It is about time. I have slogged my way through so many bad Drizzt books hoping that RA Salvaore would finally get back to the writing that he was known for. I suffered my way through the horrific and depressing Neverwinter series and the highly painful effects of the very bizarre stretch as Wizards of the Coast tormented us all by making the novels switch over to 4th edition. It was painful to watch and the poor novelists suffered with us and it showed. As a result the novels were disjointed and bizarre. It is about dang time that they got back to what was actually good to read. Bringing back the Companions of the Hall was smart and it worked. I am enjoying reading the Forgotten Realms novels again. It has been years since I have cared. A message to Wizards of the Coast....we are not George RR Martin people (we love his books but not the epic waits). We don't care about your "vision" of what the novels *should* be. Give us, the fans, the gamers, what the heck we want. We want Bruenor splitting the skulls of matron mothers. We want tales of the houses of Menzoberanzen. We want Regis eating, thieving and getting into trouble. We want Cattie Bri slinging out rough dwarven slang. We want enchanted swords, Horns of Valhalla, fireballs, the Harpells, dragons, mind flayers, and Aegis Fang.
In short, don't torture us with game mechanics between your edition switches. It hampers good writing. We want good stories with characters we love and we want them one after the other. Your vapid attempt to force us into reading the swill that has come out since 4th edition has been painful to all of us.
Thank God RA Salvatore is back. Thank God he brought back our friends we grew up with.
Now lets go watch the 29th house attack the 14th while allying with the 21st. We like it. Keep it coming.
I am not sure who made the decision to get Robert C Brewster as the narrator for an anthology of horror stories but that made a terrible error. He is the voice of disaster movie previews. Rich and deep and slow in cadence which totally doesn't fit with the stories written. Everything ends up sounding like a television commercial. Even worse, his inflections are way off. He has a tendency to over pronounce certain words and fragments while flying by others. It is sad because this is one of Ray Garton's finest works and I couldn't even finish it. Do yourself a favor and at least listen to the sample. If you want to listen to Ray Garton at his finest with a correct narrator download The Girl In the Basement. It is excellent.
I almost didn't get this book because the top reviewer for it said the story is like "2001 meets Spaceballs" or something like that. I don't like comedy in my sci fi. I am very glad that I didn't listen to that. There was a whole lot of 2001 and NO Spaceballs. The lead character once in a while says somethine ironic which sparks a laugh given his situation but when I think "Spaceballs", I think low brow slapstick. There is none of that. You get small tidbits. As boredom sets in he starts finding other astronauts digital media they brought. On one USB stick is the entire run of Three's Company. Initially, he groans but throughout the story you get a lament like "I really do think Mr. Farley is much better than the Ropers". This is pretty much the extent of the comedy.
The story itself is brilliant and I very much look forward reading more work by Andy Weir. I was fascinated and I was surprised I had not heard of him before. Thank the Lord that Audible has a great recommendation service which brought this up for me. The hero of the story is inciteful, brilliant, sharp, and witty. You care very much about his fate. I love the fact that nothing brings him down. He has a very well written and balanced sunny disposition that is pulled off to great effect. The science is real and Weir himself must have spent painstaking hours researching for this book. In some ways, it very much reminds me of the wonderful George Cloony movie Gravity. It has that type of Lost in Space feel.
Listen to this book! You can't go wrong. The narrator was awesome!
I have waited a long time for the Camulod Chronicles to get on Audible. I was furious that these were supposed to be released in early June, then on the day of release without any explanation , the release date was switched to August 20. I looked everywhere for a reason and there was nothing on any of Jack's or Audible's fan sites. I guess it will be a mystery forever. It also took a ridiculous amount of time to get them released on the kindle.
This is one of those rare books that is served well in audio format. I actually liked the audio performance better than the reading the book. Kevin Pariseau does an admirable job with the different characters. I look forward to hearing the Eagles Brood
Nope. Not that kind of book. Once is plenty.
Written in a very Edward Lee style. Flesh Gothic springs to mind.
The narrator was the worse part for me. He was too old for the book. It needed a younger narrator. I like Nick Podehl for this. He read The Beginning of the End: Apocalypse Z and had a great voice for a young man.
I like Bryan Smith. I appreciate that he always writes as an East Tennessean which I am as well. This wasnt one of my favorites by him. The freakshow holds that title
It is in the top 25%. Mainly because the setting is so relevant to me as a theme park junkie.
You can't compare this book to the Dark Side of Disney. One is a travelogue (so to speak) and this is fiction.
There is a reason she is called "Snow" White and it ain't her purity.
Kinsey uses his breadth of Disney theme park knowledge and did something unique by setting a modern day adult fairy tale at a place that has so much meaning to so many of us. He mostly succeeded. There were times in the book where I wanted some more back story. In my opinion, the best part of the book was the beginning and the end. Very powerful on both fronts.
Yes. The author really knows his own life better than anyone so he adds emphasis where he needs to easily
Rolly Crump's new bio from Bamboo Forest Publishing. Another unique look from an insider
His periodic outbreak into the Dreamfinders Voice! A blast from my past! I got to meet the Dreamfinder once when I was a kid. He and Figment were awesome!
Epcot: a Dream from the 80s turned into total crap by a company I love in the 2000s. or
Epcot: How one company destroyed something totally cool for no good reason.
Disney: Destroying Epcot one Future World building at a time
Epcot: Where in the hell is Horizons?
Epcot: Where in the hell is Wonders of Life?
Epcot: Where in the hell is World of Motion?
Epcot: Why are there animated fish in Sea Base Alpha?
Epcot: Out of all the Future world destroyed, why does the sucky World of Energy still exist????
Epcot: WHAT CRACK HEAD THOUGHT IT WAS OK TO TURN IMAGINATION INTO THE COMPLETE AND TOTAL PILE OF JUNK IT IS NOW?????????
Ok that should do it. Should be some great movies.
I wish he was still Dreamfinder and still at Epcot. He was awesome. I am really furious what Disney has done to Epcot and particularly Future World. I proposed to my wife on freaking Horizons for goodness sakes. Happily married for many years, we miss that building terribly. They built a glorified zoo with Animal Kingdom and its just ok, Not much to draw people to it. They have abandoned Epcot like River Country. Its like a shell of it former self. Disney has done well with the Magic Kingdom. Fantasyland is great. Cars Land at DCA is a masterpiece. My problem with them is that this all feels reactive rather than pro-active. If I was Disney, I would build a 5th gate with Star Wars immediately and make people remember that they are the 800 pound gorilla in the game.
in the top 3 for sure.
The obvious comparison is Stephan King's classic, The Stand but I like this book better
Josh was the best performed although the creepy pedophile in the airstream was also well done
The beautiful moment when Swan's horrible disfigurement was cured and hope was restored to the land
I listen to audible constantly and I have to say that this narrator was the best I have ever heard. He managed to make every character believable and different with assorted accents that never strayed. He was a perfect choice
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