Like many "middle" books this one jumps around in time - when they are kids to the present. It delivers plenty of "new" information about the characters, but it does a poor job of weaving that material into anticipation of what will happen in either timeline. It just rambles along like a day time soap opera.
I'm not sure the story need the deeper darker mystery introduced by the Seamstress. It reminds me of too many of the TV shows on now that have the scary super smart serial killer. I liked the Bastards series because of the light heartedness they brought to robbing the rich. But if you like the back line story of Red John and the Grave Digger in the TV series you may like this addition of the eventual showdown of Locke & XXX to the series.
Perhaps the next "middle" book in the series will be better, but I just don't see the fun returning to the series.
Would I recommend this book? Only if you have read/listened to about 100 other books that I've rated better.
This book has a decent plot concept, but as an adult with a son just about to enter his teen years I found myself wondering why I didn't just go listen to him complain about why things weren't fair. Assuming the target audience is teenagers the book probably works, the teenagers find true love at the age of 15 and find out they have super powers, but they ticked off the Fallen Angels who will be back to get them. I've no doubt the teenagers will triumph over Fallen Angels who have done battle with thousands over the millennia and won every battle until they met they two outsiders in Hickville USA.
This was a Daily Deal and the narrator does a good job, these are the reasons I won't be asking for my money back.
So this was another good episode in the Lost Fleet adventures, but I am getting very tired of the portrayal of Capt. Dijionni. She is a seasoned captain of a battle cruiser, not a 22 year old co-ed know-it all. Give her character more depth and something to say other than "I told you so", "Dauntless is the best" and "oh good we finally get to shoot something".
The portrayal of the women of the grand counsel is even more stereotypically flat.
I get these are simplistic space battle books, but after this many books the readers deserve better character development. Swap the listing of every ship involved in the battle for some people details.
If you like the first series - you'll like this one, but it does seem rather tidy that virtually all the threads were woven so tightly in the one 48 hour period.
I was disappointed that I paid for the Viscount & the Witch story twice. Once as a Kindle book and then as part of this audio book. Fortunately Gerard Reynolds is so nice to listen to I almost didn't mind. But I did knock off 1 star for it.
A fun, feel good story looking into the younger lives of the sheriffs' . A great story for a lazy Saturday or Sunday.
Brandon Sanderson is good writer, this book has good writing and great imagination at the detail level. BUT the overall story is pulp comic book material - I looked for the Marvel logo.
If you like that genre, you'll like this book; if you prefer more depth in your Science Fiction/Fantasy go elsewhere.
I think I'll be holding off on further books from Mr.s Sanderson until his focus shifts beyond the young adult stuff he seems to be doing.
This read like a book for young adults - the immature self absorbed ones. With a good narrator it may have overcome some of the short comings but Mr. Yaegashi's undeveloped narration skills ( or bad if he's been doing this for a while) sunk this book into the "I do not recommend this book" category.
Was this something Mr. Sanderson rushed out or wrote a decade or two ago that he dusted off to make his editors happy? It just is not up to his standard of recent years.
This is well written and well narrated, but rather boring. Perhaps I've spent too many years listening to other types of books with higher drama. Even the first book in this series of god books was more engaging. If I compare this to the Piers Anthony god series it falls way way short. I read those over ten years ago and still find myself thinking about skeins of yarn and Mother Earth. I won't remember this book 2 months from now.
I bought this for my son - this is a kids book if you are unsure. The book was written in 1961 so I expect the style to be old by today's standard and but it seems to hold up fine. The male narrator lacks natural reading talent and sounds to be forcing it. The Female is just awful - I mean really awful. Fortunately she is the one asking the questions so you don't have to listen to her.
My son will like this because he is consuming everything he can get his hands on regarding meteorites and hates to read so this will work well for him.
Very enjoyable. An interesting lead character with an interesting cast of supporting characters. I would absolutely recommend this short story.
To make this a full book there has to be a stronger "real" supporting cast and I pray the lost woman story line is not the back-line obsession with each book being just another who-done-it . I can watch the Mentalist or that Sherlock Holmes show if I want a story about a clever man focused on tracking a mystery person, solving cases as an afterthought.
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