Seattle, WA, United States | Member Since 2008
I love the Ian Rutledge stories and so I was hopeful for this series, but after reading three of them I just can't get on board. I appreciate the attempt to create a plausible female lead and give her a framework that actually allows her to accomplish something - but it is really too forced. If you want to enjoy a female heroine from this time period try Maisie Dobbs.
I have been a huge fan of this series, but this one was just painful. Having Barbara Havers go completely off the rails was just too much. Killing of Helen was bad enough but this is a bridge too far....
There were enough things I enjoyed about this story that I have decided to try one more - mainly because of what is says about China that I find interesting. The part that focused on the atty/client privilege issues and all of the agonizing the American atty character did about that was a bit off - but then I practiced merger & acquisitions law for 20 years and have my own thoughts on that subject. But I hope I'm not wrong in assuming that the slant on Chinese politics is more accurate.
Initially I was skeptical because of the changes in point of view and also because of some of the gore, but I got sucked in and in the end it was tied up quite neatly. I will read something else by this author, although I am not yet a complete convert.
This is not so much a story about how the mystery of Linear B was solved as it is about how a woman could have solved it, probably years earlier, if the world hadn't been so prejudiced against her. And, as an older woman who remembers those times, I am sure that is true. But I lived that story and really didn't need it rubbed in my face again. I'm glad someone finally gives her the credit she is due, but I would have liked more about what she actually figured out and how as opposed to the litany of how she got @#$@# over.
This book has some interesting premises, but the story isn't much. It just seems like the whole thing is setting the stage for this different world in which the author intends to set some real stories. I'll stay tunes.
This is not new news, but it is a good in-depth look at the world of Meth and its purveyors and users. Most will not be surprised by the part played by big pharma and it's supporters in keeping the drugs flowing. And the portrayal of the poverty and desperation in the mid-West is pretty crushing. But there are also some really inspiring characters who are hanging in there in those small towns keeping them going and trying to take them back from that despair. And it was heartening to meet them.
The narration is not really that bad either, but it really bothers me when people don't bother to find out how things should be pronounced. This guy mis-pronounces "Willamette" about fifty times and since I am from the Pacific Northwest, each of them was likes nails on a blackboard.
This is a good enough story. I am someone who read "Enders' Game" when it was first published and so keep trying with Orson Scott Card. But I'm afraid he is one of those people whose first book was his best.
Having said that, this is a decent story and it may be worth reading more of the series to see where he goes with it. It is a slight twist on other speculation about the effects of time travel plus it brings in some Asimov-like questions about the ethics of "robots" and the like. Beyond that, it is basic fantasy stuff - orphan kids, magical powers, mixed group of friends allied against the world.....
I really enjoy this series so it was fun to go back and read this first of the stories (at least I think it is the first) after having seen the soap opera part of the story play out. Not a complicated story, but with some good characters and plot twists. Generally good background for what is to follow.
A good tale with lots of interesting detail on New York at an interesting point in its history. The main character is likable and plausible and the history of the beginnings of the NYC police force are fun.
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