YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States | Member Since 2006
Police drama with a twist. All the "in Death" novels are filled with wonderful characters you'll miss when you finish the book and you'll be delighted to visit with them again in the next. I've read about 20 and I can't wait to read more.
Oh, and if you've ever thought "Not for me, I don't like Sci Fi" think again. The futuristic aspect won't spoil it for you, I promise.
With many books in line, waiting for my time, I just didn't have the where-with-all to stick to this one. I don't want to pan it, it may be just my impatience. But it didn't grab me, which a book has to do for me to spend my time with it.
This is almost like a continuation of the various Star Trek TV series - with three dimensional characters, great, well structured stories and .... Okay I love this series. It's that simple.
About halfway through I know "who did it" but it was enjoyable anyway. Pulp to its utmost (I love pulp) a great hard-boiled detective story. But Matthew Scudder isn't all loveable, just fun to read about.
Don't expect anything serious - if you read the plot bits and the reviews you'll know what your in for - just delightful!!!! And if you liked Fuzzy Nation, this follows wonderfully. Oh, and if you read this and like it (I think you will) do read Fuzzy Nation.
Reading is, first and foremost, a matter of taste. IMHO this one's a bit too British for mine. I love a good police procedural but I guess local (US based) cases appeal to me more, and getting through the heavy British accent of the narrator (appropriate as it might be) was too much for me.
A little detective work by a woman who owns a coffee house in lower Manhattan, has a sexy ex-husband and lots of friends and acquaintances. Light for a murder mystery, fun and easy. I've read four books of the series and although they get fluffier and a bit sillier, they are still worth reading.
I'm going to be short and not so sweet - I love good sci-fi and I'm not averse to YA tales. Some are really great. However I wanted to tell the author to Just Tell The Story. The premise looked interesting but I couldn't wade through the endless introductions of characters, locations and situations. My impatience, I guess, but there are too many enjoyable books in the world to take my time with one that hasn't gotten to the "good stuff" within the first 2 hours.
I've listened to more than 100 books and never before have I canned a book, not because of the story but because of the narrator. The story might be good - I didn't have the patience to listen to more than about half an hour. The narrator has a passable voice but her pacing is abysmal with long pauses between sentences for no apparent reason, the sound level changes (maybe not her fault) and her diction needs work. I bought the book because of the summary of the story and it might be really engrossing (read by a different reader) - I'll never know. So I rated it on expectations not on the reality.
Okay, I'll admit it, I'm quick on the delete key. However, I strung along with this one until I was almost half-way through, then realized that, although I cared a bit about the main characters, I didn't have the patience to stick around until the author got to the point.
A lot of blue pencil editing might have made this an enjoyable book, but, alas, that didn't happen.
I bought this "first of a series" on sale and wow, am I glad I did. I am a voracious reader and this was one of the best sci-fi reads I've enjoyed in a long time. A large cast of believable characters with problems to solve and creative solutions to them. Good good-guys and not-so-good good-guys.
I enjoyed this so much I've bought several more in the series. If you like programs like Star Trek, you'll really love these books.
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