I appreciate a GOOD story about an alpha male -- even as a feminist -- but these "alpha" males, who practice BDSM with each other, drive tricked out SUVs with limo tinted glass, listen to hardcore rap music (which demeans women and glorifies useless violence) and call each other "brother" every other word, are totally NOT hot.
* Terrible plot, terrible writing and awful-terrible dialog. "You feelin' me, brother?"
* Whipping each other (these guys are supposedly the kind of friends who would die for each other -- and we're told a thousand times they're "brothas") for a "punishment" that is supposedly deserved. The crime? He let a girl stay in his room. (Gasp!) But somehow it's all okay for them to whip their "brotha" because "they HAD to do it" and were supposedly really sad about having to do it. They all wear black hooded robes to the whipping ceremony....blah, blah. GROSS! Some people might really get off on this BDSM -- blood, physical pain and violence -- but in my book that is NOT romance.
* Weak willed women and even weaker "brothas" who are ruled by a heartless god who's made an edict that they will be punished (think barbed whips and beastly possession) if they dare to ask questions. ("Why can't they ask their god questions?" One might ask. But that's not something the author tells us -- she might be punishing us for daring to think a question.)
* Bad narrator (but there is only so much a narrator can do with a crappy story).
* A literal Dues ex machina (truly -- a black-robed god in the last chapter to make everything tie up neatly).
* Their god is this all-powerful woman -- well, if she's all powerful, then why does she need them? And she's a cruel being -- I'd find someway to kill her, not serve her. But these "alpha" males just lope along and jump at her every command.
* Total confusion on what the conflict is...what do these "brothas" do? (Besides sit around and whip each other.) What's their purpose? And what is driving the supposed bad guys in the story? The author doesn't even attempt an explanation at why they hate the vampires. And where does all of the money come from? Between the whippings, the constant workouts, the occasional fight and the commiserating with each other -- just who is out earning the dough to pay for their weapons, special facility, designer clothes, and the junked up SUVs?
* Incredible that the author thinks someone in late stage cancer -- apparently days from dying -- is feeling good enough to have several bouts of active sex. Really? Come on! Spend some time in an oncology ward and see how much energy those poor people have. Barely enough to go to the bathroom on their own, if they're lucky, let alone have great sex with a vampire. Lord!
* I got it on sale. But I still feel cheated because I can't get those hours spent listening back. I'd pay good money to recoup my time!
Hopefully, this review might save you from making the mistake I did.
Happy reading! (Though I wouldn't look for it in this book.)
This is the first post apocalyptic book I have read - for that reason, it was interesting and very different for me. I thought the pace was good, the writing very good and the performance was excellent, but the story....
If I spend time reading fiction, I want a HEA ending. If I want reality, I turn on the news read a paper, read non-fiction, or look out my front door - I do not want to pay money for someone else's fabricated unhappy ending.
If it had a different ending, then I would have given it 4-5 stars, the rest of it was that good.
I love everything that ML writes, and this one was no exception. He makes these difficult to understand topics understandable and interesting. He weaves in personal narratives that make the technical parts interesting.
An excellent read about a topic that every American should have a basic understanding of.
I bought the book without knowing who the real author was - I found out about half way through listening to it, and was surprised.
It was a very entertaining listen. A solid murder mystery that kept my attention and made me want to listen to more.
Some surprising twists and turns. I would recommend it to anyone that likes the private investigator/cop/murder type genre.
(And I always like a physically flawed protagonist who has honor.)
I confess that I couldn't make it to the end, or even halfway, so it may have improved.
If you are a child of the 70s, you will hear this book and see the movie in your mind. That was fun... for about 90 seconds, which is right about the time I figured out this was a LITERAL retelling of the story using a lot of "thee" "thou" and "therefore" and nothing else different. I'd rather spend my time just watching the Empire Strikes Back than listening to a 16th century retelling of the story.
The organization of these lectures was very good. The material was not new for me - if you have read Dan Ariely, Daniel Kahneman or Michael Schermer, etc. then the concepts will not be new - but it was a great reminder and I particularly liked the way the material flowed and was organized. Very logical.
The narration by the professor was excellent. Great diction and pace.
These are essential concepts that are good for me to remind myself of at least once a year.
I picked this book up and another (Lick) when they were on sale. Neither are books I would normally go for. I thought both were okay. This book had a bit more seriousness to it than the other. I'm not a big fan of tattoos and body piercings (especially in very sensitive places) but that's part of what made it different for me and it was okay.
I didn't love it -- it didn't make me think and it didn't teach me anything new, but it didn't offend and it was mildly entertaining.
It was just okay.
What I liked: it was a little different; well written; no real big gaps in logic (except the whole get married to a stranger while drunk thing, but if you can get past that...) and the characters were likeable.
Not the best: the whole get married to a stranger...; they were both too young; I find it hard to believe that this rock star who is used to partying as a way of life would just stop, no more women; and it was very short - not a lot of complicated relationships or intrigue going on.
I read the next 2 books in the series, instead of listening to them, and enjoyed them. The third (Lead) was really good - the best of the three I've read.
For me, once I'm into a series, the characters take on more meaning and I end up liking previous installments more and more so I like these characters - Dave and Evie - but mostly because I got to know them better in the subsequent installments.
Well crafted story with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing right to the very end. I loved it. One of the best in the series.
I enjoyed this book mostly because of the characters -- they were real, with flaws and strengths. The writing was smart and I found myself really caring about what happened to the characters.
The story was also interesting - for me it was unique, having only read a few stories with Jin and Golems, so the world was still newish for me.
The pace was decent - a tad slow in parts - and the author's writing style is smart. She uses dialog between characters to build the story, which I think always makes for a better read.
I'm looking forward to the next installment (I hope there is one...)
Reminded me a little of Still Life with Crows, maybe because it featured Corrie. Preston & Child do an excellent job of weaving the story, making it fast-paced and exciting. I found the Doyle/Holmes angle different and interesting.
There were a couple of twists and turns that I did not expect! (As usual.)
I would have liked to have heard more about Constance and his son(s???) but that's a minor complaint.
I stayed up most of the night to finish it, it was that good. If you're a fan of the series you won't be disappointed. If you haven't read any in this series, I envy you! Start at the beginning and enjoy...
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