portrayed in this novel
The story reallies heavily on incidents in just about every major characters life that just all happen to occur at the same time thus causing guilty and innocent alike to cover for one another on the same evening a model dies.
Also Robert Galbraith aka J. K. Rowling appears to think that an excessive use of the "F" word etc needs be be used in abundance to ensure that this is taken as an Adult style book. In some areas of the book it is inserted between just about every second word. I felt it was used in excess. But I guess it ensures it wont been seen on shelves next to Mr Potter :)
I don't think that Robert Galbraith aka J. K. Rowling has much affinity for the Paparazzi or the news media in general by the way they portrayed in this novel . . . not that i disagree
Overall the book is a decent read but the excessive use of profanity might put some people off. The story also reallies of to much coincidence to make it a really great plot . . .
I would still recommend this given the disclaimers above
I read the first L. E. Modesitt's Recluse series when it first came out in the early 1990's since then15 additional titles have been added to the series.
If you enjoy Epic Fantasy over many long novels, then this series is for you (this novel alone is over 19 hours long).
The book is Narrated by Kirby Heyborne who does an excellent job of trying to read an difficult novel. Anyone who has listened to Lynsay Sands Argeneau vampire series will be recognise his name.
The audio issue is that the book has many written "sound effects" which when read one can partially ignore, but the narrator cannot do this in an unabbridged version. Although Kirby does a reasonable job with the "sound effects" they tend to destroy the flow a bit in the Audio version. The ideal audio version should have actual sound effects, but that would have mad it too costly to produce.
L. E. Modesitt's world and character building is excellent. The main character wears on you a bit as he seems fixed in his "eveything is boring" mode and his need to be spoon fed information at least at first . . . but slowly he learns and grows.
Even with the comments above i would highly recommend this book and the Recluse series.
I gave Kirby Heyborne's perforce 5 because i did not feel it was fair to lower his score because of the authors tendency to throw in sound effects every where eg clop, clop clop for horses. If i remember correctly sound effects were in italics in the printed version.
In the book the White (Chaos) wizards are the "bad guys" and the Island of Recluce is the home of the Black (Order) wizards. Anyone on Recluce that does not embrace Order is exiled or give a chance to learn to embrace Order by receiving a little training and then going on a dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden quest in the lands beyond Recluce . . . but all is not that cut and dry . . .
The Magic of Recluce follows the adventures of Lerris and several of the dangergeld group he trained with, trying to complete the dangergeld or at least come to terms with their exile
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