SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CALIFORNIA, United States | Member Since 2010
I began listening to this book and I must say that I like the story very much: the mythology, the backstories, the characters, the emotions- Rachel Hartman is an excellent storyteller, hence the 4 stars. However, for me, this is not a book one just LISTENS to. I found myself having to rewind the book a couple times because I did not understand something, but I decided to give up and carry on with listening to it. I am a college student and often like listening to something while taking the bus to and from school, but this just did not do it for me.
For me, this is a book that must be read and if it is to be narrated, the narrators must do it justice and for me the narrators did not. So a word of advice- buy the book itself because it is a great investment, the audiobook is not.
I have been reading/ listening to The Edge series for the past year and I must say that this is my favorite so far (still listening to Steel's Edge and I am enjoying it). The characters are complex and believable, George and Jack are back and ready for action (yay!), and the romance (although fast paced) is more believable than the romances in the other books. The back and forth flirting/ exchanging of barbs between the two was priceless and their big blow up fight was what solidified their relationship and brought them together.
That we were able to see more of George and Jack as well as play catch up with Cerise and William. Also being able to see Gaston again was a real treat, especially when he and George and Jack would go back and forth. Seriously, the more minor characters like Jack, George, Gaston and Lark deserve a series all their own.
Any scene with George and Jack as well as Audrey's telling Kaldar he has "an ugly mug"; also, the dance between the two romantic interests was intense.
I loved the story, however the characters needed more development and the love triangle was not very believable. Despite the story having some steampunk elements, I would not classify this as true steampunk. Also the whole empowered feminist subplot came out of nowhere and really had no place in the story.
It did not have enough steampunk elements, inventions, character development, and the love triangle needed little more prominence. And as for the empowered feminist subplot, although interesting, had no place in the story and despite Minerva's attempts to be stalwart in the face of adversity, she really is weak and unbelievable as a 'strong female' character. Even though the author did an exceptional job in drawing out the sexual tension, it was never consummated. If she went on to do a sequel detailing their relationship and more of their adventures I think it would be fine. However, this was more of a one shot short story versus a full-length novel that could become a series, I was disappointed.
It might make a good mini series but due to the lack of character development, chemistry and weak subplots it would not be able to stand as a film or a tv series.
I happen to be a fan of film noir and an even bigger fan of steampunk, so to have the two genres combined is absolutely wonderful. Several of my friends also like steampunk and sci-fi so I would definitely recommend this to them. I must admit, Martinez can either be a hit or a miss (didn't care for his story, Monster) but this is an absolute hit. The only thing I think the story needed was a little more character development on some of the characters, like the young Holt -who only appeared in a few scenes yet was at the center of everything. Other than that, this is absolutely one of my favorite "reads" of the year.
I loved Mac Megaton as the cold yet somewhat sensitive "detective" as well as his friend/ sometimes roommate Young the Gorilla. They were just a wonderful pairing and they brought a sense of humor to the story. Luchea Napier was an equally intriguing character as the automatic girl genius turned playgirl who secretly still dabbles in science in her spare time. I kept thinking that she was going to turn out to be the femme fatale of the story, but Martinez didn't follow that cliche so bravo for him and his ability to create fresh and appealing characters.
I found it a bit comical whenever he tried doing a female character, but he did a fantastic job and really brought out Mac's cynical nature.
The Automatic Detective: A Heart of Gold with Arms of Steel.
If you are interested in sci-fi, film noir, steampunk or a combination of all of the above- then this is the book for you. This honestly has a little bit of everything- monsters, mayhem, romance, technology- it's just an all around fun and engrossing listen. Really hoping he makes a sequel sometime soon. Even though the threat of an alien invasion/immigration has been neutralized, there are always the problems and villains of tomorrow. Plus, I would like to see Mac and Luchea's relationship go somewhere somehow.
Heck, yes. I love Julianna Baggott's Pure trilogy and the characters are complex and well written. However I do not care much for Willux's friends, the Mothers, or even Partridge's girlfriend Lyda (mostly because I find her to be a bit selfish and weak). I guess that one of the things I admire about Baggott- she really knows how to create people that you love to hate.
There were three or four moments that really stood out to me for being very horrific, romantic, and/or realistic in their details.
I have listened to many stories read by Kristine Hvam and I love the stories and the way she gives the character's their own voice. With this story, however, the many POVs is more interesting and gives the characters their own personality.
I hope The Mothers die, especially the Head Mother and that El Capitan finds love. Cannot wait until the final book comes out.
I loved the history behind the Edge and the characters themselves were awesome- especially Rose's younger brothers Jack and Georgie. I love how each character had their own special power and personality. I also liked that the story didn't revolve all around Rose and her romance with Declan, like other romance novels. However, when it did focus on their romance, it was more about the physical attraction then their personal chemistry. I did expect there to be a love scene but I didn't realize it would be so graphic- it was a bit much for me. I think if they had focused a little more on the character's backgrounds, the three worlds, magic, and even what else drew Rose and Declan together besides the physical attraction I think it would have been much better.
