I really enjoyed reading this novel. I thought the authors came up with a very smart and clever story of humanity's first encounter with an alien race. I was surprised to find that the alien race described was very different from all other sci-fi books, tv shows and movies that I've seen before. I was expecting the aliens to be a copy from a "star trek" idea, but they were quite different.
The book also explores human nature by describing humanity's reaction to the aliens. The story unfolds throughout the novel. So there is action and questions to be answered right up until the end.
I would recommend this book to anyone that likes to read fiction especially for those who like books that explore human nature in a "what if" scenario.
This book was an absolute joy to listen to! James does a great job creating a fresh take on one of the world's most popular fairy tales. However, be forewarned, like many of James' other books that it is definitely an "adult" read. Although calling it erotica would be too strong it is a very "hot" version of Cinderella. Lots of tension and build up that leads to a great ending. MUST read for any fantasy or romance reader. Very well done!
I have read almost all of Catherine Asaro's Skolian Empire books - almost all of which I have greatly enjoyed. This book however, in my mind, goes a little over the edge in the physics/math nerdery. The discussion about spherical harmonics goes on and on. That being said, Dyhianna is meant to be insanely gifted in mathematics so maybe I should have expected the book to correspond with her personality. If you are really into physics/math (PhD or the like) you may really enjoy this book. If you didn't get any further than a few semesters of each in college its probably a bit much.
I also did not find the story as compelling as the others. Parts of the book seem drawn out and a bit boring. I also felt that the romance fell flat - perhaps because I could not forget the fact that her husband is also her nephew... ick!
Another concern I had about this book is the narrator. I see it essentially as a casting mistake. The narrator has a great voice, but it is a bit girlish and in my mind much more fitting for a youth novel rather than as a the voice of a 120+ year old woman who looks like she is in her 40s. Additionally, she doesn't pronounce terms the same way Anna Fields pronounced them which I found annoying (e.g., "Saus" was pronounced "Soe-z" rather than "Saw-z"). I'm sure she'd do great in other books, but I don't think she is the best fit for this one.
Much more complex characters and storyline.
Dance with Dragons
Yes. The performance was pretty good, although I did not like that the vampire Bones had a cockney accent.
It was not a complete duplicate of the other vampire novels I've read...
The book was very poorly written. The characters were very artificial. I could not relate to them at all which is not a problem I usually have when reading. When I finished the book I honestly went to check to see if this was written by a high school student because the characters seemed to lack realism and an emotion maturity you find in other well written books.
I have read all ten of the Sookie Stackhouse books. I absolutely love them! The characters are great and the story is always entertaining while not being too heavy. Harris is able to add life to each book by introducing, removing or changing the characters you've already know.
Warning to HBO True Blood watchers: The books are very different then the show. Although the central storyline is the same, there are many significant differences (e.g., Jessica does not exist in the books, Bill does not propose marriage to Sookie, etc). I really like the show, but I LOVE the books.
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