Funny glorious and tragic, Seanan Mcguire is improving with every book (and they didn't start out too bad either).
Toby is a hero in every sense of the word and her friends are wonderful characters with a great deal of depth.
Interesting characters, snappy dialog, realistic dog.
If Jennifer Crusie can be said to have a formula this is it, fortunately it's a formula that I would buy over and over again. This book fulfils that formula and then some (you will never look at a water tower the same way again).
Not a perfect story but definitely a five star story
One of the books I re-listen to every so often.
Alex is an endearing character and Sarah Zellaby (a personal favourite of mine) makes an appearance.
The new characters are enthralling as are the new species.
Buy if you loved the other books.
Middle books in trilogies tend to be a little flat, nothing can be resolved and a dire cliff-hanger is a must because you want people to pick up the last book.
Ancilliary Sword avoids all of this. It is a complete change of pace from the first book but manages both an engaging and complete story arc and the set up for the final book of the series.
New and interesting characters are introduced, new and gorgeous tea sets are found and Breq just keeps getting more interesting.
The only two down sides are the fact that there is not enough Seivarden and the unfortunate death of a character who I was growing to love.
Fascinating science fiction with thoughtful world building and engaging characters.
Like the best science fiction it raises issues that are present currently (disability, online identity, corporate control over public spaces)
Also genuinely funny.
I predict this book will battle it out with Ancilliary Sword for most of the science fiction awards next year ( no idea who will win since they are both amazing books).
In the anthology "Apple for the Creature", the short story by Mike Carey was one of the two that left me desperately wanting to know what happened next (the other one was by Ilona Andrews...because of course).
This book changes some of the elements present in that short story but ultimately I think the changes work and I have my answer (and probably trouble sleeping because there are some horrific parts to this story).
Melanie is an amazing character.
Seriously at this point you would need a very good reason not to buy all the Discworld books (except possibly the first few and even those have a few moments of greatness).
So take it as read that all Discworld books are five star books, it's just that some are *more* five star than others.
The Fifth Elephant is one of the *more* books, it features Vimes being Vimes, Detritus and Cheery being themselves and Sybil being a bad-ass.
Sometimes you're in the mood for books about the bonds between people, the triumph of good over evil...and killer two-headed werewolves.This book is just plain fun.
There are a number of flaws in logic and some slight cliched teenage problems ( and, god help me, what looks very like a love triangle) but overall an enjoyable listen.
This is a wrenching story about guilt, family and the horrendous pain and joy that people can inflict on each-other(it can also be very funny at the strangest times).
This does end on a cliffhanger so be prepared to buy the next book.
Stayed entirely true to the characters as I see them while allowing them growth and change.
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