If you like sci-fi fantasy with Native American Indian folklore mixed with the bigoted white man gone wrong, then this is probably your kind of story. After leaving Earth, the Beast Master (BM), our hero, escapes torrential rains on an alien planet, an Earthly variety. Hiking with sorted problem company among the semi industrial-agrarian society, (you know the type), they like to keep him traversing the torrents, including blizzards of those spacious snow-covered mountains. So, this is about a lot of tromping in the wet and cold and it gets a little too soggy for me. False hope does arise every now and then with a trip to the fantasy forest for our health. It is nice to know that tidbit exists but you know those aliens will keep interrupting it with an unjustified war. We know the alien kind on this planet, there is not much meat to pick off their character. Even so, tough as it is, that single fact probably makes it easier for us to pick them apart. Unfortunately weakly developed alien species are like that. While there are plenty of other creatures, all types, especially humans, including those with an assortment of head problems, they are just like those in a mini soap opera. That is what it is. It is based upon an off-world human migration with its growing problems about what it would actually be like to live on a new world. Yet, that act alone doesn't develop into much brain material for this reader either. There could have been more about those extra terrestrials, who were secretly living among them until they were needed to make war, to destroy or be destroyed. Duh! You know those kinds of aliens, the enemy? The author’s lines of logic are too predictable. We knew that from the beginning. So why am I going on about it? In this case, it’s to find out why there was an obvious attempt to act as a crafty story teller where just one act would have saved his tale. That's what would have made all this critical typing pointless and frivolous from the beginning.
The point is, if I thought I going to get my money’s worth, then this story is more like an extremely bitter sunflower seed. You know the seed. It's that one that takes fifty more good ones to rid your mouth of its acrid taste. Caveat! This is that one.
May the force be weird on you too.
I like the Si-Fi genre and I like to write for myself. I love reading and I love it when someone reads to me. What I don't like is when it sounds all wrong and it takes a few chapters to understand why. It's like running over many speed bumps in my mind when the road appears to be straight. In this book, the pages read and sound like a journal of the story instead of the story itself. So the author and narrator have a hurdle to climb. In comparison, when the characters tell the story it's called action. On the other hand, when the narrator tells the story, its boring. It's like getting the story told to you second hand. Wait a minute! it is telling the story second hand. Here's a clue: Action verbs should be action verbs, not renditions of what happened in other verbs. So for that reason alone, I had to put this read aside. I never made it past Chapter 3.
Sorry if you like your stories read to you this way. I don't.
Entirely too much time spent on building dramatic points and once there is one it's too dammed weak to be remember why I was listening for it. Every story has a point of view. I couldn't' agree less with this one. If there is a better one after 3 and a half hours, then great. I got tired of waiting for it to come. And the narrator is a good reader but he sounded disinterested in the one he was reading. Good luck if you're looking for the action. I gave up.
Okay! Taking this audio book into the bathroom is not such a good idea. Your not going to finish the book and someone else is violently banging on the door, threatening you because, they are trying desperately to use the facilities too. Problem is, you've got 6 more hours on an 8 hour book and you don't want to turn it off except for the insistent banging on door. But it's worth it. I'm listening to it and all it's all dark humor with a pretty good gumshoe story too. It's definitely going to be one of those books among my revisits library.for later. Five Stars including the hokey narration.
I like stories that reveal what they about. Unfortunately this story was an author telling me about the story written in a diary. The result is there is no build of characters, no growth and no action. Instead, it sounds like I'm listening to a character's stream of thoughts about some other characters, how they were and the results of their contacts. Not good enough to see the story as if I were there. You can't make me believe in something unless there is a good reason to believe. This kind of story telling might be good for psychologists but not good for people who like action in their Sfi-Fi entertainment.
Normally I am not a great fan of the walking dead or demonic ogres. They're not generally my cup of tea. I like hard science connected to my Sfi-Fi stories even if is has a littel Hard Magic. There should be a plausible connction to science. The series has that and adds a little bit of "who done it" with flashes from a Mike Hammer novel with maybe a little Joe Friday saying, "Just the facts madame, just the facts." Here, you have a Heavy dude Jake Sullivan with his Grimnoir buddies throwing, punching shooting and tripping up the bad guys with guns blimps and magic. In a word, ACTION! I like that. And he uses a special gun made by the gun maker, Mr. Brownie himself. The Grimnoir Chronicles Series brake all the rules I have against fantasy mixing wiht my Sci-Fi. Oh yes. It is a Sfi-Fi fantasy per se but it is also all the other stuff, aliens, mystery, bad cop-good cop and fighting women. Lots of good looking fighting women, especially Faye and Whisper, which works well in for my tastes. It's a little heavy on the Mike Hammer thing such as you can hear in the voice-narrator, Bronson Pinchot in our hero Jake Sullivan. It is a reminder of how much I still love a Bogart character in my stories. OH! Those evil creatures, dead and alive are there but with a plausible explanation. Aliens caused their existence and who really knows what a good alien is going to look like when they do decide to appear to us someday. And before I go to far, I'm not giving anything away for free, This is a page turner or in my case, I can't turn it off to MP3 Player. Since, I drive a big rig for a living this story makes a usually miserable, mundane and boring daily drive pass by in a flash. And it's that what a ggod story is suppose to do, suspend your disbelief and keep you spellbound to it? All I can say to the author, Larry Correia, is you've got me hooked now hurry up and get Book III out for sale. However, you should make sure Bronson Pinchot has a first copy, and tell him to read it out loud. I'm listening to him intently. Thank you for a great story.
To literally say that I could not put the book down is incorrect because it's an audio book. The fact is, I could not put this story down. As a professional driver, (I drive 500 miles total every other night), I often listen to readings that I would like to read but cannot otherwise. A benefit to the long drive for me is the time I have to listen and, how a relatively long drive becomes an even shorter one by my shear interest in hearing a good story. As an avid story listener anyway, this one turns a 5 hour drive into a magical 30 minute jaunt. Puff! Gone! The drive is over. In fact, I missed my exit twice, and once more while going back.
Because it would be unkind to tell anyone who doesn't know who done it in a "Who Done It," I won't do it here either. However, I will say that immediately after I finished the second book, I read had to it three more times just for the pleasure of hearing a good mystery. As such, I still haven't seen the movies, neither the English version or the Swedish one. Since it is a good story, I'll wait to take my best friend who is now pleasantly engaged in her first reading of the Vanger Klan. Nonetheless, I will say that Steig Larsson has done an artistically fine and excellent job in the craft of telling several stories within one novel. He then ties it all together giving his readers a sound and satisfying ending. That's what I like. An ending that makes sense to me. In a way this tale like those tales told by Scheherezade and the Arabian Nights.
Lastly, Simon Vane's narration gives the whole novel that feeling of drama and credibility by his mastering ways in variations to the English language. Well told. Well done. I can't wait to see if Hollywood and the Swedish film industry can live up to the virtues the story as did Blackstone Audio and Audible.com. For sure, the audible book should receive also some Oscars on its own merit.
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