The ending felt a bit rushed for me and I wanted to enjoy it a bit more than I did. I also don't like the fact that the next book won't be continuing Rose and Declan's story to see what happens next.
I like how she tried to give each character their own personality and how she got into the events. The only thing I didn't like was when she tried to do Declan's voice- it felt awkward.
Possibly, but I would like to see a little more action and magic than what was shown in the book.
I loved the paranormal aspects and the world that Laini Taylor created. This is not your typical YA fantasy novel: where the romance is usually right up front, it does not come to the forefront until the last half of the book. I especially loved the mythology revolving around these obviously not biblical angels and their beasty counterparts, the chimera. Even though the romance got a little more drawn out at the end, I loved how it was not the most important element. The characters were complex and the world of Elsewhere was very well thought out. Wouldn't mind stopping in there myself to meet Brimstone and the others.
I also loved that, despite a few stupid moves by the heroine, she was a strong female character who could for the most part look after herself and fight.
Several people have compared this to book to the Twilight Saga for the romance and some have compared it to The Chronicles of Narnia for its description of another world beyond our own. And, I must admit that it does have these elements, but where Twilight was all angst and hormones raging, this was more than that; and where Narnia was more for children, this was darker and definitely not something you would let your young child read. Although not graphic in nature (i.e. violence and sex), it was still dark and I think Taylor's angels might scare or confuse younger readers. The chimera, although a bit frightening, are not the monsters they are made out to be by the angels.
I loved the last errand Karou ran in Marakesh and the chase scene that followed. In fact, I enjoyed all the fight scenes she had with Akiva as well as the the Giant puppet scene.
I didn't want to stop listening. A couple times I found myself chuckling at parts or maybe finding myself anxious or angry along with the characters (i.e. the chimera ball where Madrigal dances back and forth with Theago and Akiva). However, I did not find myself crying that much- the ending, I will admit, was sad but it did not induce tears. It produced a sense of hope that maybe, things would turn out for these star-crossed lovers in the end and that not everyone in Elsewhere was gone.
All I can say is, if you liked the Twilight Saga, you should read this because I believe it is ten times better.
I don't think I would buy another of Pape's book. I was hoping for more steampunk and magic versus passion and graphic descriptions of people having sex. I do like Helen Stern as a narrator but the poor plot ruined it for me.
I have never listened to another of her books, and after this... I probably never will again. The story didn't involve much steampunk or magic but rather more primal instinct. The only real detailed segments were when the two protagonists were about to make love or during. It was annoying to have their relationship be pushed to the forefront over everything else.
The opening scene where the children help Merrick defeat the vampires. Essentially all the scenes where the story focuses on the children and their abilities. For me, the interest in Caroline and Merrick was secondary to the children's antics.
I loved the twist Pape gave to the legend of King Arthur and the Round Table and how Merrick was a descendent of the Knights.
I loved how the story was told from Angel's point of view as well as the narrator's excellent job of voicing each character. Despite the fantastic subject matter, the story felt believable and I found the forensic stuff very intriguing. I also immensely enjoyed the narration.
That Diana Rowland gave the zombie genre a new twist. It was a nice change of pace to see something new. It was interesting how that in order to stay 'normal', Angel would need to consume brains in order to not fall into decay, like Zeke. I liked the fact that the zombies would not become mindless unless they were overly active or out of brains. It was also nice to notice they could still eat normal food, as well.
The different voices and attitude of each character. She delivered the pain, anguish, joy and rage of each character excellently.
Yes- I couldn't wait to listen to it again. If I had to put my iPod down to do something important that required concentration, I would pick it back up instantly when I was finished.
Would love it to be made into a television show or movie- it'd be awesome to see something different in theaters than the usual 'run and fight for your life- there are brain-hungry zombies out to get you!' Seriously, though, if you like zombie books and shows like CSI, you will like this enjoyable mash-up of horror and mystery.
I loved Martinez's Too Many Curses. He is a great storyteller and he has a wonderful ability to create lovable and unlikeable characters. He has the ability to catch the reader and hold you all the way through the story.
With Monster, instead of monsters and cursed humans, you have disgruntled humans Judy and Monster dealing with magic and an evil, universe wielding parasite who seeks to control all aspects of the universe, culminating in a all fiery power struggle to put the world into 'its natural order'. It was interesting, original, and I was on the edge of my sea with anticipation and worry for the two protagonists. And good overpowered evil and sent the evil one on her not so merry way. The only thing I did not like was the ending, or- to be more accurate with my phrasing - how the main characters got on with their lives. Judy learns how to wield magic and begins to build a new life for herself, and Monster does the same - just not together. Instead he ended up with someone else, he and Judy parting ways, possibly for good.
This was enjoyable, and the narrator did a fantastic job when switching between characters, but the ending left me feeling a bit disappointed. However, I highly recommend A. Lee Martinez's work. If you are a sci-fi buff, you should enjoy this.
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