I don't know what to say about this book. It was not fast paced nor very exciting most of the time. The setting was pretty typical of the fantasy genre and the world building wasn't the greatest that I've read. This book feels like a set up to a trilogy where we are learning the background story of a few chars. It's essentially a story about a bastard boy, his mentors, and his dogs.
So why the 5 stars? I just loved this book. I was invested in the chars and cared about what happened to them. The friendships and bonds felt so real. The one downside is the one dimensional aspect of the "evil" characters. I was able to get past this easily, though because the story itself is strong. This is one of the books where you just enjoy the journey the author puts in front of you. I downloaded the second book within seconds of finishing this. Not because of some contrived cliffhanger but because I just couldn't wait to see where the story would take me.
Couldn't put this down and I'm feeling a bit traumatized knowing the next book isn't due until next year! I really liked the first book but this one added a depth to both setting and characters that brought it to the next level. Again we have familiar fantasy tropes and characters but Weeks weaves them into a fantastic story.
The narrator is light years better than the one from the first book. I hope Simon Vance continues to narrate the rest of the series.
Some of the characters seem very familiar in the fantasy genre but, together with a very cool magic system and solid storytelling, it really works.
The surfer dude voice used for the prism was such a travesty. I can't believe Hachette Audio allowed this to go through. Thankfully he does not narrate the second book because the series is well worth reading so far.
Another great book and magic system by Sanderson. I have no idea how he does it but I am so glad he does.
Doctor Who audiobook narrated by David Tennant? Don't mind if I do! If you are a Doctor Who fan and love the tenth doctor, this is a must listen. The episode is perfectly suited to audio format. This is more on the creepy side so may be better suited towards adults and older kids.
4.5 stars. I won't be able to review this and do it justice. It's basically 6 stories that tell of the plights of humans. They range in themes and genre but are connected to the next by fine threads. Best described by a quote from the book - “Spent the fortnight gone in the music room reworking my year's fragments into a 'sextet for overlapping soloists': piano, clarinet, 'cello, flute, oboe, and violin, each in its own language of key, scale, and color. In the first set, each solo is interrupted by its successor; in the second, each interruption is recontinued, in order. Revolutionary or gimmicky? Shan't know until it's finished, and by then it'll be too late.”
While I loved the audiobook readers, I think this book is best read first then listened to as a reread. There were many points where I wanted to flip back and reread a section which is much more difficult when listening. There are also so many quotes that I'd love to reread. I will be purchasing this in text so I can savor it a bit more.
Yes. It's a fun read that doesn't take itself too seriously but is not inane.
Scooby Doo meets Lost.
This definitely reads as classic sci-fi but I'm impressed with the author's imagination considering it was written 60 years ago. While there is zero depth to any of the characters, the story and underlying themes keep this an interesting read.
4.5 stars. Getting back into the Mistborn realm was like sitting down with an old friend. Having that familiar setting really eased me into a book that I normally wouldn't read. This is sort of a steampunk, old western, detective novel set 300 years after the trilogy. Sanderson gives us interesting characters and a fun whodunit plot. Definitely worth the read.
This is a sweeping epic set 400 years in the future. A distant star disappears from sight and we curious humans must investigate. There is a huge cast of characters that are woven together towards the cliffhanger ending. This is not a stand-alone novel. Once you start this massive book you are in for the long haul with its sequel Judas Unchained.
This book is true Peter Hamilton style. There is a level of complexity as he goes to great lengths in describing every minute detail. Some may find the techno-jargon tedious but I find it creates a depth to scenery and characters that very few authors can match. The story is fleshed out to the point where I feel like I'm right there walking along the enzyme-bonded concrete with my friends from the Commonwealth
This book is beautifully written. There seems to be a lot of reviews that are comparing this to the author's previous work. This is the first book I've read from Maggie Stiefvater so I guess I had no expectations. It seems people either love it or hate it. Add me to the 'loved it' side.
The world building is exquisite. The island seems to be a main character in itself. The story is told from two points of view and both protagonists are strong and likeable in their own ways. I am usually annoyed about the cliched 'boy and girl compete and fall in love' but I found it didn't bother me as much in this story because it wasn't the main focus. While told from these viewpoints, the real story is about the horses. I found myself engrossed even though I wouldn't consider myself a "horse person" at all.
There are major complaints because there is a lot of build up and not a lot of action. The actual race doesn't take place until the end of the book. I had no problem with this. I loved the story and character building. It really is an enjoyable book.
I found the two readers, Steve West and Fiona Hardingham, added so much to the book.They really bring this story to life.
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