You have to be a master horror writer to have your monster talk in the first few chapters of a book. We dread what we don't understand at first. Keene's monster has his "villain dialogue" right up front, telling us his evil plan and defusing any scares this tale might have brought, if I'd been awake enough to continue. I'll add this to my long list of abandoned audiobooks.
First off: great performance! Sound effects and everything, like an old radio show. However, palace intrigue stories make me yawn. The swordplay didn't happen enough to get though the tedium of who-said-what-to-whoever. Not my cup of tea, but still well done.
Filled with great one-liners and the ultra-violence we've all come to love from our favorite antihero, Sandman Slim, this one packs a wallop and take you back to where it all began. I'll f***ing miss this guy, though I hope I'll never meet him in the hereafter 'cause he would totally kick my ass!
I won't spoil what sub-genre this falls into, but I will say Buehlman did a great job with some incredible literary chops. I love stories set in the Depression anyway.
Crews spins a Mafia-yarn with very little in the way of the supernatural category it's listed in. I was almost done with it when the author made a crucial, amateurish mistake: he made the protagonist unredeemable. Sure, we knew he was a hit-man, but his actions spoke louder than the "love" that supposedly drove him. I have to at least have some connection with a protagonist, even if he's a bad guy. Take "Sandman Slim," for example. He's been to hell itself, enjoys violence quite a bit. But ultimately, he's still half-angel, making him do what he does for good. Even the serial-killing Dexter works for the side of justice. Crews' characters are stereotypes, not worth your time.
By far the best book I've read/listened to in years. I can't recommend it more highly.
You'll find yourself cringing more than once while listening to this. Fits well in both the fantasy and horror genres. I really liked the afterward by Brom as well, it gave insight into what inspired such a twisted take on Peter and the Lost Boys. The Disneysation of Peter Pan is over! Long live the Child Thief!
Being a Gaiman fanatic, I'm game for anything with his name on it. This one is worthy of a good listen, with fun for grownups and young adults alike. I enjoyed the interdimensional travel the main character embarks upon. A great way to spend your commute.
Overwhelmingly engaging, I found all the characters delightful. Who knew a Hollywood agent could be so likable? Wil Wheaton brings all his acting talents to bear on this incredibly funny and often profound story. Absolutely brilliant!
With all the hype surrounding Cherie Priest's books, I was really looking forward to this one. But I was sorely disappointed by what it really is: a lame mishmash of Star Warsy "Are you my dad?" and zombies. Even the zombies were extremely uninteresting.
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