The book itself is extremely predictable and bland. The story is simplistic and the characters are flat. I'm not sure exactly what could be done to help it - it would need a significant overhaul in order to be quality fiction as far as I'm concerned.
To be clear - I'm no English major - I don't read great works of fiction as a habit. I love sci-fi and fantasy - this just isn't a very good book.
Wil Wheaton, though very famous, is not a very good reader. He doesn't differentiate the characters unless they are utterly inhuman (I could usually tell when a computer was talking). His cadence is repetitive and contentless - it sounds like he doesn't know what he's saying.
There were a couple sections where I was genuinely excited, but generally I felt irritated while I was listening to this book.
Essentially, if you want to feel like a hip nerd when you hear the names of your favorite games, movies, and TV shows in a book that takes place in the future, this book is probably for you. I, however, felt like the author was using nostalgia in the cheapest way possible - literally just mentioning old things - to engage the audience.
I've never met anyone who raved about the Dresden Files, but I'd been hearing about them more and more lately, so I thought I'd give them a try. The idea of a fantasy/detective novel was appealing to me. But it was surprisingly bad.
And so, I will not try another book by Jim Butcher, but I'd consider another read by James Marsters.
No. His characters are flat and the writing is bland, but the thing that really got in my craw was his treatment of women. The women in the story participate in the story exclusively as sexy damsels in distress. The main character is sooooo chivalrous, don't you just admire his old fashioned ideals? No. No, I don't. It reads like nerdy, white, male, hetero, wish fulfillment: "Wouldn't it be great if I were a badass wizard and all the women around me were hot objects of my desire that liked my black trenchcoat?" I see that it is a kind of reference to old pulp novels, but it carried so much of the bad along with the good. I'm frankly a little surprised there are so many of these books.
I love his vocal quality. He laughably mispronounced "spellslinger", but other than that he did a pretty good job. I'd totally listen to another book that he read.
It inspired me to write this review in the hopes that the average rating will go down and other people will be warned not to spend their money and time on this book.
This book will not change your life, but it is definitely entertaining if you enjoy sci-fi/fantasy. It reads a bit like it wants to be a movie, the characters aren't deep and neither is the plot. But its just odd enough that I really couldn't stop listening. Plus the reader is quite good.
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