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Read a lot of disappointing Vampire novels lately? Me too.. This was received well by critics so I gave the story a shot, and it was Good!! Ok, so the cover art is ugly and not much to look at - but like they say "dont' judge a book by its cover".
It's a gritty story with Noir pop style and a certain masculine flair. This is a far cry from the bodice ripper, fantasy sex, Vampire Stories with lame action and dialogue that grates on the ear. I haven't had this much fun in a different way of looking at supernatural creatures since George R.R. Martin's Lycanthrope story "Skin Trade"
As an added bonus the producer of this audio book got a solid, talented narrator who you've probably heard a lot of. Fire up the sample listen. If you've been listening a long time to novels, you'll recognize him.
So listen up and give it a try - with any luck you'll like it as much as I did. If we're luckier, someday maybe the author will write a few more like this.
Larry Correia is a talented, entertaining writer, and Ray Porter (reader of the excellent novel "14") is equally fun to listen to. So this is a really nice combo for some fantasy novel reading.
The setting of the story is from the table top war game "WarMachine" from Privateer Press. A Warhammer 40K sort of story - 14th century Crusades meet SteamPunk SciFi robots and some fantasy magic tossed in. So this odd setting is taken and given a "Dirty Dozen" story plot. You'd think this would be one to avoid - but Larry Correia pulls it off nicely although its far from 'great'.
Its sheer pulp fiction with the flaws you'd expect. It's a little stale at times, pushing tired stereotypes and paper characters around the pages. The story is also a little weak in the dialogue with Soldiers sounding like the way civilians sound like when trying to talk like a military person. We hear this "Silly Civie Speak" in Hollywood writers all the time. I'm sure Larry knows what the clipped and abbreviation jammed talk should sound like and chose to dumb it down.
The WarMachine religious Crusades setting does feel a bit creepy with the wars in many countries with people labeled religious zealots today. This sci-fi veil of 'this is only a fantasy world with no ties to what is happening today' feels pretty thin. Is Larry trying to make this connection and statements while armored in the deniability of SciFi fiction? If so I wish he would have not done that and just engaged in combat with the Goblin races or Mercs, and avoid the whole 'middle east" in turmoil theme. I picked this book up for good fun - not to relive Military service and questions of ethics and war in countries with troubled populations.
Irregardless of a few flaws that should have been edited, the book is solid entertainment and you can pretty much expect that from Larry Correia. I was able to purchase this story with out a second thought, and have solid good entertainment until the end. Larry has never left me down as a constant reader and a fan.
Argh - the furthest decline yet in the previously interesting and creative stories of the Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Mystery Novel series. I love the earlier novels - they're classic - but these later ones are just so phoned in. I wonder what happened to Charlene's inspiration.
There is nothing new here - no where to go with the story - the characters do their same old static shtick. (Sookie even makes a joke about this in the story) The only thing left to do is burn out some of the previously interesting characters, add a few poorly flushed out villains and minor characters, and slowly spin towards the final conclusion of the series where presumably something exciting will happen.
I found this dramatized novel to be a little better than many of the Star Wars novels. I always think the injection of Star Wars sound effects and music to be a little unnecessary, but the writing and narrator are quite good and power on through the goofy sound effects.
If you've enjoyed Star Wars novels in the past - or if you're a fan of the 'Knights of the Old Republic' then you'll likely find this book an entertaining listen.
I assumed this was a lame Tron/Cyberpunk/Matrix retelling.. Wow! I mistaken about it being just another tired, junky "Tron" or "Cyberpunk" B novel. Its a great surprise - like when I listened to "14" for the first time, only better.
Bottom line - This is the best book I've listened to in years. There is a sea of trash out there and this is the kind of 'great' story you seek and hunt for among all those other titles.
The author weaves a bleak future earth - but the story and its characters are all romantically nostalgic and Geeky in a great, fun way. This is a big hook - its always interesting and steers clear of being completely depressing and bleak. I found the novel to be exciting and interesting from the first line - to its last. I even enjoyed keeping Google open in a second window to look up all sorts of fun references made in the book.
I am an older game developer and professional geek at heart who gets payed to entertain others. So I really 'got' everything being discussed, and I think most people will still follow along easily too and enjoy the story.
Regardless, this is now on my 'Top 10 favorite Novels'.
This is one of those B-Novel series that are Good, Simple, sometimes dopey, but fun and addictive. I was as surprised by this as when I first read a Charlene Harris Vampire novel or the Dresden Files or any number of long running series books.
