The Magicians was described to me as 'edgier, more grown up Harry Potter'. And, I suppose, that's kind of accurate. My problem was that I found the main character so whiny and unlikeable that it was hard to get past that. He does grow up over the course of the book, but not enough.
I also wish that there had been more world building. There wasn't quite enough description of the magic and how it fit into the 'real' non-magical world for me -- most of it was explained away with using magic to make sure that non-magic people don't notice things. There's also this whole other magical realm but the descriptions of it felt shallow to me.
I didn't *dislike* the book, but I really wanted to like it more than I did. I haven't decided if I'm interested in the sequel yet.
This book was ridiculous and has not stood the test of time well. But, as an example of 1970s social attitudes, it's a pretty amusing read. The only thing really scary about it is 1970s attitudes towards women and homosexuality.
Important lessons learned from this book:
-If you're a lady and you wander alone in a haunted house, you will either be tempted to have sex with ghosts or become a lesbian. You're definitely going to have sex with *something*, if you go off wandering alone. Mens: keep an eye on your womens.
-Tiny ladybrains cannot understand technical science things.
-Scientists are generally assholes and especially don't like being challenged by ladies.
-Being attacked by a slime monster while trapped in a steam room seems like a pretty scary way to go.
The narration by Ray Porter was, as expected, absolutely excellent.
This book was awesome and informative. It got me to try new drinks. It made me want to start a garden. I cannot say enough good things about it.
It is only about 85% awesome as an audiobook. A lot of the early sections of the book do well as an audiobook - there's a fair amount of 'history' of the different plants and their connections to alcohol. But, by the end of the book, there are a lot of sections that seem more encyclopedic and reference-oriented. It's not *bad* as an audiobook, but I knew that I was going to want to consult this book after I'd read it, which is hard to do with an audiobook.
I actually got an addition copy of it in hardcover for reference.
I've wanted to 'read' this book for a long time. During a period when I could really use some writing inspiration, I picked up the audio version.
The book itself is a little dry and not quite as translatable for non-fiction authors and I would have hoped. The best part of the book, in my opinion, is in the blurb where she explains the story of the title. I will grant that part of the issue is that a lot of the advice in this book, which may have been new when she wrote it, is not available in countless writing guides and blogs.
The real issue with this book is the narration. Narrated by the author and it is horrible. Were it not so short, I probably wouldn't have been able to make it through it. I have never felt so strongly about narration being so bad before. Seriously -- listen to a test clip before you buy.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I downloaded this book, but it really pulled me in and I ended up liking it a lot. It starts a bit slow, but the characters were quirky and loveable, the plot diverting enough that it wasn't easy to guess where it was going, and the ending was satisfying.
I generally like mindless action books. But, wow, this one was too annoying and required far too much suspension of disbelief. None of the characters had any depth -- not even the little bit of depth that you might expect in an action book. None of their motivations were even a little bit believable.
It wasn't so bad that I didn't finish it, but it was close.
It's a good action novel. The characters are fairly likeable. Lou Diamond Phillips often does a horrible job with some of the Arabic pronunciation and Clancy has some very skewed ideas about Islam, but neither of those are particularly surprising.
Overall, it was a pretty diverting listen.
This book was awesome. I knew pretty much nothing about the history of hip hop as a genre when I started and I learned so much. I really, really enjoyed it.
It's definitely long. And there are times when there's a bit too much detail about certain aspects of the industry (I definitely got bored when they started talking about hip hop artists getting sponsorship from different kinds of flavored water), but it was really excellent overall.
I especially enjoyed the sections about the early history of R&B, DJs, and the disco scene and how that connected with the rise of hip hop.
I really enjoyed this book -- it was a great suspense novel. Great twists and turns and kept me guessing.
You do definitely need to pay attention -- there are a lot of characters and details. If you're not paying attention, things won't make sense later.
No -- it was fine, but I don't usually listen to audiobooks multiple times.
Probably not. I enjoyed some of the dystopian aspects of the novel, but it was too much of a romance novel set in a dystopian universe when I was looking for more of a novel about the dystopian universe without the romance being center stage.
I liked the characters and enjoyed the story, but it very soon became clear that the romance was the central aspect of the story. Honestly, I think that this book needs a sequel -- there was so much that wasn't resolved at the end of the story. And a lot of things about the universe that I thought would get revealed over time (like how it became dystopian) that the author never explained. I found that frustrating because I was interested in those aspects of the story more than the romance.
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