The subject matter.
I quit reading after the graphic clitorectomy.
the interpretive reading is excellent. You experience the dust, the pain, the rejection. The performance is well done, but I want to escape problems, not wallow in them.
It is probably a good book for someone else to read.
Sharp, tough and romantic. The main character, Jade Crow, has personality plus. She's been on her own for a while, and she's chosen to hide in a town that has a super helping of extraordinary people -- in the hope that her magic will be unnoticed. She's had it rough, but it hasn't filed away her ability to care. When the new Justice comes to town...well, now that would be telling too much of the story.
Patricia Briggs Alpha and Omega books. Patty Briggs characters also have that tough exterior with heart of gold, and crisp portrayal of personable characters. Bellet's writing brings the reader just a little bit closer to the street -- moderately farther away from fantasy.
Folly Blaine does an excellent job of interpreting Jade's expressions and attitude. Because the book is written in first person, this is perfect.
One red-gold leaf, trying to hide among green trees.
She looks at the Justice and thinks his lips are kissable? Really? Foreshadowing is cool, but that seems just a tidge bit over the top -- after all, at that moment he is thinking about imposing consequences. That is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. Otherwise, very fine writing, super plot, believable characters and some fun references to gaming culture. Loved it.
Yes, I will definitely listen to Burn for Me again. I was a little put off by the almost continual "hot guy" commentary, but there was plenty of action. The heroine, Nevada, is well grounded in professional responsibility and love of her family. She is clearly a well-rounded person. The other characters in the book are not quite as well developed, but Mad Rogan is coming along nicely by the end of the book, as are Nevada's cousin, mother and grandmother. The plot is nicely tied up, with plenty of loose ends for future development.
I put off buying this book until I read a review that indicated that it is tied to the novella, of Swine and Roses -- which I found to be an absolute hoot. I have read all of the Ilona Andrews books that I can lay hands on -- both the Edge series and the Kate Daniels series, as well as Clean sweep and assorted short stories. I'm not sure how they do it, but the Ilona and Gordon Andrews husband and wife writing team can pull of some super yarns that include family warmth, romantic love and exceptionally fast-paced scary plots. I hope they keep writing for a long time to come.
There were so many good scenes in this book it is hard to choose. I think my favorite might have been when Nevada sees the parking lot full of red carnations -- but the two scenes where she discovers the active aspects of her power are close runners-up.
Yes...when Bern steps out of the van. And I can't say a bit more about it without spoilers. Just take my word for it...it is moving.
Can't wait for the next one.
Most of the stories in this collection are excellent. Retribution Clause by Ilona Andrews and Big Foot on Campus were both excellent. The reader performing Big Foot did an amazingly good rendition of Dresden -- so good that I was halfway through the story before I realized that it was different from Marsden's interpretation. Holly's Balm was a nice little visit with resurectionist Holly and Andrew. But I found the forced, tongue in cheek style of Snow Job to be so poor a presentation that I skipped to the next story half way through it. Outside the Box by P.N. Elrod was up to her usual excellent standards. The rest of the stories were moderately good, but not memorable.
No. the three best authors are writers whose work I already follow. I enjoyed the addition to their worlds.
It was a decent sampler.
The narrators all did well. The reader for Big Foot gave an outstanding performance.
I've read similar collections and enjoyed learning of new authors. This one had some good storyes by authors whose works I already collect I always hope that a book of this nature will turn up someone new that I've not read before. Such was not the case with this collection.
Right up there with Dresden files -- my other favorite series.
Kate, of course. But there is also Curran, Jim and Julie -- as well as her business partner.
Renee's voice is to me Kate's voice. But she also did a credible world-weary teen in the add-on short story about Julie.
The moment when Kate and Curran find the plate of cookies. There are many superb parts -- like Kate despairing over losing two of her own, or when she finds the bones of her grandmother -- the cookies trigger a definite "uh-oh" moment.
I am not sure which Ilona Andrews series I like best -- I started with the Kate Daniels books, but I also have read all of the Edge. I hope the newest one -- the Inn Keeper book -- is the beginning of another series.
Yes. This is the capstone book for the forth sequence of the Foreigner series. Cherryh has pulled off something that is very difficult, if not impossible. She has kept the series fresh, yet informs new readers during the introduction of each book of the action that has occurred previously. In this series, Bren Cameron is back on the world, and we are introduced again to Cajeiri, who is growing into his role as heir apparent with a considerable lack of grace -- although he is trying hard to behave and do as he should.
