I found this book almost by accident. Love the cover design. Once I listened to the story I was hooked. So far I've read the first 5 books in the series, and just started on book 6 (it came out earlier this week). Also read all her "extra" books that are sidelights to this series. A loving family, whether blood related or not. An online gaming world where people can pretend they are witches, and where real witches have even higher levels to play in. A "fetching spell" that pulls in an unsuspecting woman in Chicago. And there the story starts. Most of the story is outside the gaming world, though as Nell and her brother write code for the game, it does play an important part. Want a family? This one will take you in and make you part of it. I've listened to this book so many times I think my player may wear out soon.
Vicky Bliss is one of my favorite characters. Her stories are funny and serious and full of action. I wish there were more in the series, and hope there are more to come. This one is set in current time, so that cell phones are involved. Great book.
Xe Sands is a great narrator. This series is quite different from her Lilly Ivory series, though both are based in San Francisco. The main character runs a construction company that restores historic houses. In my opinion, this is the best of the first three books in the series. I hope this series continues.
This book fits in well with the series based in Grundy, Alaska. It gives very unexpected background about the Doc in Crescent Valley. Some of the lesser known characters are expanded nicely. Don't want to give away the ending, but it was very unexpected, surprising, and fantastic. Pulls in some unexpected characters. I highly recommend this book.
Filled in many gaps between some of the stories. Started with how Harry got his start in the Wizard For Hire business by helping find lost children. Includes a story where he and Murphy have a couple minutes of romance before figuring out it is magic induced. Some good short stories and a couple of good novellas. All excellent stories. The author includes some notes about why he wrote each piece - anthologies they went into and his frame of mind at the time. Great addition to the "Dresden Files". I highly recommend this one.
This is an epic series. The first audio book is very long, as is this audio book. Both really pull the reader/listener in. I've listened to both books a couple of times and always pick up more about the people and times each read. person to person interactions are great. Times in history are also great. What a way to learn history! I'm restlessly awaiting part 3 of this trilogy! I don't want to rush the author because I know it will be well worth the wait. I highly recommend this series and this book in particular.
Bit of a disappointment. This story is very convoluted, more so than usual. I'm going to go back and reread this book to see if I can pick up more the next time around. Its good enough that I will go back and reread it, but not good enough that I'll do it right away and for the fun of it. Too many sub stories. Too little connection between the sub stories. And the Bad Monkey plays such a small part in the story. I kept looking to learn more about the monkey and was disappointed.
I've listened to the entire 5 books in the series ( so far) and looking forward to more (soon I hope). Good characters. I like the gobkin (he's a crossbreed) who's a familiar who's familiar shape is as a miniature potbellied pig who hangs out with his witch in a vintage clothing shop in San Francisco. He and his person get into lots of situations, and their friends help them get out. I highly recommend any and all in this series. I read them out of order, and gone back and read them in order, either way works fine. Its easy enough to pick up on the characters.
Starts off a bit hinky with the neice quiting her job as assistant manager of a bakery in Ohio and heading to SC to do the baking in her aunt & uncle's new bakery. It improves with the appearance of a little dog who stays. And keeps going uphill from there. Its good enough that I've listened to it many times and keep picking up new details that I missed before. I hope there are more in this series.
I usually love anything written by Rita Mae Brown. The first book in this series set in the south west was good, and I had hopes for this second in the series. I was disappointed. the various dogs, as usual, pay important and good roles, but the author goes on and on and on. And on and on. And on. About the unfairness of the "economic recession" of 2008 and its aftermath in Las Vegas, Nevada in the housing industry. Forclosures, utilities turned off, people living in empty houses. People who are out of work and so on and so forth. Its a decent story and important, but the author goes on about it way too much before getting into the actual murder mystery. Other characters are the "hated politician", the "good sheriff", and all the "good but unemployed" people living in the houses. There is also the unrealistic side story of the young man who starved to death (realistic) and his near starved to death dog who makes a fine recovery in days with a little feeding and love (unrealistic). Most who have worked with long term starved animals knows it takes time and more than food for the animal to recover. Just feeding often kills them, and this story glosses over this - saying one vet visit and the vet says the dog is fine. No knowledgeable vet is going to say that about a near starved animal. This book is not up to Rita Mae Brown's usual good standard. Johanna Parker does a good job trying to save this story with her narration, but even she isn't able to make it a good book. I am disappointed and do not recommend this book unless you are heavily into political issues.
Many more than three chears for Elizabeth Peters and Guardian of the Horizon. Almost as much fun as the book itself is the intro by the "editor" of Amelia Peabody's journals. And the use of "Manuscript H" written by Ramses. In this story they go back to the hidden valley per a perported request by King Tarreg (not sure of spelling of his name). As usual, Peabody and her parasol get into the thick of things, which aren't as expected. Emerson sputters and plays his excellent roll as "Father of Curses". Ramses is a grown son, but not yet married. He is still in a quandry over whether or not to tell Nefrett that he loves her, as David keeps urging. The "Master Criminal" plays an important role as well. Lots of intrigue and parasol weilding and good laughs. I highly recommend this series, this author, and this narrator. Barbara Rosenblat nails the personalities of the various characters.
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