The book reminds me a little of Good Omens by Terry Pratchett
& Neil Gaiman. Both use humor to point out the injustice in divine plans.
I would say my favorite bit is a joke about when Cain is looking at the line between two lands that are so different that they must be in two different times. There's a bit about it being another present or past present or future present...and everybody can understand that.
I love the way Death is personified by Terry Pratchett and I prefer Nigel Planer's narration to the others. Planer adds a humorous, heart-warming touch to the socially awkward Death. While I do not listen to the stories in order, I'm glad I listened to this one early on since Susan pops up in later books.
I wish I understood how an author can be so clever so often and create an entire multiverse.
There's so many great things about this series, I don't see why I should take the time to write about it when you could be listening. Just hearing the narrator is a treat!
I had this book in my library for a few years and sometimes I would start to listen but it didn't grab me. Somehow, I ended up with another book in the series and really enjoyed it. Since then, I've gone back and listened to them all.
There are some books that I like to listen to over and over and keep in the background of the house at almost all times. I am so happy to have six more books to add to this collection because Good Omens, Nightside, Dresden Files and Thursday Next need a break. (If they were records, they would've been scratched through by now.)
I'm an adult and I listen to non-fiction, thrillers, and the other adult "stuff" but it's the lighter stuff that gets played again and again in the tripple digits.
I kept listening to the book long past the time I would if Neil Gaiman hadn't recommended it. In my mind, Neil Gaiman can do no wrong so I'm annoyed at myself and feel that maybe I'm missing what makes the book great. Whether I'm missing something or not, the book depresses me. The characters and the plots just don't draw me in.
The book is surreal and quirky. People that have never had the outsider experience may not appreciate the humor or reflections.
The narrator isn't bad...It's not his fault...but it's just not the same book. For the price and for the loyalty of buying all the other books, they need to get the narrator we've grown to love.
Book 1 may not be my favorite book in the series but I love all of them and the narrator deserves multiple awards. I am a fan of The Dresden Files but the Nightside series I play over and over.
After finishing the Dresden Files and Nightside series, I looked for something to capture me again. Dresden and Taylor (from the fore-mentioned series) have their own dignity and respectability and the reader can easily side with them. Pitts constantly dotes over his "perfect woman" in a manner that reminds me of teenage girls drawing hearts on their books in high-school. Also, his inane and dishonest responses to others annoy me. I know not all characters can be brutally honest like Dresden and Taylor but false reassurances tick me off--even in fiction. The plot and the narrator are good and I plan to listen to the second book in the series and hope the main character matures a bit.
I recently discovered the Sookie Stackhouse series and went through them so fast I was happy the author has other books. Oddly enough, I find Harper Connolly much more serious and much darker than the series where vampires are running around.
I encounter the same problem as a previous reviewer; I want to finish the entire narration at once. While I was listening to this book about 3:00 am, I hugged my dogs out of fear. I would not say the plot kept me in suspense because it is apparent, to me, whom is guilty from early in the story. It is more an ambient psychological fear that I do not have the talent to describe.
I have not been hit by lightening but I have another condition that makes me feel a connection to Harper. The example Harper Connolly provides me is a positive one - that maybe we can't all mask our oddities and blend in with the crowd but we can survive and make choices to be healthy...
I am fascinated with the author and intrigued by what background and knowledge provides the author with the talent to write such series as Sookie Stackhouse and Harper Connolly.
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