William Shatner aka Bill, has become know for his candor. Good dose here! I enjoyed the tales he tells from the perspective of being 80. Of course I loved Up Til Now. Rules isn't a sequel. It's a stand alone memoir containng many threads, culminating in the realization that life looks different from the other side of 80, but isn't any different.
It's a funny book with only one caveat - Bill gets carried away speaking Esperanto for many minutes and almost drove me crazy. I didn't see any particular reason for it, but he must have enjoyed it. Bing! Rule - say yes to this book.
(Not to be confused with a Sandilands squel!)
I like a good story and the quasi-medieval/premodern mixed setting works. BUT I couldn't put my finger on why I liked this book so much until I realized I was listening to Cary Grant and Victor McLaughlin in their roles as British Lancers in the movie Gunga Din. The Riyria play off each other like the movie characters.
There is a sense of fun here but there is a darkness which not only cannot be denied, it may be hard to stomach. The heroes aren't super. They get bloodied, they hurt emotionally, they simply screwup at times. This is a darkly fun tale which eludes to more danger and deceit in the next installment. Once you begin to feel the characters, there's no stopping. It becomes a listening obsession until the end when you say, What's next? A dead King? BUT DO read "The Crown Tower" first. If you don't you'll end up doing it anyway! This series has hooked me so it's off to "Riyria Revelations". Later.
Great Twain. Sarcastic, but oh so true. How many words can YOU stick together? Hint - the Germans will beat you every time.
Almost typical Lovecraft, yet a bit more horrible. The protagonist battles against the blackness and chaos which is Nyarlathotep. Once the protagonist challenges Nyarlathotep at a lecture all sanity eludes the gathered crowd. Only I am alive to tell the tale......but the gargoyles are staring and . . . . .
Great story. Read it a long time ago. Wanted to hear it. Couldn't. The cutesy' artsy-craftsy production was rife with overpowering "background" noise and which was horribly distracting and obfuscating. I couldn't get a thing out of the audio book. AND the credits are longer than the story itself!! Blah.
"Because some stories aren't meant to be read" - is the producers motto. Ironic I suppose.
This is a good overall repudiation of the butcher myth for the layman. Fed and nourished by the Southern apologists for the inept General Lee, the butcher blanket was thrown over Grant by Northern Copperheads in an attempt to defeat Lincoln at the polls in 1864. Great book. 5 stars except for the - POOR narration.
Antietam is pronounced Auntie- eat'em. Seriously. Almost made me wreck the car the first time he mispronounced it, it was so ear shattering. I had to stop and think of what he was saying and it was in the correct context. There are other examples but this is the most jarring. O, and Mono-casey for Monocacy. Okay, I'm from Maryland, but jeesh. And Bullavar for Bolivar? Who edits this stuff?
If the Holmesian canon is sacred to you - avoid this book. If, however, you want a good, sarcastic, ironic, well written AND even say silly pastiche, this is your baby. Nothing is sacred - not even the ideas brought forth from the authors themselves. A right jolly romp. BTW The Giant Rat of Sumatra is finally unhinged - as it were.
Okay, my fault. I read the reviews but obviously didn't pay attention.
This book has an incredibly intriguing premise, BUT it is incredibly disjointed. It's missing a lot of action or explanation at most points.
The main character is a jerk in London and compassionate in LA. ?? The original mystery is disposed of disingenuously. The similar to love interest isn't interesting. The climax is unbelievable - in fact most of the LA sequence is unbelievable. Not good. Not good. Not even Simon Vance can save this drivel.
I see there's a sequel. Do not buy either. I can't believe the authors abilities could possibly have improved much in the short while between publications.
No, I couldn't read it. Tried to way back when I read everything Lovecraft wrote. Got through Dream Quest of Unknown Kadeth, but just couldn't finish At the Mountains of Madness. So I bought the audio book (which "includes"" At the Mountains of Madness). I expected it to be one of rather than all of the audiobook. No matter.
Okay. That said, this is a well narrated book and I I loved it. Wayne June does wonderful characterizations and his timing is excellent. This time I finished the book. I quit sleeping two days ago. Tekaleelee!!
No, this isn't as good as Heilein. It isn't as good as some Orson Scott Card. In fact it isn't very good at all. A good premise is ruined by obsessive scenes of male-male and male-female sex. Seems Gerrold let a good idea become a rambling self absorbed monologue. Use your credits for something like Time Travelers Never Die and let Gerrold bask in his own wishful thinking. I'm finishing listening to it as I write. I will finish it since I wasted a credit on it.
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