The three worlds of The Cloud Roads, Air, Earth and Sea are some of the most original in recent fantasy fiction.
Moon, is a shape shiftier who was orphaned early and separated from his own species lives among "groundling" tribes... until they discover his secret and kick him out.
Moon's struggle to come to terms with his past and future, along with the three worlds he inhabits is well written and engrossing, holding the listeners attention and leaving them waiting impatiently for the sequel.
A great new entry in the clockwork universe, is somewhat marred (and loses one star) by having a lengthy continuity error early in the book, but it is worth getting past that and getting into Ms.Priests New Orleans which is rich with that city's flavor and a solid story.
It is also the first instance of the word "zombie" appearing and the term coming from the Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau no less, is a brilliant touch.
(But Cly met Mercy at the end of Dreadnought so having him meet her again at the beginning of Ganymede is somewhat jarring /continuity rant)
The first and best of the Amelia Peabody Mysteries by Elizabeth Peters, this novel introduces us to the redoubtable Amelia Peabody, wealthy spinster and passionate student of Egyptology as she begins her career with her first trip down the Nile, It is also her first encounter with Emerson, the archaeologist with whom she will share many adventures.
The excellent story is a little undeserved by Rosenblat's reading, while she hits the right notes she seems to see Amelia as a great deal older then her 30 years.
This excellent follow-up to The Wee Free Men, takes us on this next step of Tiffany's rocky climb to adulthood. At this point she's eleven years old with a questing mind an innate grasp of "headology" she's drawn the interest of something else, something afraid....
With it's biting humor and sharp insights into human nature this is another of Terry Pratchett's excellent dips in YA literature, well read by Stephen Briggs.
The reading is very good. Engaging and interesting and with the numerous footnotes, difficult to do. So props for that.
The book though, is pure cotton candy, (not that it's sweet---it isn't) but it feels, when your listening too it, a lot more satisfying then it is when you get to the end.
Jayne Entwistle gives her usual excellent reading in this, the latest Flavia De Luce adventure, it's an ice cold holiday romp as the village of Bishops Lacey and a film company prepare to spend Christmas with De Luces, and with Flavia about, all this company can only lead to murder most foul.
A by the numbers fantasy/romance, girl loses father, meets boy, runs away from boy, finds strange destiny, keeps getting thrown together with boy.... yada. It's perfectly satisfying if that's what your in the mood for.
North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell's exploration of the cultures of the north and south of England in the late 19th century is still fresh, if somewhat poorly served by a well enunciated if lack-luster reading.
A well written and well read account of the life of John Adams, Farmer, Lawyer, Statesman. referencing the rich collection of correspondence that John and Abigail Adams took part in during their long and busy lives, John Adams and the historical figures who surround him, Jefferson, Washington, Hamilton etc. come into focus as real people, both more and less then the sum of their public works.
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