This was one of the best audio short story collections I've had the pleasure of listening to.
This is more fun than I've had from space opera in a long time. It's right up there with Scott Sigler's "GFL" series. *BUT* this one suffers from amateur writing issues, of the type which won't bother most readers, but will bother anyone who's been writing fiction seriously for more than a few years. The book opens with the main character waking up, pondering his life, and describing himself by looking in the mirror. That's a cliche which every writing workshop warns against. There's some POV shifting from close third to omniscient: We're mostly in Jason's POV, but sometimes the author's voice slips and describes to the reader what Jason doesn't see or know.
That said, this is a story very well told. It moves along at a fast pace, it's fun, and I'm 100% certain this author is a natural-born storyteller. I wasn't blown away by the premise or the world. It's more or less standard heroic fare. But there's a *lot* to be said for good storytelling, solid plotting and pacing, and solidly developed characters. If you liked Hugh Howey's "Molly Fyde" series, or Scott Sigler's "GFL" series, and if you long for more "Star Wars" in fiction, give this a try. Also, the audiobook narrator does a great job.
I am enjoying the heck out of this series. This is the third book, and introduces a love element that is entirely sweet and fascinating, since they're from such different backgrounds. Instead of the typical romance between a noble and a commoner, this is between a remorseless warrior and pious nun. And the overarching heroic revenge tale takes a stride forward.
Historic fiction isn't always my bag of tea, since it can be dry and heavy-handed, but this series has great character development and well-integrated research. If you want to read about vikings, make this high on your 'to read' pile.
I received a free promo code for this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. As a thirty-something freelance artist & writer, I hoped for insights and tips that I hadn't already run across. The internet is chock full of advice, and sifting through it is a chore, especially once you've already soaked up the beginner-level layers.
Unfortunately, I didn't find anything new in this book. The advice is generalized and aimed at beginners, with very few specific examples of successes, and no specific examples of failures. The narrator has a warm and confident voice that makes listening easy, but I wanted more salient content. It would help if the author had written about why and how he uses Facebook ads. It would also help if he'd quoted owners of small businesses dealing with specific issues. Such as: What if you can't afford to pay a full-time staff member to maintain interest in a FB page? Examples of when it's better to have a FB page drive traffic to a company website, vs. having a website drive traffic to a company FB page. Etc.
My expectations might have been too high. But there is plenty of free advice for beginners in every realm of marketing; for a paid product, I would expect more.
This book will stay in my mind for a long time. I want to thank Shane Burcaw for his unflinching honesty about painful and intimate parts of his life. I've read a number of memoirs/autobiographies, and I don't think I've seen this level of honesty before. He's willing to discuss his insecurities, his deepest fears, his shortcomings--and also his hopes, and the people he loves--all made fascinating through the lens of a debilitating disease that affects not only him, but also his family and friends.
I'm researching SMA for a series of science fiction books I'm writing. This memoir fulfilled my research needs and then some. I feel as if I have a much better understanding of what this disease is about and how it affects those who have it.
This is how I like my historical fiction. Fast-paced, action-packed, with likable and sympathetic characters, high stakes, and epic overtones. If you like fantasy fiction and have a taste for Nordic history, this book is for you.
My only complaint is that it's too obviously the first episode in a saga. I'm prefer an omnibus so I can read them all at once.
Another cliff-hanger ending, but this second book in the saga is just as good as the first. I'm listening to the newly produced audiobook versions, and I wish I didn't have to wait for the next book! I want to listen to them all in one go.
These books feel very well-researched, with immersive details about viking life and the 'Land of the Franks.' The characters, the adventure, and the story makes history come alive. Love it!
This is the first Kellerman book I've read, and I want more. The strength is all in plotting (twisty) and character (widely varied, yet realistic). The dialogue is great.
And I don't understand the bad reviews about this reader. He does grizzled cop, druggy mom, spoiled teenager, and calm psychologist voices with total believability.
The blurb for this book makes it sound like a story of ostracism in high school, but the characters are cardboard-flat. It's more of a preachy spiritual trip for the author than a story. There's no reason for the narrator to befriend the school outcast (who is a Christian-raised white boy trying to be a Buddhist monk). The narrator's friends are bratty and too obviously shallow. The school bully is a stock stereotype who does all the predictable bully things. I got about halfway through this audiobook and quit.
I'm glad to finally get a chance to read this children's classic. The reader is a little patronizing, but the author's voice shines through.
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