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Fantastic, Fun & Fearless
How crazy out-there the story is. How much fun killing monsters can be!
Yes, books 1 & 4 of this series. Love them all.
Laugh, laugh, & laugh some more. It's a real 'feel good' story if you're a little twisted!
I love paranormal series. This one is hilarious like Harry Dresden, Gruesome, violent, bizarre & a whole lot of crazy like Richard Kadrey & reminiscent in some ways of P.N. Elrod, while totally being it's own unique creation! I read all the reviews & then started w/this book (#2) then I read #4 & then #1. Next I'll read #3. I didn't have a problem reading out of order & had no trouble starting with this book after reading reviews of entire series. Liked it so much I had to go back & finish the series. It can be cheezy, it can be silly, but it's all in all so much smash-'em-up fun it's a blast. Entertaining! Out of 1, 2 & 4 I liked 2 & 4 the best.
If you REALLY want more of the series (which I did) then you may enjoy this book but don't expect a lot of substance. It was interesting to get the story from another character's perspective. As someone else mentioned, the multiple sex scenes seemed gratuitous. They were pretty tame & I'm not sure they added anything to the story line. I get that it was part of who she is & I don't have a problem w/sex scenes, they just were a little boring. Her character seemed to go from airhead to someone with a conscious a little too easily to me, but then again, I felt her brother's character went from good guy to psychopathic bad guy in what seemed like a heartbeat & very unrealistically too. I did find it satisfying when she took out the bad guys who kidnapped her & were going to rape her before her torture & murder.
The story was pretty good, a little repetitive in places, but the reading was atrocious, very flat. I still bought the next 2 in the series, but I would advise the author to change the narrator. I would have much preferred it to be read by Stefan Rudnicki who does most of Ben Bova's books. He's a hundred times better. I can understand wanting one with a British accent, but I'm sure there are plenty of other voice actors who could've done a superior job. Sorry Mr. Lister, but there just wasn't any emotion in your reading & it sounded very monotone.
I liked the series before this (liked, not loved mind you), but this book has inconsistencies that were (to me) just plain stupid & obvious. First Garnet's convinced Parrish (her ex) has turned Sebastion's ex Tereza, but when the 2 meet she burns his hand, so Garnets conviction doesn't make sense. She doesn't believe it wasn't him until she confronts him about it. Later on she talks about how it couldn't be Parrish because Tereza burned his hand. DUH! Then she asks Parrish to take care of Tereza to keep her away from Sebastion as she's interfering with the wedding plans/relationship. Parrish says yes then says no way in hell is he helping her be w/Sebastion & that he'll help Tereza instead. Then a little later on she calls him & asks him again to take care of Tereza & he immediately says OK. HUH? Then he shows up w/her at their wedding & tells Garnet he's in love w/Tereza. This is after only a few days & supposed years of professing to be madly & always in love w/Garnet (even though he was always sleeping around). HUH?
The inconsistencies with Garnet & the cold were confusing as well. Sometimes she's human & the cold is killing her & in others she's going out in a blizzard & taking off her coat & getting back to the house w/a semi conscious guy because Lilith can heat her up. Which is it? Make up your mind for jeepr's sake! I agree 100% w/A. Willamson 'cat lady's review. The book was all about the wedding & left much out & much to be desired.
Garnet did dumber than dumb things - like sending out an astral wedding invite to the entire world - which includes the Vatican's witch hating hit squad, who show up at the wedding rehearsal & have a fight then take off when she turns on her Lilith (which, BTW, didn't stop them from fighting her in other books, so why did they run scared & not come back this time?). That seemed like a gratuitous fight thrown in for the hell of it w/an unsatisfactory ending.
The relationship aspect was weird too. Garnets all jealous of him kissing his ex (understandably) but then later on after she gets over it, she easily forgives him w/o being angry when he explains that he kissed her because he was wondering if maybe he should get back together with her & wanted to see what he'd feel. Mind you, this was a kiss that was more of a make-out session & was only stopped by the coven's interruption. AND this is after telling her he did it because it was the only way to stop her from killing him & she doesn't call him on his outrageous lie, despite the fact it left the entire coven in jeopardy & almost got them killed! This is the same woman he says he never cared for in the first place & was only going to marry because he knocked her up. Then at their wedding after dancing w/Tereza when he gets back with Garnet he says saying goodbye to Teresa (who hooking up w/Parrish) would have broken his heart if he hadn't been marrying Garnet. WTH? (what the heck)? There is so much contradiction in the relationships it's confusing & lacks continuity.
The ending was pretty abrupt with many issues unresolved or not explained satisfactorily. The wedding takes place despite the curse never being retracted. So, what was the point of the curse? So many things in the book didn't seem to have a purpose or weren't backed up properly or lacked consistency & did next to nothing to contribute to the story line. The entire book was poorly thought out, lacked substance & was really just an indulgent lame waste of time about wedding problems. It seemed pretty pointless.
