I took a while to warm up to this book but in the end I couldn't escape the future world Bacigalupi so vividly describes. I found myself caring, almost in spite of myself, about characters that ranged from misguided to unsavory to loathsome to tragic. I found the fantastical post-petroleum world of genetically engineered crops, creatures and plagues to be as haunting as Blade Runner's world of hovercars, slums and clones. In the end I found it a great new take on a science fiction future. I'll definitely read whatever Bacigalupi writes next.
The reader of this audiobook really made the difference. I listened to this book with my daughter and we both loved it. Written with humor, an engrossing alternate world and charming (or appropriately galling) characters, it's brought to life all the more by the excellent characterizations provided by the reader. Loved it.
I'd not read any of the other books in the series, merely picked this up because it was well-rated and I was looking for something new. I found the audiobook version to be just what I needed. The reader was excellent, the backdrop of Louisiana in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita compelling and the crime story/mystery itself engaging.
Witty and clever, book two in the trilogy expands the greater world and the players from the first book. Bartimaeus is a particularly entertaining as the perspective shifts from him as a character to his own self-serving and hilarious narrations. A great story to share with my kid and an easy to love work of fantasy fiction in its own right.
I tried to read this book in my early 20s but having grown up in white-white Minnesota, I just couldn't get my head around the heavy dialect of the book and gave up. This time through I gave the audiobook a try and that really made a huge difference. I'm extremely impressed with how well this novel stands up after almost 75 years and I'm very glad I came back to it all these years later.
Really loved the readers in this book. I'm not sure what I expected before I started, maybe something heavier. I thought this story was appropriately poignant and serious but also light-hearted, hilarious, and genuine without being maudlin. I wish I could rate it 4.5 because it's a really good story, definitely not four-stars but I feel funny about rating it a full five. It's close, though. Very close. Enjoyed it very much.
This series is good for cute, light reading. I find myself grinning at Chet's narration and Quinn strikes the right balance of keeping Chet smart and yet still fundamentally a dog who can't quite help himself from being won over by treats and praise or overcome by tangential thoughts of why anyone would *save* bacon or chasing wild geese when humans start talking in metaphors.
I enjoyed this book right up to the point that the main character started acting irredeemably stupidly and obnoxiously. Unfortunately, I wasn't nearly as fooled or shocked at the big reveal as the main character and that really brought the book to an unsatisfactory conclusion for me. That said, I very much enjoyed the trip almost all the way to the end and if not for the feeling of frustration at not being able to follow the main character all the way through, I would have given this book 4 stars or more.
This series remains cute and funny, even in the face of some of Chet's limited and almost over-used catch phrases. Just when I think it's going to be too much I find myself chuckling. I'm a soft touch when it comes to Chet, I guess.
After a slow start I got into the book and kept picking up speed and interest like a train finally coming up to speed. Set in Sweden, all the references to coffee and aquavit, the summer cabins on coast and the freezing winters made me "homesick" for Finland and even the Scandinavian sentiments and trappings of northern Minnesota. The author succeeded in eliciting strong responses from me throughout the book and made me also care for the characters. I was sorry to learn the author died in early middle age and did not get to finish his planned series. In the end, I liked this book very much.
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