First, let me say I'm an avid reader of negative reviews. I want to find out what people don't like about a book when I bother to find out anything at all beforehand. That having been said, most of the bad reviews of this brilliantly written and performed series are aimed directly at the ending Mr. Abercrombie gave us. And I must point out to anyone who might read my glowing review that we are warned a couple of times in this book that it's not going to be pretty. But that's the point of the whole thing, at least to my mind. Ardee says "No one gets what they deserve," or something close thereto, and that sums up the whole thing.
I guess my point is that anybody that's looking for a fairy-tale ending should probably read a fairy-tale and leave off the grown-up fantasy. They'll just be disappointed.
I also particularly enjoyed the very end. (BEGIN SPOILERS) I think dropping the Bloody Nine off a cliff into a river and leaving it there is an awesome way to come full circle and let the reader's mind fill in what happens next. I can just see him washing up somewhere--"Still alive..."--and charging into another several months of butchery to pay back Black Dow. Or maybe he'll head south and find Ferro. It's up to me and which aspect of Logen I want to root for how it all turns out. I'm thankful for that.
In all, a superb work of fantasy by one of my new favorite authors. Thanks Joe.
Sleepless is, in a word, brilliant. Having lived through the sleep-deprivation of a colicky infant, I can attest to the scary accuracy of Mr. Huston's vision of the rest-challenged. The alternate timeline is believable, the characters have spectacular depth, and the whole thing, plot and characters, were engaging enough that I found myself listening way, way past my bedtime. Heck, I even cried, and more than once. There was plenty of action without it turning into just-another-wannabe-Hollywood-blockbuster like so many other detective stories these days. And I have to agree with another reviewer who commented that the book was so chock-full of ideas that it could have been a whole series!
I'm a huge fan of Ray Porter, having listened to his readings of numerous titles across several genres. I've never been let down. This was my first Mark Bramhall experience and I'll definitely be returning. His performance of Mr. Huston's quick, vivid dialog is probably the best I've heard in any audio book ever. Now, I do have an itsy-bitsy tiny gripe regarding Mr. Bramhall's reading, and that is the accent used for the Lady of the Thousand Storks. It wasn't a great fit for me, but one can't deduct 1/10th of a star, so it still gets five for performance.
Overall, I was blown away by Sleepless. Now, I know it takes all kinds to make a world, but I don't see how anyone could be bored by this gem. Keep them coming, Mr. Huston. Keep them coming.
I enjoyed Cold Days, as I have enjoyed every Dresden book since Storm Front. Like the title says, the story was solidly crafted. And although I've spent a load of time with Harry over the years, he's still keeping me entertained so I'll continue to read/listen. It feels like there's always something happening around the edges of a Dresden story, and it's that over-arching plot thread that drives my interest. I'm pretty sure I've read everything Jim Butcher's put out via Big Pub, and he's failed (miserably!) to disappoint me so far. Keep it up, sir!
The last book (Ghost Story) was much maligned for being read by someone other than James Marsters. Although I wasn't amongst the herd that were so put-off that they couldn't enjoy the story, it certainly was pleasant to hear the same Harry again.
Thanks to the author, the narrator, and the whole team!
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