There is a change in tone halfway through that is disconcerting it goes from being a very nicely worked out and funny story to a a tedious and long winded description of orbital physics.
I've been looking for an English language history of the French Revolution and I'm very happy to have found this course.
What I wanted was an overview of what happened during the french revolution and the Napoleonic wars and this course was almost exactly what I was looking for.
I might suggest that they split the topics into two courses, one for Napoleon and one for the revolution as even with something like 38 chapters it feels like we are missing some of the depth that would be helpful in understanding the subject matter.
I have enjoyed all of Martha Wells Raksura books and this collection of two novellas and two short stories is no exception. It has all the diversity of culture and creature I have come to expect and delight in in these works and along with an intriguing mystery. All the stories are well read by Christopher Kipiniak.
in the first Novella The Falling World, Jade, who left on a diplomatic mission, has gone missing and its up to Moon and Stone and Company to discover her groups strange fate and, if possible, rescue them from it.
The second Novella is The Tale of Indigo and Cloud, which is the love story that gave the court of Indigo and Cloud (the central court in the novels) its name. it is a comedy of manners and romance where the participants have disemboweling claws which adds an intriguing level of difficulty to the proceedings.
The short stories are The Forest Boy, which gives us a look at what Moon's early life was like and Adaptation that tells the story of what happened when Chime changed form from a mentor or to a warrior.
I enjoyed this well read story by Claudia Black,but I found the conceits of the universe tiring after a while.
Not only is there a city where for 3 to 5 days everyone has to lie , It also has random magic that turns the lies true, this is in addition the city of Jewel with its now freed and completely scared of being freed population and it's museum of thieves with its strange magic.
I think the author was going for an eclectic universe but instead it's a more muddled one.
This is a survey course, I would have preferred a more in depth looks at almost any of these characters then one half hour chapter.
For what it is, it's very good and has some information that was useful, I still don't want to read Robinson Caruso and but I will try James Fennimore Cooper's Hawkeye stories.
This is one of my very favorite short stories. It manages to be complex and deep and hugely effective in a very short time. It is very well read by the narrator.
The "Watch" verse, where those who champion the forces of light "The Night Watch" and the darkness "The Day Watch" and the balance "The Inquisition" are as always, drawn into conflict in an eternal struggle for power that results, as always in balance of a kind. And perhaps in this case forgiveness?
And Merlin. Who is very cool.
A beautiful tight series of the three interconnected stories where the Dark Ones and the Light Ones once again prove that most the differences between them are semantics. The real barriers are the ones between the Others and the rest of us.
I highly recommend the whole series, but this book in particular is top notch.
This story rejoins our characters a few days after the end of book one.
Once again Moon, is found trying to findhis place within Raksura society as the troubled colony of Indigo Cloud moves to it's new home, also it's old home, in the reaches. Once again Moon, and the Indigo Cloud Colony find that things are not going to be easy.
Another great story as Moon tries to work out what it means to be a Consort as well as a Raksura. The narrator does a good job of keeping the diverse characters straight and the wit of the characters comes through well.
Second books are often a disappointment. This one wasn't. Martha Wells builds on book one, deepening our understanding of the world and the characters, along with a great adventure and exploration tale in a world still full of wonders.
A wildly imaginative world (or three worlds, sky, ground and sea) is introduced in this first book the Raksura. We meet Moon a shape-shifter in hiding who is just trying to get along with the humanoids he's hiding among just as things are about to go wrong for him, again.
I really enjoyed this book, the characters are well drawn and interesting, the world is an extremely vivid one that seems to be truly alien and the story of a young man finding himself and his people is well told.
The first book of a great series.
I enjoyed this book. It's a good in-between story of Han and Leia between A New Hope and Empire strikes back, The characters we know are in character and the new ones are engaging a well told adventure story.
My Quibble and why "narration" was only two stars, Apologies to January LaVoy, who did a good job, but the audio version comes complete with blaster fire (and other special effect sounds). I don't need blaster fire sounds, that's what my imagination is for.
Very enjoyable children's book well read by David Tennant.
two minor quibbles,
Quibble the first, somehow I never imagined vikings with Scottish accents (this is a quibble the reading of the book shares with the movie)
Quibble the second, I wish there were some shield maidens, surprisingly few (human) girls in this.(Although flamingwyrm and horrorcow do OK).
On the whole though the book is fun and funny balancing both witty and silly and gross humor well. Looking forward to the next book
Report Inappropriate Content