I had a hard time listening to this at first without constantly comparing it to Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. Not surprising since the similarities to one of my favorite series ever is the reason I picked this up. I actually read Ill Met in Lankhmar while in the middle of this to try and understand what it was missing and realized I couldn't really compare them as I had only heard half a story about Royce and Hadrian.
The second part\book fleshes the duo out more and they become more than shadows of hero's past. Also, the world and its history get more defined and in doing so more interesting questions come up that I want to see answered. The handless wizard is pretty cool too.
I'll go back and change my stars on this when I am done, but initially I have to say the robot narrator is tough to focus on. Something about the cadence in her voice makes me have to constantly rewind because I've let my mind wander and cant remember what was just said. Perhaps it is the voice combined with the unfamiliar terms and names common in scifi. I understand the artistic choice in narrating this way, but I don't think it works. Hopefully I will make it through, if not I might just have to read this one instead.
Cool story, but the scariest thing for me was the pronunciation of Haverhill. Its HAY-vril. Was like hearing nails on a chalkboard every time it was said. Don't know how that made it past the production people.
It was weirding me out cause at times the narrator's voice sounded like certain characters on South Park. It was like Trey Parker was reading it.
If this was anything but a zombie story I would have put it down in 30 minutes. At first I thought it was the narration, but then I realized the narrator didn't have much to work with. The main character is not well defined, his traits are all over the place. The dialogue is horribly cliche. The attempted humor is like fingernails on a chalkboard. It's just all around bad.
The story had a cool concept. I was surprised many times by things that happened, and I really like that in a book.
I hate being one of those people who poop on book endings, but this one is lacking. Any more detail involves spoilers. Still its something I would recommend because the journey to the end is really very good.
I think this is probably a good book, but it's not a very good audio book. The narrator doesn't seem suited to the book at all. There are large parts with no dialogue and his cadence is sleep inducing. It's probably a combination of the reading and the author being rather wordy and overly descriptive. If I were reading it there are parts where the ability to accurately skip ahead or skim would make the book a much better experience as the core story is pretty cool.
I'm really bummed out I spent both my credits this month on this. I feel obligated to finish it but listening to it is like when your wife is watching Housewives of Somewhere and you're on the couch pretending to watch with her while you pick at your fingernails or play games on your phone.
I think this book written by Joe Author would average one less star. Neal gets that extra from having written lots of cool stuff in the past.
I found the book kind of tedious. I would find myself thinking about work or bills or laundry that needed doing instead of paying attention. His attention to detail and description is to the point where he seems to be mocking himself. This would be a typical scene.
"The gunman was certainly outside and stalking him so Joe climbed the stairs and went into the bedroom. When Joe went to look out the window a small object on the sill caught his attention. It was a black ant. The ant was on its hind legs, its forelegs up and praying like a penitent Christian post confession. It brought Joe back to his childhood in Authorland when ants and Christians were in abundance and frolicking in the wheat fields during harvest. The smell of the harvested wheat came back to him then. Filling his senses as if he was back baling the wheat with his brother Jack. How Jack loved ants and wheat. And Christians. These thoughts made Joe sigh and take in a deep breath. That breath saved his life as while inhaling he arched his back five degrees more than he usually would have after a normal sigh and the bullet that pierced the pane of glass missed him by millimeters.
He looked down at the sill. The ant was nowhere to be found."
I love detail and descriptive scenes, but if I had been reading this in paper form I would have flipped to the back to see how it ended about 2/3 of the way through.
Also, I wish I had a whiteboard at the end to write down all the characters, where they were, what they were doing and how they were connected. The actions scenes went on so long I would forget who was where in the room - who had guns - who was hurt, etc.
I just started the third part. While the story is very interesting it's too spread out. I think much of the dialog and themes are repetitive and don't add anything. If the point is to get the reader\listener to understand that a character is frustrated by repeating their frustration so often that it becomes frustrating to read\listen to then perhaps that literary device can be deemed a success. In a similar vein while the book is broken into a few storylines they all essentially have the same issue and the characters deal with them a similar manner. My X has been rescheduled and I am unprepared. Oh no my X isn't working. Why is the X taking so long to find me? On top of that are the constant hints that history might be changed. It's like a cheap horror movie where you are made to think something is around every corner only to find that nothing is there over and over again. I'm not sure I am going to bother with finishing this book.
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