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norman, OK, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 2 reviews
  • 25 ratings
  • 514 titles in library
  • 76 purchased in 2014

  • The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Melinda says: "Not So Luminous"
    "Not an average book"

    I give this book three stars not because I believe it is an "average" book, but because as I progressed through this novel I found myself either completely loving it or loathing it. I found the beginning very tedious, as there is an enormous cast of characters, and their melding, back-stories, interweaving, and relationship is a long and over detailed process. The beginning is a teeth gritting process and I actually had my doubts about continuing. I think the beginning is so hard because you do not really relate to any of the characters or feel for them until the middle of the book.

    However by the middle of the book I'm hooked. The characters go from just telling stories to living the story and this is the best part. By the end, I love the flash backs and love that you get to know the dead man, for whom you think you know already. I am not sure if this book would ever be on my read again list but overall I enjoyed it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Crown Tower: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Michael J. Sullivan garnered critical raves and a massive readership for his Riyria Revelations series. The first book in his highly anticipated Riyria Chronicles series of prequels, The Crown Tower brings together warrior Hadrian Blackwater with thieving assassin Royce Melborn. The two form a less-than-friendly pairing, but the quest before them has a rare prize indeed, and if they can breach the supposedly impregnable walls of the Crown Tower, their names will be legend.

    Tango says: "Delicious Icing on a Terrific Cake"
    "The way all books should be."

    If I had to write a book... it would be this book. The characters and the story do not disappoint. This book is funny, sad, intense, clever, and over way too quickly!

    The only thing that I might suggest is that if you have not read the The Riyria Revelations then start with this book. The Riyria Revelations series is one of my absolute staples to reread when I'm looking to be lost in a good novel. Having read the Crown tower, I feel like the anticipation of knowing what all the characters do and become is gone. Why is it so important that these two men who hate each other start working together? Well that mystery is gone for those who have read the novels that come later.

    I was not expecting Gwen to be in this book (not sure why as her and Royce's story start before Revelations). Even though she is an important character in the The Riyria Revelations, I don't really feel like you get to know her, as she flits in and out of the story. She actually was not my favorite in Revelations, however I love her development here and cannot wait for more.

    This novel has just the right balance of everything. You will find yourself laughing out loud at the witty banter between Royce and Hadrian and shedding tears for heartbreak in the book. Unlike some novels, the battle scenes are just perfect, not too lengthy in description and gore, but convey the scene and event perfectly.

    I cannot wait for more!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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