After I fell head over heels for Harkaway's spectacular "The Gone-Away World," "Angelmaker" became my most anticipated book of 2012. My patience was well rewarded! With scintillating wit and seemingly effortless style, Harkaway delivered another absurd and glorious adventure, introducing vibrant, complex characters and a frenetic, magnificently layered world for them to inhabit.
Better still, Daniel Weyman gives one of the most animated, engaging audiobook performances I've experienced. This is a must-buy!
And now I want to reread "The Gone-Away World."
Purely entertaining! This is much lighter than Scalzi's later, more mature fare, and solutions to big problems tend to fall into the protagonist's lap, but I found the book irresistible nonetheless. Wil Wheaton's performance is pitch-perfect.
Fans' fears of the switch from Marsters to Glover are largely unfounded, as far as I'm concerned. While I do prefer Marsters' performance, he's also had thirteen books to get to know Harry and his friends, so it's natural his voices will match up a little better with the voices in my head. That said, Glover's freshman performance is still solid enough to garner five stars from me. I hope folks will be open-minded enough to give him a try. The book and Glover's audio interpretation are well worth your credits!
All the right players are there, from the tough-talking gangsters to the honey-voiced, mysterious women, but the stories fail to sing. The dialogue is flat and uninspired, and the resolutions are often contrived and unsatisfying.
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