Strawberry, AZ, United States | Member Since 2002
As a newcomer to the Dark Tower series, but a longtime fan of Stephen King, the work is nothing short of a tour de force, really fantastic. King's singular writing style and his ability to draw the reader into the story really comes together in this series. The masters' deft touch is evident and Frank Mueller's narration is wonderful, probably the best I've ever heard.
Having just read the first three books in rapid succession, I don't suffer from "time lag" as some of the readers who started the series years ago do, and I'm all the more excited for it.
The gunslinger and his compatriots' trials and tribulations are vividly portayed, and the pacing of the story is done extremely well. One cannot help but feel a kinship to the characters and what's more, really care about them, a rare feat in this type of storytelling. It is so easy to get lost in the story, that I found myself sitting in my vehicle listening to it while ignoring pressing meetings or appointments, it is that good.
I am excited to know that the next two books are already out and have actually postponed leaving on vacation so I can download them when my subscription renews on the 26th. To anyone thinking of reading this series, I argue that you read it from the first book through the fifth without skipping any. Although another reviewer opines that you could start with the Wasteland (and he is correct; the books can stand alone) it is my humble opinion that none should be missed.
Altogether the best entertainment reading I've done in a long time.
Let me, first, say that I love James Patterson's Alex Cross novels. This collaborative effort is obviously not one of his best works, if it is his work at all. While the premise is a good one, the author takes too many liberties for even a semi-serious novel. Cause and effect are thrown to the wind and all the players are caricatures. From the stodgy, self-possessed antagonist "professor" to the pat and predictable military and even to the gay gorilla researcher, this book seems more interested in pushing a liberal agenda and popular tripe than being a story. I was very disappointed in the transitions, as well as the simplistic explanations of the story line. The ending, especially, was disappointing. To think that those in the know would have allowed such things to re-occur, given the known solution, strains credulity. A very unsatisfying read. I will not purchase any more James Patterson novels where he gives another author credit. If you really want a story with the same theme that is infinitely better done, try the "6th Extinction" by James Rollins.
Larry Correia caught my attention with his "Monster Hunter International" series. The premise is novel and the writing fast and fun. The "magic" series of which Spellbound is the second book, (Hard Magic is the first) is written in the same irreverent style as the MHI books. Since most of my reading time takes place on the road or trail, the light yet intense tone of the books hold my attention as the plot weaves and dodges. The characters are well drawn and their individuality is parceled out over the course of the books in just the right way. Bronson Pinchot's narrations is spot on and the accents make the characters different and more real. If you are looking for a fun read, I can recommend any of Correia's books, but start from the first of each series; it makes the following books easier to follow and you will enjoy the characters more.
The latest installment of Michael Connelly's irascible homicide detective, Harry Bosch, is nothing if not superb. The usual elements are there; spot on terminology, methodology and technology; self important department brass; internal politics; a victim whose death is not a cold statistic to the hero, and his dogged determination to see justice done ('everyone counts, or no one counts..."), even for a 20 year old victim.
If you are a fan of Connelly's creation, you can't help but admire the consistently and expertly crafted novels he writes. From "Black Ice," the first Harry Bosch book right, up to "The Black Box," the latest installment, each book is seamless. Characters are well drawn, the plots believable and taut and the tension held at a steady pace throughout. With a little humor thrown in, but not gratuitously, each book is a gem in it's own right.
If you like a good read, well done, The Black Box is a good place to start.
As usual, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs do not disappoint. Rene Auberjonois's reading is tight and fluid. The story's premise is sufficiently eery, and the time line (taking place in two centuries) adds just the right amount of the macabre. The book serves as a launching platform for future stories involving Agent Pendergast and his 'ward', Constance Green. A well done thriller/mystery/horror story.
Not being familiar with Ms. Bruce's work or history, I was pleasantly surprised by her handling of the subject matter. From an insiders' perspective, she takes the libral elite to task, and in the process exposes one of the most dangerous agendas on the public stage. In defining and exposing the left's "newspeak" and intolerance of true dissenting opinion she portays a morally and ethically bankrupt movement which has pitted itself against the overwhelming majority of Americans, while simultaneously espousing their dogma as the dangerous, antisocial agenda that it is. Hearing Ms. Bruce read her book, as opposed to "reading" it, is an added bonus. One cannot listen to her without hearing the passion that she brings to the subject matter. Considering her background, the added dimension makes this book a real gem.
Although the liberals, in and out of the media will protest loudly, this book hoists them on their own petard. With meticulously researched material and surgical precision, Ann Coulter, once again, slices and dices the liberal media and the elitist culture that propagates it.
As an American of fifty five years, I have often been amazed at what does, and does not, get reported for public consumption. My own recollection of the historical events mentioned in this book more closely resemble what Coulter has written, rather than the revisionist tripe we are constantly bombarded with. Coulter's in depth analysis brings to light the "hate America first" crowds' penchant for never letting the facts get in the way of a good distortion of the truth.
Although there may be a few quibbles about some of the authors' opinions, the facts speak for themselves. Those of the liberal pursuasion will, no doubt, do their usual hysterical, sneering name calling, but the facts, as presented, are here for all to see. Anyone who considers themselves a free thinking individual ignores them at their peril. Who knows? This book might even convert one or two.
I found the story to be simple and straighforward. Unfortunately, the author tries very hard to complicate it. The flashbacks, rather than adding to the flow of the story, make it seem disjointed and seem to serve no purpose and provide no meaning. The protagonist is not sympathetic, nor pathetic. His actions seem to serve no purpose other than as a device to move the story forward, which he does very badly. There appears to be some type of politically correct moral being sold here, but I'm not sure it is what the author intended. Over all, I was waiting, right up until the end, for something to matter to me. It never materialized. A very unsatisfying read.
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