If that friend was "into" classic fiction, yes. The creative use of Victorian characters is entertaining, at least.
Stephen Briggs marvelous as always.
The characters. The story was engaging, but the characters made it much more interesting. An OCD vampire thief. A blind vamp. A homeless urchin who can hide like anything and seems braver than any eight year old has a right to be. And a post-service special forces soldier who works as a drag queen.
While I do really like Cheshire Red, I gotta give this one to Sister Rose/Adrian DeJesus. I know drag queens, and not one of them is a simple person. Adrian/Sister Rose is a great combo of machismo and grace.
Excellent reading and characterization. It's a first person narration and her voice has become "Cheshire Red" to me. She gets the snark in her voice just right. It's lovely.
The climax, of course. But there are several "tense" moments.
If you enjoy Dresden, you'll like Cheshire Red.
The story was interesting, once I got a grasp on what what going on, but the accent and made up terms made it confusing. (What is a molisher? It's clearly some kind of slang, but...)
Maybe. It seemed a bit of a rehash of Hunger Games and Divergent, with a bit of spiritual mysticism thrown in to make it "interesting"
Wow. Anyone? The narration was monotone, monotonous and not "acted" at all. During dialogue I was constantly losing track of who was meant to be speaking, and even during the action sequences I felt like the narrator was delivering a police report in court. I may have actually liked the story better with a different narrator.
No, the story wraps up pretty well. It did feel like there was a sequel setup, but I can't imagine how that could happen without it feeling like every other teen girl warrior series out there right now.
It's ok. I see why it was recommended for me. But it was a mediocre addition to the genre.
mystery gone chthulu
The protagonist Nate is easy to identify with. He's really an everyman who gets thrown into a world of mystery and danger and rises to the role of hero.
That's hard to decide. The discovery of the sub sub basement. The entry into room 14. The mysterious writing on the walls. The discovery of the control room....There are so many good scenes.
When the elderly neighbor goes into room 14.
If you are at all into Lovecraft, great fun. The mystery side is very good, but the outcome might disappoint someone who is a fan of Occam.
The ending was a bit....sudden.
Definitely made me laugh AND cry a bit. The major motivating factor for the plot of the book is a natural disaster in one of America's largest cities, and the day after I started listening, superstorm Sandy hit New York. I kept waiting for Obama to call China to bail the subways out.
Unique story...scifi comedy. Of course the whole premise is absolutely absurd, but I always prefer sci-fi where the aliens aren't humanoid in the least, and this delivers. I bought it as an unrepentant fan of the King Geek, Wil Wheaton, and was not in the least disappointed by his performance.
Probably the dog. The idea that an alien would become best friends with a dog faster than any other lifeform on this planet is delightful.
Emphasis, humorous reading. You can kind of hear how much he's enjoying the story, which is a good thing.
I laughed quite a bit. Very fun book.
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