NORTH LOGAN, UT, United States | Member Since 2014
Wow, that was maybe the best book of the series!
"But Mike," you ask, "The other books in the series were awesome! How could this one be better?"
Funny you should ask. One reason: Christopher Walken.**
**applicable only to the audiobook version, though if you're reading it you could imagine everything Nicolai says in Christopher Walken's voice.
In fact, read the rest of this review in Walken's voice and note how it awesome-ifies it.
Oliver Wyman does a fantastic job . . . with the voices. Crazy . . . when you think about it.
This book follows Earl Harbinger and leaves out the rest of the characters from the earlier books. Harbinger's character was definitely worthy of his own book and Wyman's voice for him works extremely well. Nicolai, who sounds like Walken is a bad guy, no wait, he was a good guy . . . wait, which was he? Exactly.
The previous version, read by John Glover, was very well done. But Ghost Story is the 13th or 14th in the Dresden series, and after the very first book it was already too late for anyone in the universe besides James Marsters to be Harry Dresden.
Glover did an especially great job with some of the other characters and I appreciated that version for what it was, so I am surprised how much of a difference it made to hear the story in Marster's voice.
I noticed a few people mentioned they didn't like the narration. I thought it was fine, but I don't think Nelson's voice is a good match for the genre. I think his voice would be perfect for non-fiction, business, or something like that. It helped to increase the pace to 1.5 speed.
The story was great. At one point the plot seemed to twist so much that I found myself a little disappointed that the story I had become invested in seemed to no longer be the focus. But it ended up getting all tied together. I'm surprised that the average rating is under four stars. I recommend giving it the book a try.
James S.A. Corey peered into a distant future where humanity had spread itself across our solar system and found that it is mostly populated by prostitutes and Mormons. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
I'm not saying the story is about prostitutes and Mormons. It isn't. I'm just saying that when a denizen of the belt is not surrounded by the cold vacuum of space they'd be hard pressed to swing a cat without hitting a saint or a sinner.
I know what you're thinking, "That sounds a lot like Las Vegas." Exactly. It's exactly like Las Vegas if it expanded to fill the immensity of space. There are even casinos everywhere.
This of course brings up ethical questions surrounding cat swinging. On earth it is nearly always a cruel act. Perhaps if you were trying to save a cat from the roof of a burning house and had to throw it all the way to a neighbor's pool to save it it might be justified, but less than 10% of all cat swingings in the U.S. happen under such circumstances. In Russia the percentage is higher, but surely it's still under 20%. Ethically speaking, then, on earth nearly all cat swingings are cruel, and debates tend to center on the topic of whether or not the cat deserved it.
Null-g adds additional variables that must be considered in such discussions. Cats don't cope well with null-g. It takes away nearly all of their abilities, such as being able to land on their feet, or their ability to fall when misjudging the distance of a jump.
On earth, if you're holding a cat that is freaking out and trying to scratch every exposed bit of your skin, you can simply drop the cat. The cat will land on its feet and be content to exert its autonomy by running away rather than continuing to attack.
Not so in null-g, which would be both the initial cause of the cat freaking out and thing that maintains the cat's desperate behavior. You must dislodge the cat with no help from gravity. You'll eventually get it off you, but it will take longer and every second counts.
And then, instead of landing on its feet and ceasing its attack, the cat will continue to flail in its search for control. You might as well tether a set of Ginsu knives together and set them in a perpetual spin. Who is going to volunteer to retrieve the knives? Even when the cat hits a surface, it has no thumbs so its attempts to gain purchase will simply propel it back out into the middle of the room again. You'd have no choice but to wait until it bounced into an airlock and jettison the cat into space. That would be very sad, depending on the cat. They really need to rethink the whole cat in space thing.
My hypothesis is that cat swinging in space is probably an act of kindness as much as anything else due to the felt gravity provided by centrifugal motion. The cat may feel soothed due to the seeming reappearance of gravity.
