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'm a big fan of the classic Space Opera, from Freehold to Lois McMasters Bujold. This qualifies as a great way to spend some creds and quality listening time. I'm glad I finally got it, as I found the covers off putting for some reason. Talk about judging a book by it's cover!
If you've never read a Walter Moers book, I envy you. His books are hilarious, not just in an easy laugh at the joke way, although you will laugh out loud on occasion, they are funny from page one until, sadly, the end. They're not filled with silly one-liners, rather Moers has created a wonderful world, Zemonia, and in each of his books we get a glimpse is some new and exciting part of it, along with a new "person" to accompany. This time, after much fun and many travails, our hero Blue Bear, goes to Atlantis, "The City with a Future". Need I say more? Not without spoilers. Readers of Moers books will encounter some familiar places and names. Enjoy.
As per usual, Molly Harper has written a great story, unique and at times funny, but also dealing with a real issue, just with a werewolf to add color. If you liked any of the other How To books, you're likely to feel the same about this one. Amanda Ronconi is as superb as always.
So many positive reviews for this title that I am almost sorry to disagree, but I do disagree. I found the book repetitive, overlong, and the ending disappointing. I also fail to see how this makes the science fiction cut. I'd give it a sort-of Sci-Fi at the most generous and thats because of the quality of the VR. I do agree that the narrator was very good. However the best that can be said of the book is that here is an author who obviously sees the dangers in a poorly educated Democratic society in which the government has allowed too many responsibilities to become privatized, and in which said society is service based, (note Sobel's use of the identical hamburger joint's analogy,) and yet technology is the glue holding society together and creating a new wealthy class. I'm not spoiling anything here, that's a vague overview. I do find it highly amusing that some of the same people who love Ayn Rand loved this book. Perhaps they'll get it?
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.
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