This is the life and times of Timur, King of the Tartars and nearly the entire ancient world. Harold Lamb is a master!
What a great book! Jonathon Stroud has created a world ruled by Wizards. Not the Harry Potter style, but instead wizards who rely on the power of the demons that they trick and trap to do their bidding. I found myself rooting for the valiant, resourceful, and powerful demons, particularly Bartimaeus, while despising their weak, selfish, parasitic and often cruel masters. This book is great for preteen to adult.
I've probably listened to 50 or so audio books and I'd put this one in the bottom 5. The characters were all 1 dimensional and I never really learned to care about any of them. The lead character who was supposedly in charge of the science expedition was never really believable as a leader or a scientist. The narration also seemed to drone on and on without much enthusiasm. Probably the most interesting part of the book was the discussions of the elegant engineering required to move the object. Otherwise, I feel like I want my 17 hours back.
Hyperion and its sequel are absolutely wonderful books! Dan Simmons succeeded in creating an interesting and vibrant universe of unique worlds, fantastic creatures, and varied human colonies. He takes a unique approach by having each main character tell his/her own story in the first book to fully develop their characters before setting them into the main conflict of the story. I loved it and will definitely look for more Dan Simmons books in the future.
The premis is interesting, but get rid of the incredibly long, annoying, and pathetic romance between the heroine and her vampire-hunter and there is perhaps 1 hour of the 12 of real interest. I will not subject myself to another Feehan novel. Men should be particularly careful.
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