At first the book (and its preview sample) seemed quirky and interesting. The characters are mostly weak and whiny, foolish, but quirky. But much like a trip to an annoying relatives house - its quirky storytelling somehow wears thin and becomes painfully tedious. I went from plain ignoring it to wishing it would shut up, and had to shut it off.
I really had high hopes - and I do enjoy a wide variety of styles. But because the characters were just so pathetic across the board - I don't think I could sympathize with them. I shut this off with great disappointment.
Christopher Buehlman makes a wonderfully fresh and different story from the modern vampire story. As he so frequently has done with his other novels, he takes a genre beaten to the ground by pulp authors, and get you to quickly care about the people he creates.
If you are unfamiliar with his works, Christopher often puts a heartbreaking, harsh and realistic edge in his stories. He also seems to not be interested in writing sequels, though if he were to deign to do so, many would line up to see the return of his characters and follow their adventures again.
I'm a fan of Charlie Huston's other works. However this one was very irregular in the way the story was told and jumped about. The characters never really caught on. Something about it just never grabbed me. Perhaps I'm prejudice regarding the stories subject matter, having been a contractor for the US gov's alphabet soup agencies in the bitter post 911 climate. A case of reader nit picking? Maybe. Irregardless, this feels like one of those unfinished novels an author digs out of his or her bottom drawer to fill a promised quota. It falls short of his other works by comparison.
I don't know about you but I've grown so very tired of looking for magic and fantasy novels. It seems like i'm always Pawing through trite, whiny tween books, and the predictable female power/porn/romance fantasy novels. Blargh.
Finally! A really good magic/fantasy novel written for adults. The main characters are dysfunctional, sometimes distasteful, but in the end realistic and ultimately interesting. There's real danger and they make mistakes. The writing isn't for kids, and its not all about romance/fantasy daydreams. It feels a lot like Peter Clines "14" with modern characters and classic fantasy mixed.
Larry Correia is a talented, entertaining writer, and Ray Porter (reader of the excellent novel "14") is equally fun to listen to. So this is a really nice combo for some fantasy novel reading.
The setting of the story is from the table top war game "WarMachine" from Privateer Press. A Warhammer 40K sort of story - 14th century Crusades meet SteamPunk SciFi robots and some fantasy magic tossed in. So this odd setting is taken and given a "Dirty Dozen" story plot. You'd think this would be one to avoid - but Larry Correia pulls it off nicely although its far from 'great'.
Its sheer pulp fiction with the flaws you'd expect. It's a little stale at times, pushing tired stereotypes and paper characters around the pages. The story is also a little weak in the dialogue with Soldiers sounding like the way civilians sound like when trying to talk like a military person. We hear this "Silly Civie Speak" in Hollywood writers all the time. I'm sure Larry knows what the clipped and abbreviation jammed talk should sound like and chose to dumb it down.
The WarMachine religious Crusades setting does feel a bit creepy with the wars in many countries with people labeled religious zealots today. This sci-fi veil of 'this is only a fantasy world with no ties to what is happening today' feels pretty thin. Is Larry trying to make this connection and statements while armored in the deniability of SciFi fiction? If so I wish he would have not done that and just engaged in combat with the Goblin races or Mercs, and avoid the whole 'middle east" in turmoil theme. I picked this book up for good fun - not to relive Military service and questions of ethics and war in countries with troubled populations.
Irregardless of a few flaws that should have been edited, the book is solid entertainment and you can pretty much expect that from Larry Correia. I was able to purchase this story with out a second thought, and have solid good entertainment until the end. Larry has never left me down as a constant reader and a fan.
Argh - the furthest decline yet in the previously interesting and creative stories of the Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Mystery Novel series. I love the earlier novels - they're classic - but these later ones are just so phoned in. I wonder what happened to Charlene's inspiration.
There is nothing new here - no where to go with the story - the characters do their same old static shtick. (Sookie even makes a joke about this in the story) The only thing left to do is burn out some of the previously interesting characters, add a few poorly flushed out villains and minor characters, and slowly spin towards the final conclusion of the series where presumably something exciting will happen.
I found this dramatized novel to be a little better than many of the Star Wars novels. I always think the injection of Star Wars sound effects and music to be a little unnecessary, but the writing and narrator are quite good and power on through the goofy sound effects.
If you've enjoyed Star Wars novels in the past - or if you're a fan of the 'Knights of the Old Republic' then you'll likely find this book an entertaining listen.
I assumed this was a lame Tron/Cyberpunk/Matrix retelling.. Wow! I mistaken about it being just another tired, junky "Tron" or "Cyberpunk" B novel. Its a great surprise - like when I listened to "14" for the first time, only better.
Bottom line - This is the best book I've listened to in years. There is a sea of trash out there and this is the kind of 'great' story you seek and hunt for among all those other titles.
The author weaves a bleak future earth - but the story and its characters are all romantically nostalgic and Geeky in a great, fun way. This is a big hook - its always interesting and steers clear of being completely depressing and bleak. I found the novel to be exciting and interesting from the first line - to its last. I even enjoyed keeping Google open in a second window to look up all sorts of fun references made in the book.
I am an older game developer and professional geek at heart who gets payed to entertain others. So I really 'got' everything being discussed, and I think most people will still follow along easily too and enjoy the story.
Regardless, this is now on my 'Top 10 favorite Novels'.
This is one of those B-Novel series that are Good, Simple, sometimes dopey, but fun and addictive. I was as surprised by this as when I first read a Charlene Harris Vampire novel or the Dresden Files or any number of long running series books.
The character development is good, with enough happening to keep my interest over a long period of time. It was fun and creative, and action packed enough to keep me wanting to read the next book
Unlike what the title might make you think - its not the typical tedious "mommy porn" romance novels as so many romance books are. This book is a unrepentant romance novel, but it also has much more interesting characters (well most, sadly not all), and a bit more dignity than a lot of its genre.
This is a good little book. It's a basic, somewhat predictable romance (sorry to say I had it all figured out in the first 15 minutes)- but its still fun and very entertaining with captivating characters that elevate this book above the normal. Its not great - but its definitely better than average and worth the read if you're looking for a romance story set in a dark murder mystery and rural southern American intrigue.
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