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ARR

Miskatonic U | Member Since 2009

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  • Od Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Patricia A. McKillip
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (42)

    Brenden Vetch has a gift. With an innate sense he cannot explain to himself or describe to others, he is able to connect to the agricultural world, nurturing gardens to flourish and instinctively knowing the healing properties each plant and herb has to offer. But Brenden's gift isolates him from people and from becoming part of a community - until the day he receives a personal invitation from the Wizard Od.

    Carol says: "Magic and mystery"
    "Mckillip is great, and this book is no exception."
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    Mckillip is one of my very favorite authors. Her books are like lush, intensely detailed tapestries- rich and luscious, elegantly crafted.

    I would also highly recommend Song for the Basilisk.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels' Blood: Guild Hunter, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1591)
    Performance
    (1212)
    Story
    (1212)

    Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best - but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows failure is not an option---even if the task is impossible. Because this time, it's not a wayward vamp she has to track. It's an archangel gone bad.

    Scott says: "Snobbish, Nasal, Pompous, Arrogance"
    "Pleasantly Surprised"
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    I tried to start a Nalini Singh novel once before, but didn't make it very far.. this one was pretty good, though!

    There were a couple of corny, predictable parts, but overall, I'm looking forward to reading/listening to the continuing adventures of these troubled, secular angels.

    Also: I want to see what happens to the angel with the blue wings. =P The author does a good job of planting interesting secondary characters in, along the way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Twice Tempted: A Night Prince Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1794)
    Performance
    (1659)
    Story
    (1677)

    Leila's psychic abilities have been failing her, and now she isn't sure what the future holds. If that weren't enough, her lover, Vlad, has been acting distant. Though Leila is a mere mortal, she's also a modern woman who refuses to accept the cold-shoulder treatment forever - especially from the darkly handsome vampire who still won't admit that he loves her.... Soon circumstances send Leila back to the carnival circuit, where tragedy strikes.

    Hassan says: "A Book FULL of events and actions"
    "Another Good Frost Novel!"
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    So far, very pleased with this new Frost series! These books are are far more along the lines of Cat & Bones, in terms of a badass heroine and a relationship that takes longer to resolve than a single novel.

    I felt like the ladies in First Drop of Crimson and Eternal Kiss of Darkness were in the same mold as all romance heroines- an ordinary "every girl" archetype for a lonely reader to project herself into. Cat and Layla's unique personalities keep them from being that void, designed for reader fill.

    Layla's little touch of darkness makes her a fun character to read about!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Man Rising: A Dante Valentine Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lilith Saintcrow
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    Bounty hunting is a helluva job, but it pays the bills. And it lets Necromancer Dante Valentine forget her issues - like struggling with her half-demon side and the memory of her lover's death. Now psychics all over the city are being savagely murdered - and a piece of the past Dante thought she'd buried is stalking the night with a vengeance. Too bad she's got no way to tell which fiend - or friend - to trust. Or that her most horrifying nightmares are gathering to take one kick-ass bounty hunter down for the count. But that's only the beginning. The Devil just called.

    ARR says: "Even Less Impressed."
    "Even Less Impressed."
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    Book 2 wasn't an improvement on book 1.

    Dante is so emotionally overwrought the entire book, someone needs to put her out of her misery.
    When her shoulder isn't burning (or icy), her hand is cramping into a claw. When she's not having nightmares, she's wallowing in self flagellation or bemoaning that her friends care about her. I get that she has emotional scars, but it's awfully tedious to be reminded of it every few minutes.

    I also have a little pet peeve, when an author uses the same phrasing to describe the same thing more than once. It doesn't tell me anything new to describe the same lake as "algae-choked" more than once, or describe the same smells, auras, and magical phenomena in the exact same terms, repeatedly. This book could have benefited from the application of a thesaurus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Working for the Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lilith Saintcrow
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    Dante Valentine’s working relationship with the Devil wasn’t her choice - but you don’t turn down a contract with Lucifer and live. Hired to kill fugitive Vardimal Santino, Dante can count as allies only a demon familiar she doesn’t trust and a small band of psychics. The thing is, Dante doesn’t need friends, she needs a miracle. Because the first time Dante Valentine met Santino, she almost died.

