These are the first chapter books I read to my children, and this one was their favorite. Now, I've downloaded it for my granddaughter. Educational, yet often a brand new genre for young people age 5 and up. This series never fails to capture their imagination and take them to a different place and time.
Ghosts was originally written in the 80's. Hynd recently revised it for the new generations. And there lies the problem.
30 years ago, these stories were unusual, new, and great for putting a chill down the bravest of spines..... and that is no small thing. But the stories have been told and retold now, and the storylines are no longer as original. Unfortunately, a revision will not fix this.
Noel Hynd is a memorable writer, and he has a hefty fan base reviewing this novel on Amazon. This book is well written and narration is strong. It starts off slower, but about half way through, it moves faster, and holds the readers attention until the end. Don't get me wrong... it's worth reading.
I would have enjoyed the book more if I had not read all the reviews of those who were scared out of their mind 30 years ago, and that were able to rediscover the creepiness that they remembered.
I'm glad I read it, but I think the rave reviews will be written by those who were the first to read "Ghosts" and who kept it alive in their memories throughout the past three decades.
A.G. Riddle's new novel "Departure" is written in multiple genres, which isn't easy for any author to pull off sucessfully. The original storyline is the novel's strength, and the carrying out of that storlyline is it's weakness.
This futuristic sci-fi grabs the listener's attention right out of the gate with a plane crash. We are introduced to the surviving passengers, and are suddenly engulfed in a mystery, adventure, suspense, and a budding romance. Sci-fi via time travel is quickly added to the mix.
Many characters and events are introduced very early in the novel with limited detail, which resulted in a lack of character development and difficulties with suspension of belief. Usually, the inability to suspend belief in a sci-fi novel is like drawing the death card. I was able to get past this, but not without it effecting my overall opinion of the novel.
Most of the characters who are not essential to the story are weeded out by the ending of the first half of the novel. The second half, while less suspenseful, is well devoleoped... allowing the reader to focus on time travel within a post-apocolyptic world, and the mystery of how the world got that way.
Overall, "Departure' is written with an original storyline, and although not Riddle's best, it is still above average. Both narrators are very good and character consistant. It was a good listen, but I wouldn't be interested in experiencing it a second time.
I am not a patient reader or listener, and have to have an author that captures my attention quickly and maintains it throughout the novel. Neil Gaiman has not always been that author for me, although I have always thought his writing was above average. I just wasn't a huge fan.
I am a fan now.
I had previously read a Novella by Gaiman, but had not experienced his writing in the short story genre. Each story in this collection held my attention. The original storylines drew me in, and his narration of them was just as engaging. When the last story ended, I was waiting for the next one to begin, and was truly disappointed.
If you are a Dr. Who fan , "Nothing O'clock" is probably going to come in as a contender for first place. Lunar Labyrinth had excellent visual descriptions. It was which was the perfect mix of a little strange, a little creepy, and a little quirky.. three of my favorite ingredients in fiction. He narrated multiple characters in this selection especially well, and nailed their personalities. He is one of the few authors who can pull narrating his own work.
It is great when an author that the world adores puts a book in your lap that makes you suddenly feel like you are part the mainstream... a member of the club... one of the crowd. This Gaiman novel did that for me. It's the one I will be referring to when I say, " Neil Gaiman is the author of my favorite short story collection."
You are going to want to read this one. This novel is as charming as it is honest, and does not shy away from real life. There is no over-the-top sentimentality. It's characters are deep and well developed, and you will know them well by the end of the novel.
Our author introduces us to A.J. Fickry, owner of the small Island Bookstore. This bookstore is failing, and A.J.'s life is no more successful than his business. It is the story of a widower who is a loner with little purpose, and the child who enters his world alone and in need.
The Storied Life of AJ Fickry is character-rich and charming, and has deep and meaningful prose that all readers will recognize as somehow familiar, as well as insightful.
For example, AJ reflects through a journal entry and expresses to his daughter, "...The things we respond to at twenty are not necessarily the same things we will respond to at forty.. and vice versa. This is true in books and also in life.” ~AJ Fickry.
Our characters experience life realistically and at times, somewhat harshly. You will find that this book effortlessly floats forward through time with you beside it, and I promise, you will walk it on home.
And the ending....jeez. Those of us who like to review our audible selections really need to find a some kind of "red alert" system so that future readers can be warned when they are listening to a book whose last chapter should not be read in public. Could not one of you given me a heads up in your review?? I finished the book during a commute, and had to sit there in my car to collect myself before walking into work 10 minutes late.
In the words of Barbara Peak's character, Junie B. Jones, kindergartner extraordinaire:
"My eyes had wet in them."
I think I will try one more episode. I have to see what happens next.
I really don't know what made me start this series. I kept saying, okay, I will purchase just one more episode. I guess it's time I have to admit that it does have a certain something.
Unlike most end-of-the-world-zombie-gut-slinging- gore on every page novels, Yesterday's Gone doesn't use that violent drama as the foundation for the storyline. It doesn't hide from violence and blowing blood and guts everywhere, but it does play distant second to the role of relationships and the underlying mystery that makes this book readable.
I have purchased episode 5, so I can no longer say I'm trying it out. It is true, I want to see what happens next. I'm still listening.
This apocolyptic/sci-fi series is original enough that it has kept my attention and maintained my interest enough that I will be going on to episode 3. Characters are beginning to develop at a better pace. There is mystery, and some suspense.
Narration is very good with one exception. We have a Scott Brick "talk-alike" in this series. Scott Brick can make me feel like I'm riding the crazy train if I hear too much of him. Both the character and the Brickish narration of this character are a little over-the-top. Fortunately, their performance time is limited so far.
And I'm still listening.
Three outstanding narrators weave a mystery that requires the reader to stay alert and constantly tuned in to the character of Rachel to even hope for the remote chance of figuring out this outstanding mystery. And good luck with that.
Rachel is the blue ribbon winner of the most pathetic female character award in the category of contemporary mystery.
An alcoholic who drinks to the point of experiencing fugues, this emotional train wreck only feels alive when she is involved in the lives of others. It is a basic need, and I assure you, she gets her needs met.
As with all great mysteries, I wish I was with other readers who had just finished the book, sitting around drinking wine, and saying, " jeez louise, that just barked like a big dog, didn't it?"
The Descent is the best Mystery I have read in years. Xe Sands gives the performance of her career, and RC Bray is great.
The 18 year old daughter of a couple whose marriage is already in trouble disappears. That's all I can say without giving away more of the storyline.
What Tim Johnston has done is taken a sensative subject (the possible loss of a child) that I usually cannot handle, but he doesn't over-emotionalize the tragedy, so the story flows without the reader feeling like they are looking at a bad wreck they don't want to see, yet can't turn away.
Johnston has written a mystery with powerful descriptors you can feel, smell, and almost touch. He put his characters in the majestic Rocky Mountains, and kept the secret until the last chapters of the book. This mystery was perfect for me.. who truly is the pickiest reader out there.
Allan Russell's second novel in the Gideon/Sirus series didn't disappoint. I would have to say that book 2 in the series was better than the first one. Character development of this unique detective team continues, and I have grown to like these two.
The mystery develops when a homeless alcoholic claims to have had a celestial encounter. Our protagonist does not want to let go of his version of the world as he believes it to be, but is challenged when he has no explanation for the event.
This detective mystery and police procedural is well written, and kept my attention.
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