Indianapolis, IN, United States | Member Since 2011
I won't be reading any more books by Jaye Wells.
I did not finish this book. This may have been the first time I've ever gotten beyond the halfway point in a book and turned it off without having the slightest desire to see how it ends. Good allegorical fantasy exists. The Chronicles of Narnia are among the most beloved classic fantasies in the last 60 years. If it's well done, I can even enjoy a story where I disagree with the author's views. Tolkien was pretty clear on his feelings about industrialization in The Lord Of the Rings, yet it remains an epic and exciting story. This book is a barely concealed indictment of our modern drug culture, both legal and illegal. It reads as though the author wrote a straightforward crime novel, then went back and did a word replace on every mention of drugs with 'magic' or 'potion'. Okay fine, we all know urban fantasy sells better than crime fiction, but the continuous heavy handed dialogue about how "white magic" (prescription drugs) are bringing down our society gets old quickly. I am a person who has benefited immensely from the use of prescribed antidepressants, and I don't take kindly to the suggestion that I am no better than a heroin addict.
The publishers chose, in their infinite wisdom to contract as the narrator a gentleman with a pronounced English accent. Had he read the story in his own accent or had he been one of those talented individuals, such as Hugh Laurie, who can mimic the American accent flawlessly this would not have been an issue. Unfortunately, neither of those things were the case. Mr Lawrence seems to feel that Americans pronounce every word that ends in an audible vowel with a hard R sound. Thus data becomes dater etc. Mr Lawrence would also lapse fairly often and allow his natural accent to bleed through. all this led to a very distracting performance.
This is a straightforward comic book superhero tale, told from the pov of the villain and one of the heroes. Every character is a standard comic book archetype. I kept hoping for a twist, something that would make this more than your standard Selfless Hero Versus Maniacal Villain tale. For example, why not make the villain's motives a desire to save the world by taking over, rather than the trite "soon they'll all see, I'll make them pay" reasoning we've seen in every four color rag printed since they started pulping wood. Maybe the supposed villain could turn out to be the hero. Why not explore the idea of godlike beings using their powers to enforce law and order? Where does their control end? What if they have no moral compass? What if they blindly enforce the laws of a totalitarian regime? I know these ideas have been explored before, but I expect a novel of this sort to be more than a simple good versus evil story. At least make it funny.
Yes. Molly Harper has a knack for creating outrageous situations and strong, smart protagonists that you want to know more about.
I have purchased and listened to all of Molly Harper's books, which were all narrated by Ms. Ronconi. She has a great talent for effecting the perfect tone with the character's voices.
The heroine, Lacey Terwilliger, is a memorable and hilarious character.
I look forward to future books by Ms. Harper. She is now added to the list of authors whose releases I await with bated breath. Christopher Moore, Terry Pratchett, Jasper Fforde, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and now, Molly Harper.
This book is fine for what it is, assuming it's a better than average piece of web fiction. There are a lot of funny ideas. I especially liked the bit about the planet of galactic hat makers. That being said, the sex scenes are not particularly erotic, and the dialogue occasionally sounds awkward. Oh and the O'Henry twist was an insult to my intelligence.
Still, it was a fun listen.
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