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Another great adventure with Riyria. I love seeing the things happen that we only heard about in Revelations. This installment was a look back at how it all started and a look into Royce's extremely violent past. It was great! I highly recommend this book to all Riyria fans. On a side note, if you are going to read this don't bother with The Viscount and the Witch as it is one of the sections of this book.
After reading this book I can honestly say I'm not sure why I am currently almost done with book four. They definitely improve. 100 fold. I read and listen to tons of fantasy. Mainstream popular authors to self published newbies. Some are horrible, some are good, a few are great, and a couple are out of this world epic entertainment. But, no matter where I find my books Glen Cook and the Black Company seem to come up on top 10 list and as one of the fathers of modern gritty fantasy. Had to give it a try.
This book was rather slow starting for me. Too many people, places and things to get to know and it gets a little distracting and felt somewhat confused. But, how could millions of fantasy fans be wrong. I kept going and I did enjoy the story and the growth of the characters. By the end of book one I was not completely sold on the Black company and wasn't sure I would be buying book two. Again, it was okay, and..... how would it show up on all those best fantasy list if it didn't get better? So I bought it. AND
IT DOES GET GOOD!!!! I would say book one is necessary for background and world building along with all the character development. It definitely got much better about 3/4 o the way through and the subsequent book have kept and even improved on that pace. Being one of the classics for this type of fantasy I would say that the Black Company series is one of those that just can't be missed for any serious fantasy reader.
I wasn't sure about 14. It kept coming up in my recommendations so I finally decided to give it a whirl. And what a whirl it was. I didn't think a story about neighbors in an apartment complex could possibly be interesting, let alone fun, but every step of the way was great. I really like Clines, even the mundane parts of this book were made interesting through his writing and the mystery and action continued to grow throughout the story. It was fun and funny as well as a dark and strange historical (kind of) tale. This one was a shot in the dark, and it was right on target. Very, very, very, happy I used that credit.
So I have read about a dozen Koontz books and every one of them has been okay. This one was an interesting ride through time and history. As with all the other Koontz books I've read this one had a good plot and moved along a little slow out of the gate but picked up as the mystery grew. I say only okay because it was just that, okay. Nothing really special, but a good read while you're waiting on the release of a favorite.
Just like "the lies", this book delivers. I really didn't see how this book could stand up to book one but in the end i think it did. I am a gentlemen bastards fan and am looking forward to Locke getting out of his current predicament. Looking for a great read from out of absolutely nowhere? Try this series out. Very entertaining!!!!
The Dresden Files started off as an entertaining series off books I used to kill time between finding something to read. STARS AND STONES, the series is long enough!! It has evolved into something much more than that. The story and writing has progressively improved with each new addition and I find Harry and his cohorts lingering in my head long after the headphones come off. Small Favor was no exception to the rule and kept me listening and even laughing out loud well past my bed time. James Marsters does an absolutely superb job as Harry as well as the rest of the cast. Some of the voices just crack me up, in this one the donkey laugh of the eldest brother gruff had my daughter and I rewinding and laughing ourselves silly multiple times. So ridiculous!! Lol. The Dresden Files is simply a well done all around series that continues to deliver. Suspense, drama, laughs and just plain old great entertainment with every book. If you enjoy urban fantasy, do yourself a favor and pick these up and stick with them. It takes a few books for the author to really hit his stride but once there the series takes off and soars!!! Turn Coat here I come......
What can I say, the series continues to get better but if you've made it this far you're aware of that. This is the tenth book in The Dresden Files and the overarching storyline that carries through all the books continues to pull us along. Will Harry ever win? Harry is a PI so the stories about his cases could presumably go on forever as he could live to be 500 years old. However, the overall story started in book 3 or 4 could have a conclusion and I for one would love to see Harry win out overall and gain a seat on the senior counsel, mabey even Merlin one day. Guess we'll have to wait and see what happens to our grumpy neighborhood wizard. On to book 11 for me.
Sanderson is fairly new to my library as ive read everything he has put out (except the wheel of time) in the past 8 months and have loved every one of them. That being said, ill probably buy this novel off that strength alone even though the begining has left me unsure. I'm thinking the reason we dont see authors doing this preview of the beginning thing is just that, it just the beginnning, and without the rest immediately following i could see people losing interest. If Mistborn had been released in this fashion im not sure i ever would have fell in love with Sanderson to begin with. Having purchased Mistborn, I finished it, and it became one of my favorite series of all time. I'm hoping that like so many books out there Steelheart turns into a great story and by the end leaves me feeling satisfied and ready for more.
What can i say. Proven Guilty has harry coming to the rescue of a beautiful princess. Well, sort of. This book was once again fun and exciting, non stop action and suspense. The series itself just keeps getting better and for me has caught up to the the iron druid chronicles for pure entertainment value and surpassed it in just about every other way. The story has branched out in all directions and we are left with a zillion possibilities as to how harry and his friends will move forward. Im looking forward to the next step in the story and if the trend continues each one will continue to gain momentum and quality. Go Harry!!
Let me start by saying that im glad i decided to read the dresden series. It is a fun one. Harry is a likeable character and there plenty of action and supernatural vibes going on for us paranormal lovers. Im pretty new to urban fantasy and actually read the Iron Druid Chronicles first and must say i may prefer those to these. they are definately not the same cut though. These do require us to suspend disbelief but no so much as TIDC and harry is forced to work more within the bounds of reality.
I am currently on book eight of the dresden series and these books have gotten better with each novel. Book one and two were just eh for me and i left to read something else. Book 3 and 4 were better and started to get good. they were good enough to keep me thinking about them even as i read other stuff. Finally at book 5 they hit their stride and im now a full fledged Dresden fan. Book 7 was my favorite so far and Im in it for the long haul.
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