The historical accounts of Socrates and his trial were interesting along with his arguments. The last half deals more with philosophy which I found got more dull closer to the end, especially when talking about the Athenian myths.
I would rate this as on par with an average David Tenant and Rose episode. Nothing memorable or ground breaking. Didn't take advantage of the possible extra length or unlimited budget (imagination) a book has over a TV show.
This book recommended from two people so I read it not knowing what to expect. I was presently surprised.
Written by Saint Therese of Lisieux it starts off sharing the story of her life, growing up devoted to God and follows her short life. It offers a unique look of the actions of a Saint and share her mindset, thoughts and views. While the life she lives is challenging and requires personal sacrifice, it is not impossible and brings a relatable example of someone truly devoted to Christ.
On the surface you think it unlikely to offer guidence for a 'modern world' but the lessons and advice are timeless. Advice on dealing with life's little annoances, from people you don't get alone with, to dealing with people who talk at the theater. Shows how often it is the little things we do that have greatest affect on people and pleases God.
While you probably won't go into it or finish expecting to become a saint yourself it does give guidence and inspiration.
This is a suspense action pack thrilling page turner. Political intrigue, coups, danger, assassinations, mystery, uncommon but familiar setting, clever & unique magic system. What more could you want?
Setting is familiar but uncommon in the fantasy genre, inspired by the French revolution. A coup overthrows the wealthy and magical elite but the civil unrest must be quenched before foreign powers take advantage. old debts and promises repaid, backroom deals and alliances must be struct and traitors must be sniffed out. All the while the mysterious last words regarding the return of a god must be investigated.
The story is engaging often taking twists and turns. Think the story is going one way but then it changes and once you think it going to change it brings it back. There three kinds of magic systems and two of them follow rules at make sense. The most interesting revolves around gun powder.
The book has many ideas but not enough time to see them all develop. Some of the character consequences were not fully realized or undid after a few chapters. But it does not go easy on the characters.
A refreshing read if your getting tired of common fantasy settings.
At the start I was concerned it would be too teen romance from the female prospective. Thee was a bit much in the center but not bad and I liked the analytically take on it. World building is good as you can sense the greater world behind the scenes.
Two things stories tend to ignore are the physical pain and injuries from fighting and the time it takes to heal. Both were handled well here. The ending was fairly predictable but the journey was exciting. I was worried when the plot changed that it was aiming for a happy ending but it actually helped the story grow. Looking forward to reading the sequel
If you like satire and sarcasm this book is funny. Looks at what happens after the princes and princesses have their 'happy ending'. What if they aren't as competent and heroic as the stories make them out to be but 'almost' normal people.
It gets slow at times and there no real emotional or thrilling moment.
Narrator is very self aware playing off your expectations and familiarity with tropes. The main characters are very different with unique voices from each other, sometimes streached too far one way.
If you like fairy tales it's worth a listen.
John is a teenager who is a diagnosed sociopath and knows he got all the signs of a future serial killer. This is book 2 of his struggle not to become one and consequences from the first book start to catch up to him.
Horror elements are still present but less prominent. This book deals more with relationships, feelings and being different.
If you ever self-analyzed yourself this is a fascinating read as this is what the main character does. Readers who have difficulties understanding others will be a little disturbed at the familiarity they have with the main character. It will also show signs that they will not be able to relate to (hopefully).
The narrator is a little unemotional but I think that intentional as it conveys the main character well.
Going in I knew it would be about the person Frankenstein and not the monster, yet I was still surprise. The Monster play a very little role other than as a plot device.
This is not a monster or horror book but a literary work (lots of words) on a man's decent into madness. A depressing character study of a man driven mad by guilt, grief and self-blame as he witnesses the creation from his past reckless self destroy everything he holds dear. It also deals with the dangers of loneliness.
Overall I liked the story although the self-loathing got a bit tedious at times. It would of been nice knowing what I about to read when I started.
A traditional fantasy coming of age tale of a boy growing into the hero we're told he will be through harsh and romantic life lessons.
Most of the book is told in a narrative style from the perspective of a storyteller which allows foreshadowing to keep reader interest but means it's the journey not the final destination that counts. This will probably turn some readers off.
It has a Unique, interesting and carefully thought out magic system. The world is just as throughout, rich in history that the author takes his time revealing it to us. The characters are also believable allowing us to care and hate them appropriately.
It is a long book but I was surprised how fast I read through it. I often found myself not wanting to stop, however it does slow down near the end.
This is NOT a standalone book. It was written with the intention of being a trilogy and thus I found the ending not completely satisfying.
Nick Podehl does an excellent job narrating bringing unique voices and accents to every character.
I will definitely read the sequel, hopefully the third gets finished soon.
This is a dark, grim, paranormal, mystery taking place in London during the late 19th century. consciously parallels Jack the Ripper series of murders as if demonic forces are at work.
As a period piece it works well showing how police investigations worked back then and understand why Jack the Ripper was hard to catch.
However, I have issue with the structure or narrative of the story. Starts off as a mystery but reveals the villain before you have any real chance of guessing. The whole story is slow and drawn out which makes the sudden ending feel anti-climatic. A lot of side questions were left unanswered and not in a prepare for sequel kind of way.
I don't normally read paranormal or horror. This book does not make me want to start.
As a side note: The main character is named Dr. Bond? Seriously, Every time the name is mentioned I was taken out of the story. Kept waiting for him to say "The name's Bond, Dr. Bond.
One of NASA's first human Mars mission is abandoned and crew evacuated during a dust storm. But a freak accident has left Mark Watney behind with everyone thinking he's dead. No one knows he's still alive, the next mission is in four years, he only has one year of food and much of the machinery is broken. Told in a series of humorous & blunt personal logs this is a story of one man's struggle to survive literally alone on an hostile alien world. Fortunately he has been trained in mechanic, botany and has duck tape.
This is a very hard sci-fi book, about 80-90% is technical talk but it is presented in an entertaining way. The author did his research as everything from Mars climax to equipment a mission would need to the type of screws NASA would use. All of this has been researched and presented in a realistic and thrilling manner.
There is no Deus Ex or author shortcuts. Practically everything that could go wrong does.
The only downside is sometimes it can get overly technical and you learn that once things start going good, something bad will happen.
What I learnt: Potatoes is an excellent source of calories, Duck tape is magical and we can pee rocket fuel (add electricity).
Narrator did an excellent job delivering the emotion, humour and tone of the character.
If you like realistic science fiction, read this book.
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