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.
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.
Look, The Kennedy Detail isn't going to add anything to the literature dwelling on November 22, 1963. In fact calling it literature would be silly. If Blaine alone had written it I could have accepted the cliche ridden paragraphs - of which - jeesh, can't count that high! With a ghost? Boo!
Nevertheless, for me it was a cathartic narrative at the points where he discusses the White House in the aftermath of the assassination.
I was there with my family (I was13 years old) on the White House grounds Sunday November 24. Almost 50 years later I've been feeling that my memories have needed a chronological reset concerning those 4 days. This book has provided that for me. It allowed me to better understand my timeline for that weekend.
The agents were cut from cardboard here and were according to Blaine - all solid, good people, etc. (my father knew many of these agents through his job at White House and never had a bad word to say about any), but Blaine could have made at least Clint Hill more than a cut-out. He tried - to no avail.
IT IS NOT a well written tale and the narrator really is - let's be civil - not good at all. The price was also too high. $12.95 - mebee. At $19.95 - no. Don't buy this unless, like me you want to run a specific timeline and can waste $20, or you HAVE to have everything written about the Kennedy Assassination!
2 stars and a [Jethro Gibbs] whap upside the head.
Okay. I loved The Black Tower so I scooped this one up. I won't give a synopsis. I never do.
I gave the School of Night 4 stars because it has all the best of suspense thriller, yet comes up a bit short. You can't rate a book in half stars, but I'd give it 4 1/2 . The action takes place in the present day and 400 years or so in the past. The Elizabethan/Jacobean part was excellent and complete. The modern part wasn't as finished as that. The denouement needed a bit more of an episodic lead up and the ending felt contrived - it also needed more lead up. It was there, but shallow.
HOWEVER - if you liked The Black Tower or Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott you will certainly enjoy this book.
I thought it thin in the places I mentioned, but overall it is a great listen and I couldn't put it down.
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