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  • Super Sales on Super Heroes

  • Super Sales on Super Heroes, Book 3
  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,777
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,633

Felix would like nothing more than to take a vacation. A long one. One where he didn’t have to wake up every morning and worry over casualty lists for the day. Ever since he and the Legion had been forced to flee their headquarters four years previous, nothing had gone quite right. In fact, Felix and the Legion have been locked in a shadow war with enemies unknown. Ones with magic that could carve through their technology easily.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • lost the rpg style writing

  • By donald on 02-02-19

Went Full Harem In This One!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-19

I really love all the aspects of these books about playing with powers and technology and how different kinds of magic relate to each other. I also really like some of the characters. I'd like them even more if they weren't all in love with Felix and have to constantly tell him how much they admire his mind and his management skills.

It seems like they're giving him the same speech every 5 minutes about how great he is with people and how he really sees through to the heart of what drives people and he really cares about his people and they all really appreciate that.... I mean, it's nice to be told that you're appreciated, but how much validation does this guy need??

The harem aspects are almost to Michael-Scott-Earle levels, the only thing that prevents it from going that far is that the sex scenes are far less spelled out than for Earle.

This book ramps up the aspects of this story that I like the least. The ones that make my eyes feel like they're rolling out of their sockets. I can only recommend this book if you have a tolerance for that kind of thing.

Also, a lot of the story aspects just don't make sense. Like, apparently he's bought off enough of the government that he can just gerrymander districts at will but his control is so tenuous that he's in fear of legal challenges and has to go to extreme measures like pulling out of all contracts in order to set people in their place? I think Arand just wants to keep portraying Legion as the underdog no matter how much power he gives them, which just means that there's no real meaningful growth. I consider this the weakest of the three books in the series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Tamer: King of Dinosaurs

  • By: Michael-Scott Earle
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,063
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,875
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,872

Victor Shelby ends each day wondering when his life is going to get better. His parents are dead, he struggles to pay rent, and his boss at the animal control shelter has him cleaning cages instead of working in the field. His dream of helping animals seems destined to end in a mop bucket. Then, Victor is abducted by aliens and deposited on a prehistoric world filled with hungry dinosaurs and beautiful alien women. He doesn’t know why he is here or what his purpose is, but he finds himself fighting for survival.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If Destiny's Crucible and Jurassic park had a kid

  • By John on 02-18-18

A bit too much of an adolescent sexual fantasy

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Here's what I liked about the book: The struggle to survive in a new and dangerous land was very well done, and I loved the breakdowns of what they did to fashion tools and make progress. The dinosaur encounters are also very exciting and suspenseful. I like the situation, and the mystery of why aliens are abducting people to essentially place them in the real life equivalent of a game of "Don't Starve" (an actual video game, which has many similarities to the situation in this book causing me to wonder if it, or a game like it, inspired the story)

But oh my god, the sexual tension in this book was so cringe worthy!! Every girl the main character, Victor, meets develops a thing for him... and he tends to meet only girls. There were two guys when he first arrived, but wouldn't you know it, they both died almost immediately. What a shame, purely luck of the draw... I'm sure that was an unintentional coincidence on the author, Michael-Scott Earle's part.

Also, there's so much time spent describing how sexy the girls are and how Victor is always fighting his sexual urges around them which makes him stare and drool distractedly a lot of the time... and also makes me want to slap him. Repeatedly. Dude, you're not 12 years old and just discovering your interest in girls! Did you never grow up and learn how to handle yourself around the opposite sex??

I get it - I've also had adolescent male fantasies about being the center of attention of a harem of women. In my own private imagination, I will indulge these fantasies very blatantly. But these fantasies don't make good stories to tell to other people, because they're all about me just being the sexual desire of attractive women. Nobody else is interested in my cliche and self-serving sexual fantasies. I know this, and I accept it.

Michael-Scott Earle appears not to know this, because he just blatantly throws it out there without caring the slightest whit for subtlety. Every time one of the girls fawns over Victor to tell him how amazing he is, I cringe and roll my eyes. You could probably make a drinking game out of it! It's just too much!

