Chesterton, IN, United States | Member Since 2008
This series is in many ways Cherryh's most accessible one. She takes on one species after another and makes them real as a dime. And comprehensible by their own lights. Without ever making them into humans with fur or feathers. It's a wonderful space opera, which I normally hate. But here, when the alliens are so alien and yet, somehow people you know, how can you resist?
Some whiny bits in the dialog. Listen to it and see what you think. It didn't ruin my enjoyment of the books.But you might feel differently.
This is a delight of a series and this book is a great addition to that. It's some very funny bits about housing developements as well. The language in this is a treat.
I'm also very much enjoying the build up of the rivers of London as a series. It's a cool idea that just expands into better and better things.
This novel, like a river, rambles a bit which is why I docked one star. It's a bit harder to follow, but it's still a treat.
This is an interesting book from several angles. I do believe I'm not really in a position to judge it correctly. I am neither black or southern, and I would think you would need to be both for it to honestly make sense.
The past mystery is quite wonderful, and makes historic sense. And is in it's own way, agonizing. The current one is less so in both regards. But either way, it's a good read.
I didn't like where this book started. I loved where it ended. It was about Paris and people's moral limits in war time. The characters all did some interesting life change turns, when confronted with evil past stupidity. Don't know if it was realistic, but it was heart warming.
This is a spin off from Graveminder, although it has only one of the original characters in it. It's a short story, and suffers from that. But it's a nice view into that world and I hope it means Marr will write more about it.
I loved Graveminder, and this is as short story spin off. It explains a bit of the world of the dead. I'm hoping it means there will be more in this series soon.
I dearly love this book. It's the punch line to the joke that starts" I caught a talking frog". It has some wonderful things to say about middle age and about self help.
The performance does some very odd things with volume that I really found distracting. Once I got used to that, it was still the book I loved.
This is a heart of darkness kind of book. It's about Elizabeth Bathory, and she is a nasty piece of business in any century. It's also a very interesting look at psychopaths without saying it's about them. It was a compelling read but I could see the end chapters away and that was a disappointment. It''s also terribly graphic. I would say it's pg35 (No. I wouldn't hand it to someone in their irresponsible tweens.)
The premise that you would have one child as parts for another child is so obnoxious that I can't believe it passed the sniff test. But that's not the worst part of this book. The worst part is that the characters end up getting exactly what they were fighting for ( which is morally repugnant) after they supposedly had learned better.
The parents are incomprehensible. The two sisters really do, I think, have an understanding of each other. But the ending took all of that, smeared happy jelly on it, and stuffed it down your throat.
Did I say I didn't like this book? I really didn't.
Tim Powers for some while has taken characters out of history, added a paranormal element and has told the story in that light. This one is hot and cold running war spies. It's a very fun book, but it is disjointed and hard to follow on the timeline. But the characters are a hoot and the look into a spy's life is chilling.
I loved this book for several reasons. It looks into an artist's soul in a way that is illuminating. It looks into who we could have been if we were someone else. And it's a look at court life that is probably quite accurate if distasteful. It made me wish the world worked the way that the writer described.
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