Wow, beginning with Guntelgrym you get the impression RA Salvatore suddenly decided that perhaps the forgotten realms should be opened to more than a few teenage geeks. No offence, but the sanitary nature of his earlier books, although all well written, left most of us adult wandering what sort of passionless world these characters inhabited.
The lack of adult situations and interactions left it feeling entirely to ...antiseptic. Forcefully antiseptic. Now, with these last series of books, it seems as though RAS has discovered that there is room for an adult audience for these books. Drizzt is not just a one directional, unsurprising and rather unchallenging character, but a multi faceted gem being cut into dazzling brilliance by each physical, emotional and even (and I hate this word personally) spiritual conflict. With each of these cuts you see a deeper more mature side of teh already prolifically introspective fighter. In these last series of books You are seeing real growth through conflict in these complex and deeply interwoven interludes of Drizzt , all soo well written and narrated within each of these books, but the growth within seems to truly begin with Guntelgrym.
With the introduction of Dahlia and the death of the companions, you start to see Drizzt truly maturing. With Dahlia as part of the inspiration for most of his ongoing development perhaps a bit later in life than would have been reasonable for some one of such philosophical ruminations as we have come to read in these books. Perhaps its his heritage as one of these eternally aging beings that they are cursed with an equally aged maturity curve. How else can one explain taking 100 years after 20 to come to the realization that black and white is not always so. Maybe it is just Dahlia. Whichever it is, its a great change from fighting without growth.
I applaud RAS for taking the risk of alienating some of the family-friendly-or die purist by writing more realistic stories that are not overly adult (no 50 shades of Durden here - sorry to disappoint) that maintained some of the fantasy and magic that keeps us hungry for more. The return of "Barabas the gray" and its link to the prior stories is also a great plot twist that I thoroughly enjoyed. Enemies become friends and friends become enemies, just great stuff.
If you haven’t read The previous books in the series, please do, and then compare to the series beginning with Guntylgrym and you will see a marked difference. In those later stories, especially in this one our dear Drizzt is doing that which we all want from our most cherished friends or even family. He is growing up.
**On a side note, I wander if fight club’s Tyler Durden is related to Drizzt Durden :)
When I read the synopsis of this story, I was very hesitant to pre-order. After all, Scalzi, who has quickly become one of my favorite authors, was venturing into some "overplayed" premises and off the "out of this world" science fiction we all know him for and love right?
I couldn't have been this happy to have been proven wrong. This is a solid piece of sci fi and a worthy and deserving beneficiary of any of your credits.
Audible what happened to Steven Page? First it was Michael Pacey who had no clue what he was doing, and now, even when I thought it impossible to be worse than Michael Page, you have gone and managed to get a narrator even worse than Page. John Keating has only two voices in his repertoire, a bad British accent impersonation, and an even worse Irish accent impersonation. Everyone sounds the same. It is "terribad". The only saving grace is the story itself which was awesome.
PLEASE PLEASE BRING BACK STEVEN PACE AND RERECORD THESE BOOKS WITH HIM. The story here was great but the narrator was atrocious.
I love the way Cussler and Kemp integrate modern technology and historical accuracy into their stories. This was another well done story, and Scott brick has been his normal perfect for the series.
It was good for the most part, and most of the familiar story arches are continued. GIA features more in this book than in the prior ones. However there were some areas of the story that had me scratching my head about the ship-minds actions and I sincerely hope it is clarified in the next book.
Overall I enjoyed it though.
Bloodsong, the first in this series was easily one of my favorite fantasy stories of this year. Needless to say I have been anticipating this book for a while now. I was not disappointed. Many of the POV characters developed in sufficiently and intriguingly surprising arches.
I wont give away any spoilers here so I will simply say, buy the book, knowing not all answers will be had to the questions raised in the first book, and you will not be disappointed.
Dresden is back, and he is "Parkuring" a punch. Okay, all puns aside, this is another solid Dresden file, with the familiar players, but in unfamiliar grounds this time.
I had a few issues with this one though. I maybe wrong, but I did feel like the Author is definitely starting to favor Judea christian Deities more in this one that in his prior works, with a great deal more reverence given to its myths and characters.
However if you are a Dresden fan, you will like this latest outing. It has all the same situation gambles, moral dilemmas, and predictably happy endings we have all come to love.
You have to understand that these books are written to be consumed by an audience who already know what sort o fending they want. You wont be surprised by the end of this one, but the journey is entertaining enough to make up for the predictability.
Like going on a ride with a good friend to a place you have been to many times, just taking a different and entertainingly scenic route to it.
