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.
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.
I quite like a story that builds slowly. One where the point, the key action, is not immediately revealed. One where the story itself, the writing that makes the story real, takes over. Plus, I like to learn something. In this case I learned about daily life in England in the first half dozen years after WWII, although Trustee has nothing to do with the war. And the way I learn about it is the author's living through the period.
While I read and like my share of shoot-em-ups, there is not a single murder as a part of the story. Oh, my.
So, what is Trustee about? Well, it starts with a man who makes ever part of very small, but fully working, machines and with his sister, who marries well and loves her husband. Hubby retires early, they sail off into the sunset, and our machinist is left to get on with things ... things about which we ask: "What happens next?" Although, if you really wanted to, you could probably figure out most of the plot after the first fifty pages.
Why do I give the story 4 stars and the overall performance 5 stars? Perhaps because the "hero" is a bit too naive ... right up until the end, when ...
Oops, I just changed the rating back to 5 stars because this is a book I will recommend to others who only read in print.
Not in the same universe as Citizen of the Galaxy, which is a stellar juvenile for all listeners of all ages.
In this juvenile Heinlein's moralizing overwhelms the lame story, which is too predictable as well. Not worth the credit except for people like me who make the attempt to read or listen to everything he wrote. After getting the audible version I remembered I had read it as a kid and understood why I thoroughly forgot it.
Mea Culpa! I somehow missed the fact that this is sci-fi for kids, not adults. For a younger teen, it is probably fine, although not in the category of Heinlein's juveniles. H. Potter is better, too.
For adults ... well I'll keep it for days I need an ice cream cone for lunch. I do like the job the narrator did.
This is an old fashioned mystery with a twist: our heroine. She doesn't pack, she isn't young and she does need her sleep. For me, at an age closing in on that of Mama, a plot is not sufficient to make a book a good read / listen. I like to feel I am learning something, about an occupation, a place or a period in time (or in the future) I know little or nothing about. Here, the hook is the perspective of a character who has already lived a life.
If this helps you decide, I plan to spend a credit on another Morgue Mama story.
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