Couldn't put this down and I'm feeling a bit traumatized knowing the next book isn't due until next year! I really liked the first book but this one added a depth to both setting and characters that brought it to the next level. Again we have familiar fantasy tropes and characters but Weeks weaves them into a fantastic story.
The narrator is light years better than the one from the first book. I hope Simon Vance continues to narrate the rest of the series.
The voice cast is AMAZING. I hope Audible keeps doing special versions like this with all-star casts.
This collection is based in the Forgotten Realms universe. I haven't read any of the books. Unfortunately, to enjoy these stories, I believe you need to be familiar with them. A couple of them stand alone and you don't feel like you're missing huge chunks of info (Dark Mirror comes to mind.) Overall, it was a lot of talk about places and characters I didn't know nor care about. It reminds me why some people don't like fantasy.
I do feel that I might be a bit unfair with this rating. I think if you are a fan of and familiar with the work, you will love this. I went back and forth and was just going to leave the rating blank but, in the end, I think good short stories should be able to stand on their own without an extensive background.
Good YA sci-fi novella. Kept my interest as we walked through sort of a day in the life of Joe and Mary as they get ready to pick their careers and start their future together.
It felt very much like classic sci-fi in both the good and the not so good. The good in that it has the elements I love about sci-fi: solid concepts, interesting world-building, and fun talk of the future tech. The not so good was that it felt a bit dated. I think the big part of that was in the character names - Joe, Mary, Larry, Sam. At times it just felt as though I was reading a book from the 50s with a look at sci-fi from that perspective instead of from the present.
The narration by Simon Vance was fabulous as always.
It's a good book but it's _nothing_ like the movie. There's Hiccup, Toothless, Gobber, etc., and the setting is the same, but the story and characters are different. The hardest part for me is that Toothless is not as likable in the book.
I admit that I bought it because I love David Tennant. He could read the phone book and I'll listen. I was not disappointed.
There was a lot to like in this book. The open source versus authoritarian control debate over a nano-drug brought up some great subplots. Buddhist philosophy in a recreational drug to military philosophy in a mind control weapon. I loved the view on how mankind was evolving along with the drug evolving out on the street.
My biggest problem was the pacing of this book. There were a lot of parts where I was just waiting for the next chapter. The writing just didn't pull me in.
I'd say 4 for the book but 5 as an audiobook. Kristen Bell reading this makes the story just that much better. Oh, how I love her. I'd say this is a must read for any Veronica Mars fan. It picks up a few months after the movie and makes you feel like the series isn't over.
In YA dystopian trilogies, I've felt let down by the third book. Even in series that I thought had promise, the last installation has either left me raging or feeling meh. Thank you, Dan Wells, for breaking that streak. The ending felt a bit rushed but, as an end to the series, it felt complete. Great world building and storytelling. My only gripe is the love triangle and how it was resolved. I hate love triangles to begin with and this one didn't give me any warm fuzzies.
Probably closer to 3.5 stars. The 1st book was great. Had a very classic sci-fi feel to it. A few issues with believability but I was on board. Books 2-4 were very good with fun world building. The 5th book felt a bit rushed at parts and drawn out at parts but never matched the pace and writing of the previous books. A bit disappointed at how things ended.
This started out really funny but then took itself a bit too seriously towards the end. As a Star Trek fan, there were a few laugh out loud moments but I still waffled between a 2 and 3 star on this one.
Divergent was such a fun book. I had high hopes for this trilogy but am left feeling pretty meh.
Beautiful character driven story taking place at the turn of the 20th century in New York City. Two immigrants come to this city, not by choice, and forced to find their way. While there is a magical fantasy element in that the characters are a Golem and a Djinn, I would still call it a story of human nature. It is a story of culture, religion, identity, and friendship. Highly recommend.
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