I really don't know how i missed this author for so long. Mr.Leiber truely was a master of his craft. This is fantasy in its purest form. After listening to the first 3 of the novels in the series, I now realize that most of the previous "sword and sorcery" style fantasy authors i have read to date are simply pale imitators, all striving to capture or reproduce what Mr. Leiber has created.
These novels raise the bar to a new level that most fantasy authors will rarely achieve.
That being said, the narration is decent, but not spectacular. The narrator often seems confused as to which minimally varied tone he has assigned to which character. Since there are often only 2 main characters in many of the stories, his confusion is less then laudable.
I enjoyed it. While i agree that Mr. Pacey is an astonishingly good narrator, I cannot fault Michael Page. Yes, the transition from Pacey to Page was a bit jarring, but i think the negative reviews based on that are unfair. The novel is a good read. Its a bit more superficial then the trilogy, but thats ok.
However, i would like to see Joe Abercrombie try his hand at a new project. I am satisfied with having the Heroes as the conclusion to this set of books, and think i might hesitate to buy another novel set in this particular world.
I have long been a fan of Richard Morgan. Altered Carbon, Broken Angels etc, excellent reads. Morgan has never been afraid to add gritty realism to his characters and stories, often displaying a dirty underside which adds spice and life to his creations. The Steel Remains is not cyber punk, it is set as a more traditional style fantasy world. His writing is as enjoyable as ever, and as ever he doesn't shy away from violence or sex if he feels it is called for in the narrative. In this particular novel, one of the main protagonists engages in several graphically represented same sex acts. This is isn't simply shock value, the sexual orientation of the character impacts very directly on the plot and motives.
However it may gall me, I do think some readers should be warned about the graphic homosexuality in the novel, as many of the fans of the fantasy genre (I was going to say hard core fantasy but decided against it) may not expect to find content of this nature.
That being said, please do not get the impression that the novel is rife with sex. It is an excellent read/listen, well written, great story and great narration. I recommend it to any mature fans of gritty fantasy writing. Any Joe Abercrombie fans should also enjoy this novel.
A great addition to the "trilogy" this prequel gives us more Bartimaeus in all his self aggrandizing and sarcastic glory. This novel is found in the young adults section, but truly it's for any age. I have listened to the whole series a few times now purely to enjoy bartimaeus' snarky wit. Simon Jones is the perfect narrator for the characters as well. Top notch!
When Sanderson took over for Jordan i had high hopes for the series. The 11th book appeared to be very encouraging. However, after listening to about 1/3 of this novel, i realized that Sanderson had contributed very little to the writing of the 11th novel. The 12th however, appears to be mostly his doing, and he should be ashamed to put his name on the work. It is a terrible disservice to Mr.Jordan, and his fantastic story. After attempting to get through this much longed for novel, i gave up.
After a very long time how wonderful to have more Miles! LMB certainly hasn't lost her touch, and once again Mr. Gardener delivers an excellent performance. A top notch addition to the Vorkosigan collection.
If you are new to the Vorkosigan series, you may want to start with Shards of Honor or The warriors apprentice.
Rare to find such a master of the writing craft. Great narrator, amazing author. Makes you wonder why we like heroes in our stories when its so much more entertaining to have protagonists like these. More please!
Finest author in the genre. This is not a novel for children, or for fans of unicorns and pixies. As fantasy books go, Mr Abercrombie writes his novels with an amazingly realistic portrayal of his many flawed but entertaining characters. Dark, gritty full of black humor, these books actually get better as the series progresses. Fantastic narration.
Uninspired at best. Brown attempts to carry on his formula for success, with terrible results. I feel for the narrator, who did the best with the material he had to work with. I simply could not force myself to finish this book.
Its a Space Opera, without the drama or character depth. More like - a space musical featuring elevator muzak. No depth to the characters, a very dry delivery. I like my Space buccaneers to serve up a little emotional depth with their plasma cannons.
I finished it, it wasn't terrible, but i won't be getting the rest of the series.
I have trying so hard to finish this book. After my glowing praise of the first books in the series, some part of me has a driving need to complete the set. However, it is very, very difficult.
I enjoyed the other books, even when they dragged in places. This last installment dragged from the start, and hasn't let up yet. Do yourself a favor, stop at the 6th book.
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