When I first found Simon R. Green and the Nightside, I thought I had found a fun unique universe. Dark and unusual characters. That was 7 years ago. But there is no growth to the characters. Book after book it the same thing. Lord of this. Brother of that. Hungry Gods and outsiders. It just feels mailed in. All of his books are these vignette of John Taylor threatening people with his gift or black pepper. Maybe I need a break from his worlds and can come back to theme later.. much later. Listening to this book I felt like I was cheated.
If the premise of the story wasn't stolen from the Movie Prince of Darkness (1987). Secondarily, if he could actually make likeable characters. I know it his style, but it is tiring. His characters are not smart, they are just annoying. He molds the world to fit his characters and whatever nonsense he thinks up. Lastly, all of his stories end by someone doing something super simple and wining the day.
Not Simon R. Green.
Tim Reynolds did not help. His voice is too whiney. Too often the only way you can tell which character he was suppose to be is how whiney they sounded.
I normally never say this, but .. No.
I think I have read too may Night Side, Drood books. They all blend now and this series is nothing new. Same thing rehashed and not very well.
Someone who understood the characters. This book took us Jesse back to being the mopy self absorb guy that Robert evolved him from. I don't know if they are trying to reboot the series by pulling Jesse back into his drunken depression about baseball, but it doesn't serve the book well. Secondarily, he took all the other characters in the Jesse Stone series and twisted them. Hate the way he makes Rose out to be a naggy incompetent. Same thing with Suit.
Continue the story ark without drastically changing or regressing the main characters. Also can someone tell the author that cops and detectives don't have to be depressed self absorb incessantly brooding men to be tough. It a bad stereotype that is not worthy of Roberts work.
Don't have much of a problem with the performance. My problem is with the material.
Disappointment. Roberts work deserves better.
Another excellent book about Dr. Brenan. The story has the right amount of twist and turns to keep your interest but not make it so over the top to be unbelievable. You still really like the characters and the arc that she has built over the years with these books. I like how she reaches back into previous books and stories so well to build this story.
I like how well I like this Temperance Brenan over the TV version. This one is still brilliant, but not arrogant and unfeeling.
Excellent narrator who reading brings real emotion and feeling to the book.
Top 5% easy
When Mercy was fighting the Volcano Spirit in her garage... very well written.
She is always perfect when it comes to her performances. She has a talent for pulling real emotion out of the material. It only better when she has great material to work with.
Who let the Volcano God in the back door.
Must read or must listen.. simply a must!
All of the characters are fleshed out in a manner that you have feeling about all of them. Good and bad. Love how the book also reveals unknown facts about the Halo universe that makes things so clear going back to the very beginning, the first Book about Halo.
Can't say just one. Love BB. Arrogant AI who thinks he is the smartest thing in the universe, but still is mistified by the how and why of the humans around him. Yet continually shows his human origin. Love OSDs, Naomi, Oz, .. all of them.
Excellent injection of emotion and urgency. Great variances of voices when speaking as different characters. He pulled you further into an already great story.
If you are a fan of the HALO series.. not just this series but the whole universe, this book is a must read along with the previous two. This one is the icing on the cake. It some ways it closes some chapters, but it also opens the door to other possibilities. Remember, there is something out there that was alive before the Forerunners. We could gain their notice again and we are not ready.
The story and characters are a bit too self rightgeous and self involved.
He could realize that we could respect the characters, what they do and what they represent without hitting us over the head with it over and over and over again. Secondarily, I wish some of these authors who write in this genre who easily embrace the existence and power of evil, ignore the possibility of good having some power. Lastly he could learn that the tired stereotypes of people ethnicity.
Excellent voice and cadence. It is the only thing that allow me to finish the book.
Disappointment. It is a good premise and had promise, but it just went to the typical place instead of taking it somewhere new and fresh.
Don't know if this will be a series or not, but it won't be for me.
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