Space mom to her daughter: "Sweetie, have you swung the cat yet today?" Child:"No." Mom launches into a lecture about how the kid promised that if they got a cat she would feed it and play with it and swing it by it's tail every day, after which the girl grudgingly grabs her cat's tail and starts swinging.
The book was very good, and apparently a television series based on the series is going to play this year on Syfy.
Audible won't let you update a review, so I can't change what I wrote in my review for Dead Six. What I would say there is also true of Swords of Exodus, so I'll just say it here.
In my Dead Six review I said, though I liked Bronson Pinchot's performance, I thought maybe he overdid it on one of the voices. I'm listening to the books again and I take that point back (or would if Audible would let me).
Pinchot is brilliant in this series.
For the character in Dead Six that I thought Pinchot overdid, I realize now he did it perfectly, capturing exactly the character the authors created. If Pinchot had done it any other way it wouldn't have fit.
I have no idea what the Warmachine game stuff is all about that most of the other reviewers mentioned (apparently it's the universe this book originates from). I'm a fan of the author, though, and this book did not disappoint.
Just listened to this again and was reminded how awesome Oliver Wyman does with this story.
This book is written in 1st person from the alternating perspectives of two characters, Lorenzo and Valentine. Just keeping that in mind will help you follow the story the first hour.
Like the MHI books, the story isn't that predictable but it is full of writing cliches (like how the romances develop). And also like the MHI books, the cliches somehow don't ruin the story at all. I keep thinking it should, but the stories are just good fun. The authors just do a good job making the moments believable and compelling, cliche or not. And I guess they are "cliche" because there is something in those themes that we find compelling enough to revisit time and again.
Bronson Pinchot is interesting. I loved his work on the Grimnoir Chronicles. I liked his work on this book too. With some of the voices, though, I thought he used great artistic license (e.g., a combination of infomercial voice and Office Space boss voice for one character). His voice for a few of the characters had me bursting out laughing (like Eddie). His voices for the two main characters were perfect. I liked the voice of reaper a lot too.
A lot of his accents for foreigners sound oddly like a character from an old t.v. show called Perfect Strangers.
Hmm . . .
Jon Glover did a fantastic job narrating, but this many books into the series you just can't replace James Marsters. Marsters IS Dresden. Many times I found myself imagining how Marsters would have said a given sentence. It isn't fair for Glover, but hells bells, life just isn't fair.
Since I knew it wasn't going to be Marsters I tried to keep an open mind about the experience. Glover does have quite a range, and I don't think Marsters could have done as well with Sir Stuart Winchester and didn't do as well as Glover did with Mortimer Lindquist.
I enjoyed this first book, though it was closer to 4 stars than 5. Good enough to give the next book a try. I like the series more and more the more books I read. Butcher somehow makes each book feel resolved well enough to be satisfying while maintaining the larger plot arch. (There are a lot of books, so I find I occasionally want to take breaks from the series.)
After reading the first book, if you really want to get into this series, find a chronology online so your able to read the shorter stories when they happen chronologically. This will include buying the 12.5th book in the series, Side Jobs, and reading the various chapters as they fit in the timeline.
The movie was different enough from the book that I still felt suspense while reading (though it ended up being more like the movie than I expected). After working my way through the Game of Thrones series I felt saturated with overdone sexuality, so when it got to those moments in this book I found myself a bit hopeful that a book written in the 50s might leave more to the imagination, even if it's James Bond. It wasn't too spicy, but one line made me stop reading for a couple of minutes until I stopped laughing. Bond and Vespa were standing, clothed and kissing, then "he slipped his hands down to her swelling buttocks. . ."
I think I'll try some version of that with my wife. Maybe, "Hey baby, your swelling buttocks are talking to me, and I like what they are saying." Or perhaps, "Those pants make your buttocks look swollen," or, "Are your buttocks swollen for me, or Mr. Darcy?" Hmm, those might need some work.
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