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.
Larry Correia is masterful at depicting alternate worlds in both this series and Grimnoir Chronicles. Despite threatening events, the tone is laid-back, which I appreciate since I do not like to remain on the edge of my seat. I would warn readers that this is not a stand-alone book. I do not think this book will make sense if you read it before the others in the series. Nemesis is much like Alpha, in that they both take a memoir form. Also, if readers get annoyed with the presence of flat characters, I would not suggest this series; the Grimnoir Chronicles would be a better choice.
I like this book better than the other Molly Harper books. I'm a sucker for humor, wit, and ghosts. I admit the resolution is obvious from the beginning. To borrow an idea from the Thursday Next series, it's a plot ##. It's not about the plot, though. It's about the relationships between people. Fun book :)
I am an odd "reader" of audible. I keep something playing at all times, even when asleep or away. Some books are great but I can only deal with once, while some book albums would have been broken from heavy usage, if we were still using tapes. This book is lovely and I'm delighted to add such a cozy situation, much made of literary bonds.
Caution: the book takes awhile to pick-up and establish itself. I worry some readers will give-up before giving the book a full two hours.
As far as the narrator is concerned, it is hard to say. My guess is that Scott Brick is somebody you either like or you don't. His style is distinctive.
I can't help but wonder if Christopher Moore wrote the book with Euan Morton's voice in mind. The chorus that begins "Rise Muse" wouldn't have made me laugh out loud if I hadn't heard Morton perform. This is not to say Christopher Moore isn't funny by himself ("no shit, Shylock"). I listened to the book and immediately started playing it again for my boyfriend so we could both giggle together. I have all of Moore's books and I hope he keeps more coming. There are some authors I search for every now and then to see if they've published and he is always top of the list.
Such an enchanting book is a treasure. The molding of two different traditions into one story is genius.
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.
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.
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