New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King enjoys immense popularity and a resounding chorus of critical acclaim for her exquisite mysteries. The God of the Hive continues the thread King began in The Language of Bees, in which Mary Russell and her famous husband, Sherlock Holmes, face trouble with Scotland Yard and the deadliest of adversaries.
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"Using short chapters and wielding her virtual pen like a burnished sword, King allows readers to race through this gloriously complex second half of last year’s Language of Bees. Sherlock Holmes is trying to get his gravely wounded son, the artist Damien Adler, out of England. Holmes’ wife, Mary Russell, is trying to protect Estelle, Damien’s small daughter. Mycroft Holmes, recovering from a heart attack, suddenly goes missing....all of it makes for utterly absorbing reading." (Booklist)
“The great marvel of King’s series is that she’s managed to preserve the integrity of Holmes’s character and yet somehow conjure up a woman astute, edgy, and compelling enough to be the partner of his mind as well as his heart.” (Washington Post Book World)
Lots of twists and turns in this story. Enjoyed all the different characters. Plenty of room to follow with another thread in this story.
Probably not. I enjoyed the Mycroft and Sherlock portions but I'm not a fan of Mary Russell. And the entire Goodman as spirit of the woods storyline was tedious.
No. I've read other non-Doyle Holmes stories and enjoyed them.
The scene at Goodman's house when the group flees. Instead of cuting entire scenes, however, I think the book would have been improved through editing each scene to clean it up and shorten it.
I read the first in this series and it was good"classic" Holmes with a twist. This is by no means a bad story, just a bit away from the expected Holmes. It was much more in the vein of "Boys own stories", Bulldog Drummond or even "The thirty nine steps."
I love Sherlock Holmes stories. Even the ones not written by Mr. Doyle. But one of the reasons, maybe the number one reason, is that the tales get to the point and stay on point. God of the Hive is a great dialog, travelogue and guide book but the descriptions invoking those things deviates from the gist of the story enough so as to cause anxiety leading to aggravation about what happens next. At least it did to me. If the book were condensed to a screenplay, I'd love it.
Actually Mrs. Sherlock Holmes, being the central character and with the most development, was truly the favorite with the Green Man a close second.
No I have not. I think the narrator did a wonderful job however and I will look for her in the future
All in all it was an OK listen but I am not inclined to listen to other books in this series. I don't recall any emotional moments during my listening experience.
This audiobook reminds me of what is said about the profession of piloting a passenger aircraft. "Hours and hours of boredom followed by several minutes of sheer terror."
Sherlock Holmes fans I guess. I had a hard time getting into the book even after several hours. I try to get to the half way point of all books but I couldn't do it this time. I don't know it just seemed so slow.
Yeah, I have tried Laurie King before thinking I am missing something because of all her great reviews. Guess she's just not my cup of tea.
Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend. It was really enjoyable and the narration was very pleasant.
I liked the focus on Mary Russell and, though it is definitely a departure from the Sherlock Holmes world because I would not really consider it a mystery. I am not sure if I would enjoy reading 5 of these non-mystery Sherlock Holmes books, but I think one or two is a interesting experiment. I'd like to see whether there is room for a couple of "storytelling" books and if that could be woven into a series that will hopefully contain actual mysteries in future.
Her voice is perfect for this book and the pace makes it a fun, casual listen.
I've listened to the entire series thus far and have enjoyed each book (although some more than others).
That said, the ending of this book is horrible. It was as if Ms. King's deadline was fast approaching, so she quickly (too quickly) wrapped up the story and slapped on "The End". It was quite unsatisfactory, unexpected and irritating.
I was uncertain as to why the next two novels in the series received such poor reviews. However, if the treatment of this novel's ending is a preview of things to come, I'm inclined to believe the reviewers and will likely not chose to read/listen to the next two books.
Funny -- Except for the last three or four, I've read or listened to all the previous 'Mary Russell' books -- almost all of the others, too. Laurie King and I used to live in the same community, didn't know her, but I made it a point to read everything she was putting out -- great books, really. That said, now I live outside the US and don't always have access to what's new in the publishing world. As it happens, "The Language of Bees" is the first of her books I'd missed. Only now do I realize that this book -- "Hives" -- is the second part of a two part series the first being "Language of Bees". I hadn't realized that when I bought it -- but clearly, I should have read the other book first.
I thought I knew the characters pretty well. But I'm a couple of hours into this one and realize I haven't more than the foggiest idea what's going on -- I'm afraid I have to disagree with other reviewers: I think you DO NEED to have read "The Language of Bees" first. Yes, there are bits and pieces of back-story sprinkled around, but I have the distinct feeling I walked into the middle of a conversation.
These books are good enough that I want to enjoy them completely -- I'm going back, going to buy "Language", then come back to this one.
Jenny Sterlin is a good narrator. I've enjoyed her performances of other novels.
The story was just o.k. It troubles me that someone can take and use the atmosphere and characters created and made famous by another author. It seems and feels like cheating. Too easy.
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