I took a break from my normal listening to enjoy Matilda. It was a fun diversion and I would definitely recommend it to others, I liked how Ms. Winslet read and Dahl is always a pleasure.
I enjoy Lackey's books, the elemental masters series especially, but I don't think Steadfast lived up to the rest of the series. It had some great moments, but overall, I felt there were too many loose ends.
The heroine was a little flat. She has an interesting back story, but she doesn't seem to grow very much, and where their was the potential for her to--regain herself?--it wraps up too quickly to feel like anything momentous has occurred.
An old favorite character is briefly trotted out and just as briefly disappears with no explanation of what happened, and no real reason for his having been included.
I was left feeling like there was a lot left unsaid and I'd love to see the author's notes on this story.
On the other hand, it's the Elemental Masters series! I still enjoyed listening, and I'll probably listen to it again. It gave a little more information about the rules of elemental magic in the Lackey-verse. It was a very different class/culture of people than she has written about before. While there are are shades of Reserved for the Cat, I think the story is different enough to stand by itself.
Overall, I'd say that if you are a fan of the series, it's a must have just as part of the collection. If you are just starting, don't start with this book.
A few friends have suggested the Discworld books to me, so I'm looking forward to reading them. Unfortunately, the narrator, Nigel Planer, is awful. It might be that the recording itself is poor quality, or maybe a little of both, but it makes the audio book impossible to listen to. I'm disappointed that I won't be getting to hear Discworld, and I am surprised, because I've never come across a narrator who I didn't adjust to over the first few chapters. I gave the story three stars because I don't want to judge it unfairly until I've finished it.
Stereotypes that went beyond offensive. Gay erotica as violent, shock value type tales with ridiculous situations. For example, a guy who contracts a virus that starts to turn him straight (in the stupidest stereotypy way) who then tries to force his ex lover while very drunk in order to make him catch the virus too. All to be saved by the best queen friend, jumping in at the last moment.
Don't waste your credits.
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