Indianapolis, IN, United States | Member Since 2011
Yes. Molly Harper has a knack for creating outrageous situations and strong, smart protagonists that you want to know more about.
I have purchased and listened to all of Molly Harper's books, which were all narrated by Ms. Ronconi. She has a great talent for effecting the perfect tone with the character's voices.
The heroine, Lacey Terwilliger, is a memorable and hilarious character.
I look forward to future books by Ms. Harper. She is now added to the list of authors whose releases I await with bated breath. Christopher Moore, Terry Pratchett, Jasper Fforde, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and now, Molly Harper.
Comedy is hard. Prose is possibly the worst medium to try and be funny in. Only a handful of writers manage to be consistently funny. With this novel, Scott Meyer joins that august body. Off To Be The Wizard is the most original and funny humorous fantasy I have read in years. I tip my cap to you sir, for the hours of laugh out loud adventure you have provided me. In case you're wondering, the obvious joke is one of Nanny Ogg's favorites. Oh and kudos to the narrator too for providing the perfect voice for every character.
I enjoy this story immensely. Most erotica doesn't bother giving the characters any story to work with other than "here we are, now let's have dirty dirty sex. Candy became a real person to me. I reveled in her triumphs and revelations. My only criticism with the story was the sex scenes themselves. This is what reader picks up a book like this for, and I felt they were underdeveloped. What was said? How did this or that feel? Many of the things described are supposed to be firsts for Candy, yet we don't always get to know how she feels. I just felt the sex coould be more elaborate.
Now for the narrator. I realize that erotica and sex are still private matters that "polite society" doesn't discuss publicly, and narrators must feel bound by these strictures, if only subconsciously. Therefore I will forgive Ms Kinsington for her somewhat clinical reading style. That said, there are narrators who can perform this material with the passion and exuberance it deserves. Perhaps Ms Cox can seek such a reader for future releases. At any rate, I look forward to listening to the sequels and I will definitely seek out any future releases.
First off, this is a romance written to appeal to Christians. I was unaware of that. Even so, I've read Christian fiction with engaging characters and storylines that hooked me from start to finish. This is not one of those books. The characters are two dimensional, the romance is founded on nothing more than looks and shared faith, and the non Christian characters are all hateful caricatures of human beings. No. Just, no.
I'm going to be charitable and assume this was a first novel. I have read other books by this author and enjoyed them. All of her characters, most notably the men, have what could charitably be called an impulse control problem. In this particular novel, however, the main characters are criminally insane. Both commit assaults on each other and ancillary characters with nonchalance and zeal usually reserved for Batman villains. All of this is played for laughs, but the behavior is so over the top that you dislike the characters and start hoping for incarceration rather than romance. As I said, I've read other books by the author and enjoyed them immensely. This one was just off-putting.
This is a good, sexy story ruined by a terrible narration. The narrator kept pulling my attention from the story due to what I can only describe as a mumble. Personal pronouns, particularly she and he, were often indistinguishable, resulting in confusion over which character was speaking or acting. I will seek the kindle version of any books that utilize this narrator in the future.
I won't be reading any more books by Jaye Wells.
I did not finish this book. This may have been the first time I've ever gotten beyond the halfway point in a book and turned it off without having the slightest desire to see how it ends. Good allegorical fantasy exists. The Chronicles of Narnia are among the most beloved classic fantasies in the last 60 years. If it's well done, I can even enjoy a story where I disagree with the author's views. Tolkien was pretty clear on his feelings about industrialization in The Lord Of the Rings, yet it remains an epic and exciting story. This book is a barely concealed indictment of our modern drug culture, both legal and illegal. It reads as though the author wrote a straightforward crime novel, then went back and did a word replace on every mention of drugs with 'magic' or 'potion'. Okay fine, we all know urban fantasy sells better than crime fiction, but the continuous heavy handed dialogue about how "white magic" (prescription drugs) are bringing down our society gets old quickly. I am a person who has benefited immensely from the use of prescribed antidepressants, and I don't take kindly to the suggestion that I am no better than a heroin addict.
The publishers chose, in their infinite wisdom to contract as the narrator a gentleman with a pronounced English accent. Had he read the story in his own accent or had he been one of those talented individuals, such as Hugh Laurie, who can mimic the American accent flawlessly this would not have been an issue. Unfortunately, neither of those things were the case. Mr Lawrence seems to feel that Americans pronounce every word that ends in an audible vowel with a hard R sound. Thus data becomes dater etc. Mr Lawrence would also lapse fairly often and allow his natural accent to bleed through. all this led to a very distracting performance.
This is a straightforward comic book superhero tale, told from the pov of the villain and one of the heroes. Every character is a standard comic book archetype. I kept hoping for a twist, something that would make this more than your standard Selfless Hero Versus Maniacal Villain tale. For example, why not make the villain's motives a desire to save the world by taking over, rather than the trite "soon they'll all see, I'll make them pay" reasoning we've seen in every four color rag printed since they started pulping wood. Maybe the supposed villain could turn out to be the hero. Why not explore the idea of godlike beings using their powers to enforce law and order? Where does their control end? What if they have no moral compass? What if they blindly enforce the laws of a totalitarian regime? I know these ideas have been explored before, but I expect a novel of this sort to be more than a simple good versus evil story. At least make it funny.
This book is fine for what it is, assuming it's a better than average piece of web fiction. There are a lot of funny ideas. I especially liked the bit about the planet of galactic hat makers. That being said, the sex scenes are not particularly erotic, and the dialogue occasionally sounds awkward. Oh and the O'Henry twist was an insult to my intelligence.
Still, it was a fun listen.
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