The illustrated man is well written but extremely old fashioned. The short stories are imaginative but all the Sci in this Sci-Fi is very much of the vacuum tube era.
I loved the first five books of the series, and was eagerly awaiting the next installment. Only to find the narrator had been changed and not for the better.The quality of the narration is extremely poor. It was rushed, flat and pronunciation differed from previous books.Why do this? I can't be the only reader alienated by this.
Grew tired of it quickly, glad it was not my introduction to David Webber as Oath of Swords would have put me off his later and much better books.
The good, the bad and the foolish
I loved the use of accents to show where each character was from really added depth.
Metal, Magic, and Guns!
I can't say too much without risking spoilers; but how the guns and the magic work together is so cool.
I can't say without spoilers.
Well read, very well read by Michael Kramer. I could listen to her all day long.
Buy it now or be sad.
There are some great ideas in this monster, the storm ravaged world, food being either men’s or Women’s food, magic armour and a pixy for every occasion.
That said I found that despite having many fun elements the book as a whole doesn’t work for me. I found the characterization and foreshadowing rather unsubtle. The big reveal at the end did not surprise me but still managed to irritate the heck out of me. I also failed to connect with the characters at all or perhaps it would be more accurate to say I disconnected with them when they entered emotional holding patterns for large chunks of the book. Also the whole using social injustice to make me engage with the characters might have worked if it hadn’t been directed with the finesse of a wrecking ball.
I am not going to follow this series but I will still take a look at Brandon Sanderson’s shorter works.
I loved the book however the Narration was awful I cannot stand to give the book a bad review but the Narration is so bad I would strongly recommend reading the book and spending your audible credit elsewhere.
Roy Dotrice does not do the work justice. The female characters all sound like old North Country serving women from some low rent historical drama. With younger women this is particularly jarring, Daenerys sounds like she is 103. I will avoid any audio book read by Roy Dotrice in the future.
There is a lot not to like in this book, totally invulnerable Vampires, cardboard aliens, and assorted bad science. Shame I liked his earlier work, will be cautious with his next book.
Much as I like Terry Brooks it does seem that the same themes are repeated ad nauseam. If it just me or do female lead characters die / nobly sacrifice themselves in every book. Not that I object to either the sentiment or even the device but it can get old. In short read one series and then quit to avoid d?j? vu.
I have just wasted my 2 audible credit for the month on this, do your self a favour and avoid making the mistake I made. Not only is the plot 2D, the characters shallow and unbelievable but the narrator uses a melodramatic style that gave me the impression he was taking the P. There is a huge range of quality fantasy don’t waste you time with this vaguely Norse bilge.
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