Broomfield, CO, United States | Member Since 2008
It is amazing how many credits you can blow through when you find an incredible writer & series (or multiple series). I haven't found anything of LMB's that I haven't enjoyed.
This is book 2 about Miles' extraordinary parents and friends. I absolutely adore Cordelia. She is the type of woman that many of us wish to be, honest, strong in will, determined, and she has great taste in mates & friends. Aral Vorkosigan is a man looking for something and someone to live for and Cordelia is the one who helps guide him as well as love & understand him.
I love the back stories of other major characters in the series: Bothari, Illyan, Kuo, Drou, Gregor Vorbarra....
Action, action, and more action from start to finish. This is a short story with a lot of bang for it's size.
The Riyria books are written so well that you form a very quick attachment with the two lead characters. Even in this short story you see how different they are on the surface but a lot more alike when you burrow deeper.
I also really enjoyed the forward written by Michael Sullivan telling about his struggle writing something to be successful and then deciding to write just for himself. Gave wonderful insight to the entire series, original; & prequels.
Tim Gerard Reynolds brings these characters to life and I am always amazed of the variety of voices and inflections he brings to these stories.
If you have not read any of the Riyria books, please give them a try. You won't be disappointed though I do recommend starting with the original Riyria Revelations and then diving into the prequels.
I really enjoyed that all the regular cast of characters (& some are more 'character' than others) were all present for parts of this book. Seeing all the varied strengths, powers & weaknesses of all of them together makes you feel like there is truly nothing they cannot do as a team.
It is also fun to get timeline perspective when events from the spin off series' are mentioned & participated in during this book. Just in case you haven't read them, the spin offs are as good as the original series.
I will continue to re-listen to all the books about Cat & Bones and the 'scooby gang' (human, vampire, ghoul, ghost, deacon, and other) for many, many years to come.
Thank you Jeanienne Frost for characters that are strong but human, are serious but sarcastic, and are memorable. And to Tavia Gilbert for giving these characters a voice and personality.
I really, really hope that Ian is next to have a book or more. He is such a scoundrel with a soft heart (shhhh... don't tell him the last part).
Oh, to be a Mentat (a human computer) would be an intriguing thing , unless of course you are the child of a person who remembers everything.
Like all the prequels (original & post) books this one focus' on all the major players and worlds not just the Mentat. I would have liked more focus on the Mentat but was not disappointed by other events taking front & center.
The prequels give insight as to how events lead up to the original Dune books & beyond. The historian in me really enjoys that.
I have enjoyed the original Dune books on through all the post & prequels and have read & listened to them many times. This one seemed to leave a lot more loose ends than the previous ones - with the other books you knew there were other questions but they seemed to close more issues than they started. So that means instead of waiting patiently for the next sequel to come out I am a bit more impatient. :)
It was another very enjoyable collaboration between Brian Herbert & Kevin Anderson and very well narrated by Scott Brick.
Cool another book with Coyote, the scamp (and several 4-letter words, but then.....). There are times when Mercy doesn't really want to be 'interesting', especially to Coyote.
Another amazing entry into the Mercy Thompson series that brings in many of the characters from the past books. There are Coyote and Werewolves and Fae and Vampires and Witches and others Oh My.....
Lorelei King brings this magnificent series of Patricia Briggs' to life and lots of sarcasm.
Whew! Tracking the normal 3 Heroes fulfilling prophecy was easy compared to having 7 Heroes & a few other key characters.
Another excellent addition to the Heroes of Olympus & Olympians books. In addition to the fabulous story line & writing, I am enjoying the growth of each of the characters in not only their powers but also in their confidence, maturity and their trust in one another.
Nick Chamian was good, but it did take a little getting use to due to Joshua Swanson's & Jesse Bernstein's excellent narration of the previous books. Nick was a little flat at the beginning but that improved throughout the book.
What else could Rick Riordan possibly think of to challenge these 7 Heroes & others after this book? This group is going to need serious counseling after this adventure is concluded but.... as the saying goes "What doesn't break you (kill you) makes you stronger".
George Takei does a great 'Twas the Night Before Christmas! Thank you for this wonderful gift.
You move into a new building and like most places there are a few building quirks... well a little more than quirks. So what is the average guy to do.... why of course try to figure out what is going on and enlist the majority of the building tenants to help. What a great way to meet the neighbors.
It was really fun to listen to a story about normal people being thrown into an extraordinary situation. Ray Porter brought the characters in Peter Clines' story to life and gave each of the characters their own voice and personality.
It is definitely not your standard horror story which is a good thing because I have the tendency to turn all the lights on in the house & hide under the covers when listening to those.
If you read the first three books you know the outcome but WOW the details leading up to those three books make this & the first prequel hard books to stop listening to (aka put down). Just when you think all is lost (though you know it is not because you read the first three books) something truly inspired (with a dab of insanity) happens.
Michael J. Sullivan's books with awesome narration by Tim Gerard Reynolds are brilliant, unforgettable, action packed, a discovery of love and self, showing the struggles of the low & mighty and are definitely riveting.
I would start with the original books and then go onto the prequels as they will have more meaning that way; otherwise you will find yourself re-reading the prequels after you finish the original 3 anyway..... oh wait... you will want re-read all of them again & again.
This series goes way beyond 5 stars on all counts.
It took me a little longer to be totally hooked on Griffin's Brotherhood of War series especially after reading his spectacular Corps & Presidential Agent series initially BUT that being said by Book 4 I was totally hooked. I read a few other types of books between book 3 & 4 and discovered within the first few minutes of Book 4 that there are very few authors like Griffin out there who grab your interest and write so elegantly about the victories and failures of events and people.
This is at least the third book of this series that left me with tears of gladness with a pinch of sadness at the end of the book.
I wholeheartedly recommend this series as well as any other writings of W.E.B Griffin. I am also a big fan of the fabulous narration by Eric G. Dove.
I envision a personal ad:
Tall, handsome, powerful, cranky Highland Laird not really looking for a feisty British wife to completely turn his world upside down and give him a true life partner. Desired traits include someone who can ride bareback, hunt, heal, management his territory, make love with abandonment, start wars for his pleasure and complete turn his world upside down.
I really enjoy powerful women and men in stories and especially enjoy when they clash and meld. Julie Garwood's story was a fun listen to from start to finish and narration by Rosalyn Landor was superb.
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