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When i got this book, I have assumed that all these characters from all these authors will be mixing together, but nope, you have 14 short stories each one is based in a carnival, I will give you a quick review for these stories
1- Painted Love:
It was a weird story about a guy with a monkey tattoo who comes alive.. honestly, i was lost during this story. 2 stars.
2- The 3 lives of lydia by delilah s dawson
I liked this story, interesting and had a sad but unexpected ending.
3- The demon barker of wheat street by kevin Hearne
This was one of the reasons for buying this book, i am a big fan of the Iron Druid series. Here you have your favourite 3 characters, and your usual interesting story. The story itself was fine, they went to a carnival and many things happened there (its a short story, quick and short can't review that much) but narration was the worst, we are used to Luke Daniels's narration, Kirby Heyborne was good, but when he narrated Oberon, it came out a a serious voice, and that was just wrong.. story 5 stars, narration 2 stars (only for this book)
4- The sweeter the juice by mark henry
weird post zombie apocalypse short story, which is focused on trans-genders life with no doctors to help, as most died from the zombie apocalypse. Putting that aside, i was really bored from this book, half of it didn't make any sense, and the other half was boring.. and its ending was a bit weird as well.. i thought there would be 10 or 15 minutes left to finish, and all the sudden it ended... 2 stars
5- The WereWife by Jaye Wells
I liked this book, the plot was good, and the ending was unexpected. The story here is about a man and his wife who turned into a werewolf and he is trying to deal and live with it, then the carnival comes and he tries to fix what started there. And the narration here was good. 4 stars.
6- The Cold Girl by Rachel Caine
Another good story here, it talks about a girl who has a boyfriend for a killer, Before she finds that out they go to the carnival and the carnival help her in their own interesting way. 4 stars.
7- A Duet with Darkness by Allison Pang.
This wasn't a bad book, i liked it, but i think this is more appropriate for those who know the series already. 3 stars for me.
8- recession of the divine by Hillary Jacques
I didn't like this book much, it was about a girl who was a greek goddess or something and became human and works as an insurance investigator.. thats just weird.. i didn't understand much of this story, and didn't like it at all. 1 star
9- Parlor Tricks by Jennifer Estep.
This was the other reason for buying this book. I am a fan of the elemental assassin series. Its a quick story about Gin and her sister go to the carnival to find someone, and they end up finding that someone but not in a good situation 5 stars.
10- Freak House by Kelly Meding
Its about a girl who her father was captured by a carnival and she tries to free him with the help of some people she met. i liked this book 3 stars.
11- The Inside Man by Nicole Peeler
I haven't read Nicole Peeler's books before, but i did like this one, this book is a part of the Jane True series. When I started this story, i have assumed that i will not understand anything, but nope, it was easy and felt familiar somehow although i didn't hear about this series before. Its a good one. 4 stars.
12- A Chance in Hell by Jackie kessler
Another series which i didn't hear about, and this short story was a part of it, and it felt familiar as well. its a bout an ex-demon who became a human. in this short story she goes to the carnival with her friend who gets into trouble. I really liked this one, hope that it will come to audible some time soon. 4 stars.
13- Hell's Menagerie by Kelly Gay
This is another short story from a series, but didn't like it much, it took a while to get to know these characters a bit, and the story plot was ok but nothing amazing or great.
its about 2 kids who go to hell to rescue hell hound pups, which were stolen by a carnival. 3 stars.
14- Daughter of The Midway by Seanan McGuire
This is about a mermaid who joined a carnival and had a daughter who is one as well. This carnival goes to Alabama for a show but some people try to take the little mermaid. Not a bad story. 3 stars.
So this is my longest review i have ever written. I hope you find these reviews quick and useful. If you want a set of magical short stories, then this books is a good choice.
Poor poor mike..... Mark Tufo really hate you for some reason... its not enough to put you through all the things you went through, and will go through, but he put you in a different world to ^&*& with you even more.... what did you do Mike to deserve this?? And if thats not enough, John O'Brien decided to bring Jack too to join the fun.... Guys, it enough what they are going through, why the torment ?!
Its a world filled with Zombies and Night runners.... and weird things too.... it similar world but still different and a bit weird.... Love that Tripp is in this series.... that guy really makes me laugh.. and Sean Runnette did a fantastic job in narration.. specially for Tripp
I have really enjoyed the combination of these two characters, and the combined work between the two authors... Really good job.
