It's an interesting blend of monster story, Doctor Who, Treasure Island, and steampunk, but it's simply not for me. I loved the monster through. And while David Tennant has an excellent voice and does a great job on the Doctor Who books, his performance felt a bit off to me this time around.
This is my first of his books. His ideas on composition, mythology, and Doctor Who in the included interview make me want to read more of his works.
Passionate, expressive, fun.
This is one of those "love it or hate it" books. I love Doctor Who, I enjoy watching / listening to David Tennant perform, and I dig a good steampunk tale. But this one just didn't do it for me. It just seemed like some of it was rushed while parts of it lagged on needlessly. And there was a spot or two it felt like the author showed his hand before he was ready to play. I did love the monster however - he's a great character. I just wish he played a larger part.
Roy Wells' performance fits this story well. Unfortunately both Wells' performance and Keating's story come off more like a grandpa trying to be cool and tell a "smutty story" rather than the "later 30s minister" recounting his love affair with one of the girls of his parish. The dialogue is very stilted, the pacing is incredibly slow, and the few promising ideas are smothered by Wells' voice and Keating's clunky storytelling. Definitely recommend passing this one up.
I'd read one or two other books by Terra Williams that I wasn't too impressed with, but this one was enjoyable, if a bit fluffy. Ginger West's performance wasn't bad, but her reading felt rushed and a bit uneven. The story might have been a bit better with a different reader.
It was alright. A bit predictable and vanilla, but not a bad ending to the story.
I've heard Marie Dumas do a few of Williams' books, and I have to say I think I'd like her better as a reader. It's not that West is bad, but she didn't really add anything to the story either.
The one let down for me was in the romance / sex scenes themselves. Again, they weren't bad. But Williams points out the babysitter's desire for both parents on several occasions, yet the father gets the majority of the scenes with the babysitter while the mother only gets a supporting role the first time out and a mention later in the book. I'd like to have seen a bit more balance where both parents get to enjoy the babysitter.
I have very mixed feelings about this book. The story starts with Candace, a lonely and bored housewife who wants to have a baby - with someone other than her husband. He's dull in life and in bed, unable to satisfy her physical or intellectual needs...not exactly the genetic material she wants passed on to her child. She wants the father to be strong, powerful, rugged, possessive, vibrant. That's when the alien senses her heat and comes looking for her.
The set up is very well paced, from the way the alien makes sure Candace is suitable to the moment Candace is claimed. It's a wonderful blend of the anticipation you get in a horror / sci-fi story combined with the erotic thrill of experiencing such an unusual, powerful lover.
The final portion of the book feels very incongruous. What starts as a very enrapturing and personal encounter quickly breaks down into a bad hentai, complete with terrible dialogue and a flimsy rational for the creatures being there. Had the story ended with Candace and a hint of the other creatures behind the scenes, I think the story would have been much better. And the author's ending could even work - had she spent more time putting it together instead of tossing us randomly into a new scene and circumstances while putting us through some rather painful cattiness and conversation.
I think I'd give her another chance, especially with the solid introduction of this story.
Alluring, hungry, enticing.
The first half, absolutely. The second half? It made me more upset than anything.
I'm normally against spoilers, but it's a pivotal problem with this story. It starts off like the typical blackmail tale - man has a debt he cannot pay and is forced to give his wife/daughter to his debtors. Man goes to get his daughter, tells her she will be staying with his boss for the weekend, loads his gun, stashes the gun in the car, then takes daughter to go to the boss.
At this point, the father and the gun vanish from the story. Williams makes a HUGE point that the father is plotting something dark and violent but we never hear from him or see him again. The boss take tells the daughter she's never leaving, seduces and masturbates her, then chains her up in the bedroom and leaves her there overnight.
The next morning, the boss goes up to get the daughter...and reveals to her that he's been her lover / husband over countless lifetimes. She suddenly has all these dreams and memories that help her remember the lifetimes they spent together. They get married as soon as possible. They consummate the relationship. She gets pregnant on their wedding night. They live happily ever after.
