The book just seems off..
Ann McCafferey in her Psy series set a good mark for paranormal adventures with well rounded characters, the Michelle Sagara's elantra series does the same in a more modern series, Jeanine Frost night huntress series does kickass with romance very well.. This book doesn't' reach any of those marks and it sounds like just inexperience and very poor guidance from an editor.
It ins't a terrible book, but it ins't good either. The main character clearly has bitterness about men from the beginning and the way she talks about them saying "down girl" repeatedly (editor please!) objectifies the men. Now this anger/frustration makes perfect sense as you listen to more of the story, but the book seems to end suddenly just as some promising characters are finally starting to reveal themselves. The whole thing feels like an action book that was meant to be action/romance and just never got around to it.
If there were another book in the series maybe listening to both would make the pieces fall in place, but i am not sure i would buy the next book to find out.
The original performance of Enders Game makes a lot more sense & shows both more brutality, and more humanity than this revised version. I also saw the movie and as a fan of the original it was a huge disappointment, a cliff notes version of the original with the nuance stripped out of the characters that remained and other key figures removed entirely form the story. The author (whose books i don't buy anymore due to his hateful RL politics, is none the less a brilliant writer and should have retained the rights to his book instead of letting hollywood and a screen writer dumb it down,
A book with out Miles... I couldn't imagine another entire book in the Vorkosigan series without Miles or any other Vorkosigan in it. Ethan of Athos was an enjoyable book and it felt like it fit in the series..but it didn't have the same sizzle to it. A whole book full of "that idiot Ivan!" as he is coined by many family members and friends when his easy going and under achieving habits get in the way of rapidly developing events, seemed like a huge risk.
Well it is brilliant. Totally brilliant and it ins't just the absence of MIles or the example of Miles that spurs Ivan on. All the earlier flashes of charm, bravery, intelligence and honor all coalesce perfectly throughout the book as Ivan becomes a fully realized character and his own man.
Seriously i am awed by the author and can't wait for the next book. If Grover Gardner narrates it too? Heaven! :)
This is only half a book... a very good half a book granted. The writing and the performer are still excellent. It could have been part one of a two part set, but they didn't warn the editor or the author it seems and it feels like the story just end at the end of act 2.
It looks to be a while before the next part of the story is published and knowing what i know now..i think i might have been able to wait. though i have to admit i was dying to hear the next book in the series and i did enjoy it.
[liontine phrases] .... publishers error
the heroine of course, but nightshade is offering tantalizing signs of development and i can't wait to hear more.
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