Mary Robinette Kowal's first entry in this series, Shades of Milk and Honey, was a very standard regency romance with a very fun and genre appropriate magic system. It channeled Jane Austen very effectively, but stayed so close to the Pride and Prejudice formula that, while very enjoyable, was also fairly predictable.
Glamour in Glass keeps the regency voice and style, but ventures out of the drawing room into an adventure that is more Dumas than Austen. The result is charming, exciting, and sometimes touching. The author's prose and storytelling has improved noticeably from her last book, which was still very well written but slightly more forced.
As in Shades of Milk and Honey, the author herself narrates the book. She does quite well with both her British and French accents - at least my untrained ear was not bothered by either. I found the performance to be very pleasant.
While regency fantasy isn't the genre I would normally pick up, I would happily recommend this to any fantasy fan who doesn't require dark, moody environments and angsty endings. Happy listening!
This was a very fitting and satisfying end to a saga that was perhaps the most epic in scope since Tolkien. While the merits of Robert Jordan's style has been hotly debated, and the individual books have been received with varying enthusiasm, the importance of the series cannot be ignored.
In A Memory of Light, fast rising author Brandon Sanderson does an admirable job of pulling together the overwhelming number of plot threads that Jordan wove through his masterwork. From the Dragon Reborn himself to the shaggy pony that accompanied him in the first chapter of the first book, we learn the fates of all the characters that have intrigued us, frustrated us, drawn our sympathy, and pulled us into their lush and complex world. While the story is brought to a close, enough mystery is left to remind the reader that there are truly no endings to the Wheel of Time.
Readers Kate Reading and Michael Kramer, as always, bring life to the characters and light to the rich environs of the novel.
For fans like myself who have literally grown up along with the Wheel of Time and its cast of characters, this book is exciting, heart-rending, and satisfying, though more than a little bittersweet. I salute Brandon Sanderson for the passion and professionalism he brought to this beloved series, and I fondly extend my thanks to Mr. Rigley, whose life work has rendered him truly immortal in literature.
I think the biggest problem with this novel may be that it appeals to two very different audiences - those who enjoy a good riot of a spoof, and those who enjoy a good contemplative science fiction story. Sometimes those people are the same person, namely me. However, I can see those who are either one but not both being both pleased and disappointed with this novel in turns.
I would certainly recommend it to any friends I thought had a nice, wry sense of humor and sufficient maturity to appreciate the contemplative bits.
The reader, by the way, was amazing. Perfect for this novel. I mean, nobody gets every line perfect, but Wil Wheaton came close with this one.
First, this story is gripping, and it's absolutely horrifying. If you like horror, especially supernatural horror, or think you might, give this book a read.
Unfortunately, I'm not sure I can recommend the audiobook because the narrator was awful, but you should certainly look for it in print or ebook, or if you think you can handle a great book that sounds like it was narrated by a third rate local news reporter, get it here.
A note for those who gave the book a bad rating because it was violent and disturbing - it's horror, folks. Everyone isn't nice and happy and the supernatural denizens don't sparkle in the twilight or breathe rainbows or sneeze fairydust.
And it might, just might have something to do with serial killers, for those of you who DIDN'T READ THE TITLE. And guess what serial killers do? They kill people, they hurt people, and they have a tendency for violence against animals. If you don't like reading about serial killers, maybe you shouldn't read a book with a title about a serial killer. Seriously.
Summarizing, the book is a great read for people who enjoy a gripping supernatural horror story and don't mind some disturbing violence and downright gut wrenching internal conflict along the way. If you've read Steven King or watched Dexter, you should probably be OK.
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