Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | Member Since 2008
Machine Man is a very interesting read, and very original, as are all of Berry's novels. The story and characters are engaging as always, but Machine Man has a darker tone as the plot has to do with accidental dismemberment and an anti-social protagonist. The darker tone however makes the occasional humourous spots stand out even more, as they are often of the cringing variety, and contrast well with some very serious scenes. A worthy read.
Among Others has a protagonist, Morwenna, who is very easy to connect with, especially given the diary-style of the narrative. She is a kind and courageous young girl/teen who shows both vulnerability and strength dealing with many real-life and otherworldly troubles.
What is very curious about this story is the simplicity of the plot. That's not to say that the story is childish or weak, it is not. There is great character development and an intriguing, gradual introduction to the backstory and slightly paranormal world Mori lives in, that makes you want to listen constantly and feel a real connection to the main character. But there are few surprises or complications to the story - the plot runs simply and straightforward, (with many key events having already happened) although it's not obvious which way it will run from the beginning.
I suppose this shows that the gradual reveal of backstory and the backdrop obsession of sci-fi/fantasy novels that the main characters have far outweigh the simple yet satisfying climax, which is character appropriate.
Two more details: The only criticism might be that while the character's journey feels complete, the story feels as though it could have gone in several directions and had a bit more going on at the end - although I suppose turning it into an action story at the end would have not really been in the spirit of the rest of the story.
The homage to classic sci-fi/fantasy is a lot of fun for anyone who is passionate about books, whether a fan of classic sci-fi or not. It allows the character to express her opinions, values, and passion for great writing while giving the author a vehicle for paying homage to classic authors and stories that probably shaped the lives of many young readers.
A unique and thoroughly enjoyable story that I would recommend for any fan of sci-fi or fantasy!
(One last comment: the narration is fantastic! The main character and narrator equally had me eager to get back into my car so I could listen more.)
Well maybe not a dog, but there are a couple of giant lizards and sea monsters. Eddy Lacrosse ventures out to solve a mystery for landlady Angelina, which turns into a classic pirate adventure, with enough originality to still be interesting. By no means am I an enthusiast for seafaring / pirate adventures, and I still enjoyed this story - it's solidly enjoyable, and could be enjoyed even if you haven't read any of the earlier ones in the series (although I do recommend listening to all of them). While there aren't many new learnings about lead character Eddy, we do learn a great deal about Angelina's dark past.
I've listened to a lot of Rudnicki's work, and he's always a good narrator in my book, hmm, no pun intended, but I'll leave that in.
Another worthy adventure in the Eddy Lacrosse series!
When the body was first found in the snow, I kept waiting for it to pop up and bite/ attack/ eat somebody! (I had to share that;)
The stories don't have a ton of gore or monsters, but a supernatural foundation, and instead rely upon a mix of suspense and realistic fears / scary situations to create tension and "horror". Imagine seeing psychosis and evil represented as rot and decay in the people around you! Imagine a mental hospital where psychos and predator employees run the show - scary stuff. The third story was not as good as the first two, but I will still purchase volume 2.
Narration is very good, especially Luke Daniels who also does the Iron Druid Chronicles.
"Tricked" is about Atticus trying to disappear from the many deities wanting to see him dead (subplot), and subsequently repaying a debt to trickster Coyote (main plot). We get to watch Atticus deal with Navajo magic and spirits, of a limited variety.
You could call this a transition book, yet Hearne (author) does a really good job of repositioning characters and plot lines while still writing an interesting story (unlike the transitional novel I read in another series that was stale and clunky). Hearne sets himself up for the main characters to be able to disappear for awhile so that Atticus can finish Granuaile's training before book 5.
Well-written and very enjoyable - I can't wait for "Trapped" in November!!
The second book continues to build on the clever setting the author has created. Atticus, Oberon, and the other characters become more we-rounded, which makes me love them even more! I'm finishing the fourth book "Tricked" and really enjoying the series, which is fast becoming one of my favourites!
Like other Martinez pieces, it's a fun unique concept that is fairly entertaining, but not the most engaging story ever. Worth a listen if you know you'll like Martinez's humour and style.
I'd read other reviewers' comments about this being a transition novel, and not very good, but the first 8 books are great so who wouldn't continue with the series?? I thought everything was progressing fine as usual (aside from more informative narratives than usual), but one part of the story that I was expecting to last a chapter became the heart of the story. From there, transitions were sometimes awkward, as one scene suddenly became another, making it a bit difficult to follow. If this was the first in the series, I might have chalked it up to an unfamiliar narrator, but Rummel is quality as usual. In the end, I would say poor editing is the likely cause.
Some important shuffling of characters happened, I suppose, but no major plot developments. Likely just an average transitional novel, not a decline in the series. I will still look forward to #10.
I'm not necessarily a fan of "classic sci-fi", but I found the description interesting and decided to give Heinlein a try. Glad I did! This is a great story with a very interesting premise about a human raised on another planet, and raised by non-humans. Ignoring the datedness of Heinlein's social status of women (written before the women's movement of the 70's, it assumes we've advanced as a society, but not much), this is still a great story with strong characters both female and male. 5/5, give it a try!
All of the Henry Gresham novels are well-written, with fleshed-out characters, believable plots, and exciting action / intrigue. Definitely recommended!
An excellent story, interesting concept of a threat to the planet, and characters with real depth. A great balance of intrigue, action, and character development. Recommended for Sci-Fi and Fiction fans! Very enjoyable.
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