I am just starting the Wheel of Time series and look forward to reading this series. The storyline of the prequel is enjoyable and it was an interesting read. I have no insight into the series so not sure yet how the prequel sets up the rest of the story. I am not a big fan of the two narrators, but they grow on you as the story moves along.
While these books were enjoyable with Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson takes them to the next level. Sanderson's writes with an edge that Jordan was just not able to deliver. I would not call the books "dark" now, but they do possess a depth that just wasn't there before. That is not an insult to Jordan, it is just that Sanderson is a great writer. There are several scenes in the book that move you to the edge of your seat - and yes, I may have been moved to tears once or twice. Can't wait to start book 13!
If you are just looking for a book to learn about women, then this book might be ok for you. But if you are interested in sex and sexual behavior from an evolutionary biology/human behavior standpoint, there are much better reads than What do Women Want. Available on Audible, I recommend The Red Queen by Matt Ridley and Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan. Stick to those!
This should be mandatory reading in late High School or college. By understanding primate nature when it comes to sex, violence and reciprocity we receive invaluable insight into the human race. Doesn't it make sense that in order to function as a productive and happy society, we need to first understand human nature. This book goes a long way in providing insight into human nature and is a must read for anyone interested in the topic.
I just finished book 3 of this series as I write this review. Despite the cheesy book covers, this is a very entertaining series. Is it as dark as Game of Thrones or the Malazan Empire, absolutely not. Is it still an enjoyable read for those that like dark fantasy, I say yes. The author is great at keeping you guessing on what is going to happen next, which keeps the books from ever turning boring. Mix in some of the humor and I can say I am enjoying this series and can't wait to start book 4!
This book challenges the standard model of human sexuality from an evolutionary standpoint - and it succeeds in what it attempts to do. While I was first skeptical about the path the authors were taking, they put forth a well thought out and convincing argument. The reality is, we do not know anything about human sexuality in the hunter gatherer time because we were not there. A few evolutionary psychologists came along and made some assumptions about how they thought things were back in that time and everyone just go on board with the story. These authors have the wherewithal to call out the traditional beliefs and put something forth that is much more plausible.
Yes, it did pain me when the author attacks Steven Pinker, one of my favorite evolutionary psychology authors, but there is room for both Sex at Dawn and Pinker.
This is an absolute must read for anyone interested in this topic.
Book 3 brings back some of my favorite characters from Book 1 including Whiskeyjack, Quick Ben and Anomander Rake. This is another epic fantasy story that completely engrosses you. From time to time they refer to events from Book 2 which nicely ties the two books together since they occur at the same time. Two complaints, as the book winds down you sometimes get lost with everything going on in the book (it becomes a little long winded) and I would love to see more Anomander Rake. Those are minor complaints as Erikson is a master story teller and Lister is an absolute incredible narrator.
For those of you that think people can't improve (including yourself), this book is a good read. I really think this book would be best if it was cut in half and written for the 13 - 21 year old audience. It is that age when we are hardest on ourselves and this book can allow early adults to come to terms with failure and learn how to grow.
The biggest downside to this book is it is so focused on mindset that it fails to bring in other psychological areas that are just as relevant as mindset. Instead it hammers you over and over again with examples of positive and negative mindsets. While beneficial, the examples grow old towards the end of the book.
It would be hard to top Gardens of the Moon and this doesn't quite do it, but it is still a superb fantasy read. There is a good mix of new characters and returning characters. The return of Bridgeburners Fiddler and Kalam make the start of the story more enjoyable as there is some continuity between the first and second books. Mappo and Icarium are great new characters and their story throughout the book is an amazing trail of discovery. Once again, the world that Erikson creates is immense and it is unfathomable how Erikson makes it all come together. As with the first book, Lister's narration makes the story feel that much more believable.
I am very happy to see that Brilliance Audio will be releasing books 4 - 10 on audio periodically over the next two years. I hope there is no delay in Audible making them available. When I started this series I did not realize it was not complete and I hate to wait years between books.
Erikson starts his stories as if you already know the characters and the world they live in. There is no context setting and you spend the first third of the book just trying to figure out what is going on and who is who. It is really not until you are half way through the story that you can really follow all of the characters and you begin to see how the story is coming together. You would think that would make for a bad review, but the story is absolutely brilliant. Events follow one after another in an unpredictable but very realistic manner. The world he creates is immense. And as you approach the end of the book you are left to wonder how he could have written such a brilliant story. It’s dark, it’s realistic, it’s funny….it is a great fantasy read!
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