Stephen Donaldson writes books about characters that all seem depressed, carry the guilt of the world on thier shoulders, and that make decisions to make to punish themselves for the crime of being human. When he first started this series a few decades ago his premis was original, a leper as a hero, and these "negative" traits seem to fit someone who is cursed by such a desease. However over the course of his novels you find that even those who are not afflicted have an equally screwed up self image. The saving grace is that his stories can eventually prove fun, exciting, and adventurous. Also despite the defects of his "Land of the Depressed" novels... you get to like many of the characters and you get hooked on the books.
His new series starts out depressed (suprise)and moves on to convuluted and screwed up explanations as to why Lord Fowl is still alive and influencing "The Land" that doesn't need much help from him to be depressed. In other words one should start out with the first book in the series and eventually move on to this one if still interested.
Also one warning. The worst fault of this author is not what I have just mentioned but something worse. He likes his characters to go over and over and over thier dilemmas to the point that half the book feels like its filler to add to the books length and to justify further volumes in the series. This is a tool most authors use sparingly to bring readers up on what has happened in the past or in other books. This author uses this in the most heavy handed manner I have ever read and it is only to repeat what just happened a few pages before. His constant use of this often makes reading his books very grulling and agrivating.
If I hadn't read his earlier series and had an emotional attachment to them, then I would have given up on it. Even then I almost stopped reading it a few times.
One final note. The reader is excellent.
Don't listen to those that say Grisham has not been this good since the 90's. He has always been awesome, he continues to grow with each book he writes, and he continues to surprise and educate. Actually this novel is his first adult book to continue one of his earlier books. In this case he continues "A Time to Kill" which was his first novel, the one I liked the least, and the one least Grisham-like.
Luckily the Grisham style is in full swing in his latest. His story shares some plot from earlier novels... the rural south (pretty common in most of his books), the will of a man who hates all his relatives and leaves the money to a outsider, and the slimy underside of the legal profession. However unlike his first novel, this has more energy, moves along much faster, and the characters are more enjoyable. Another Grisham not to miss.
After the first couple of books in the series one only reads them for the characters because there are little or now mysteries. However the characters, Africa, and the life of simple pleasure and morals make it a life affirming read. The reader is the same for all books and is always out-of-this-world perfect.
My only warning if you are considering the series start at the beginning. My wish for the author would be to put a bit more mystery back into the books although he probably knows people like me are addicted to his characters. I'm typically a guy that likes thrillers, with lots of violence and action. There is none of that in these books but Precious, the main character, is my guilty pleasure.
Fun, well read, and exciting. Love this writer. My only complaint is that the 3rd book in the series is not on Audible therefore I have to revert to "old tech" and READ the book. The 3rd book is called "The Last Firewall".
Great story that makes you think about war and the coming age of drone warfare. The action is fast and addictive. The characters, especially the lead Odin (and his ravens) are ones I will not forget. Like previous books of Mr. Suarez, the language is thought out with clear vision, the premises speaks of a keen imagination colored with insight, and Observations are sharp. Great fun. Great reader also. Don't miss this one or any of his. Can't wait for his next one.
I've read books like this before but written by the scientists or researchers. David McRaney however is a journalist and therefore makes conveys the information faster, in a more entertaining manner, and in a way that is easier to absorb. In other words he doesn't go on and on detailing experiments, their shortcomings, and so on. He also often talks in the language on a common man, cuss words and all, which drive home the points and makes them easy to relate to. Great fun but sometimes a bit depressing to know how dumb I am. Of course there is the famous saying that goes... "The more I know, the more I know I don't know". Loved it
Great research and eye opening history. A bit more detail and length than I would have liked but learned a lot. Makes you realize how seemingly unimportant things, like salt, can have such a impact on civilization.
Great book. Amazing character. You also learn a lot about social engineering which might save you a fortune. The book was a lot better and entertaining than I expected. Also thought book might be dated but it was far from it. Good reader.
Nice surprise. Great story, character, and a little bit of a romance. Nice touch of fantasy to sweeten the deal. Lots of fun and a bit of history. Loved it
Basic Reacher novel but without much of the action throughout the book as usual and that I prefer. The ending also leaves you a bit disappointed like many Rearcher novels when he just disappears. Reader good and still fun.
Great story about ambition and "success". Tells a lot about a China most of us know little about can also tell us a bit about ourselves. Short book but great reader and story.
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