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The parasol protectorate is back and steampunk technology is in high gear. In this installment, Alexia is on a mission to prove her husband wrong. To accomplish this task, she rallies the old protectorate, but adds some new faces as well. Madame LeFoux moves to the forefront of this book, and I do not know why. She really is a hindrance to Alexia???s survival rather than an aid, but Ivy is as solid a friend as one could ever hope for. Major Channing Channing of the Chesterfield Channings returns and we get to see a new side of him. Floote is as faithful as always with more skills than previously assumed. Professor Lyall lives the thankless but competent existence of an extraordinary Beta. In the end, Alexia gets what she really wants and we learn more about her father in the process. All in all, this is an excellent book that resolves the Changeless cliffhanger. Emily Gray is perfect for this book, and I cannot wait for Heartless. It is important to note that you really cannot enjoy the books in this series out of order.
Atticus and the crew are back in this short novella. Not a lot happens in this installment, and I don't really recommend listening to it. I do not think skipping it will detract from the next book in the series. As always, Luke Daniels is great.
Gunmetal Magic is a fun journey. Andrea Nash is hired to investigate some pack deaths. To investigate the murders, Nash must interact with Raphael. Some of the truly great characters in this series such as Barabas, Roman, and Aunt B also return. If you like other books by these writers, you will like this book, but I do not suggest starting the series with this book. You should read the Kate Daniel's series first to get full enjoyment out of this book. Renée Raudman is still great.
In the sequel to ???Bitter Seeds???, Raybould Marsh and associated frienemies confront an increasingly aggressive Soviet Russia. Soviet spies empowered with supernatural skills have infiltrated Britain to destroy the UK???s link to demon defenses, and it looks like it might be an inside job! Once again, Ian Tregillis captures the essence of an era, but in this case, it is the Cold War. Tregillis does an amazing job rebuilding the political views and fears that existed before the fall of the Berlin Wall. I enjoyed listening to this step back to the Cold War. I am glad I came to this series a little late, because I got to listen to both books back to back. And I am bitter that I have to wait for the next book. I hope it comes out soon, because I can???t get enough of this quality writing.
'Bitter Seeds??? takes us to an alternative World War II in which the Allied forces are developing demon weapons and defenses, and the Axis Forces are developing paranormal weapons and defenses. While this type of arms race is not new in literature, Ian Tregillis??? version reads more like a thrilling history book than fiction. Tregillis really has done his homework, and this story has the gravity and intrigue found in the real-life arms race to create an atomic bomb. This is an amazing book that captures the excitement and dread of an era that still shapes our view of the world today. I highly recommend it.
I am a fan of Glen Duncan. I loved ???The Last Werewolf??? and ???I, Lucifer???; so, I was really excited about this book. ???Tallula Rising??? starts less than a year after ???The Last Werewolf??? ends; so, Tallula is still grieving for Jake and about to give birth to Jake???s offspring. After giving birth, Tallula???s child is kidnapped, and the reader is taken on the journey to recover said child. Seems interesting, right? It isn't. Most of this book is spent describing the newborn. Plot development is slow and Duncan continues to have Tallula use British slang instead of American slang even though she is supposed to be American. Because of these constant cultural errors, it is impossible to get lost in the story. Ultimately, Glen Duncan is too male and too British to channel a female American. This is not Duncan???s best work. The narrator also doesn???t help. She keeps dropping accents in the middle of dialogue and confusing accents between characters. If you want to read this book, I suggest buying the text, because as an audio production, it is awful.
I suppose I should start by announcing loudly that I AM A HUGE FAN OF CHRISTOPHER MOORE. I love the absurdity of his characters, but more than that, I love the overt hilarious associated with how he finds epiphanies in barefaced observations. I also enjoy the eccentric perfection of his descriptive passages. In Sacre Bleu, Lucien Lessard and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec set out to solve the mysterious death of their friend and fellow painter Vincent van Gogh. This is a book about emotions and all the gorgeous life excesses which are associated with them. It brilliantly melds feeling with impracticality in what can only be described as vividly insane. I love it. Euan Morton does a great job narrating a book which is meant to be heard to achieve full enjoyment.
I purchased this awhile ago and just got around to listening to it. Now, I am kicking myself for waiting so long. This book is not only a brilliant reinvention of the Dracula world but also an insightful reinvention of the Jack the Ripper story. Kim Newman uses language to its ultimate potential to create a rich Victorian environment. Each character has a fullness and depth that adds to the quality of the story without losing its energy flow. The narration is also wonderful. There are quite a few characters in this story, but William Gaminara is able to give them all unique voices. This is a must-read for paranormal fans.
Atticus O???Sullivan, Oberon, and Granuaile are back and tricked into helping Coyote make the reservation a better place. Granuaile's much larger role in this book is wonderful because it leads to some epically awkward and hilarious conversations. Again, Hearne does a wonderful job mixing pop culture with mythical lore. He even references the viral double rainbow video. Hearne seems to be getting better with each book; so, pick up the first book and get started. Luke Daniels is good but he drops the ball a few times (e.g., when Atticus has a sore throat, Daniels forgets to narrate with a raspy voice for a few pages).
Atticus O???Sullivan is back and leading a motley crew of vengeance to command capital justice from Thor, the thunder god. This installment is darker and does not have the same levity as the other volumes in this series. But don't worry. It is still action packed. Throughout this story, Thor is portrayed as an immature, cruel, and indifferent bully. His crimes against each crew member are described, and an epic battle is fought. Even without Oberon and the window McDonough, this book is a solid addition to the Iron Druid Chronicles, and Luke Daniels is still excellent!
Atticus, the last Druid, and his cohorts are back and defending Scottsdale from a hostile take over. I am so glad that the widow Mrs. MacDonagh is back and better than ever. She and Oberon are the best characters in the series and they shine in this volume. Kevin Hearne again mixes pop culture and mystical lore in a funny and engaging manner. While his books are not as good as Jim Butcher's, the bottom-line is pretty simple. If you like Harry Dresden, you will like Atticus O???Sullivan. Luke Daniels does a wonderful job narrating.
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