Really excited to get the next book and to know how things will turn out....
Great view of how the world is 20 years after the 3rd book.. It was really enjoyable and would love if there will be more and more books... A great world and really good plots...
If you liked the series, you will love this book.
Really enjoyed this addition, its different than what we are used to. It has a different plot and different approach... don't want to say how exactly, but trust me it was good .. And the ending was shocking and exciting.. Gosh, if you compare this book to the first one, gosh so much difference in between..
You will enjoy this addition.
Jim Butcher did a fantastic job with this series.... I was shocked how good and enjoyable this book was.. I was really shocked... maybe it would have been best to explain a bit what Furies were so we don't get confused, but other than that I have really enjoyed this book.. and i can tell that the next books which i will start reading soon will be as good and even better.
Kate Reading is a fantastic narrator and she always does an amazing job in narrating characters and giving them life.. She is one of my favourite narrators as she did a great job in the way of kings and the wheel of times.
Really enjoyed this addition, much better than the 2nd book... but still all my points in the 2nd book still apply... too many familiar things with this world... too many....
But liked the development of the worded man and how he is coming with things... enjoyed the development of many characters and there choices...
The ending in this book was good... for some reason I assumed it was the last addition to the series but oh no, there will be more for sure..... wonder how things will be like next.
Again... it could have been much much better book....
This is such a good series. Brandon is really a gifted writer, so many different books, so many different ideas. Legion is just crazy!!! love all these characters, and wonder how the future of this series will be like.. In this book interesting character development (fake characters (or imagined characters) and the real one).. wonder how the next book will be like...
It must be not easy to have all these different personalities living in your mind and interacting with them... And just think of all the money our friend Steve is spending on all these different personalities when they join him... like the first class tickets in the last book.
Brandon Sanderson, bring the next book ASAP.... But first bring the 3rd addition of the Stormlight Archive... Can't wait.
This book was good, I have enjoyed it, you get to know the folks at the desert spear and tend to know their back story and their future plans... it does have a different start than the first book.. so you will be a bit confused thinking whats going on here...
More and more things got cleared up and you get to know the enemy more and more... You get to be with the warded man and he get to face his past.
Now lets talk about what i didn't like in this book and in series in general:
- This whole series is based in a time where please speak that fancy old english style like in the wheel of times and so on, but then all the sudden you find modern slangs here and there.. it gets really confusing... too many modern and current time words for it to be based in such a time.
- Those folks from the desert spear... those are the basic description of Arabic folks who live in the desert .. nothing unique about them, no imagination, the women wear Hijab like the desert folks and a man can have more than one wife and so on... other books tend to come up with weird cultures and unique ones, nothing based on real current culture.. I understand that some of you guys would say ohh but its built on a life after the modern current age, thats why the modern terms are there and thats why the cultures are so similar.. I don't buy that, if that was the case then the modern slang would have stayed rather than disappearing, and plenty of constructions would be there rather than disappearing completely.
Again, too many similar things to make this book unique and enjoyable .. love the imagination that authors tend to have, but sadly, it wasn't so vast in this series .
I had this book for months, but kept on postponing it.. Its really good.. Not as jaw dropping as other big epic books like the wheel of time... but it is a good series...
I think that this series could have been one of those long series with several books to build the characters and the story plot... i'm not saying it was fast in this book, but it could have been longer with more characters and plots..... There were so many chapters were the author jumped for few years...
The Warded Man is based in a world were demons exist and attack humans every single night. People defend themselves by using wards and hide.... A boy grows up hating how everyone hides and no one attack those demons...
In general, I have enjoyed reading this book, and the character build up was good... its ending was very well and made me jump and purchase the 2nd book and read it already.
Really didn't like how things went with Gaia.... it just was too short too sudden... what??? 5 books for only one page of action??? it was annoying... really annoying.
other than that, it wasn't a bad book.... i just do hate such buildups and then... well you will see...
It could have been better.
If you ask me "Did you like this addition", then I say Yes.
If you ask "Did you love it", then its no.
If you ask "Why?", I'll say because it could have been shorter, and the ending was really really slow.... didn't really like that.
But i do think it was book 2.5 more than 3 as it prepares you for the next chapter or part of this series. Let see how things become.
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