This is a great start to what I hear is an amazing series. With all 10 of the books having been out for some time now, I was hoping to dive headlong into them. But, alaas, all I can get my hands on is Book 1. Please hurry and get the rest of the series uploaded to you site so I can buy them and give you a bunch of money :) Thank you.
As Howard's writing style improves, his racism, sexism and white supremacist ideals become a far more open and obvious theme is his Conan stories. The hypocrisy in this drives me crazy. Conan is a man who hates civilization and the existing power structure and also knows the difference between humanity and beasts. However, Howard's beliefs fly in the face of what Conan actually believes. The authors decent into depression and eventual suicide comes across in his hatful descriptions of black men and other non=white races. I had to struggle to get this this entire collection, though I love Conan.
Personally, no. However, if I was 10 or 11 years old I would most certainly read another book by this author.
The mantra of almost every author is "Show, not tell". I think this author didn't get the mimeo about that trick. The author continuously "tells" us about scenes from the past instead of describing those sevens and having them play out for the reader. The story would be much more engrossing if the author let the characters show the readers their lives rather than having the author bombard us with exposition. As my title suggest I think that the author's style would be fine for 4th or 5th graders, and maybe that's who the target audience is, though I sort of doubt it.
Most of the characters are fairly one dimensional and predictable. All of the badges are clearly and obviously bad while all of the protagonists are overly nice and simplistically good. Although, some of the characters are simply contradictions of themselves. For example, in the beginning of the book Corban, one of the main characters, is too "cowardly" to fight back against his bully yet insane enough to leap from one thin and narrow tree branch to another while many feet up in the air . And he doesn't even get hurt when he falls, plummeting through branch after branch, and crashes onto the forest floor.
If you are a young reader, or know a young reader, of fantasy, then this book might be for you. If not, it's probably not.
Most certainly. If I ever have children I will defiantly read this to them/
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a fresh take on the fairy tale genre and it was nice to have a strong female lead character. I highly recommend this book.
The story is fairly original, though the writing and genre are both fairly generic. The characters are bland, the writing style seems amateurish, and the relationships between the characters feel forced.
Yes. It's the perfect vehicle for a summer block buster. It has everything that that type of movie needs: shooting, explosions, a love story, and religious undertones. In fact, it would make a better block buster than it does a book. As a novel it is derivative in it's writing style and seems more like a paint-by-numbers spy novel than original piece of work. Though as I stated above, the idea of the story is pretty original, it is just the characters, dialogue, and action that are sub-par.
If you don't have anything better to read, you like Tom Clancy books, and are interested in Ancient Aliens, check this book out. It won't blow you away, but is an OK way to pass the time.
I loved the Way of Kings. I thought it was one of the most original fantasy novels I had read in a long time and couldn't wait for this book to come out. I was not disappointed. While I didn't love Words and much as Way, I still really enjoyed it and will listen to it again.
What I disliked most, and what I am getting very sick of in fantasy books, is the main character, Kaladin, being kind of a whinny baby for half of the book. It felt right for him to be bummed out in the first book, he was a slave, he was doing a job that was destined to hill him; I'd be bum me rout too. But in this book, he has very little reason to complain, yet he broods for a large portion of the book and it slows down the story. Other than that, I enjoyed everything else in the book.
I would. As I stated in my title, but narrator does an amazing joo. Of the hundreds upon hundreds of audiobooks I have listened to, this might be the best one yet.
The unusual accent he gives the main character helps the listener to get the feel that the moon is an amalgamation of cultures, races, and people. Manny is truly brought to life by Lloyd, as well as the rest of characters. Each one has a slight;y different feel that grants them their own personality outside of the words tat they are speaking.. Lloyd Games does not over-act or force any of the voices, they seem to flow khi of him.
The story is a great one, especially in today's political climate. Rebellion and revolution and an important and sometimes necessary aspect of life, but is so often forgotten. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress shows how can happen when people come together and stop letting themselves be controlled by tyrants. This theme combined with an incredibly good narrator makes this a must listen.
How many times do I need to read about the "never ending rape" of an 8 year old girl. How many times do I need to I need to hear about the way poop smells? How many times do I need to listen to how Caine wishes he was dead?
I really enjoyed the first book ion this series. I thought it was original,exciting, and provocative. Which is way I am so disappointed with this book. his book drags on and on. It reputes itself over and over, beating you over the head with how bad things are. It just gets old after awhile. I stopped caring about any of the character after the 100th time I had to hear about how sorry they felt for themselves.
This is one of the stupidest books I've ever read. Some of the ideas aren't even bad ideas, and none of the are the "worst ideas ever". At some points the author even provides arguments for why the ideas wasn't a bad idea at all.
DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS BOOK
This fourth installment os more or less on par with the pervious three but it is getting kinda carried away. One of the main reasons I loved the first three books as much as I did was because while there were wildly powerful characters in the story, many more were normal people in the midst of extraordinary situations. In House of Chains most of the characters have near god-like powers and I think it is getting a touch extreme.
As has been noted in other reviews the new narrator leaves a lot to be desired. The new voices for old characters is pretty jarring, Quick-Ben, for example, sounds nothing like he did in the first three book and it is distracting. There are other voices as well that have been dramatically altered.
Yes. In fact, I already have. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the race and class divide that exists in the Untied States.There are som hard topics here that are presented in a thoughtful and, sometimes, funny way.
I did. Actually. I had several. There were a couple of times where I laughed out loud. Doug Merlino does a wonderful job of portraying his friends on the page. It also made me cry. Therre are very few books that can do that, Bridge to Terabithia and the Dark Tower XI being two of them, and this one did. It is an emotional journey finding out what happened to some of those kids after the team fell apart.
As someone who lives in Seattle, where the events of this book take place, I was fascinated to learn of the city's history. Having lived here for over 10 years now I have seen Seattle' weirdly passive brand of racism first hand. The Hustle does a terrific job of exploring many of the causes and effects of discrimination in the Pacific Northwest.
Originally, I was assigned this book as an extra credit project for a class I am taking, but as soon as I started listening to it I couldn't put it down. If you are at all interested in the class structure that dominates the USA check this book out. It is the best non-academic source I have ever read. It is funny, emotional, and eye-opwning.
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