This series captured me from the start and I have really enjoyed both the overall story and the performance of the narrator. However, in this book, a trend that started to emerge in the last book becomes very evident - our 'hero' is tainted by evil. The question is if he has always been that way, or if this is something relatively new? He kills without cause, shows little remorse over causing death and destruction to thousands, and has pretty much screwed up the actual universe because of his own petty pride. As much as I liked him to start with, I am starting to hope he gets served up the punishment he deserves. Pretty odd direction for an author to take a reader, but I am still interested in the series.
This is a modern fantasy that tumbles a boy into a whole new world of trouble when he accidentally breaks a small stone carving in London. Juvenile fiction that adults will enjoy, this series is full of memorable characters and adventures with a very original premise.
This first book of the series is a whirlwind ride through time as we get introduced to the 'researchers' of St. Mary's. The heroine is willful, opinionated, and thoroughly loveable, and read to perfection by Zara Ramm. A mix of fun, adventure, danger, and even a touch of romance - highly recommended!
Yes, pun intended, but true in both senses. This book starts off a great, slightly tongue-in-cheek adventure series where magic is nothing more than changing some computer code - you see, we are all part of a big computer program. Martin, the hero (?), is a decent fellow with recognizable flaws - as all are of the characters. No knights in shining armor here - the people are all believable folks you might count as your own friends. Meyer has a great sense of humor and uses it throughout the story, but still manages to throw in some thrills and danger. Luke Daniels is great as the narrator. Highly recommended series!
I enjoyed most of this book. It maintained a reasonable balance between romance and adventure. However, the last quarter was all the heroine's self-inflicted guilt and fear over a relationship with the hero because she was afraid he would break up with her. After a while I started saying "good!" every time she proclaimed how miserable she was. There are three more books in the series, but I am afraid that I'll be clubbed to death with her teenage angst.
I would guess this is one of Koontz's first writing efforts - it is heavy-handed and awkward, beating the reader over the head with plot exposition. Instead of discovering strangeness, the author chooses to repeatedly tell the reader what is going to happen using the protagonist's premonitions and dreams. The pacing is painfully slow, and the plot just as painfully obvious. The premise is interesting - but the writing is awful. I ended up skipping to the end to verify my guesses, all of which were correct. This is one to avoid.
I really enjoyed the first three books of this series. However, in Scattered Suns, many of the key character actions suddenly become illogical and against established norms. The only reason appears to be continuing the complicated plot, as logical, in-character actions would cut out much of the conflict. Some of the chapters are drawn out for no apparant reason, while others skim over important events in almost a summary. If I read any more of the series, I will probably jump to the last book. The narrator does a good job, though the change from the original narrator was a bit jarrnig at first. There was no attempt to match any of the previous narrator's pronunciations or characterizations, and rather curiously, this younger narrator makes the characters sound older than they did with the orignal narrator.
I like Judith Tarr - her characters are often flawed, and our heroine in His Majesty's Elephant is definately in that mold. The story is interesting and well written. Unfortunately, the narrator seems only able to read short segments, breaking the flow with awkward timing and inflection. It's not awful, but really mars an otherwise really good novel.
Aliens, superheroes, mutant monsters, shapechangers and more - Wild Cards creates a world with all of these and more in a series of short stories artfully woven together to create characters and plots that flow consistently throughout the book. Writing styles differ, of course, but the overall quality remains excellent throughout. The fine stories are further enhanced by Luke Daniels' terrific and consistent voicing of a whole world of characters. I ordered Wild Cards because of my enjoyment of his reading the Iron Druid Chronicles, and I was not disappointed. Read this one before you read Wild Cards 2, but get them both!
NOTE - Before you start this, the first Wild Cards book is a must read! I was amazed at how seamlessly multiple writers were able to create individual stories that not only built on everything created in Wild Cards 1, but enhanced and carried on the plot and characters. I started the first book because I liked Luke Daniel's work in the Iron Druid Chronicles. He does his usual fine job here, despite the wide variety of characters. I could recognize the individuals through his consistent 'voices'. Sometimes dark, sometimes humorous, this collection of science fiction stories often paints an unpleasant portrait of humanity that is sadly realistic. Yet they also provide moments of inspiration and herosim. Highly recommended.
I vaguely remember reading this novel when it first came out, and thought I had liked it. Either I mis-remembered or my tastes have changed a lot. The premise is interesting: gamers who get stuck as their characters for real. However, the characters in this novel would never survive a game campaign, much less real life. Most are selfish, untrustworthy, and have no honor or loyalty to their companions. Some supposedly high-level characters are whiny and incompetent. Being a long-time gamer, I cannot imagine adventuring with such a treacherous lot - yet Rosenberg would have us believe that these are the 'real' characters translated from the gamer's imaginations. The awkward casting is made worse by narration that is harsh and oddly timed - much like having it read by an angry 'Joe Friday' from the old Dragnet TV series. I struggled to get through the first few chapters and finally erased it.
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