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I don't believe this is Peter David's best and I don't believe Peter Pan needed to be rewritten. I have only ever read the first chapter of the original Peter Pan and of course watched the Disney Cartoon, which like all Disney Cartoons are nothing like the books. I am not sure what age group this is written for and it is not Gregory Maguire.
There are some good parts to the book and at times it has a Terry Pratchett feel to it. For instance there is an Indian named "Dog Licking himself". There is another character whose name is on the label of his shirt, "Irregular".
I got interested in Peter David after reading Q-Squarred, a Star Trek Next Generation book. It is one of my favorite books and I don't normally read Star Trek books. Audible has the abridged version and I normally don't suggest abridged version, but this is so good I recommend it. Because Peter David has two first names, when you search for him you will get 36 books of which he is only the author of ten.
If you are looking for Peter Pan, get the original. If you want a cool retelling get Greg Maguire's "Wicked". This is the retelling of the Wizard of Oz from the point of view of the Witch. It is so good that there is a Broadway Play.
LEARN TO UNDERSTAND WITH YOUR HEART AND MIND
I believe this is my third time to read or listen to this. I know I read it in the eighties and I believe this is my second time to listen. Ayla is a strong female character in a world dominated by men. A world where a woman can not speak to a man without permission. Auel researches her books more then the average writer. Her books are normally published years apart, because of the amount of research she does. To some, the detail of the medicines, herbs and rituals may be overly taxing. The first time I read it, I thought what a great book, but so much survival detail. At an older age, I find myself appreciating the work that went into making this series as accurate as possible. The story of Ayla is the main reason for listening. She will tug at your heart strings, sometimes breaking them. I am sure this is not the last time I will listen.
Almost every book in this series is a five star listen for me. This book and the follow up Valley of Horses are my favorites. This is a classic. This could fit in lots of genre's and it is a classic in all of them. The ending is controversial for this book. I recommended the book to my mom and she loved it until the ending and then she refused to read any more in the series. It made her that mad. This book causes that much emotion. It is not a text book.
I thought the narrator was okay. Not great, but also not distracting.
The main word is scene. This is not a short story, it is not an episode, it is an introduction scene. A deleted scene at that. It was okay, a bit cute and a lot British. Several gay jokes, which I found weird, since I thought most of England was you know, a little light in the loafers. A big part of the scene was taken up with each individual introducing himself. Before that we got a list of characters and the weapons they use and there was a slaughter part to show how they use the weapons.
I was intrigued that there is a Zombie series out where they actually go out with the sole purpose of killing Zombies. I have read so many Zombie books and watch Zombie series and movies, and I always wonder, why are they not out there purposely clearing the area. If the first book in the series goes on sale (and the $4.95 first in a series sale should be any day now) then I will give it a try. This Scene did not sale me on the series.
I liked this a little less then the other books in the series. Mostly it got to the point of ridiculous. Trees that uproot and become spaceships, a water spaceship, etc. I can take the two dimensional characters, I have read plenty of KJA to expect that, but the fantasy just became too much. I would love Anderson to write more in depth about the Ildirans or Klikiss or the Roamers and forget all the silly stuff.
If you are new to the series you of course must start at the beginning. The ratings for this series are similar to the ratings for a short story collection. Anderson has so many elements, that some appeal to some and some do not. Each book is like about five different books.
Here is how I rated the series.
Prequel---Veiled Alliances B
1. Hidden Empire= B+
2. A Forrest of Stars= A-
3. Horizon Storms=C+
4.Scatter Suns= B-
5. Of Fire and Night= B
6. Metal Swarm= B
7. The Ashes of Worlds= B-
My favorite character was Patrick Fitzpatrick the 3rd. In the first two or three books, I hated him, but he grew as a character and by the end, I liked him. The Roamers were pretty cool, they were the McGuyvers of space. They could take anything and make a working space ship out of it. They mined the gas giants for ekti star drive fuel. The Ildirans were a human like race that breed different breeds of people for different jobs. They were also all connected telepathically. The Klikiss was a race of giant insects and the Klikiss Robots rebelled against them and formed their own group. The green priest were telepathic with the world forest. If they could touch a World Forest Tree on one planet they could communicate with other priest on other planets who were connected to a World Forest Tree. So, there was plenty that I liked about the series.
The Hydrogues were an alien race that lived in the cores of gas giants. They were okay.
What was stupid were Wentals and Faeros. Wentals were sentient water based creatures and Faerous were sentient fire entitites living in stars. Bento becoming part of a tree was stupid, Jess Tamblyn becoming a Wental super being was stupid and there was an Ildiran that became a Faeros.
So, each book had something to hate and something to like. I did listen to all seven books and it is very rare for me to have the patience to go that far in any series. I suggest you start with Hidden Empire and go from there.
If my headline bothers you, stop now, you will hate this book. Augustus Berry is not the most cultured of men. He is fat, balding and loves to drink himself to a stupor. He has no military experience (how unique is that for a Zombie book.), he survives, because he has watched enough horror movies to know the correct way to behave in an apocalypse.
This is gory, scary and smelly. Yea, you will smell things you don't want to smell. It is not just bloody and gory, it is very scary. Watch out for the Stephen King's "Misery" scene, but mostly watch out for the babies!!
At the time I am writing, this is free. Get this in your library before someone changes their mind. This is the best short story I have listened to, Paid for, or otherwise in a long time.
