Harry is Back!
I love James Marsters's performance, in my mind he is the voice of Harry. He has that great timing and dry witty humor that is the trade mark of these books. I sorely missed him in ghost story.
The story takes our characters on a sharp left turn, after ghost story many of the characters have been altered deeply. They are the same but fundamentally off. It's sad, almost like running into an old dear friend and realizing you can never go back to those crazy college day.
Some reviewers are really disappointed in this, but I think it show great growth in butcher's writing. If we look at the characters as developing "living, breathing" people, then after everything that has happened, what else should we as a read expect. Heck personally I'm surprised some of them haven't been institutionalized yet.
I almost think Rosalind James is on the New Zealand tourism board (and if she's not, I think they owe her a big check)!
This is a very cute story that would have been great to read in any setting, but James does a wonderful job bumping it up a notch. The picture she paints of New Zealand is dreamy.
And OMG I'm Rugby's newest fan!!! Drew is a worthy ambassador. A true gentleman.
Just This Once is not the overly steamy. If you're looking for a Erotic Romance this one might not be for you. But I really enjoyed the story and the backdrop of New Zealand. This is a worthy beach read!
I love Jim Butcher's writing. I love Harry. I admire the way Butcher rebooted the world after changes. Everything is different, but the same. Very well done.
But... and this is the kicker, the same stuff is getting old. I love Harry being snarky, I giggle at the Star Wars references, I groan and roll my eyes at the obvious sexual tension, and I shake my head at Harry for being so hard on himself. And I have for 15 books now.
I don't know if it's the fact that we are on book 15 or if it's because the references now seemed forced (and there for a cheap laugh) but it's taking away from the story. I really think this was a solid story. It brought in some interesting characters. The twist at the end was well set up and seamless. But I kept getting distracted. The geek jokes were forced in at times when the plot should have kept the reader engaged. The snark didn't add to Harry's charm, it made me wonder if the man had issues b/c he was being obnoxious.
I love Harry. I'll stick with Jim until the bitter end, but Skin Game was a disappointment.
James Marsters did a fantastic job as usual. I'd listen to that man read the phone book!
Yesterday was a sweet romance tale set in two worlds.
The main character was a little hard to relate to at first, but as the story went on I grew to like her. The budding relationship between Amanda and Mark is charming and I really enjoyed 'listening' to their relationship unfold along side Amanda's tale from the past. The author did a wonderful job transporting us back in time with the characters. The descriptions of the setting were vivid and tactile.
By far the best character in the novel was the godmother. She was a nice counter to Amanda, straight talking and witty.
My biggest complaint would have to be the narrator. I was distracted by her voices at time and instead of creating a more vivid character, it would draw me out of the story.
If you are looking for a light romantic tale this would be a nice option.
for the third in the series I hoped that Harper would grow as a character. the mystery in this novel was at least compelling, but the series is more about Harper and her life and this is what drags the story down. I can't continue with a series where I find the main character so unbelievable stupid that the rest of the story becomes background, while I rant at the main character.
I'm sad to say this will be the last Harper Connelly story I'll be reading.
I have mixed feelings about this book. I think Alyssa Bresnahan did a great job in narration. I think her voice lent well to Harper. I have to admit, I was a little off-put by what I thought was a very monotone performance, but after the book was over, I really felt Alyssa had captured the Main character, Harper and I couldn't imagine here being voiced by anyone else.
Harper and Tolliver are not really sleuths, they seem to be drug into these situations kicking and screaming. Harris seemed to waiver from time to time. Are they trying to solve the mystery? or Are they just helpless by-standers caught in the cross-fire.
I found Harper to be weird and not in the good way. If you picked up this book because you loved the light hearted, peppy Sookie Stackhouse, then you will be disappointed. Harper was a little hard to relate to, but am starting to warm up to her. I hope that continues in the next book. She's strong and has a sharp wit, but at the same time seems totally dependent on her step-brother, to the point of not being able to function without him. I'm having a really hard time with her relationship with Tolliver, her step-brother. I don't think it's health. Yes I know...not related, were teens when the parents hooked up....but still I'm a little off-put by it and the total dependency Harper has on him.
There is a lot of backstory to this book. We learn a wealth of details about the characters childhood, outside of the accident of Harper's that gave her the gift of body location. While I really enjoy the fleshing out of characters. There was a lot for such a short book.
Over all I enjoyed the book. The story was a fast listen and I rushed to get the next. I have high hopes that the characters will develop more and they will jump into the mystery solving business with both feet (no more wavering).
The Story itself was alright. A little slow to start, there is a lot of set-up and I found it took away from the story instead of being seamless in the narration. Vanquishing ghost via wistle idea is not that sexy, but I honestly thing most of my dislikes of this story were made up by the truely fantastic turn of phrases. Carey paints a picture with his words and his dry witt had me enthralled. The story has a real noir feel to it, all dark and stormy. The characters are gritty and not really fleashed out, there is lots of room for growth. Overall I'm looking forward to reading the next.
The third and final book in the Disillusionist trilogy and you more or less know what's going to happen you just don't know how.
We know the villain. We know the faithful love interest that goes above and beyond for his lady love. We just need to know how it all unravels. Carolyn Crane crafted a fitting conclusion to this unique story.
Wisocky's narration is very good. The second in this series starts right were the last left off.
I found Justine's character more frustrating in this installment because she's starting to fall in to the stereotypical heroine faults: self doubt, stupid/rash decisions and questioning the love of the men in her life. I don't find any of the characters to be wholly likable, but they all have some redeeming/endearing qualities.
But the ending of this book really made me do a double take. I could not believe what happened. While that character (name omitted to keep out spoilers) was never my favorite, I never thought they would do something so reprehensible, shocking, heart-breaking...can't even put it into words.
Changes left me breathless, so I was a bit let down by this book. I see this more as a transition book for the characters to have some time to process the new reality in their world.
I really, really, really missed Marsters, but I can almost see how a second narrator could work. In my mind it has really set this book apart...saying "you had your change now here's the fallout" and with Harry not REALLY being with us...I can appreciate the missing narrator.
And Glover did a fine job with the narration, but after so many books when my favorite characters didn't sound like "themselves" it really took me out of the story.
I really liked the tone of this book. It seems like the contemporary fantasy genre is filled with angst-y guilt ridden characters or the stereotypical "kick-ass" femme-fatale (don't get me wrong, I eat that stuff up).
The main characters like guns, the men appreciate good looking women and there's a dry wit to the whole story.
While I enjoyed Oliver Wyman, I think it takes some time to warm up to his narration. It's slow paced and drawn out. it drove my husband crazy, he bumped the playback speed up when he listened to 1.5X.
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