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I really enjoyed "Urban Shaman". Thunderbird Falls fell short. Change in narrators is always risky, and while Gabra Zackman did a fair job, she set a different tone than Christine Carroll did. Added to the stale story, Gabra Zackman's dry narration increased my frustration with this book.
But the real problem of this book is all C.E. Murphy's fault. Our grease monkey shaman accomplished NOTHING since we left her last. Actually, she accomplished reverting back to a only semi-believing in her powers... WTF? How can anyone believe that is what would happen after book one? Book one convinced her and us that she had real powers and that she was going to be a good little shaman and work on them... then book two starts the whole process over and she has to be convinced again that her powers are real and she needs to learn to use them.... ugh!! Book three can wait, I don't know if I can risk book three being another book about her denying her powers.
C.E. Murphy has a wonderful story in this series, there is a LOT of potential. But, so far it looks like she's afraid to write it. It shouldn't take two books to convince her main character that magic is real, and she should learn how to use her powers better.
I really wanted to like this book. And I do like a lot of the book. But the big events and interactions between the main characters is not something I think I can ignore. And Ive been trying for a couple of months to ignore the issues.
I've also been wanting to get book two because the world building is so cool.
But, I think that the rape issue is more than I can let go. It wasn't justified. It wasn't explained as a "a spell made me do". Nope, it was exacerbated by how the protagonist didn't feel comfortable with it, and yet went along with it again in the future. I think after considering this book for a while now, I definitely pass on any more books from this author.
I'm a fan of Sanderson's books. I've enjoyed everything that I've read of his.
After reading The Way of Kings, I didn't want him writing anything else. But, I was wrong to think that way. This series is excellent. it's fresh, its new, its hilarious, and it's human. While it's not Stormlight Archives, these are damned good books.
If you liked the first book, you'll like this one too. If you haven't read the first book, read it!
Meet Dug. He's me. He's you. He's everone own inner guy. He's how you think about yourself, and how how you think other think about you. He's worse than he hopes and better than he fears. He's smart and wise, yet experience has taught him that maybe not samrt and wise enough.
This book is subtle. Is raw. It's really, really quite good. Not awe inspiring story and character perfection. Dug is not Logan Ninefingers. Dug is Logan's cousin that was smart enough to stay out of the Ambercombie's main storyline. Dug is driven by very real human things. His inner monologue is real. Dug is someone that you have met. He's someone you understand. And his story is excellently told.
Angus Watson, you have set the bar high for yourself. There is room for improvement. But this is a story and a character that is very memorable.
This was a really good book. It had likable characters. It was well written with good dialogue and action scenes. It had drama, coming of age, humor, love interests, intrigue, creative and well developed world and magic system. It has so much, it should be great. It even has a good narrator. But somewhere and somehow it didn't quite live up to the greatness that it should have. It actually isn't as good as the sum of its qualities. It lacks... Pizazz yes, it lacks that little spark that takes a really good story and makes it magical.
The real problem with this story is that it is so damned nearly magically great that you actually notice that it's not quite perfect. It needs so very little to push it into greatness, and you expect to find it on the next page.... But you don't the next page steps back away from greatness and forces the story back onto the outlined progression. And every time it does it, you are left feeling like maybe there was a page or two or two hundred left out of the final draft that would have made it it great. It needs something. I think it needs a more memorable character or two. It needs a Handrian and Royce, or the Bloody Nine. Or Sam Gamgee. Or a Vaelin Al Sorna. Or even an Oberon the Wolfhound.
I recommend the story. It's good. It's really good. But it is noticeable just how close it came to being great. And that oddly, is a difficult thing to quantify and explain. I feel bad saying it. But because it is so nearly great, I feel I must say it. Because nearly great is still much better than most people can achieve. So, in that, there is my review. Damn. It was almost perfect.
I've enjoyed a love-hate relationship with this series so far. The first two were good, but the violent sex stuff is not my thing. Well, this book takes it to a whole new level, and I found myself questioning if am otherwise good story is worth the damage to my psyche. In the end, I decided that the damage had already been done before I knew to stop... I may be overreacting, but it was bad enough that I spent a couple days debating whether or not I should finish the book. Luckily I had already gotten past the worst of it, and the rest of the boom was pleasurable.
I still think the story is great, but I wish there were sensors versions of these books that gloss over the horrific details, and just give me the story.
Yes, it was annoying that Audible messed up the release. But, I think people should rate this book according to its merits, and not a technical glitch that had nothing to do with the book.
That said, I love this book. I've enjoyed all Joe Abercrombie's books, but the first three were my favorites. The next two changed narrators and the feel of the books weren't the same either. I like Michael Page, but Steven Pacey is so much better in these books. Listening to 'Red Country' read by Steven Pacey is like running into an old friend and catching up with what's changed in their life since the last time you saw each other. It has really been a great couple days with this book to guide me on my daily drive.
This book is a great example of how to take an excellent idea, throw in hints and tidbits that tantalized the reader into thinking that its going to be great... only to ruin the whole damn thing by making it more of a bad porn than an excellent fantasy book.
I thought the first book was intriguing enough to over look the odd porn vibe. But this book had me fast forwarding past scenes after scene dripping with bad porn vibes. Maybe an errotica fan will disagree with assessment. But, after listening through hours of of irrational sex scenes to catch only glimpses of the angels, vampires, and world that Singh created, I'm done with this series. Its sad, as there is HUGE potential in her world and characters. I find the emotional scares on each of her characters to add depth, and her world is real(if not fully fleshed out). The problem lies in her emphasis on sex and all the little details, rather than writing a good book. Each one of her sex scenes is longer than all of the important battle scenes put together. It really makes the story BLAH.
I loved the first three books. The narration in this latest book was the fist thing that I found less than desirable. While not horrible, it was distracting from the story.
Then the story... Ugh! The first three books were clean and fast. This book was almost like the author went out of her way to make the book bloated and filled with indulgence.
I normally love longer books, as I see it as more bang for the buck. More world building, better characters normally make a better story.
Not in this book. I found myself checking to see how many more hours I was going to have to wait until I find out what happens.
It wasn't horrible, but as a followup to a wonderful trilogy, it fell short. Maybe if I hadn't enjoyed the other books so much I would have thought better of this book. Oh well, maybe the prequel will be better... When I can actually bring myself to try it.
But I can't listen to it read by this narrator. There are narrators out there that I don't like, but can still listen to the book. But this book is a complete waste of a purchase for me. I gave it a good 30 minutes, and I determined that its a lost hope.
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