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.
This young Reacher short story is even more unbelievable than his usual but still fun. Gave it three stars because what happens to one of the characters at the end just adds to much to the impossible.
I've read all Larry McMurtry's Western stories and loved them all starting with his best, Lonesome Dove so I had to have this one. However the story seemed cut out from another that he never threw away. It also seems to be a repeat of many of his cowboy stories with a character from a past one passing through this one. Gave it 3 stars because the humorous dialog he imagines of that time (similar to his other westerns) that also illustrates the casual savagery of The West. He also paints a picture that makes me wonder how any sane person could ever imagine cowboy life as romantic and adventurous but it certainly was interesting.
As a Cuban it's PC for me to say that Spanish writers tend to be way to melodramatic and with too big an air of self-importance. What saves the story is that it is leveled off with the honesty of some of the characters imperfections and insecurities. Not really my kind of story but had to try because of the "legend" of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. But legend or not the story about a "dirty" old man is more pitiful than great.
Mr. Coben I think most have been a romance writer at one time because it seems all his lead characters in his books have soul mates that are separated from each other for dumb reasons and are feeling sorry for themselves ever since. Luckily he is not so heavy with this theme this time so it's more fun. Characters are a bit thin and vocabulary lame but mystery is fun and well passed.
Don't know why I thought this series would be a bit cheesy, but often many ones based in Florida are. However Doc Ford is fun, has some hard action, has great characters, and gives you a lot to think about. This is my first Doc Ford but it won't be my last.
Fun story to pass the time but nothing to great. The Characters aren't very developed, the back stories are not very deep, and the story is relatively predictable. What makes it fun is the scenario of taking places in the subways of Manhattan, the main character's dog, and the cat vs mouse portion. Reader was OK.
Another fun John Rain Story but this one takes place when he is 20 and just out of Vietnam. This book is a good stand alone to the series. I didn't like it as much as his others because the character being "young" didn't have much depth, didn't have any special tools, tech, or cool partners and such but it was still a lot of fun.
As always the character kills a bit to easily and often. You want to like him because he is not evil but his rush to kill to solve problems often eliminates "good guys" or civilians that make you feel the opposite. Barry Eisler makes it all feel to real plus he makes you afraid of the people that are supposed to be protecting us. Mr. Eisler does such a good job that he should be brought into questioning every time there is a unsolved murder in his vicinity.
Barry is also a great reader for his books. Great addition to his collection.
First of all the book is a lot of fun and it went quick. The premise was a bit too hard to believe (for science fiction that is saying a lot) and therefore not as hard hitting as his earlier books... which are even more fun. However if you like a science fiction thrill ride, lots of action, fun characters, and a "page turner" then get it. Great Reader.
Loved it. Intense. Almost non-stop action and fight scenes. Great characters. An imagination that most be genius. A future conflict betweens humans and transhumance that will happen if the human race survives long enough. Loved it. Can't wait till next part.
Great science fiction with loads of nail biting action and fight scenes. Makes you wonder at the spectrum of the author's imagination. Loved it. Great Reader also. If you like science fiction with a wild but believable plot then don't miss it.
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