This is an interesting concept, but I wouldn't read this again, and I'm not recommending it to anyone I know. Sawyer spends too much time preaching about how his version of neanderthal utopia is superior, and every one of these repetitious little sermons interrupts the narrative and takes the reader right out of the story. On top of that, most of the characters are completely flat and static. With only three or so well developed characters, the plots seem contrived, and those three are the only ones who are affected by the story. Everyone else is robots. It's as if Sawyer had this thought--hey, what if it's a belief in an afterlife that makes society suck--and instead of taking the time to explore that, he tried to write a persuasive essay in the form of a story. There are better speculative fiction explorations of why society is flawed, and I don't see enough original, compelling content to make this a better choice than the others.
Also, heads up: if you were taught to pronounce neanderthal like -tall, then prepare to cringe every time the reader says it.
I loved this book so much that I was actually disappointed to find out it's O'Malley's debut novel and there's nothing else by him for me to read (yet). I've given this book as a gift and recommended it to several folks already, and you should totally spend your credit on this book.
The characters are unique and well-crafted, and the plot is intricate and so clever. I want to steal this man's ability to describe things, he does it so well and in-character, too! The solution to the mystery of the story is foreshadowed throughout, so it doesn't come out of the clear blue sky, but right up until you get to the end, you'd've never guessed what was coming. If you like James Bond and Warehouse 13, you've gotta give this a shot. I swear it's worth it!
This is like Leverage except in fantasy land. And it's not even a generic fantasy land! Seriously, Weekes writes for some incredibly popular video games, and while you can see that he went to the shelf and picked up all the necessary stock characters and locales, none of those things remain stock by the time you read them.
The plot has all the depths and twists and turns you expect of a good heist, and the world, characters, and world-rules are detailed and well fleshed out. I've already recommended this book to a good ten people, and I gave it as Christmas presents to several of my friends, all of whom are now raving about how fantastic this is.
The reader, Eyre, does such a great job. I can't even begin to praise her work enough. She really brings this book to life. Characters all have distinct voices, and her choices are absolutely perfect.
This was a good read with honest, meaningful themes and realistic characters. I enjoyed pretty much every aspect of it, from the plot to the dialogue to the characters themselves. If you're into superheroes, you'll love this. Even though they got Stan Lee to write/read an introduction, most of the references and nods to the superhero genre are to DC, not Marvel. Moore does a great job of being realistic without making things too realistic for superheroes.
You absolutely should read this book; just heads up: the main character's major flaw is that he's a typical teenager who's certain the most looming personal problem in his life will utterly destroy him/the universe, of which he is the center. I remember being 17 and acting the same way, but it's so annoying. That said, the story itself acknowledges that he's blowing his fears out of proportion and a small part of the plot hinges on the fact that he's an oblivious, self-absorbed teenager. So, read this book, and just power through the whiny teenager problems, because it's totally worth it.
I never would have read this if I hadn't known who'd written it, since I don't normally read detective fiction that doesn't involve magic of some kind. I'm so glad I picked this up, though. It's not Dickens, but then again, it's not supposed to be. If you watch Jack Taylor or A Touch of Frost (or read the books they're based on), I very much recommend this.
The whodunit nature of this never felt contrived, and I cared deeply about the individual characters involved throughout the plot. Rowling's always been good at creating characters, and it shows. I'm almost reminded of Agatha Christie, in that the motivations of the different characters are explored just as much as the deductive sciencey CSI-type stuff.
I really hope that we'll see another Galbraith book in the future, even knowing who's really doing the writing. This was great, and I'd happily read more.
Sanderson's known for constructing intricate, complex worlds with detailed backgrounds and rules--and Warbreaker delivers on all counts. If you liked Elantris and aren't particularly married to fantasy, then you'll probably like this, too. Honestly, Warbreaker blows Elantris out of the water, technically speaking, since there's a lot more skill in the narration, plot structure, and execution--but of course, that comes with experience.
The reader, Yaegashi, on the other hand, is a reader I'm going to avoid in future. I understand what he was trying to do with the voices--making the flippant and indolent Lightsong sound like a stoner would have been a good touch--but Yaegashi didn't succeed in making the voices consistent or in differentiating the voices too much. Plus, he takes weird, abrupt pauses when reading long sentences. If you can ignore mediocre reading, then by all means, have at this audiobook. It only ever bothered me when I noticed it. But if you're usually aware of the reader, maybe you should pick this up in text.
None of the vampires are whiny teenagers! Also, the monsters, including Jane, are always presented as being dangerous. It keeps the tension high and contributes to a nicely complicated plot. This is a great book for listening to on a summer holiday to the beach or even an afternoon in the park.
Maybe. Her accents are terrible, particularly her French accent. Why did they get a narrator for a book set in New Orleans with a bunch of French vampires when her French accent sounds like a reluctant high schooler taking his oral exam? It's distracting, but not so distracting that you can't enjoy the story. Plus, I suppose if you don't know what a French (or Cajun or British) accent should sound like, then you'll never notice.
Almost. I admit I got a little cross with my roommate for interrupting me a few times.
If I were reading this on paper, I would have skipped all the descriptions of what the main character, Jane, wears for every little outing.
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