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I love all kinds of fiction (esp. sci-fi/fantasy), but am critical of poor writing and often leave reviews only for things that make me mad.

El Sobrante, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

  • 3 reviews
  • 93 ratings
  • 448 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015

  • The Innocent Mage

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Karen Miller
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "The Innocent Mage is come, and we stand at the beginning of the end of everything." Being a fisherman like his father isn't a bad life, but it's not the one that Asher wants. Despite his humble roots, Asher has grand dreams. And they call him to Dorana, home of princes, beggars, and the warrior mages who have protected the kingdom for generations. Little does Asher know, however, that his arrival in the city is being closely watched by members of the Circle, people dedicated to preserving an ancient magic.

    Bruce says: "Heroic Fantasy well written"
    "Simple and boring, with unlikable characters."

    The main character is horribly unlikable. As far as I can tell, he is supposed to be charming in his bullheaded disregard for authority, but he just insults everyone he meets and, in response, they offer him money and jobs. The supposedly sympathetic prince comes off as soft and not particularly bright. The carefully guarded conspiracy seems incompetent and its members constantly telegraph their involvement. The villain might as well be a cartoon for all the subtlety with which he is written.
    This isn't a terrible book, but it seems to have been written for dim children.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Fantasy Fiction Master Class"

    I have read fantasy novels all my life and I love the genre, so it is no small statement that this is the best fantasy novel that I have ever been exposed to (together with its sequel).
    It is a rich and believable world with characters that are easy to identify with and root for. The line-by-line writing is at times lyrical and beautiful, but never distracts from becoming immersed in the story.
    If you want an escape that makes you long for more, don't read more about the plot, just buy it and discover it.

    There are two possible drawbacks to this novel.
    First, it is the premier novel in a trilogy and the third book isn't done (as of April 2012). If you get drawn into this world only to have to wait for the next book, it might be very painful.
    Second, it is the life story of a bard as told by him. For this reason, it winds its way slowly through the tale of his life, meandering from place to place without a clear goal at times (this is more true of the second book but at times true for this one as well). If you don't like a story where the journey is more the focus than the destination, skip this book, but it is a journey unlike any other.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi

    An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

    Robert says: "What's Your god like?"
    "Narrator is full of suck."

    This may well be the greatest story that I will never hear. I have tried 4 times to listen to this book but, as it turns out, the narrator makes me want to stab something sharp into my ear holes. He has a TERRIBLE, casual sort of Keanuesque-inflection that makes any passage truly irredeemable. I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks, and none of them have made me so angry at the narrator. Even the annoying full-cast-audio debacles are tolerable enough to slog through and enjoy a good story but James Yaegashi is an assault on the ears that no one deserves.
    I am going to get a text version of this book and have my computer read it out loud to an mp3 file and I suggest that you all do the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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