Ishiguro's trek in to the foundations of society is a foray into all of the insecurities that we humans have. Kathy (Kath) is intelligent, insightful, and seemingly stable; we are privy to her successes in a world that is not necessarily kind, nor fair, to the students of Hailsham. This is not a school story -- far from it. It is a story about the plight of the human race. It is richly detailed, haunting, and thoughtful. A must-read for those who don't mind thinking while reading.
Oh, what a wild world Clarke creates. While I believe this book could have been shortened by half (too many details, superfluous characters, and tangents), the end product is well worth the time. The end 1/4 of the book makes the rest worthwhile.
I liked the footnotes, even in the audio version. Those were some of my favorite parts.
I did find that in the first 3/4 of the book my mind could wander, and when I came back, I hadn't lost the plot. It wasn't because the narrator isn't good. He's excellent.
I was glad I stuck with it. The ending is definitely worth it.
My least favorite of the Mistborn books. I felt like the ending was a let down and became a bit too religious; reiteration of past events happened all too frequently; and story lines were dropped or not given the emphasis they were due. Overall a good series, but I could have done without much of book 3.
This was my favorite of the Mistborn series. While it wasn't as fast-paced as the other two books, the characters were explored more deeply and we learned more about the different kinds of beings within the stories. The ticks I commented on in the first book were still present, but to a lesser degree. However, the reiteration of information that was presented within the same book was overwhelming. Overall, one of the better fantasy series I've read.
I listened to the version narrated by James Yaegashi, which was amazing. It was as if Toru was speaking to me throughout the book, telling me his story.
This is one of the best books I've listened to in recent history. An absolutely haunting tale of a 30-something Toru looking back 18 years to his youth in which he is dealing with love, heartbreak, suicide, and friendships.
It is often compared to Murakami's other books and dismissed because it does not carry the same themes. However, there is a depth and intimacy in this book that needles its way in and sticks with the reader. I highly recommend it.
I downloaded all six books in this series, so I keep going along. However, the same issues bother me in each one: Kahlan is whiny and weak; topics are reiterated over and over, even within the same book -- which is more of a distraction than a help; people are STUPID. I don't think I've ever engaged with books that treat people as such idiots. Richard is forceful and bullying even when he doesn't understand an issue; Kahlan is silly in how she listens to everyone BUT Richard; Zed just needs to spank them all and get them into line. The stories are good, but there are quirks that irritate me about them.
I found the overall story arc very interesting and engaging. I didn't want to stop listening, and raced toward the end (quite like the characters did, but without the allomancy).
However, there were two things that kept this from being a five star rating for me. The first is a peculiar authorial tic. He writes about "adjective eyes" (angry eyes, depressed eyes, horrified eyes). It drove me crazy by the end. The other was that this particular narrator, Michael Kramer, had a few problems throughout with Kel's accent. Kel would have an English accent, a Irish accent, an American accent, etc. It would eventually go back to normal, but it was a problem for me.
Unlike most others, I wasn't a huge fan of _The Time Traveler's Wife_, mostly because I feel that Niffenegger dropped the ending of the book. However, I decided to give her another try with this book narrated by Bianca Amato. The narration was perfect. The different voices and accents were consistent and realistic.
The book was interesting and engaging, in the beginning. However, it quickly became obvious where it was going (so many twin stories do this type of plot line) and the essential greediness of Ellspeth / Edie was too apparent throughout.
Again, the ending was disheartening. As someone who has immense trouble with conclusions, I understand this problem, however I find it disheartening when books reach the status these have without having solid endings.
I wanted to like it more. I was drawn in by Amato's portrayal of the characters. In the end, I felt let down.
Kahlan is weak and dependent upon Richard for her sanity. She cries all of the time, only invokes her magic to save him, and is fairly school-girlish. Richard is angry, stubborn, and carries knowledge far beyond what he should reasonably, since he doesn't know the people as well as Kahlan, but instructs her (and everyone else) on them nevertheless.
I like the stories, but these character traits bother me.
I had high hopes for this book since it had so much acclaim. I thought that perhaps it had a different twist on life that made the story more remarkable and more noteworthy. It didn't.
There are a lot of well-written stories about poverty, abuse, and coming-of-age, as this is. But this book doesn't add anything new to the genre. If not for McCourt's accent, I would have been bored to tears.
A longtime fan of science fiction, I was wary about a collaborative piece that brought together very different authors. I bought it because I liked the readers -- and they didn't disappoint.
I came to admire the authors for their incredible continuity throughout the stories, for the depth of these short stories, and for writing stories that have stayed with me long after I first listened (and I will listen again). I will definitely listen to more from each of these authors.
It is understandable why it was nominated for the Hugo.
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