Bogart, GA, United States
The motivations of the bad guys out to get the main character were total garbage, and so were all the convenient inconsistencies that helped the story along. There have been some inconsistencies in the writing of these books before, but it's never been a big enough road block for me to begin to dismiss the story completely. This addition felt rushed and poorly thought out.
The narrator does a good job with the voice and accent of the main character, bringing the sultry and traditional elements of the south out in full color, though the voices and mannerisms she used for many of the other characters sounded unrealistic and stereotypical. Sam always sounded like a goofy little boy with a crush on the main character, not a grown man from Louisiana.
I prefer this book to many of even those of Anne Rice for vampire fare. She has a tendency to go into long, languorous detail, sometimes to the point of derailment (as in the vampire chronicles series after the first three books). Some reviewers thought that this book had too much worthless detail, but I thought that even when back story was being developed, or when the story moved along with most of the characters (and the reader) being left totally unaware of the true nature and intentions of the other characters and where they would inevitably take the plot, even then there was so much rich and realistic and exciting history to absorb from the story that not a single moment failed to entertain. This is just well written. Really, it takes you from start to finish so effortlessly. Martin didn't make the mistake of having only the vampires be the center of his story. The historical setting and the detail it was rendered in were really enthralling. This book has substance, character, horror, and excitement. Be aware however, that it is about the american south before slavery was abolished. It's not a book for those who are bothered by hearing the N-word over and over again, or generally hearing about people of all colors being treated as live stock and sex objects. I know things like that can be really unpleasant for some, and life was more than unpleasant for many back then.
Why is this read by someone who seems to want to be the next Casey Casum? That "top 40 radio guy" melody and cadence he affected was just not well suited to this story. So cheesy! I recommend that you by this one in print.
Chapter 23 was freaking transcendent. I'm not going to spoil it for you, but wow. That's a well done chapter.
I'm really liking this author, even though she's probably not for the litra-choor conniseurs. Good genre fiction can be hard to find, and this series is pretty good! I mean it's not Shakespeare guys. It's a thrill and a pleasure though. Ive got to say, after reading some reviews, I can't understand how reviewers can say they "can't identify with" a functioning drug addict as a protagonist. Really, that's kind of what books are for, to help you identify with the kind of life you have never lived yourself. Most of us also "can't identify with" what battling cancer is like, but a book about it wouldn't prompt most people to name this as a shortcoming of the plot. I suspect that most, but not all of those comments are more about people expressing their distaste for drug abuse, or drug abusers. That sort of thing is always in style isn't it? Having some group to look down on? Some big evil to scorn, even when doing so is meaningless and irrational? Like when you're just reading about it in a fictional novel which utilizes said evil in a very realistic, thought provoking, and original way? Anyway, these stories are fast paced and very creative, but I think the way the relationships between its characters are written and their dysfunction are the best parts of it all. I love the way the author really breaks things between her characters, I mean really BREAKS things badly, then she takes you through the seemingly impossible task of putting things between them back together again in the most exhilarating ways, then bam! It all breaks apart again! Very fun series!
To begin with, the story basis just seems kind of lazy, as though the author one day just decided she should do one of those southern paranormal romance things the kids are buying nowadays and threw it together. Second, something about it just kind of bored me. Other than the uninspired subject matter, I think what bored me might have been the pace of it and the annoying male protagonist, "Diesel", who it seems was supposed to be a charming scamp. He was just kind of an arrogant horse's a**. This story lacks a lot of the substance of the Plum novels, and those novels were not something one could call "literary", so that's saying a lot. Just kind of a limp book here. Seems like more of a commercial move on Janet's part than a labor of love.
This is truly what I think of as urban fantasy, because of the wry, gritty sense of humor and pressing sense of action it delivers. What I really admire in these books though, is the reality of a high functioning drug addict, how her mind works, why she lives that kind of life, how it harms her, but especially how it sometimes actually comes in handy. This is not an after school special on why drugs are bad and will ruin your life. There are two sides to every coin, and it takes courage to write about the less desirable side in today's market. Only complaint I cloud possibly have is the way her world building and mystery investigation get so intertwined that when the main character is finding clues and trying to figure things out, it's easy to get totally lost, since the strange magical elements of her world seem to be so innumerable. Its like she was making up lots of the rules and realities of this world as she went along. Just makes it easy to get confused is all. And maybe it felt a little tedious. Still, this story injects a little ugliness into a genre that is plagued by fluff. Ghost stories don't have to be for kids :)
My only complaint would be the way Anne Rice allows the narrative to be so ponderous for such long stretches of text. This quality is what makes her writing so entrancing and romantic of course, but this is a very long story. I found myself wishing she'd just break tempo toward the end and give me some action, some more visceral presence. Still, incredible story, and man, what a writer. Really, really worth the time.
The lady who was the voice of Siri for Apple read the whole series of these books, and I can't imagine anyone doing a better job. I can't even imagine imagining it better myself! Really fun, fast paced, witty book, wherein a young woman becomes an a**kicking apex predator, and fully appreciates her new autonomy and power over her world in just the way I think a real woman would. It's cathartic for me! The plots of these books are genius too. Where does christopher moore come up with this stuff?
This was a great author, and this was a great story. Well paced, inventive and smart, full of personality, full of social relevance. Really enjoyable for me, until the Man From Mars shed his child like demeanor after getting used to the way things work in the human world. After that point, the apparent sexism of the way he addressed women, and the way the reader made him sound like the stereotypical 60's "man in charge", *those things relinquished the transcendent quality of his unfamiliarity with the backwards ways of human beings for me*. Also, after a while, a person just gets tired of hearing it. Your gender is a part of who you are on the most fundamental level, and some of us can only listen to our kind be spoken to like ornamental, soft brained children for so long before we tune out entirely.
Yes, this brilliant writer was born over 100 years ago, and dealing with the stupidity of earlier people is the price of the otherwise awesome ride that is his work. But those common attitudes towards females have not gone away, they've only gotten more subtle. It weighs on you over time in a personal way to deal with it, and all of us do, even in America. I hope you all enjoy this Incredible book, but I just couldn't do it, after a point, and I find that truly regrettable.
I'm so happy with this series! It's so very creative and well done. This edition was long, and at times felt slightly anticlimactic for that reason, but that long journey pays off in the end by making the romance involved feel more natural and by making the characters and the world of these stories more dimensional. I love the way details of the world are added in quickly and succinctly, without drawn out explanation, and then are expounded upon with action and dialogue. Really a cool writing style that packs lots of info in without slowing things down. On a side note, I am betting that the married couple who write these books under the moniker Ilona Andrews have a very strong relationship, partly because of the collaborative influence of their writing (and I'm sure cooking up the sex scene details doesn't hurt either.. These two can really write some sex ). Great stuff, all around.
I'm not sure what I expected, but this story did bore me just a bit. It was mostly one of those "a woman finds meaning in life" affairs, only with just a little dab of the paranormal. Really, it seems as though this author cannot stop trying to rewrite "Practical Magic" with every new book she releases, which is annoying. I found this book to be somewhat formulaic for that reason. I think the writing was well executed and the characters well drawn, which is why I listened to the end, but the plot, though interesting and deeply involved, just wasn't quite my cup of tea.
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