Now I'm all for happily ever afters and romance. But this is nowhere near the bondage tale we're lead to believe. If it weren't for the fact that the boss is a bit rough during his first time with the daughter and she's cuffed to the bed briefly, there'd be no roughness or bondage at all. Her impregnation is not forced, but rather begged for. The violence / justice / suicide Williams takes several minutes preparing us for with the father's gun never happens.
I don't mind a good bondage / impregnation tale. And, if it's done well, I don't mind a tale of lovers finding each other again through time. But this story really doesn't do either of them very well. The rough masturbation scene at the beginning of the tale is pretty hot, but the rest of the tale is pretty sex free, so it doesn't even work as good erotica.
I've read / listened to a couple others, and they weren't bad - but they weren't that great. And after this, I'm not sure I'll continue reading her works.
Marie Dumas was the ONE highpoint of this piece. Her reading was spot on - you felt the fears, the passions, the joys of the characters. Were it not for her reading, I don't think I could have finished the story. I strongly recommend her - reading almost anything else.
Other than the narrator, not much. If Williams wants to tell a bondage / blackmail story, she needs to focus on telling a good one. And she sets the stage brilliantly for a classic blackmail / bondage / breeding tale. It comes across like she decided at the last minute she wanted to do something different or was afraid of getting too violent, so she runs off of this tale of lost love reunited. Again, if you're gonna tell a story of past life love, you need to tell it well, and you need to market it as such. This is an epic failure on every level.
This is a fun little romp about a librarian caught in one of the dark, little-used corners of the library and hungrily enjoyed by a young man looking for some "help." The pacing of this piece is wonderful, and the story is sinfully delightful - rough and dominating without being degrading, passionate and needy without sounding trashy. My one complaint is that the ending seems to be tacked on last minute as a sort of protection against backlashes from readers / listeners. Otherwise, it's a satisfying take on the librarian and public sex fantasies.
Yes. It's an enjoyable read, especially for the price.
Very much so. Saucedo isn't the best narrator I've come across, but she does a really good job keeping the level of sensuality and passion going without sounding cheesy or overacted.
This is pretty softcore and vanilla. Those looking for a vicious shows of dominance, detailed storytelling, or a heroine who is used, abused, and discarded will definitely be disappointed in this story. This is a short tale of surrender, of two people giving into their passions to find the satisfaction they crave. It's a sweet, enjoyable tale to make you smile - and hopefully titillate you a bit.
This interview takes place between Seasons / Series 1 and 2 of "Torchwood" and is part of O'Neill's Cult Conversations collection. I am a big fan of both Torchwood and Gareth David-Lloyd, so when I saw this interview I jumped on it.
David-Lloyd shares a bit of his work and experiences before his iconic role of Ianto Jones in Torchwood, as well as his hopes for future Torchwood episodes and projects he'd like to do beyond the Doctor Who universe. The problem I had in listening to the interview was with David-Lloyd's nervousness. He seems rather uncertain of himself and stammers over so many of his words that it's often hard to follow what he's saying. Even his attempts to joke about life on the set or explain his love of the franchise are hindered, if not garbled, by his nervousness. And as the interview goes on, David-Lloyd seems to stumble more and more. Die hard fans may want to give this a listen, but for me, it wasn't worth what very little insight you get into the actor and the franchise for having to pick and dig through David-Lloyd's answers to get them.
Sorry, Gareth. Still love ya, mate.
This is the only unabridged version of the Fellowship of the Ring I have ever found, and I loved every minute of it! It's a lengthy listen for sure but well worth the time.
His voice is hypnotic and alluring, and his grasp of character styles and voices is spot on. My only complaint is that some of the minor elves and hobbits start to sound very similar, if not the same. But, in a cast of thousands, this is easily forgiven, especially since he gives each piece of poetry and song its one style and meter that fits not only the speaker but his or her race.
Rob Inglis also reads Tolkien's foreword, explaining much of the origins of Middle Earth, Tolkien's experiences writing it, and his own hopes for the shape the series would take. A welcome addition to an exceptional book and a marvelous reading.
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