Arcata, CA, United States | Member Since 2010
Clearly not Riordan's best work, but not all that bad. The contrivances felt a touch heavy handed, from the quasi-comic insert-a-villain to the plot speeding helpful mortal on the street. It had the aroma of segue all over it.
That said, there is some interesting character growth from a few or the characters and a nicely executed tie in of the Leo/Sammy conundrum.
Most importantly it has captivated my interest for the next installment!
I got this book for 99 cents through an Audible promotion. It was worth that much. Had I payed more, I might have been annoyed by what could have been an excellent book. The topic was very well researched in some areas and apparently guessed at in others. The humorous tone, whether a result of the performance or the writing, quickly devolves into snark, causing the suppositions offered in some of the anecdotes to sound like opinion...the kind some people repeat to make them selves sound smarter. If you are looking for well told, well rounded stories of some of society, culture and business's biggest missteps...Keep looking. If what you are looking for is the literary equivalent of pointing at people on the street and calling them dumb, this is your book...if you get it on sale.
Mr Anderson must have been taking writting lessons from George R R Martin because neither ship nor sailor is safe from his war raging pen! Thie one was complex and exciting and brought tears to my eyes at one point. I was concerned that the story would grow too convoluted with all of the new actions and discoveries, but I haven't gotten lost yet.
How much more can our beloved Destroyermen take?!?!?!
This is an original and entertaining start. There were a few points that I can't figure out. They Felt a little rushed...but it wasn't enough to keep me from thoroughly enjoying tis ride. I find myself looking forwards to the next one already!
There are an unfortunate number of similarities between the U.S. now and Germany prior to WWII... And I can't help thinking of Santayana's quote, "those who Cannot remember the past..."
Aside from that, this book was tirelessly researched and attributed, and very well written, making it easy to forget that the book is over a half century old.
The narration is simply impeccable.
Think of it as a history book for non-academics, meaning it is clear, easy to understand and very interesting.
Not the best work from Sai King. The titular story being the only one with a real scare factor to it, it wasn't that scary.
The real gem was the story "The Death of Jack Hamilton." It was full of heart and imagery that even card carrying member of the uncle Stevie fan club like me can forget this man is capable of. If anyone wonders if King is more than a contemporary horror writer, have them read this or any of his other little gems like "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" and they will know.
Perhaps it isn't his best work, but it is not bad at all.
Long live the King!
Uncle Stevie was weaving his manic magic this one! This is a special treat to the lovers of Ka and all it's little connections in time and place. The performance was top notch and kept the headphones glued to my ears!
I was happy to return to the world of Atticus O'Sullivan and friends but at times the story felt rushed. It is often said that the second book or movie of a trilogy is lacking because it is just a glorified segue...on a few occasions that is the way this book felt. I would be hard pressed to call it either forced but some of the developing stories and loosens were handled in a manner I would call...indelicate.
That being said, it was awesome to see Atticus going up against something that was completely out of his element!
If you have enjoyed the previous Iron Druid Chronicles, this installment will not disappoint.
This book should be required reading for non-Muslims who are want to learn about the Muslim world. Bringing the major players of Islam together with an historical perspective that will likely be "new" to most westerners.
One of my old Latin professors once said that he didn't really understand English grammar until he studied Latin...this book reminded me of that in respect to the history of the crusades and the middle ages.
If you are a lover of history, religion or just perspective challenging materials, this it the book for you!
After I discovered this novel wouldn’t be following any of the much beloved Mistborn characters, I became concerned that a relaunch might fall short or even detract from my love of the original books. I actually liked this book more than the originals. Not that it is any better on its own, but as a successor to a reborn world, this story was accessible and interesting and enormously entertaining. Even if you don’t prefer it to its predecessors…I would be very surprised if you don’t thoroughly enjoy it!
I am torn between Wax and Wayne.
Wayne...It just sounds like Mr KRamer was having a blast doing this character.
I darn near did. I got this novel for a road trip and it didn't disappoint me.
Sanderson has done it again...but I wish he would stop coming up with such cool new worlds! I'm still waiting for the WoT conclusion and the Stormlight Archive...now I want more stories from this 'verse too!
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