Swamp Yankee | Member Since 2006
Well, it's a sad day when Jonathan Kellerman disappoints, but that day has arrived. When I saw that there was a new Alex Delaware novel out, I felt that warm feeling of pleasure you get when you just know you're soon going to be settling down with a really good book. After "The Murder Book" and "Gone", both two of Kellerman's best, I could hardly wait.
To say that the book "takes off slowly" would be similar to saying, "in January, molasses is slow". I listened to the entire first half before even a hint of a plot began to emerge. I have never had a problem finding Kellerman's characters fascinating, but in this book the female protagonist (which ever one you pick for that role) was a forgettable person. I barely remembered her name. Even the ending, which (kind of) pulls things together and does pick up, was certainly not enough. Sadly, I cannot recommend this book.
I was very wary of spending a credit on another Riddle book after the Atlantis trilogy or however many books I endlessly plowed through awaiting the big reveal, only to want to drown myself in the bath for wasting credits on such Drivel!
So it was with low, very low expectations that I got Departure for a precious credit after a friend raved about the book. A friend who hated Riddle's Drivel about Atlantis. So I took the plunge, or plane, or pod, however one enjoys traveling and was pleasantly surprised that Riddle's writing has improved immensely! One of the biggest problems with the Atlantis Trilogy (AT) was the sheer sloppiness of the writing. Here we find a new, much tighter Riddle who's cut the fat down to less than 20% and left the sirloin. I for one wish, it'd be nice if Riddle could take the ATLANTIS Trilogy and give it a. revamping. I wooll
This is another in a series of mystery novels that are light and yet complex and twisty enough to satisfy. Filled with the colour of India, I have enjoyed each one I have listened to and certainly think they are worth a credit. I suggest you start with this, as it is even better than The Case of The Missing Servant, Although that was also very good.
This is a fabulously narrated (I truly despise bad or overdone Indian voices, even Indian narrators are guilty of this..as if everyone comes from within 100 miles of Bombay, may the Gods help us!), and incredibly funny detective novel. It also happens to be by one of the sneakier mystery writers I've had the pleasure of reading in a while. While being a fun read, there is just enough suspense and surprise to keep it going, as you try to separate the good guys from the bad, which isn't always possible considering the state of India's justice system, which is pretty well represented here-hint- think $$$$.
Well worth a credit!
Why is it that everyone is always trying to kill her? In this enjoyable if slightly flat novella, which covers the time right after the Battle until her new assignment, Kris and Co. travel around trying to show the moves she used in the Battle of Warhaven with the little attack boats. It's a bit flat as there's not much of a story. It was typical though, so if you like the books you'll like it.
I really enjoyed the idea behind this book, recorded in 2011. A house that is a world, with each room a different tiny world of it's own. In fact, in Tad William's incredible series "Otherland" there is a similar idea, completely different, that I thought was fabulous. Sadly this book, with it's good start, just ends. Literally. The author couldn't have done worse if he simply ended mid-sentence. Oh sure, there's a sort of an ending but it didn't satisfy. Save your credit or $, just another almost good book. Well performed though-I will keep my eyes open for the very good narrator.
Nothing could totally save this rather juvenile book, although by juvenile I certainly don't mean YA, but great narration helped. Still, for a retired professional killer, our hero is rather a, well, powder puff. Capable of having great sex right after a shooting right next to the crime scene, he nonetheless sweats buckets over all sorts of things which I hope I would have found more fascinating than terrifying. The story was just too uneven, and the ending a true MEH. If you want to try Brin, don't start here.
The book was a fairly satisfying ending with a couple of nice surprises but was for me, (and I am female) a bit too filled with 'oh darling without you I would die' and 'don't worry Dahling, we will live together or die together' s/he said, 'kissing/holding/who care-ing' Way too much. I thought what storyline there was, well, it was OK, but it left too many holes, and was a bit too far fetched to be believed. Although this was the weakest of the four, it seems there are more. So as long as they are not going to become more twee I will try another if it becomes an audiobook. And I can find it!
This series, which is still in my opinion very light space opera, keeps improving as it keeps going- this rather su*k* for me as this seems to be winding up. Perhaps I will have another series to look forward to, I didn't yet stop and look back at the publication date or check for other works! That should say it all about the engrossing nature of these books really!
This is still a fairly light, but now good Space Opera. It's still no Lois McMasters Bujold but compared to the first book this book is golden, helped in part by the narrator who made me laugh outright by using a few well known voices and applying them to characters. Not too obviously, but Nixon in Space? Lol! Well worth suffering Book One to get to this book!
I enjoy a good solid space opera, like Lois McMasters Bujold, and although this comes nowhere near her later Miles Series I can find something in this first book, (first I've read) that does recall some of her earliest work.
The characters are not terribly well developed but there are some humorous moments. The battles are light on science but I don't think that's the point, so that was fine with me.
Overall I will try another bite and see how it tastes. Perhaps a better narrator will improve the quality.
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