Having spent my teen years reading and listening to fantasy books, from Tolkien to Rowlings, Terry and Pratchet to Robert Jordan, this book stink to high heavens of other peoples ideas, and so what? Every fantasy book is derived from Tolkiens works and his was inspired by Beowulf and the Bible. If an author only could be original then there would be no more new books written. Paolini takes good ideas from his forerunners and amalgamates and expend them and creates a well thought of and highly consistent world in which i puts magic, monsters and a feeling of realism. His protagonist Eragon goes from the boy to the warrior and in this book we get to experience this with Eragon. Paolini's way of telling the story is modern and detailed. He writes in a way that are of the same quality as, but with higher readability than, J. R. R. Tolkien.
Salvatore can barely be called competent as a writer (at the time he wrote this book), but he doesn't need to be. Some people want masterpieces, others want entertainment, this book deliver plenty of entertainment.
Drizzt and I "met" when I was entering my teen years, and listening to Drizzt's adventures made my life that much richer. When I first heard the audiobooks, the recordings was a cassette-rip that was unbearably bad. This re-recording gives me the opportunity to pay for me enjoying the adventures of Drizzt, but also one that sounds great.
I can recommend this book (and it's sequels) to anyone who like some great entertainment wile taking the bus or jogging. It's easy to follow, narrated excellently and gives anyone between 10 and 100 a magical world to be carried away to, from the mundanity of everyday life.
Larry Correia have stated that he writes "pulp", but Monster Hunter International is too good to be "pulp".
The premise is simple: The world we live in is monster-free, because government agencies keep the existence of werewolves, vampires, zombies and so much more, secret from the public. Larry's protagonist is himself, just younger, with another name. Larry Correia is a gun-geek, and as such, his descriptions of guns and gun-handling, have an undertone of intimacy and love.
The story is in many way's "Harry Potter for adult men". Owen Zastava Pitt is a big dude, with a gun-fetish. He works as an accountant and one Friday evening he's working late, his boss changes to a werewolf and attacks Owen, who, through luck, kills the near-indestructible monster before passing out. Owen wakes up in the hospital, meets the government goons who, under threat of death, impress upon him that he needs to keep his mouth shut about the existence of monsters. Owen gets recruited by a private monster hunter company, operating out of Alabama. Things get progressively horrible, and ends in a spectacular climax, after it's revealed that Owen has a destiny to fulfill. (yeah, Harry Potter, just with guns not wands).
It's easy to be offended by the political views of the protagonist, (which is Correia's too), but I'm a Norwegian social-democrat, and had no problem with the ultra-Libertarian, gun-nut views, that are a big part of this book. But if you can't get your mind around the Libertarian mindset, you might not be able to enjoy this book; YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
The premise is good, the characters are fleshed out just right, and their motivations are believable and sensible. The book holds up well, and have a wide array of antagonists, and the monster lore is what you expect, (vampires die in sunlight, and are vicious; no sparkling eternal high-school vampires). The book book i written in first person perspective, and so it could almost be a true story from Larry Correia's recent past, due to it's level of beliveability; yes, it's so well-written that you'll think/hope it's all real.
If your life is boring, then buy this book and imerse yourself in a world of horrible wonder, action, and gun-porn!
Beautifully narrated by Johnny Depp, (who's characterization of Captain Jack Sparrow, in the Pirates of the Caribbean, is based on Richards' peculiar mannerisms). This book takes us back to the very start of Keith Richards' life, in a small town in England, right efter the end of WWII.
There are big contrasts between passages that are raw and direct, (Richards' own words), and the flat and matter-of-fact expositions obviously written by his "ghost writer". This gives a great deal of heart and emotion to the many stories told from the long, and often unpleasant, life of Keith Richards.
Though having been a life-long Rolling Stones fan, I never knew the high level of musicianship that the members bring. Keith was a choir-boy, and highly trained musician, and listening to Keith's words around music and the making of music, one begins to realize that the stereotypical junkie, (who have been sober for decades), are a master of his profession: guitarist.
Biographies are either written like a historian wrote it, (often they are written by historians), or they are honest and raw. The raw ones are always the best. They make you laugh and cry, as joyous and gut-wrenchingly sad events are told. The "historian" biographies, only recite events and dates, and it becomes passionless; then the reader/listener don't get emotionally involved. I can tell you, there aren't a dull moment in the entire book, it's a roller-coaster ride of emotion. "Life", is reminiscent of the autobiographical books written by Richard Feynman; in that they reveal many layers to the persons'.
If you are looking for a good listen, buy it!
If you are a fan of the Rolling Stones, buy it!
If you want to understand how a handful of Englishmen, listening to Muddy Waters, went from obscurity, to become he most successful rock band of all time, buy it!
My life is a lot richer for having read/listened to this book, and you will probably feel the same!
Science fiction is all about using reality and making it fantastic, through using scientific knowledge, and tweaking it to allow for things like time travel, it's always real and plausible. Ideally, 'suspension of disbelief' is not required.
Destroyermen, is a 'alternate history' series, and therefore it's painful to listen to scenes that goes against the 1940's military standards of behavior. Not to mention, improbable behaviors and motivations, from people who, through training, would never behave in such a manner.
The book is quite likable, but for some, like me, who know better, mutiny and fraternization in a nonchalant manner, (male officers, get involved with female nurse officers, and a army captain's mutinous and self-aggrandizing behavior is tolerated), really prevents a total immersion in the characters and story. It feels like a story contrived by a daytime soap writer, than proper sci-fi/alt. history. Other aspects, (the world/universe), are very well done, and battles are lividly described, but most of the interpersonal drama, just don't hold the quality I expect.
There is, in my opinion, too little research done into the science of motivation; it's just so implausible. Slaughtering prisoners, (even human-eating sentient dinosaurs), in a spontaneous act of rage, from a veteran ship's captain, in the USN isn't likely at all, in the context of the story; the motivation is some primal fear that just don't fit the captains well-established psyche. Taylor Anderson is either a bad fiction writer, or I am too spoiled by exceptional fiction writers.
This book, and it's sequels are worth listening through!
The narrator just don't get the narration process, end are very dry in her delivery. I actually might want a male narrator, er maybe Allyson Johnson doing it.
The story and plot are great as far as it goes, but it might be it's "young adults" genre doing it, but the whole thing is so basic. If I had to guess, then it was that a 10 year old had written it. and it's more a children's book, than anything else, that's how basic the language is. This might be the norm for US youth's reading level, but here in Norway, this just don't cut it, for any teen or older in terms of language.
I wish the writing explored more, Rowling has shown us how to do youngsters perspective well, and Meyer have shown what not to do, Clare seems to combine the worst of both set of lessons in her storytelling. I had no problem taking Harry Potter's world for absolutely real in my mind, but City of Bones just don't seem real at all, things are so random, and the heroine is very hard to see as a person. I have no sympathy for her, nor do I cheer her on.
The books premise is however awesome, but if you are looking for "secret world behind our world", and demon-hunting, you'll do better buying Larry Correia's Monster Hunter International, which does everything just right!
I bought this just before going on a long road trip hoping to pass the time, and sure it did. It's fast-paced, technically detailed, and realistically show how extraordinary events would be handled. It's full of details,stunning descriptions and of course an undertone of anti-liberal propaganda.
It's just good, some flaws, some exaggerations, but one really feel that one is there, and Ganser reads this very well. it might have had a better ending as the epilogue seems forced, and only serves the purpos os setting up this book as the start of a series, though that i no way impacts the overall impression of the book.
A clear must-read! (listen)
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