    Maria says: "Edge of Seat"
    "Didn't Impress..."
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    I read the first book of Lilith Saintcrow's Jane Kismet series, and really liked it, so when the Dante Valetine series showed up on sale, I bought the first two.

    I can say, I much prefer the Kismet book. Dante Valentine's flavor of sarcasm is excessive, and just makes her seem childish.

    The demon, Jaframel (not sure about spelling, since it's an audiobook!) blends right in with every other stoic male hero ever.

    Don't waste your time on second rate heroes or villains-
    If you want interesting and manipulative demons, try Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series.
    If you want a really conniving Lucifer, try Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Greywalker: Greywalker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kat Richardson
    • Narrated By Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (383)

    Kat Richardson excels at creating vivid, fast-moving novels that blend urban fantasy with paranormal mystery. In Greywalker, Seattle P.I. Harper Blaine is viciously attacked and murdered - but after exactly two minutes, somehow she returns to life. Now she's seeing strange things all around her - dark visions from the shadow world - and living a normal life may no longer be possible no matter how hard she tries.

    Nathan Caroland says: "A fun take on the paranormal ..."
    "Glad I bought the first 3!"
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    This is a good start to a cool new series. The characters are varied and interesting, and the exploration of ghosts / magic etc, is unique.
    I especially love the take on vampires- less sexy, more terrifying! Don't get me wrong, I love Frost's sexy vampires, but this flavor of paranormal is great too.

    I feel like this is a more mature, less sensational, less fuzzy romance, type of series. I'm glad I bought the first three books in the series on sale!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kissed by Darkness: A Sunwalker Saga Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Shéa MacLeod
    • Narrated By Emily Sutton-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (185)

    Bounty hunter Morgan Bailey is still recouping from her latest vampire kill when she receives a new assignment: hunt down the sunwalker who stole a priceless amulet from a mysterious millionaire. Sunwalkers - vampires who are immune to sunlight - are notoriously difficult to find, let alone kill, but Morgan’s not worried. She’s never met a vampire she couldn’t dust. But when this particular sunwalker comes looking for her…well, all bets are off.

    A User says: "Inconsistent narration but good story."
    "Won't be Reading Anymore from this Author"
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    This wasn't the worst book in the world, but it wasn't very good, either.

    My main issue with the book was that the author's foreshadowing was so explicit, nothing in the plot came as a surprise. The main character is pretty annoying too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (2650)
    Performance
    (1685)
    Story
    (1666)

    Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

    Kathleen says: "Spark"
    "Listen to this book on your daily run!"
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    This book is fascinating, and so inspiring!

    Some of the later chapters begin to feel a little niche-market, but a great read. It will definitely make you want to take up running!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (1938)
    Performance
    (1137)
    Story
    (1138)

    In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

    Sara says: "A fun read"
    "Charming!"
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    Pseudo-historical Victorian time travel? Art-history sleuthing? Yes please!

    This book is highly entertaining! (Please sir, may I have some more??)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kill the Dead: Sandman Slim, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1063)
    Performance
    (898)
    Story
    (903)

    James Stark, a.k.a. Sandman Slim, crawled out of Hell, took bloody revenge for his girlfriend’s murder, and saved the world along the way. After that, what do you do for an encore? You take a lousy job tracking down monsters for money. It’s a depressing gig, but it pays for your beer and cigarettes. But in L.A., things can always get worse. Like when Lucifer comes to town to supervise his movie biography and drafts Stark as his bodyguard.

    Mike Naka says: "good enough for me to buy book 3"
    "My New Favorite Author"
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    Start with Sandman Slim, but then keep going, listen to Kill the Dead. And then Aloha From Hell, and then Devil Said Bang, and then... on and on as long as Kadrey will keep up the good work!!

    Kadrey's writing is both fast paced and entertaining, full of analogies and bizarre imagery. He doesn't hit any joke to hard, he just makes it and moves right along.

    I really enjoy the narrator, MacLeod Andrews, as well. He is right on pitch!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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