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.
Given the zillion reviews of When Crickets cry, I doubt I'm giving anything away to say that the heart plays starring role in the novel. Literally.
One of extras in a good book for me occurs when I learn something about something. Building cathedrals in the middle ages in the Pillars of the Earth. Aboriginal life in the Inspector Bony stories or monastery life via Brother Cadfael. A favorite of mine in this regard is Prayers for Sale which illustrates much about life in the Colorado mining country (above 8,000 ft) in the late 1800's. Crickets explains much about the heart.
If you are like me and thirst for some knowledge with your sweet relationship story, this is quite an enjoyable listen. I would say the same about the rowing details except that I know enough about rowing to spot a few errors. By and large Mr. Martin gets rowing right, however, so there is much to learn there too for non-rowers.
I gave the book 5 stars overall for the reasons above. I gave the story only 4 stars because of a few too many points about which I was required to "willing suspend disbelief." The biggest one has to do with his ... oh, heck, I can't spoil it for you. Just lets say that any one who has struggled to get or renew a medical license will spot it.
If you've worn glasses for longer than you can remember, this is the book for you.
If barns and bat sh&t look the same to you without glasses, welcome.
If tortoise shell is an epithet, com'ere.
This book is a hoot. While I can't vouch for the exclusively girl-only experiences, everything else is spot on. Makes me proud to have survived. And reminds me that I've had my present pair way to long. Thanks Marissa.
S'okay. I've listened to both of the earlier volumes in this series and all of the Half Moon Hollow series. As I mentioned in a review of one of them, I'm not usually attracted to books labeled funny but ... I loved the constant stream of puns, non-sequiturs and plays on clichés and commercials in those books. The romances between the feisty woman and strong fellas was enjoyable without too much (for a guy) bodice-ripping.
Perhaps Ms. Harper's run low on her supply of quips and one-liners. Please, if this is the first Molly Harper book you've encountered, don't buy it (now). Start one of the earlier books. They are GREAAATTTT, as my friend Tony (or was it Flicka?) used to say. Do buy it when you need the ending of the Grundy story.
Yes, I will buy more books from Ms. Harper and sample anything narrated by Ms. Ronconi.
[Just, please don't tell Amazon or Kindle my buying plans. I suspect them both of raising prices based on the individual's buying history ... if I buy one, the next one seems more expensive. Perhaps I should sneak in as an avatar?]
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.
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