I'm going to give this one 3 stars, because I don't really know how I feel about it. What I really want to say is WTF?
There is so much going on in this book...not all of it realistic.
To tell the truth, I was in love with the story until the very end. The last twist to the story left me felling sad and a little weirded out.
The narrator, Noah Galvin, was pretty great. He made the story much more enjoyable.
I will admit I didn't understand much about the lecture on the periodic table. That beast has always baffled me. I really enjoyed the lecture on black holes and the expanding universe.
The professor's poking fun at anyone who looks for "the hand of God" in the mysteries of the universe was a bit annoying. But, after all, I am listening to his lectures to hear his opinion, not my own.
I know a lot of people where annoyed by the Pevensie/Potter references in this series. But I've gotta tell you, that was probably my favorite part of these books. I loved every quirky minute of the Brakebills Academy description. And really, if you haven't always wanted to travel to a magical kingdom full of sentient trees and talking animals, I'm not sure if we can be friends.
Another complaint was the seriously flawed characters. And really, everyone of them behaved pretty badly at some point. But I think Grossman did an awesome job describing what real people would do in the the strange setting of living in the "real" world while knowing there is a magic side to life. By the end of the series, everyone of them had shown enormous growth. And isn't that what life is really about?
All in all, I loved this series. And I would recommend it to anyone willing to read PG-13 books. If your offended by swearing and a few (rather tame) sex scenes, then this is not the series for you.
I bought this book on an audible sale, mostly because I love the narrator (Tim Curry)
The story was lively and eventful and so darn much fun that it made up for the cry baby of a main character, Axel, who tells the story of the journey he, his uncle and an Icelandic guide take into the the center of the earth.
The Clockwork Princess was a super fast listen. I devoured it! Clare has created a few characters that will stay with me forever.
This urban fantasy to centered around The Nephilim, a race descended from angles, who's mission in life is to protect the Mundane people of the world from a fascinating array of Downworlders.
My one beef with Clare is that her heroins, although strong, smart and powerful, always fall for the very meanest boy they can find. It's not as if said heroin doesn't have a choice. Because of Clare's pathological over used of love triangles, there is always a sweet, kind boy hanging around, just waiting to be noticed. Don't even get me started on the seriously messed up situation in The Mortal Instruments series.
This was such a fun listen! It was creative and fast paced. The characters where interesting and I wish I could continue to follow them. This book left me wanting more.
I had a really hard time deciding how many stars to give "Gone Girl" I was stunned into silence, not once but twice by this book.
While "Magic Study" was no where near as good as "Poison Study" I did enjoy the character development and some of the relationships of this book.
I felt like the plot circled back on itself too often. Oh, look Yelena got kidnapped...again. There she goes again, running full tilt into an impossible problem without the help or knowledge of the people who love and care about her. And WOW, Yelena found YET ANOTHER creeper that is raping her or one of her friends. sigh...By the end of this one, I was pretty tired.
I am not really a big "Yelena" fan. But my, oh my how I love Valek! I'm going to have to finish the trilogy just to get another hit.
I got this one for free on a BOGO sale and didn't really expect much from it. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the plot and liked the main character.
The most terrible, cheese, awesome story I have read in a while. It's so so so bad. I loved it!
Having only read the first installment I can't be sure, but I think Scalzi is going for an epic Space Opera. I suspect it will end up more of a Space Matinee.
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