This was my first Neil Gaiman book I read. I then read many others by him... then the Sand Man series and then everything else. Then I bought American Gods and mailed it home to my parents.
It's been about 5 years since I read it. I downloaded it again, because I had a lot of driving to do. Then I listened to it all night at my hotel. And I finished the book before I drove back home a few days later.
It offers a good view of someone trying to understand America.
I have heard other's complain that Shadow is unsympathetic as a protagonist. I kind of liked how he was so numb to how things in his life just went to crap. I liked how his view of his wife was of still love but rational of their situation.
In books and tv and movies, you go through a lot of death scenes and a high body count. But the death scenes that involved Laura... her dispassion was like a fairytale.
I enjoyed the audiobook version of this story, just as much as reading it.
I had low expectations for the short story. I had finished a couple of Young Adult novels in a row, and was expecting another thin story without complexity.
This story was layered, well constructed, fantastical, sincere, and thrown in a few action scenes for a bit of a twist.
I am tempted to want more of this character. But she is perfect just the way she is.
Would it ruin her image, if we got a larger slice of her?
Always leave them wanting more?
This was a wonderful story.
This is not a traditional story. It has an entire section of making soap. There isn't a a big bad guy to defeat. There isn't gold to be made. And certainly isn't any majestic fight scenes.
It's a tight little story about a broken little girl, who is piecing her world back together. She feels so alone in this story. I wouldn't call her lonely, but alone and broken.
I think the authors note at the end summed it all up perfectly.
Patrick Rothfuss is a powerhouse of a writer. He makes art with his words.
I will continue to read what he writes next.
I love the Dresden files books. This story is somewhere between love letter to Dresden Fans but then it kicks up all the mythology of the world.
This story takes us back into the Dresden's world, we get to explore the mantel of the Winter Knight, reconnect with friends and allies we met over the books, and then we even get a Great Hunt.
Jim Butcher can tell such a great story. I would consider him one of the master story tellers in our generation. This series is well crafted.
This came up in my recommendation list for a few months, so I got it. I am more into the sci-fi and fantasy aspect of genre. When the story started, I started getting the feeling this would go into far future sci-fi with quantum entanglement destiny binding. Then the world ended and a few stragglers were battling for survival against a plague of vampires.
Quite honestly, this kind of shocked me and I didn't see the vampires coming at all.
This is a comforting sci-fi adventure. By comforting, I mean that this is a sci-fi adventure that has some solid world building and a plot that really feels like it needs to be told. I enjoy the cultural and economic principles that were introduced. I also really liked how a lot of effort was put into the description of the spaceships.
I wasn't ready for this story to end, when the final chapter came up. I am really glad that this is a book series, and that I get to return to it's universe when Audible Credit Day comes around again in a few weeks.
I recommend this book.
I picked up the Iron Druid books in an audible sale not to long ago. I picked this one up, because it was inexpensive. The scope of these books are the definition of epic.
I have enjoyed all these stories, and I enjoyed Two Ravens and One Crow.
My favorite character remains, The Morrigan.
Please be assured that I say this from a place of respect... I find these books just lacking just a bit extra depth to make them truly stunning.
These books wouldn't be gifts for someone else, but I still bought them for myself. This is just one more satisfying adventure story.
Set in the near future artificial intelligence is emerging. There are different generations getting more and more advanced and regulated.
This specific story has so many mosaic pieces that it began to feel like a collage of stories layered in. If it was structured differently as a collection of novellas all taking place in one world, the layers wouldn't be so loosely connected.
The metaphysical warping of the space time continuum altering the perception of straight progression of cause and effect, was an interesting application... but in my cynical mind, I could also see it as a corner the author backed himself into.
It was an interesting concept overall.
"The body you are wearing used to be mine." is how the book started, and from the moment, the momentum was never really lost.
The story introduces you to the secret world of the British Civil Service that believes in cast structure, hierarchy, and the war like competence of those who were born afflicted with unique talents.
There was a girl born with silver delicate antlers, another born with the ability to see thru walls, another developed the ability to tap into the emotional resonance of every left handed person on Earth, and even someone who could effect the weather of a scandinavian country.
There were a few forgivable clunky gushy moments that were introduced to serve the final scene. I can see that the characters earn what ever happiness they could meek out.
I would continue to read books from this world, if this spawns a series.
The story is about how people learn from the mistakes from the generations before, and how they go about making their own.
Every time there was a huge leap forward in the society, you could feel the hope and wonder the population was emanating... that moment of "what if". Then that wonderful hope was deflated by the nay-sayers, who didn't want society to change, to keep everyone in the status quo for their own selfish desires.
I struggled with my this, my final paragraph, for a little while. Everything I wrote was laden with spoilers, imagined or implied. So I will say, I do hope our world can face the future with the dignity and ingenuity that was portrayed on our behalf.
p.s. this story has aliens, cyborgs, uplifted dolphins, asteroid mining, habitations in space, caste based societies, underwater treasure hunting, and dirigibles.
Redshirts was definitely fun to read through and the Codas at the end were a very lovely addition that John Scalzi like's to write.
This book won't be for the average reader, the level of meta-ness that exists to the point where the 4th wall is shattered. This novel explores a layer of philosophical existential crisis that (I hope) we have all played with.
I was expecting a sci-fi romp featuring Redshirts but this book went beyond that trope and went into unique and unexpected places.
Give it a listen.
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