The character development is good, with enough happening to keep my interest over a long period of time. It was fun and creative, and action packed enough to keep me wanting to read the next book
At first the book (and its preview sample) seemed quirky and interesting. The characters are mostly weak and whiny, foolish, but quirky. But much like a trip to an annoying relatives house - its quirky storytelling somehow wears thin and becomes painfully tedious. I went from plain ignoring it to wishing it would shut up, and had to shut it off.
I really had high hopes - and I do enjoy a wide variety of styles. But because the characters were just so pathetic across the board - I don't think I could sympathize with them. I shut this off with great disappointment.
Unlike what the title might make you think - its not the typical tedious "mommy porn" romance novels as so many romance books are. This book is a unrepentant romance novel, but it also has much more interesting characters (well most, sadly not all), and a bit more dignity than a lot of its genre.
This is a good little book. It's a basic, somewhat predictable romance (sorry to say I had it all figured out in the first 15 minutes)- but its still fun and very entertaining with captivating characters that elevate this book above the normal. Its not great - but its definitely better than average and worth the read if you're looking for a romance story set in a dark murder mystery and rural southern American intrigue.
This is one of his 'mutant/monstrous outsiders' who rape and kill sort of books, who's formula is similar in many way to 'Ghoul' and 'Urban Gothic' (though both of those are superior novels to this).
Brian does a fair job of setting up a believable 'survivor' reality TV show setting complete with the sort of people you find in such programming- and then mixes it in with his creatures. However he dramatically lessens the effectiveness of his horror story by adding a few paragraphs from the creatures perspective early on in the book which effectively diffuses the tension and mystery with an early creature reveal. From then on its a B Movie 'by the numbers' sort of story. Most of the horror isn't tension but either gross out or uncomfortable graphic scenes of a sexual nature.
To his credit Brian does throw in a few surprises, and has some interesting characters I grew to like. His reality TV show portrayal is accurate and believable. ( I've actually been on a reality TV show so I can vouch for how that aspect felt right) I grew to sympathize with the characters plight and wanted to see what happened to them, "B movie" story telling and all.
This was Diskworld without the clever fantasy trappings. Same things Pratchett covers in his other books. Dodger feels like Knobby Knobbs from the Diskworld series - only less whimsical. Somehow it felt less interesting and since it was skirting Dickens and other classic tales - bland and predictable.
This is one of the few Pratchett novels that is just "ho hum" boring. Really, you can find something - anything more clever and interesting than this.
The Vampire/Zombie Post Apocalyptic world was set quite nicely. I enjoyed the world she paints in her story (a bit too floral and waxing too poetic at times) and would actually buy a sequel based on the overall storytelling. Julie Kagawa paints a very entertaining Vampire/Zombie post apocalyptic world - but populates her story too liberally with unbelievable and naive characters.
Much of it was an interesting retelling of a frequently done theme. Human survivors live somewhere between conditions of "The Hunger Games" , Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" and Justin Cronin's "The Passage". Actually the book feels like a blending of the three.. The situation's brutality of "The Road", the monsters and cities from the "Passage' and the teen/young audience writing of the "Hunger Games".
What annoyed my enjoyment of the novel, was the repetition of unbelievable reactions/behaviors of the main characters. The characters behavior felt dishonest and downright, lemming stupid at times. Instead of acting like people brought up in a dog eat dog post apocalyptic world where stupid gets you dead - they act like kids taken from a modern mall and dropped into this world for a few weeks.
the main characters run into many gangs of rapist cannibals who try to.. well do what they do to the female lead. Our heroes born in this dog eat dog world get the upper hand and decide it is unethical to kill these cannibal rapist bad guys. Carefully leaving them alive to preserve their own humanity. Really? In this kill or be killed world.. please..
Or better yet
- veteran scavengers on a planned mission, just happen to get caught outside in the dark in the worst known territory of undead monster activity after dark. Oops. Gee. Who could possibly predict when the sun would set? Please. Come up with some other way where your characters get in trouble - couldn't a patrol have stopped and kept them pinned down in forbidden territory, something other than just eye rolling carelessness.
Children and people mildly walk out of shelter in unknown territory into a throng of man eating zombie/vamps.. Its like the cast is TRYING to earn a Darwin award for stupid deaths. Natural selection would have weeded this sort of behavior out long ago.
So, if you can tolerate a story where the author clearly pulls her punches, and is obviously writing for a younger audience, then you'll get through this book just fine. And if you can't, well stick with novels by the likes of Justin Cronin, Cormac McCarthy, or even Suzanne Collins.
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