This story started out really well, great concept, good reader, writing style very nice... but it wore on and on and on and added more and more weirdness until I just wanted it to be over. I really did expect an alien ship to show up. Would have fitted right in. Maybe add some elves too. Willing suspension of disbelief just ain't in it! Plus I lost interest in which of the characters lived or died. A very bad place to be in any book. I ended up listening to the last hour on double speed because I did want to know how it ended but golly, if I'd had the book, I would have skimmed whole pages.
Let's put it this way: I will buy every single Sandman Slim novel in audio AND kindle that Richard Kadrey writes. Writing is excellent, the stories wonderfully imaginative, and lines so funny and/or thought provoking you actually have to stop and re-listen and ponder. Well edited and I have fallen in love with the Extremely Talented Mr. Andrews, as narrator.
Note to Mr. Kadrey - please, NEVER use a different narrator as MacLeod Andrews is perfect. Can't say perfect about too many things in this life.
I loved it up until he goes to Paris. The whole beginnings of the story in India are so descriptive. The characters of Madame Mallory and her war with Hassan and his hilarious father are just wonderful. Then he goes to Paris. After that it feels like a life journal with 'this happened today and that happened today' and it just rambles. I am slugging it out but not sure how much more time I will devote to it. So many other good stories, eh. Some of the lengthy food descriptions (concerning the preparation organs, brains, eyes, testicles, etc) did remind me of a comedian once saying "They eat things in France that I wouldn't step on."
I just finished reading Steel World and Dust World and they were two very terrific books! So I got Swarm, the first Star Force book in the series and settled in for what I just knew would be a good time. Well, I have to say this does not feel like it is by the same author. This has more the feeling of a much younger author, just finding his style, but no, this one was published in 2010. The main character is so terribly self-important and so very chauvinistic to/about the main female character and big on fight/fight/fight with little story in there, well... I was not able to finish it. I think these books would appeal to a young, male audience. I was also appalled at how quickly he got over the deaths of his children, but this is a small, side comment.
Spellbinding tale of a man who has learned to feel through killing. He finds excitement and fulfillment in driving a stolen Mercedes into a large crowd of job-seekers at a job fair, killing many including a baby and then sets up a terrible scheme to torture the woman from whom the Mercedes was stolen. He drives an ice cream truck and daily ponders how he could poison all the ice cream at once and kill all the children who bring him their coins looking for treats. And this is only in the beginning...
These books are about the ghost of a professional car thief, Pascha, who finds himself in the morgue (in Cologne, Germany) awake (in spirit) and dead (in body). Only the coroner, Dr. Martin Gänsewein, can hear him and poor Martin thinks he is going crazy. Pascha, on the other hand, is furious that his death was murder but made to look like he was drunk and fell off a temporary walkway so he is sticking around until things are made right. It is creative and funny and each of the following books has some central plot that furthers the 'relationship' of car thief and coroner. MacLeod Andrews narrates, brilliantly as always. I find it amazing how his voices are so totally different for different books.
I was surprised I liked this one so much. Set in Savannah, about a young girl who is twins with a witch sister - our girl is somewhat shunned by the family because she did not get any 'powers'. Everything went to the sister. Part supernatural and part love story and part general slice of life with interesting well developed characters. Outside my normal milieu of dark and twisted deceptive stories, I find I am ready for the next book - not out yet...
If you do not like dark and deviant characters and aberrant, twisted, violent plots and a well written series of characters you will love and hate - don't even think about this series. The low ratings are almost always from people who've been scarred by the first few pages. Mo Hayder is a wonderful writer and though the narrators change in different books - I really don't like that - they are solidly good.
Jussi Adler-Olsen has another great book about Department Q, the ugly stepchild of the Copenhagen PD and the surprising results they get on old, cold cases. Carl Mørck and his two odd helpers will not be deterred in their investigations, regardless of the obstacles thrown at them. What a ride. This is book 2 and they should be read in order but I didn't get them that way. That's OK. You can weave the odd bits of the personal histories as you go. The cases are independent in each book. They are hard, edgy, dark stories well presented and not for the squeamish.
I would have gotten book two in this series anyway because I really like the story, the writing and I think MacLeod Andrews is one of the best narrators around, but I do not like the fact that it ends like the Perils of Pauline, with her tied to the railroad tracks and you have to wait until the next episode to see if the train runs over her. Well, you know it didn't but still... I don't like all the loose ends hanging that demand you get the next book.
Still an excellent story - define 5 stars all around.
And that's a problem as you get enmeshed in this wonderfully complex story from Book #1 and immediately get Book #2, "World After: Penryn & the End of Days" and now you need Book #3 which is NOT out yet... woo - what a ride. This is considered for "grades 9 and up" and I guess I am really UP but I found it to be a very good story.
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