R.C. Bray is one of those narrators that is the tipping point for a book, when you are trying to decide if you should purchase.
LAST GOOD THING SOCIETY DID TOGETHER, WAS KILL HITLER
Missed the fifth star by that much. The way this started I did not think I would finish it. In the first hour we find out that Ellis Rose has a terminal illness and that his boy committed suicide, that his wife blames him for the suicide (as well as himself) and that his wife has an affair with his best friend since high school. Not a good start for me, I don't care for depressing self pity type books. It picks up when he travels to the future Ola, H.G. Wells. Then we have a major improbability, in which the whole story relies on. This situation is solved fairly quickly, which must have been the short story this is based on. Then I thought we were just going to explore the marvels of the future. A very interesting future, but not worth a book.
ELLIS WASN'T A COP AND HE DIDN'T SERVE IN THE MILITARY, BUT HE WAS FROM DETROIT.
About chapter 8, the whole story gets better. We now actually have a story and we have grey areas. You think at first, you know where you stand, but Sullivan throws some things at you, that make you think, hmmm, who is right? It seems that Utopia is not as great as it seems. Although I agree with removing the Y chromosome.
YOU WANT TO USE YOUR INDOOR VOICE, MR BUNKER.
The second half of the book makes the book worth getting, at least to me. The relationship between Ellis and Pax is worth it. It is a little strange, a lot touchy feelie and maybe a little gay? You have to listen to know what I am talking about. This is a long way from Riyria, so don't expect that.
THE VOICE WAS SERENE, GENTLE.
Country Time Lemonade (Not Really) spokesman Davis was probably the right pick for this, as his serene gentle voice was probably the mood Sullivan wanted. Davis does accents, but not voices, so if you don't pay attention, you can get confused on who is talking. Warren, Ellis and Geo 1 and 3 all sound the same.
ONE SECOND OF TRUE LOVE IS WORTH FIVE YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP
GM knows how to build suspense. It can be the suspense of horror or sexual suspense. The very first chapter is kind of long, but it builds tension you could cut with a knife. One of the best beginnings to any book I have read. The climax is not disappointing. The story is good. I tried to read Oscar Wilde's, Picture of Dorian Gray, but could not get through it. I listened to all sixteen hours of this. The length did keep it from getting five stars and the séance crap was not something that interested me. I will read more of GM in the future if it is 12 hours or less.
This is extremely good. A know that Military Science Fiction Fans will love this. I am not a Military Science Fiction Fan, but I am a Smart Science Fan. Heppner uses his head to figure his way out of what seems an impossible situation. A group of Space Marines spend two years in space to track down and kill these Cyborgs who are superior to them in every way. It takes cunning and lots of smarts. A love the science in this and I love that it takes place in the Oort cloud.
As I have mentioned before, Heppner like Larson does not write literature, but they write about things we want to know about. They are always interesting.
Mark Boyett does a great job, which makes the listening better then the reading, although if I find the hard copy I will buy it for my collection.
I felt this was a very creepy story. It was an child abduction story with a few twists. This could have easily been extended into a full length novel. I kind of wish it was. It is not so much scary as creepy. Without giving anything away I like the use of appliances in this.
The narrator did read fairly rapidly and I am not sure it was suppose to be or not. I gave him five stars, but would like to hear it again with the suspense more drawn out.
IT'S EASY TO FLATTER A GIRL WHEN THERE'S A STORM COMING
Before I jump on to this with both feet, let me tell you what I liked about it. LET'S MAKE SOME DUST. The lead character is a woman. She is a smart and tough and has to put up with a lot of crap, being a female deputy marshal. She takes her job seriously. In the right hands I can easily see how this character could make for a great western series. She is not perfect or some super hero, she does make mistakes.
SHE HATED ME FROM THE GIDDY UP
Like in most bad westerns, most things seem to fall into the laps of the main characters. Liberty is left for dead in the desert by the bad guys. Just before she dies a young girl appears and saves her life. This young girl just happens to be the sister of the bad guys and she just happens to hate them and wants them killed for killing her dad. She ends up being the soul reasons the bad guys get caught, cause she knows all of their hide outs and what they are going to do and when they are going to do it. Westerns and old Sci-Fi seem to suffer from this bad writing, turning people off on the genre and making them turn to other books. A big shame, since when written well, these books can be so entertaining and you can learn from them. In one scene this woman holds a shotgun in each hand on a fellow. Has this writer ever held a shotgun? Holding one usually takes two hands for the biggest ruffian. I will not be reading anymore books by Steve Hayes or David Whitehead.
WHO GAVE YOU THE REINS?
To make matters worse, the narrator is awful. You want to make sure and listen to the sample. I will listen to this narrator again, WHEN THE FIRES OF HELL BURN OUT.
I got interested in Heppner, because of the Invasion series. I have read the first two books in that series and will continue on with it. I believe Heppner and B.V. Larson to be very similar writers. They are not the best writers in the world, will not win any awards, but they come up with the more interesting story concepts. They write about things, we think we would like to know What If? about.
This is more Fantasy then Sci Fi. Involves a lot of telepathy. I knew there would be some, but did not realize it would be so much a heavy part of the plot. I got half way through it, but could not get myself to want to listen.
If you like telepathy books you may like this.
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