This is a story that unfolds slowly, with no dramatic event(s) at the end of every chapter as is so common in modern pulp fiction. I enjoyed it very much; but then, I enjoy John LeCarre novels - work that some find ploding. It is not Baldacci. (Whose writings I enjoy but would not need or want to reread). The meaning of the word 'pavane' well sums the development of the story.
Pavane is much better characterized as alternative history than science fiction. There are no gizmos that don't exist in today's world. But ... there is a bit of fantasy.
PS I use the term "pulp fiction" in the best sense. Hawthorne and Dafoe were pulp fiction writers of their time.
If this book is free, or close to it (as it was when I wrote this review) do yourself a great big favor and buy it NOW. I don't much like humor books, but ... Her quips, jibes, and sarcasm are delivered deadpan, just when one expects a predictable sentence.
Just imagine what one can do with the line: "He's so vain." If your veins aren't running, that is.
I'm now paying serious $ / credits for Ms. Harper's other books. Enjoy.
The writing is tauter than the last book, which is good because the series is getting bloated.
David, it is time to bring this series to a conclusion.
What isn't good is that this book demands maps. There are constant references to various towns and terrain and the ways in which the forces are trying to out flank each other. Without access to the maps (which I assume the printed version includes) I just gave up and skipped over pieces of the plot that relied on geographical information. Buy the book. Or photocopy the maps from the book at the library. Or, better yet, take it out of the library.
I instinctively avoid books that are labeled "funny." I'm pretty sure that I downloaded my first Molly Harper book because it was free. Wow.
Her humor is drop dead funny and fully evades clichés. In fact, part of the humor is in the way she takes common phrases and alters them slightly. Without giving any impression that she changed the dialogue to incorporate the phrases. Her books are my on my "go to listen list" for days when work has been tough and I need cheering up. Which means that I can listen to them more than once without being bored, which is not common for me.
Cotton Candy? Well ... I'm closing in on my Grand Pa years and I still look forward to the cotton candy each year when the county fair rolls around.
Ms. Ronconi's narration is savory and saucy and adds to my enjoyment. To the extent that I have looked for other books she narrates.
I'm a guy who enjoys Nicholas Sparks' books. I believe in the power of love ... deal with it.
That said, I have only so much empathy for characters who turn the other cheek and take the fall for others' mistakes, as the hero does here.
What triggered my prude reaction was my realization that this is a love story between two people, one of whom is married with young children. Not many ways that can end happily unless the inconvenient spouse is killed off by the author, are there? Which may not be the way it ends - I'm not going to spoil your read / listen.
What's to like about the current craze for vampire books? Nothing much. While I don't remember how I came across this book, the title itself promised something different. Stray??? Vampires. Next, the description promised the story of a human taking care of the mundane day to day needs of vampires, which didn't sound like the usual approach in most science fiction books. So I bought it. Molly has a lot of fun with the foibles of vampires as seen from the human business woman's view point.
Well, I won't spoil the suspense. There may be a wedding or maybe not. What is interesting is seeing Kris going through what all spouses (or perhaps not) experience when a loved one goes off to battle. I'm not sure this book should be read without reading earlier ones in the series. Actually, I am sure. Read earlier ones first. If you have, this one is well worth the credit..
I read and enjoy many books by and about women, including quite a few labeled romance. In fact, one search engine has decided that I am a woman. I'm not ... and never have been. All my protesting is preface to this: Our heroine is a ninny, making the same mistakes over and over. Nor is the story even passingly close to reality. At any price above a buck save your money.
I quite enjoyed Edward Hermann's narration.
As a former cox, the joy of the book was discovering the history of rowing. Commands that I learned in the 1970's were the same ones used in the 20's and 30's. I wish I had read this book while crewing.
The story itself lacks details about many member of the Olympic crew and almost everything about their lives after college, which is while I awarded only 4 stars. For anyone with a rowing background, however, this is a 5 star must read.
Has more improbable escapades and escapes from danger than your average minx. Which creature, as it happens, has a role in the story. If Audible offers it again really cheaply, and you really like werewolf stories, try it.
I did quite like the idea of the heroine living in a church.
Not worth the invisible paper credit. Giant mechanized Nazis? Fighting comic book super heros? Perhaps this book is meant as a spoof. I cannot imagine why Ms. Lackey decided to associate herself with this collaboration.
I gave the narrator 3 stars just because I couldn't blame him for the material.
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