What's not to love about Flavia De Luce? Even her bicycle has a name! And I do believe that the best way to enjoy her is to listen to Jayne Entwistle read Alan Bradley's excellent mystery series. This one, brings our heroine and her quirky family to a perilous impass and leaves them clinging cliffside, but not before our fearless 12 year old has solved another gruesome village murder.
While you will enjoy this book on its own, it is much better in the context of the series so I recommend you read them all . . .no, better yet, listen to them, because Jayne Entwistle gives Flavia such a wonderful voice it makes me smile just to hear her.
I agree with the reviews that say you have to listen to Ari Fliakos read this little book to get the full effect. It is a charming code-cracking, secret society busting mystery set in San Francisco. It is a juxtaposition of computers and books, e-readers and ancient tomes. Our hero is a failed computer nerd surrounded by a bevy of successful friends when he chances upon a job at a tiny bookstore. He chances upon a deep secret among the dusty volumes and strange characters that fill the shelves and aisles of the narrow store.
Robin Sloan's book is a loving wink at gamers, fantasy book lovers, computer whizzes and collectors of esoterica. For all of us and everyone else, it is well worth a listen.
While the dramatization was well thought out and acted well enough, it lacked the pathos of the book. The adult voices that did the children were off-putting (if that is a word) to me, especially the character of Bean, who figures so prominently in the book. A woman with a "little kid" voice played his character. In the end, the story lacks its original power in this format.
I could not connect with this version but would highly recommend the full book version of Ender's Game.
It is so good to hear the familiar voice of Tim Reynolds bring back the beloved characters of Royce, Hadrian and Gwen, et al! If Michael Sullivan really does as he plans and graces us with twelve years of their lives in the form of one novel each, I hope Tim will hang with us as well. Wonderful story full of witty repartee between our two heroes who hate each other at the beginning of this book. As a plus we find out the back story of Gwen's relationship with the two and her beginnings in "the world's oldest profession." Delightful! Keep them coming back, Mr. Sullivan.
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