If you like the Mass Effect universe and want a bit more it's worth a read but doesn't dive too deep into it. Gives more insight into Cerberus, the illusive man and their experiments on humans and a few of the side characters. Its a decent fast pace quick read action thriller but hard to recommend if you not familiar with the Mass Effect lore. Good conclusion to the trilogy
After putting off reading for a few days I decided to read this.
This is not a how to stop procrastinating but how to feel good about yourself, which I think it accomplishes. If you saddened by the fact you procrastinate this book will help you realize it's not that bad and you are actually still productive.
I found myself relating to the structured procrastinator examples. Author refers to an essay he wrote but it isn't included.
It short so if you find yourself frustrated at not being productive it's worth a read.
The last of 'the old ones' must find a mystical harp in the welsh country side and defeat the dark side which is corrupting men.
Despite being centered around my least favourite protagonist I didn't mind this story. Simple, short and if you have a loved pet you might find some emotions. Quite a few coincidences and stuff we take for granted without explanation, like the boy's illness at the start.
If your interested in Welsh history and culture there a lot of it here. I'm not so I can't say if it was accurate.
Like the others in the series keep in mind it's for kids.
It is short which unfortunately I found was a good thing. It returns to the narrative style of the first book in the series, which I prefer and joins the characters from the two previous books. The kids personality are different and what I imagine kids are like. A lot of it was entertaining during the read but reflecting back doesn't hold much substance.
Other then the begging setup it didn't draw me in, no great sense of urgency, mystery, plot twist or sense of wounder. Might be too formulaic, simple and not perhaps what was unique when it was written has been done many times since..
Like the others two books I think it aimed at kids so it probably good for it's intended audience. If you like the first book but was put off by the second, you'll be happy with this.
Narrator did an excellent job differentiating the voices but may not have put much emotion into it.
Assassins, magic, meddling gods, threat of a powerful tyrant, and intrigue, what more could you want from a epic fantasy?
Be warned this book is long and has a high learning curve. I was about a quarter or third before I could stop wondering if I understood what was happening and start enjoying the story.
It all came together at the end and the last few chapters was exciting and page turning. Despite being part of a long series the story stands well on its own.
There are many characters and politics to track. The main characters are well fleshed out and have their unique voices.
If you don't like books you can't get into right away then stay away from this. If you're patient and okay with a slow increment of reveal and plot advancement then hunker down and start reading.
One problem with the audio book is that the character viewpoint will often change within a chapter and there are no audio cues or even pauses. It can be quite jarring and annoying.
I found it to be dull, boring and a prime example of an authoring failing to 'show and not tell' a story. Expands the myths from the first book by tells a whole new story of kid who discovers he's special and must use his powers to save the world.
Thinking back the concepts, themes and character developments were interested but the story was poorly executed. The first book had interesting children interaction to keep the story interesting which is lacking here.
The author has done a lot of great world building but failed to tell a compelling story in it so far.
Third in the Gentleman Bastard series this one explore the world of coning politics and theater. Events from the previous start to come together showing the bigger world, consequences of characters action and we finally see the main character's previous romance. Despite knowing the author would bring a surprise into the plot, the surprise he brings is still a shock and changes the flow.
If you like low level fantasy, character driven stories and rogues you should read this series.
It was an easy read as I read it over a weekend as part of a readathon.
Not quite sure how to fairly review this. It's written as a kids books so the plot is simple. Group of kids in a new place track down a mystery in classic good vs. evil. Was its 40th anniversary so the tropes and cliche's probably weren't back then. At first I wasn't sure if I was reading a Narnia book by mistake.
The pacing had a good flow keeping me interested. I like the main kids interaction and thought it was authentic. Overall a good start to a series and a classic to declare I have rea
An urban fantasy with actual Angels and Demons. Written in the style of a detective-noir the main character is a not perfect angel advocate arguing for departed souls to go to heaven. He gets caught up in a after-life threatening conspiracy.
I liked this but it really going to depend on the readers taste. The humour is dry, snarky and puny. If you like modern detective noir you'll probably like this.
At the start I was concerned it would be too teen romance from the female prospective. Thee was a bit much in the center but not bad and I liked the analytical take on it. World building is good as you can sense the greater world behind the scenes.
Two things stories tend to ignore are the physical pain and injuries from fighting and the time it takes to heal. Both were handled well here. The ending was fairly predictable but the journey was exciting. I was worried when the plot changed that it was aiming for a happy ending but it actually helped the story grow. Looking forward to reading the sequel
Basic premise is a mother goes after her son who went off to someplace dangerous to discover himself by discovering who his father was. I found the whole book to be slow except for the very end where it picks up quickly out of the blue. This is my first Steampunk read and if you like westerns you might not mind the pacing. Didn't find any of the characters interesting and are very stereotypical of western. World building is good and some of the Steampunk inventions are interesting but I probably won't read the sequels.
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