Cajieri. His antics and immature thougts reflect Cherryh's background as an educator. His antics get him into a lot of hot water, but also serve to help drive the main plotline. Like many children, he lives encapsuled by an adult world which affects him, but which he can affect only minimally.
In this third book, Cajieri is starting to mature, as he moves toward his ninth birthday. I think my favorite part is where he is trying to help his grandmother, and when bombs are thrown at Cameron's house, he is knocked down. But his main concern as he comes to himself is that he broke the tea service.
Yes. I had a hard time breaking away to do other things I needed to do.
Concurrent with listening to this series, I re-read Cyteen, Regenisis and Forty Thousand in Gehenna. Cherryh is an author I re-read periodically, as a reminder of how good plotting and excellent writing actually work. Her writing is dense, packed with information on every page, yet well-paced and enjoyable.
James Marsters is a master reader, and his performance reading the Dresden files has made the series for me. However, he also has superb material in James Butcher's writing.
Dresden. The entire series is told in first person from his view, so enjoying this character is essential to enjoying the series. However, Karon, the tough little ex-cop and the coroner are very important to this particular book.
Marsters has a way of reading the story as if he were Dresden -- acting as much as reading. The one time there was a different reader (who was not a bad reader -- he just wasn't Marsters), the change in characterization grated on the ear.
Between a rock and a hard place.
Once again, Butcher has pulled off a plot line that places the central character in an impossible position -- yet allows him to pull off a positive ending. One has to wonder if Mab is actually as evil as her public image, because she certainly allows her current Winter Knight a lot of latitude.
Yes. This book continues the story begun in Deed of Paksenarrion. It picks up Kieri's story, and examines the relationship between the elves and humans in the kingdom he has inherited. The pacing is excellent, characters well rounded.
Kieri and his young wife. They are central to this part of the story.
I have not. I like her vocal range and the way she deals with character voices. I will watch for more of her performances.
Spoiler alert for people who have not yet read the book. I was very moved by the moment when the young queen loses her baby, and the realization that food at the banquet had been poisoned.
The chief attraction in this series for me is the excellent world building and the interplay between characters and cultures.
I haven't read the print version, so I really could not compare the two. However, if you simply read the work, you would miss out on all the wonderful music clips used throughout.
Professor Greenberg's humorous way of dealing with what could be a fairly dry topic.
Now I can't see that this really applies. He covers a lot of territory in the history of opera. Figero is certainly memorable, but I wouldn't necessarily call him a favorite. Otello was also well done.
This question so does not apply to this work.
This is my second "Great Course" audio book performed by Professor Greenberg. He clearly enjoys his topic -- music -- and is adept at couching history in modern terms without getting tooo campy about it. I enjoyed this book and "how to listen and appreciate music" very much. Both added a great deal to my appreciation of music history and classical format.
The best part of Netherland was the character development of the protagonist. I disliked the rambling style. The story begins in the present, but is largely driven by flashbacks and digressions.
I can't say I was exactly disappointed. I read the book to review it, so I had no particular expectations. I simply wasn't impressed with it.
Mays does a nice job of working with this material. His reading is direct and clear.
NOT read another book by Joseph O'neill.
I am not fond of "slice of life" books, so my review is probably less than fair. However, I simply wasn't impressed with the overall approach. The whole concept of Cricket, the game as applied to "playing cricket" as keeping your dealings in life open and above board in life, seemed a little strained to me.
Understanding personal growth
Sebastian, another book by Anne Bishop. It has the same sort of gentle sweetness wrapped up in bravado "tough".
I have not listened to Alexandra Harris's other performances. This was a first for me. I was impressed with the way she could introduce voice differences without sounding strained. Since her narrative voice is a light soprano, this is truly impressive.
Yes. And I could not. It gave me something to look forward to at the end of my work week.
I have read all of Anne Bishop's books and short stories that I could obtain. I own copies of the Black Jewels series and the Ephemeral series. Like many of her books, Written in Red seems to pick up on a current social trend -- in this case, cutting -- and examines possible reasons and even an element of solution. It taps into the need for children and youth to make connections with others and to learn useful skills in order to survive. It examines values that are true "inside the tribe" and treatment of those "outside the tribe." At the same time, the plot is fast paced, the characters are believable. Her "others" are not as gritty as Patricia Briggs wolves or Ilona Andrews Edge dwellers, nor as ethereal as Charles de Lint's urban mythic creatures, but they have a charm of their own. Overall, the book comes across as light, playful, yet strong.
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