The only good thing about the book was the narrator, she at least, was consistent. I've never thought the Garnet voice fit the character (& that could just be my personal preference), but all the other ones are pretty good & at least it's the same from book to book, that's important.
Yes, if they are interested in the fantasy/romance/action genre.
That would be the one thing that made no sense to me. Her decision to help her father one last time with a job she knew was extremely dangerous & would likely ruin everything she had rebuilt her life to be. When he chose getting her to do the job over having a daughter, she should've told him to sod off. Of course, then there wouldn't be a story, so it was necessary to the plot, but I would've liked to have had it be more believable.
I'm not a fan of her female southern voice (didn't like whoever did the Sookie Stackhouse series either). I found the lead character's voice annoying. Her male voices weren't the best either.
Well, I'd rather the male lead took me out to dinner instead! Duh! The mythical 'good' bad boy! Handsome, ripped, lethal, smart, multi-talented & secretly good hearted.
The world in the Edge Series is different from most fantasy romance stereotypes. It's a lot more interesting & non traditional. It spans mundane & magic worlds with an outcast realm in between (hence the "Edge"). It's heavier on the action than the romance, which I also like. It can be a bit brutal - the Edge/magic sides are violent & the bad guys are really, really nasty. The female/male lead relationships are still pretty formulaic, but her characters & her world is intersting. Her side characters get a fair bit of exposure & I like the stories of the two boys. I remember them from the 1st book (not sure if I've read #2). Characters from previous books have parts in the following ones & I like that. I'm looking forward to the series continuing with the boys becoming adults & starring in their own book.
Yes, but that's because I like audio books better than print as I have more time for them.
I listened to this before book 1 (Pandora's Star - which I'm doing now) and was still able to follow the story. I didn't feel lost as if I'd jumped into the middle of a story, so I'd say it can work as a stand alone book, but I'd still recommend reading in order. It is LONG, which I usually like but the story follows of a lot of different characters and sometimes it was so long before he came back to a character, it took me a while to remember who they were again. Overall I did like the story and had to get Pandora's Star to find out what happened first and look forward to what's coming next. It's definitely more about political intrigue & dynasties than space ships or battles, though there are a few of those, they're pretty sparse. In a very vague sense is a little reminiscent of the Miles Vorkosigan Adventures by Lois McMaster Bujold. Set in the future, with a lot of colonized planets & multiple aliens. He's also got some weird concepts & ways of traveling. One is a bizarre mixing of sci-fi & fairies & 'paths' you can 'walk' to other worlds/planets. There's a real 60's hippie feel to some of the characters (Ozzy) & the political activism of that era (Adam) as well. The people in the story are well defined & their motivations & actions are in character. There's a lot to keep track of, but once you get all the players nailed down, it gets interesting.
It's a fun light romance changeling series. A bit predictable - standard fluff, but most of these types are. Romances are always more fun when they involve lions & tigers & bears oh my! (Or shifters, vampires & other things that go bump in the night). What I'm waiting for is a hook up between one of the "amazon" female shifters & a shifter male, that might be interesting? I've listened to 1-4 & will continue the series if I can get them at a good price, not sure if I would buy the rest at full credits. Reminds me of The Breed series by Lora Leigh and a bit like the Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh. It's listed here as "Erotica" but I certainly wouldn't classify it as that. Yes, there are sex scenes but they're pretty run of the mill & don't occur that often. Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake Vampire/Shifter series gets way kinkier & I still wouldn't classify her as erotica either!
Yes. I like audio books better than print books books because I have more time to listen than I do to sit & read, so I get to enjoy more books this way. I listen every day for at least several hours. While I'm working, driving, walking, at the beach, shopping, house keeping & even as I go to sleep (use timer).
Getting to hear more about Captain Jack Geary's adventures.
Yes, I've listened to the entire series & love it. I've also done the Lost Stars series & loved it too.
I thought it was a fun series with lots of action, adventure, political intrigue & best of all, space ships & space battles. Has a brash, ballsy lead who cares about people & has a strong moral code. Also like that Campbell has strong female characters in his books. Not a lot of dead spots or repetition as the series progresses either, which happens too often in other long series (David Weber's Honor Harrington or Weber/Flint's Ring of Fire series for example, though I still really liked & read most of them both any way).
The leading man - because he's smart, anti-authority, respectful to subordinates & gets the job done with creative, seemingly hair-brained, hail Mary ploys, followed closely by the Dr. - for his intelligence & how even though he's anit-violence, he's has a complimentary skill set that is of immense value to the Captain (lead) & the Admiral - because he's garish, loud, unapologetic & values results over procedures & the Vargh (sp?) Captain - for his deep sense of honor, ferociousness & witty banter.
