Bayonne, NJ, United States | Member Since 2014
I don't like fantasy novels. I find the entire fantasy genre to be kind of annoying.
However, the Game of Thrones show on HBO got me hooked pretty fast, and I got impatient waiting for new episodes to trickle out once a week.
So, I started buying the Song of Ice and Fire audiobooks, and quickly found myself sucked into George R. R. Martin's world.
The series is amazing. The character development is outstanding. The writing is nuanced and mature. The plot is perhaps one of the greatest of all time.
The scope of the story is epic- with so many characters, I wonder how the author manages to keep them all straight in his head. I often have to follow along with the game of thrones wiki online. I would begrudge this, except that I have grown to really appreciate that exceptionally rich world the author has built.
This series makes most of the other novels I'm reading seem shallow and small by comparison. Martin has raised the bar on what I want out of a story.
Martin torments his characters mercilessly, or kills them off suddenly. He takes villains and turns them into heroes, and shows us in a thousand ways that there are no distinct boundaries between good and evil. In the end, you never know what will happen next in the story. The only certainty is that you will be entertained and delighted.
I must also say a word about Roy Dotrice's narration, which is hands down the best I've ever heard. It is hard to imagine being able to follow the story without his masterful vocal nuances reminding us which of Martin's hundreds of characters are doing the talking.
I give this book, and this series my highest possible recommendation.
This is not my usual genre of choice. I tend to lean towards sci-fi, fantasy, or thrillers. But, I'm always trying to expand my horizons, so I thought I'd try literary fiction for a change.
The well-written characters and dialog sucked me in. The plot lacked some of pizzazz that I generally prefer, but it was gripping, full of drama and danger. I was satisfied.
I would have given this book 4 stars across the board, but the incredible writing and narration of the old man in the nursing home was A+ work, and some of the best listening audible has shown me so far.
This was a fantastically interesting take on Peter Pan and where he came from. Unfortunately, the story didn't really want to go where it had to end up.
This felt like a less-funny, more American Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It was very interesting at times, very dated at times, and not quite funny enough most of the time.
Hodgman was well-paired as a narrator, and he did as much with it as he could.
The big reveal in this novel was not worth the time, and certainly didn't satisfy after the buildup.
I did appreciate the satire of academia and workplace bureaucracy. Parts of this book were very funny. Just, not enough to justify the read.
Smarter than I expected, but not terribly deep. I enjoyed this book, and I think it has real potential to be an interesting series. That being said, the story didn't really speak to me personally, and I'm not sure I'll be coming back to it.
This story is probably perfect for young girls who can identify with the main character.
An interesting idea, but not enough to justify an audiobook. We Are All Weird is basically done after the first chapter.
Garrison Keillor is great, in moderation. He doesn't have the energy to carry a novella, though. Let's be honest, even getting all the way through his radio show is a chore sometimes.
I knew what I was getting into when I picked this story up, and it delivered exactly what it promised. No more, and no less.
This sort of book isn't usually my cup of tea, but my wife told me to read it. I was very impressed by the substance of this book, and the fascinating research behind it.
I'm giving it a very high rating because, though the book has some flaws, it's contents should be read by everyone.
If I hadn't read the Mistborn trilogy, The Way of Kings, and tons of other Branden Sanderson books, I might have been more impressed with the Warded Man. But this really felt exactly like one of Sanderson's heroes' journeys.
I didn't find the premise interesting enough to warrant an entire series. I enjoyed the first book, but I didn't care enough about the story to want to read a sequel. Mostly this is because our main character becomes rather foreign to us near the end of the story. I stopped empathizing with him, and our other central characters were not enough to keep me emotionally involved in the plot.
All in all, a well constructed book... and had it been my first introduction to the genre, I'm sure I would have liked it a lot more.
Stephen King knows how to spin a tale. He jumps right in, and keeps you captivated. What he does with your attention, though, is rarely worth the time.
This book is, of course, a classic, and one of King's better stories, in the sense that he ending isn't a huge let down (I'm looking at you, "The Stand").
That being said, this book suffers from the stupidity that is absolutely married to books about the supernatural. This book has possession, and evil cars, and unexplained magic. How anyone other than a child can be excited about that stuff is beyond me. Any joy I got from the novel was in spite of the childish spooky ghost stuff.
And there is plenty to like, with interesting characters and masterfully crafted suspense.
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