There IS a lot of action, but it is a waste of hours. It's just lots of frenetic situations where everyone wishes they were somewhere else. I took a break 3/4 of the way through an re-listened to Dune. A good move as it turns out! In the end, there is nothing satisfying about this book. It's a "boy are you screwed" book. Sigh.
The performance is quite good, but there were many moments when I wasn't sure if it was Lorenzo or Valentine speaking.
I wish I had skipped this book and MAYBE read the next one.
There is nothing objectionable about this book. It's "OK". Not great. Marvin is fun. The book ends suddenly, like "we got this far, did some things, and ran out of paper". It looks like it will be one of many to come, as they keep cranking them out.
So this is how a badass female character lives? We are treated to a something like a month in the life of a prostitute. We start out with horrific torture, and it DOES NOT get better. I wish I could wash the taint from my brain. This is a really disgusting book, but when did that matter to most people?
That's right. Blood spurting and sex at the same time. This has to be a new low. The main character also gets beaten to a bloody pulp so many times, he should be in a coma! But nooo, he's running around! I was angry and disgusted when this one ended. Yuck.
This is one of the best Disk World books. Most of them are light comedy. This one has the comedy for sure, but also has a much deeper human story. I had to say wow when it was done. A very satisfying read. I will certainly be listening to it again.
Robert Jordan had a very annoying tendency to constantly describe what people are wearing. This book takes that to new lows! We get to have characters arguing (or not daring to argue) with seamstresses about colors. Light blue or dark blue? Hip hugging or not? Cleavage? Wool or silk? Guess what? It does nothing for the plot! I think there are two hours in this book talking about clothing. Two hours I can never get back.
Eventually the story gets going, but that's at 90% through. If you decide to listen to this one, just start skipping when fabric is mentioned!
Very little happens in this book, and none of it is good. This book cannot stand on its own. Gone is the fun of the first book. I think you could skip this one and pick right up with the last one. I will be reading reviews carefully before chancing the last book.
There is a LOT of torture in this book. The rest of the book is good. Seriously, the torture goes on for hours. Not recommended for kids!
This book compares itself to Alas Babylon, but the two books have little in common. This book is very depressing. No happy ending is possible. Most of the book is four guys sitting around a table trying to figure out what to do, and husbanding their last cigarettes. There is no attempt at suspense or adventure. Most of the climax is talked about in the past tense. The moral of the story is pounded home incessantly. I do think that the book is realistic, but I could get this information from an article without the constant negative emotion.
I love the doggies, and really enjoyed A Fire Upon the Deep years ago. That's why I decided to read this one. This book feels like the middle of the Wheel of Time. It drags on and on. It actually put me to sleep. The story moves forward a tiny bit. In the end nothing is resolved. Some of what happens is very unrealistic. This character is THAT stupid? Lots of people die, and nobody mourns them? Nobody is held to account? Really?
If you do decide to read this book (don't), be sure to read A Fire Upon the Deep first. There are many references to it.
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