World's best villain.
The villain in this story is great. He's cunning and powerful and, most importantly, understandable. He's a fantastic example of a man driven to evil, rather than being evil for evil's sake. His motives are clear and his means are ruthless, he was a fantastic character.
This one continues the excellent quality of the first Monster Hunter book, with Oliver bringing Owen to life.
Sometimes, the end justifies the means... but an automatic shotgun always means the end to something.
This is a great sequel to a fun first book. I look forward to the next book in the series.
This series has been extremely strong, yet I felt like the pacing in this book was off (it seems to climax at about the midpoint) and I really didn't like how it ended (there seemed to be amazing potential for character growth that was just shut down at the last minute in a deus ex machina). Holdbrook-Smith's performances have breathed wonderful life into these characters, but I didn't like how he chose to perform this one. Peter is in a bad place, emotionally, and so Holdbrook-Smith chooses to perform the book in a dour, withdrawn fashion. This is great, in that it reflects how Peter is feeling, but it makes for a difficult listen and really saps a lot of the fun out of the book.
This was one of the few books that I have just given up on. The action is so over the top and exaggerated as to be comedic, yet the descriptions of the sex and violence are so disturbingly graphic as to ruin any mote of comedy. The charterers are deplorable and, at least over the first hour or two, feel very two dimensional and predictable. The book feels like it was assembled from a grab bag of tropes. The reader was fine, but I wouldn't recommend this book based solely on his performance.
This historical fantasy takes place during World War 2, with a mystical twist. Tregellis doesn't pull any punches, taking the book and many of its characters to dark places. The war is horrible and we find that even good people can do horrible things amidst so much suffering. I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.
I've really enjoyed the Monster Hunter series, but I felt that this was a weak entry in it. It pulls back the curtain for a certain character, showing their backstory in great detail. It's a fine backstory, but it's not nearly as fun as the mystery was. The plot is fine but not great, the main villain is certainly villainous but is not particularly interesting and his motivations aren't really understandable.
I really liked the idea presented in Amped. Were that idea explored in an essay or a piece of speculative fiction, I think that I would have enjoyed it more. Instead, it is presented as a novel and the story of that novel ends up feeling very forced. I feel like I Wilson was trying very hard to make a mystery where the reader could be pleasantly surprised as the story twists and turns, implying one villain and then another... but it just came across as muddled.
The story works so hard to cast certain characters as villains (callously killing innocents, etc.) and then abruptly flips their role while only providing the thinnest veneer of reason. Along that same line, it is obvious that Wilson wanted to tell a story of a social dystopia, but his world fractures into this state through a completely (to me) unbelievable series of events. As I was listening to it, I kept asking myself, "Really? Who would do that? Why would anyone do that?" over and over again. The world did not feel logically consistent and so ended up very artificial.
Aaronovitch has created a very fun and detailed world for his Peter Grant novels. Police procedural is melded smoothly with the supernatural, creating a London that is both wholly unique and yet feels like a natural part of the world.
The narrative is written from Peter's perspective and is very well put together. The character's voice is very strong and consistent, adding color, flavor and humor to the scenes.
Holdbrook-Smith gives a FANTASTIC performance. As the narrative is written is a strong and distinctly characterized voice, Holdbrook-Smith's performance brings that voice to life in remarkable ways. He is not simply reading the book to you, but is rather performing the book for you and is able to bring a whole additional level to the story through his performance.
The story had a lot of interesting ideas but I never felt that it went anywhere.
This is a really engaging story. It deals with some pretty awful situations, and though it doesn't hesitate to let you know what's going on, it also doesn't revel in the awfulness and pain. I think that the book handles those difficult situations with graceful storytelling and is to be commended. My only complaint is that the production has some weird pauses. There are some silent stretches that were sufficiently long that I started reaching for my stereo to ensure that it hadn't turned off or something before the next bit started.
Volume 2 adds more depth to the already fascinating world that Lindquist and Christensen have created with their Dead Beat stories. An overarcing plot comes to light, tying together events from most of the short stories into one grand scheme, while adding history and weight to the ghosts that inhabit this world. I can't wait for Volume 3!
This book is a strong continuation of the story created in the first book. I continue to like the characters and it flirts with being a really amazing book, but it didn't quite feel like it realized that potential. Still, it was very solid and enjoyable, adding depth to the world and telling an interesting story.
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