Yes, but I still think he should've used a younger sounding voice for lead character so that it matched his age. His voice, however, for the Admiral was terrific!
I loved the scenes with the Vargh (sp?) encounters & those with the Admiral. The insults of the Vargh Captain were hilarious, even though their race & culture are anything but that. The various hair trigger meetings with them & the respect ultimately won by the lead character was rewarding. The personality & language used by the Admiral was lots of fun, too.
My only complaint would be the total lack of female military personnel. The author created a 'valid' reason for this within the world's back story. I would've much preferred it if he hadn't, but being a woman, perhaps I'm a bit prejudiced on this matter. Overall, I liked both Books 1 & 2 & wish there were many more of the series available! I look forward to Book 3 & wish it & many more in the series were available now.
I enjoyed it as much as I have most of David Weber's Honor Harrington series. Both main characters exhibit out of the box thinking & a disregard for authority or standard practices when they inhibited success. Both have plenty of space naval battles won by a single smaller ship. The worlds, however, were totally different, so it definitely wasn't a a copy cat.
Good, except for voice of main character. It sounded way to old for a man who's only 28. (Sorry, more than 3, but 3 words weren't enough.) Other than that, the voices for other characters were fine & the narrator voice was excellent, as well as that of the main Admiral.
My only complaint would be the total lack of female military personnel. The author created a 'valid' reason for this within the world's back story. I would've much preferred it if he hadn't, but being a woman, perhaps I'm a bit prejudiced on this matter. Overall, I liked both Books 1 & 2 & wish there were many more of the series available! I look forward to Book 3.
Yes, but tired of the lack of action & abundance of filler developing in series. Has slowed way down from 1632 or 1633. All the BS rambling & plethora of tiny, exaggerated, drawn out details - very annoying!
If he's the same guy who did 1632, then he's fine. And, please, at least stick to the same guy all the way through. Listening also to David Weber's Safehold Series & the change in Narrators & their pronunciation is hideously annoying & distracting!
No, kept waiting for the real action to start, but didn't happen til very end & then wasn't much. Seemed the whole story was mostly a drawn out (VERY DRAWN OUT) build up to the Tower of London break out. Included was another long separate story arc about about Eddie Cantrel, which could've been interesting if the character didn't say the exact same things every time you were told what he was thinking (about being tortured by the Danish King for being in lust w/his 15 yr old daughter or his supposed reason for being there - spying on them - which he was totally incompetent at)! Turned what had been an interesting minor character (who originally had character), into a total whining spineless dweeb. They could've done more with Mike's wife & the Prince of Spain, which might have been more interesting than the drivel w/poor Eddie.
I still want to see where story goes & how it ends so I've kept listening & got 1635 The Papal Strikes & 1636 The Devils Opera, but I am getting confused. Checked my state library & there are about 3 or 4 different versions of 1635 & 1636 each, which makes no sense. All written in different years, with different covers & lengths. Most appear to be different story lines but 2 of either the 1935's or 1636's seem to be same, are exact same length & description, but different subtitles on Audible - what's up w/that? I just looked for again to say exactly which 2 titles they were but can't find them now, but there WERE there yesterday when I was trying to figure out which 1635 & which 1636 to buy. If you look at actual books, there's a LOT of different versions, referred to as spin-off stories. The 1636 Kremlin Games being 1 example. Makes it very difficult to keep track of & figure out story line continuity. Wish he just finished the series about the main story w/Mike & King of Sweden, then did a spin off series with DIFFERENT names, not same year titles w/different subtitle. He could've simplified things a lot that way instead. As it is, there's still a lot of the stories missing on audio versions & I'll have to do a lot of reading if I want to actually finish the entire story. Overall, series started off strong, but has been increasingly piddling out with so much boring detail on little things that don't contribute to the story's main plot thrust. This makes it very frustrating. It was such a great idea but he's really dragged it out & I don't know why I keep hanging on - hoping it'll get back to being good & back to the faster pace & action he started off with. Unlike Game of Thrones or Dune Series, both of which were similar in scope & length, (size wise at least), Eric Flint can't seem to keep the momentum going & seems to be just trying to milk it for all it's worth & is killing what could've been a fantastic body of work in the process by turning it into a slow drown in quicksand. Too bad I'm already stuck. If I didn't already have so much time on my hands, I probably would've given up long ago, but if you're not feeling well, it's good for putting you to sleep! (If you miss a few chapters in the process, oh well, no loss either!) Sad, but true. I'd like to know if Mr. Flint has actually sat back & read (or listened) to these books once they're done? Can't believe he'd have published them if he had! Hate to be so negative, but these books could've easily been half their size & still gotten their point across in a much more palatable form. To end on a positive note, I can at least say he can create characters that are interesting enough I got attached to them, which is probably the reason I'm wading through the rest of the series - to find out what happens to them.
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