well-plotted police procedural
The author seems to have a good grasp of Venice; she has lived there for years.
Ohmigosh, the fake Italian accents! If you have one Italian character in a book, maybe you want to give that person an Italian accent. But if everyone in the book is Italian, what's the point? Especially if you don't do an Italian accent particularly well. And David Colacci doesn't even pronounce the Italian correctly; at least I've never heard anyone say FerrOHvia as he does in Death and Judgement, the next book after this. For heaven's sake, he doesn't even get "Guido" right, and that's the main character's name.
I don't know; Death in Venice is already taken.
I see there is another reader coming up several volumes in. Fingers crossed.
I'm not sure. Maybe people who like blowing things up. I can check with the family demolitions expert.
Maybe the author could have decided ahead of time what kind of book he wanted to write. I couldn't tell if it was adventure, science fiction, romance, or a thriller, and I don't think A.G. Riddle knew either.
Yes, I think the reader was fine. He has a little bit of a lisp, and that was annoying with some characters but cute with others.
Maybe 2/3 of the Nazis could go.
Mr. Riddle, a low violin is called a cello, and a dancing room is generally called a ballroom.
The author's world is consistent and the characters believable in the framework of that world, Gran an old-fashioned witch out of fairy tales, and Anita a typical 80's girl despite her magic powers.
The last chapter.
The voices are wonderful--I wouldn't have a clue how Gran or John Strong should sound.
The outcome of the Sandpiper chapter made me at least smile.
These are traditional witches in the pre-Harry Potter, Satan-worship mold. Readers who are bothered by that, please avoid; but it's done in a light-hearted way, mainly just the oaths are reversed. It didn't bother me! And Anita is a lusty witch; nothing is explicit, but there is some innuendo.
A court case from the first meeting with the client until the denouement. A love story, same. Great plotting.
It's kind of like John Grisham novels in that the author seems to know his way around the legal arena.
The confrontation at the end.
I can't say without spoiling.
I was gripped from beginning to end. I have several half-finished books on my iPod, so this is not always the case. I suspect that an attorney would be bored by the amount of detail, but I thought it was interesting.
Dan Brown seems to do good research on history and art, and he puts together interesting plots; but when will he learn how to write? I wish I had counted every time he used "sense" instead of "thought," "realized," "understood," "felt," or any of a dozen other more appropriate words. He did actually use the word correctly once near the end of the book, but by that time it had been so overworked it didn't have any impact.
To give the guy credit, he did use the word "iconology" a couple of times. He is probably kicking himself that he didn't know that one when he wrote "The Da Vinci Code."
Instead of throwing out a number--this character has an IQ of 208--he could write her smarter. She could do more than parrot whatever Bob says.
Somebody remind me to get the abridged version of Mr. Brown's next book. That should give me at least 50% fewer incorrect uses of "sense."
Only to a dedicated fantasy reader.
It is a teensy little bit Pernlike because there are dragons and people dedicated to them.
This narrator just isn't my favorite.
No! I had periods of being sick of it.
I feel as if many of the characters started developing personalities they didn't have in the first two books. Kennit actually became pretty interesting. I still waiting on Althea.
I loved Robin Hobbs's Assassin books so much that I wanted to read more of her books set in that world. The characters were interesting and their motivations made sense. In this book the characters don't make sense at all. I feel as if the author just conceived the characters as stick figures and then tried to throw in a few inconsistencies to round them out. And the reaader drives me nuts. Maybe I should try listening at a faster speed to see if she sounds better.
I still like the world Robin Hobbs has created.
I guess I don't have a choice, since I have decided to stick it out and listen to the rest of the liveship books.
No, I don't think it would work.
I felt that 1Q84 was a waste of time and couldn't finish it. The book has an interesting premise and I even like the characters, but it just goes on and on. The author repeats himself terribly--every now and then he even puts in a plot summary, as if realizing that he has written so much trivia that the reader may have forgotten what was going on a hundred pages ago. The author also spends way too much time discussing body parts and sex. He can't relay a conversation between Tengo and his girlfriend without a penis as a prop. I wish someone who made it through to the end of the book would let me know how everything resolved, because the Wikipedia plot summary I found was a little sparse. But even if it means never knowing, I just can't sit through any more descriptions of Tengo's erections.
I thought the readers were very good.
Paranormal romance plus genetics: slightly less silly than most.. The writing is OK and the characters not quite as painfully juvenile as some.
This is a cleverly written book, and the readers are outstanding. I wish Tiny's musical were real so I could see it now that I've heard some of the songs. The book looks at the problems of love and friendship in a high school setting. However I have to warn conservative readers that one of the book's threads is about homosexual love. It's tastefully done, but it's there. If that's going to bother you, read one of the authors' other books.
I grew up horrified by the Holocaust. I read Anne Frank when I was in junior high. In high school I read a three-volume documentary of antisemitism throughout history. I have to admit that I didn't know what to think about a book whose theme is, "never forgetting the Holocaust is not the same as talking about it all the time." I'm not sure even now that it's OK for a non-Jew to think this book is funny. OK, I admit it. I think it's funny. But I'm a little uncomfortable with thinking that.
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