The Curse of Chalion by Louise McMaster Bujold
This was my most recent Audible listen, and is most definitely one of the best single (non series) audiobooks I have ever had the pleasure of hearing.
This book is not epic fantasy, high fantasy, or dark fantasy, it falls somewhere in what I would call middle fantasy.
It has a low-magic feel, and is more character driven than any other fantasy piece I can remember. It would definitely appeal to mainstream fiction fans. I don't have any negative comments on this book, it was a fine example of what a fantasy novel should be.
This book gets a perfect 5 from me, and that's saying something, because I don't think I've ever given a perfect score to a fantasy novel before, not even to Tolkien, sorry.
If Roy Dotrice doesn't come back for book 5 please get Scott Brick or someone else of his caliber to do it. The narration here is ok, but it's not on Dotrice level.
That said, the story here goes nowhere and has an unsympathetic main character. Overall it's a failure and the worst book of the series by far.
Unlike other reviewers I have no problems with Mr. Lee's reading of the story. I feel this story has other, more serious flaws.
First it's just too bloated. The editors really dropped the ball here. Perhaps Mr. Martin's reputation caused them to get lazy, when they should have been even more dilligent. They could have easily trimmed this story down to a more managable size and thereby helped the story progress. In it's current form this story borders on being tedious. The characters often repeat themseleves without cause, and rehash too much of what has happened in previous books.
Second, The bulk of this story centers on Cersei Lannister, who in my opinion, is the least sympathetic character in the entire series. I don't care about or feel for her character in any way and all the time spent on her just serves to make me want to fast forward until I reach another character's perspective.
Third, The entire first half of this book can be skipped without the reader missing anything important. I'm not sure if that is mr. Martin's or the Editor's fault, but it is a fault nonetheless.
In all this is my least favorite book in the series, but it's still better than most fantasy works.
This story is a fantastic return to the world Gaiman created in American Gods. Anansi is a great subject because he is almost completely unknown to anglos like myself. The Norse, Egyptian, and Greek Myths have been so overdone in fantasy that it's a sick cliche. I welcome the African Pantheon to the world of fantasy. Gaiman's writing is interesting and his use of ethnic language is only made better by the excellent narration.
Anansi Boys is a fun, enjoyable listen that is well worth your time.
This was the 2nd best sci-fi audiobook I have heard thus far (out of many) with the best being Orsen Scott Card's "Ender's Game". This novel has a similar feel to that novel, and the author knows how to get you "inside the head" of his characters in a like fashion. Like all good sci-fi novels, technology is a backdrop for characters to wrestle through weighty and complex issues, both spiritual and pyschological in nature. This is not a "light" novel, it had a definite depressing feel to it which I felt was very effective.
Dragon's Doom is typical Greenwood, full of magic and Dungeons and Dragons type fantasy. For the reviewer who said this book was difficult to follow, I suggest starting at the first book in the series. Greenwoods work is formulaic, but that's pretty typical of most fantasy authors. This is a solid book for fans of D&D, non-genre fans may be bored from the constant battles and shallow characters. If you want deep characterization read Lois Mcmaster Bujold, if you want dungeon exploring hack and slash adventures and magic battles read Greenwood.
I have never been a huge fan of Greenwood's novels as his annoying habit of over-describing mundane things in tne middle of a tense scene has always irked me. However, with this book, and the others in this series it appears the author has finally found the right balance between description and action. The characters are iconic and, while not very deep, are very likable. I found myself engaged with this story and wanting to find out more of the fate of Aglirta.
One note, the voice actors change with each novel, making the story seem disjointed, as each actor pronounces names and place-names differently from novel to novel.
Overall this is a fantastic series, on par with anything from Salvatore, Brooks, or Feist.
Noam gets to the point, and stays on point. That point is that America has steadily been growing in power and influence to become a great and total global hegemony under the control of Corporate and military interests. It may take a few listens to let the gravity of this work sink in. This is not "lite" reading by any means. The reading is quick and the content deep, so don't try multi-tasking to this one.
Report Inappropriate Content