I read several of the reviews before deciding to finally try this book, and for the most part, all are sort of true. It is weird at the start, and you have to pay attention to the names and characters during the beginning to fully understand what the motivations are for the protagonists and antagonists alike towards the middle and final chapters of this book.
Based on a French colonial setting where the upper class is met by a pseudo lower class revolution fueled by a magic system based on a sometimes drug-like addiction to ...gunpowder(???) - Yeah, even I had a hard time following this magic system, which was a big indication that this was not perhaps the best thought out magic system, nor best edited story.
Don't get me wrong, its not bad, and in some parts its actually pretty good, especially the intended corollary to the church, and the authors thinly veiled critique of the priesthood ( I am assuming that was what the author was going for but ..you decide). But even then these moment of brilliance are marred by lack of fully developing story arches or incomplete character development - for example, why does a person studying to be a priest, motivated by a desire to marry the daughter of a professed womanizer...who so happens to be his boss. Yet after that introduction to the character and the important yet minor role they play in the events in the book, the author makes no further mention of the girl in question afterwards. This was one of those moment that leaves anyone who has ever taken a creative writing class scratching their heads. Especially after you have read the entire story.
There is a lot to like about this book, and I suspect that some of the questions are being left unanswered just to motivate the purchase of another book in the series, but I also suspect that many of the unanswered questions here were not intentional and may (Or may not) be answered in another book as the questions were left hanging a bit clumsily and some characters seem to have been written in and just as quickly forgotten (like the one above).
Overall the narrative was good with decent voice acting and distinctions in the various character voices to make the experience worth while - which says a lot when you consider the above. The wrong narrator would have made this a horrible experience (If you doubt me listen to anything by Michael Page - one of the worst in the business in my opinion)
Is it worth the credit? in my opinion Yes, but please if you base such purchases on the strength of the authors prior works, or lacking that, strong reviews (like me) please understand that my "yes" comes with a caveat. That caveat is that if you are a purist of clearly defined magic systems in your fantasy, be warned, you might have issue with this one since the basis of the magical abilities really doesn't make much sense.
Yes - I know - I can already here the mumbling. But think about it - gunpowder being a man made product of chemistry, really is a terrible premise of the magical abilities in the book, and the Author spends no time explaining why gunpowder, and probably because they also couldn't think of any plausible way of making it "Magical" - so why bother. It is "Fantasy" after all and the reader is expected to simply go with it. Thankfully the author did not take this position with all aspects of the story.
I for one will get the next book only if the price is right, and just purely out of curiosity to see if it does get better and not much else. I hope this review helped.
As I said on the first book, "Wow", what s great story. Another example of why anything with Star wars and Marc Thompson is worth having. Get both books and listen back to back for the maximum benefit/enjoyment.
This is definitely worth the point. Get it.
Kevin does it again. This time though we have 3 key points of view rather than just Atticus. I especially love the voice work by Luke Daniels. This feels like a full ensemble and not just one narrator making funny inflections and ruining the story (Michael Page - this is how its done)
The story was much as I would have expected of the Iron druids antics, and I was very pleasantly surprised at the different plot lines involving his protege and his own original teacher. The way the story coalesced into the final showdown, while still leaving enough questions for the next book was also well done and clearly keeping with Mr. Hearnes style.
I personally get the books just to hear Oberon's musings. And I very much enjoy the way the author employs pop culture references and classic literature. Good stuff, well worth the point.
I will be getting the next story as soon as its ready.
This was an excellent story narrated horribly. All the Joe Abercrombie books have been excellent and Steven Pacey has done just an excellent job bringing life and depth to the characters through his choice of voice and intonation.
Michael Page is just not cut out for these books. I understand everyone needs a job, but seriously, he has messed up the enjoyment of the two Abercrombie books he did in this series.
Unto the book - what can I say that hasn't already been said. A mature, cynical, funny, tough, emotional at times look at war.
Bremen Dan Gorse is the character who seems to have the most attention in this book and in a very good way. the events in this book tie smoothly in with events in other stories.
back to the narrative -
IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE OTHER BOOKS, PLEASE DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND GET THEM, BUT BE WARNED, WHERE STEVEN PACEY IS LIKE SWEET HONEY TO YOUR EARS, FOLLOWING HIM WITH PAGE IS LIKE LICKING BITING INTO AN APPLE AND TASTING RAW FISH.
Amazon please no more Michael page on any adult books, he is horrible and messed up this book like he did the other one.
buy the book but be warned, Michael page sucks badly and if you can overlook the horrible narration when compared to Steven pacey, you may get something out of the book.
I would recommend audible get Steven Pacey to reread this and other books destroyed by Micheal page.
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