Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.
This is one of the best audio books I've ever listened too. The story is great. Andy Weir keeps you on the edge of your seat while enlightening you on what it would really be like living on the moon. Rosario Dawson is superb as Jasmine, the main character. In fact she IS Jasmine. Get the book and enjoy!
The game's afoot once more as the long-suffering Dr. John Watson and a partially decomposed Warlock Holmes (though he's getting better) face off against Moriarty's gang, the Pinkertons, flesh-eating horses, a parliament of imps, boredom, Surrey, a succubus, an overly Canadian aristocrat, a tricycle fight to the death, and the dreaded Pumpcrow. Oh, and a hellhound, one assumes.
If you're a Sherlock Holmes fan, you'll love the Warlock Holmes stories. The supernatural twists make it fun, yet the writer still pays homage to the original stories.
A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.
The narration was excellent. The story was okay.
I am not a fan of the detective noir genre. It's too formulaic for me and in this story every page was like walking through molasses, meaning he couldn't walk down the street without being attacked by demons, beaten up by hoods or rejected by a girlfriend. It was well written, but the constant struggles of the main character made it feel slow.
People who enjoy that genre will love it.
Twenty years after the war that overthrew the Great Guilds, the Empire is vowing to avenge the massive defeat of the Imperial legions at Dorcastle. Aiding the Imperials are renegade Mechanics and Mages still loyal to the old Guilds or employed by the Empire. But before they can launch an all-out war, the Imperials must eliminate a major threat: Kira, daughter of Master Mechanic Mari and Master of Mages Alain.
I'm a Jack Campbell fan, so I was disappointed in this book. Not up to his usual standards. I've enjoyed the previous books in this and the parent series, but this book had 2 overwhelming faults: the chase through the mountains went on and on and on ad nauseam; and the repetition of themes (okay so she doesn't like killing people, we got it the 1st, 2nd and 3rd times, yes they are willing to die for each other but won't let the other die for them we got that the 1st few times too).
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The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the 20th century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.
Important lessons from history. Written and narrated with rationality in an easy to read yet informative style. This is a book you and anyone you care about must read.
Earth is no longer the center of the universe. After the invention of the faster-than-light jump drive, humanity is rapidly establishing new colonies. But the vast distances of space mean that the old order of protection and interstellar law offered by Earth has ceased to exist. When a nearby world attacks, the new colony of Glenlyon turns to Robert Geary, a young former junior fleet officer, and Mele Darcy, a onetime enlisted marine.
Hundreds of years before the events of the Lost Fleet, the new colony of Glenlion is forming. When danger threatens, Rob Geary steps up to defend his new world.
This series has multiple main characters and contains the exciting land, space and political battles we've come to expect from Campbell.
If you liked his other books, you'll like this one.
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The popular adventures of Miles Vorkosigan, a clever and outlandish science fiction hero for the modern era, continue in these three tales. In The Mountains of Mourning, Miles is dispatched to a back-country region of Barrayar, where he must act as detective, judge, and executioner in a controversial murder case. In Labyrinth, Miles adopts his alternate persona as Dendarii Mercenary Admiral Naismith for an undercover mission to rescue an important research geneticist from Jackson’s Whole.
Bujold just keeps on turning out great reads. Well written and well narrated, I got through it in no time.
Miles Vorkosigan makes his debut in this frenetic coming-of-age tale. At age 17, Miles is allowed to take the entrance exams to the elite military academy; he passes the written but manages, through miscalculation in a moment of anger, to break both his legs on the obstacle course, washing out before he begins. His aged grandfather dies in his sleep shortly after, for which Miles blames himself.
Bujold writes with a flowing style, filled with a smart sense of humor. The story is never boring and the characters, especially Miles, are well drawn and interesting.
On to the next in the series!
Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.
A great start to a new Sci-Fi series by John Scalzi. My only complaint is that now I have to wait for book 2.
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Sherlock Holmes is an unparalleled genius who uses the gift of deduction and reason to solve the most vexing of crimes. Warlock Holmes, however, is an idiot. A good man, perhaps; a font of arcane power, certainly. But he's brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldn't deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only thing he has really got going for him are the might of a thousand demons and his stalwart flatmate. Thankfully, Dr. Watson is always there to aid him through the treacherous shoals of Victorian propriety.
Holmes is an unworldly warlock and Watson is a deductive reasoner. The combination is hilarious.
If you're a fan of the original stories, you'll love how they've been reimagined. If not, you should still get a chuckle.
The narration was spot on and added to the fun.