Micheal-Scott Earle - If you dialed back that aspect of the story even just a little, the story would be a WHOLE lot better! I'm considering purchasing the second book, because I'm curious about many of the details that haven't been explained yet and I want to see what they come up with next... but I'm debating with myself whether it's worth it with with all the cringing it's going to cause me.

If you have a low tolerance for this kind of thing, don't buy this book. If you have a higher tolerance, though, you might find this book fun.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Oncoming Storm

  • Angel in the Whirlwind, Book 1
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,134
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037

In the year 2420, war looms between the galaxy's two most powerful empires: the tyrannical Theocracy and the protectionist Commonwealth. Caught in the middle sits the occupied outpost system Cadiz, where young officer and aristocrat Katherine "Kat" Falcone finds herself prematurely promoted at the behest of her powerful father. Against her own wishes, Kat is sent to command the Commonwealth navy's newest warship, Lightning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator's voices are terrible, story very good

  • By DH950 on 03-22-16

Enjoyable, but could have used some revision

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-28-17

Another space opera by Nuttall. A lot of the same predictable themes that he really likes to use - inexperienced officer thrust into a position they weren't prepared for; young officers compromised and either blackmailed into betrayal or given an intervention by a fatherly "tough love" minded superior officer; lots of talk about military etiquette and personal relationships.

Oh yes, and the really harsh military justice he likes to imagine in future space navies. At one point there was a brief comment that talking disrespectfully about a superior officer behind his or her back was a court martial offense! I imagine that more than half of any army could be court martialed on that premise!

There's a lot of awkward writing that I had to go over a few times before realizing what was going on. It definitely could have used some revision and editing.

Here's an interesting plot hole for you, which is a minor spoiler if you care about that kind of thing: They sneak up on the system where the enemy is staging their invasion fleet in order to get proof that they're preparing for war. The enemy detects them and they run. As they do, the main character laments that there's no such thing as ship-based faster than light communications, and have to make their way into friendly space to spread the word using their big sciencey communication thingy.

The only thing is that the enemy manages to send a signal ahead of them to sabotage the big sciencey communication thingy, so they were thwarted.

What???

How did the enemy get the signal ahead of them when Nuttall had just finished specifically saying that such a thing was impossible? If the crew of the Lightning couldn't get a signal into friendly space before coming into the system, how could the enemy do it?

Nobody suspected the enemy of having some sort of better FTL communications. Everybody just shrugged their shoulders, like, "Damn! They sent a signal ahead of us! We should have thought of that possibility!!"

The one thing happened right after the other. Nuttall just invented a technological limiting factor for his universe and then completely ignored it right afterwards!

Regarding the narrator, I have to agree with others that she wasn't great. She wasn't a deal breaker for me, but if you have low tolerance for that kind of thing you might find yourself annoyed by her.

Overall, I liked the book. It's rough, and the story isn't spectacular, but it's a serviceable space opera and Nuttall mixes things up bu exploring different ways that space travel and space battles work in this universe.

  • Savage Homecoming

  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,452

Ever since he joined Omega Force, Captain Jason Burke has lived with the underlying fear that one day Earth would be discovered. His desire to keep Earth's existence and location a secret has driven him to extremes, and kept him far away from his homeworld for a long time. But now Jason's greatest fear is realized, and a fleet of alien ships has attacked his planet. Omega Force rushes to Earth's defense, but the ships are like none they've ever encountered, and employ weapons they have no defense for.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bummer!

  • By Dennis on 02-27-17

Not as good as the previous books, but passable.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-16

I give this series a little bit of extra leeway when criticizing it because it's more of a fun and light sci-fi novel, and I think it can be taken a little less seriously. But there were several things that kind of grated on me. For example:

- A love triangle that was completely manufactured out of thin air. Captain Burke brings aboard his old girlfriend and immediately she's all hot for him! No awkward trying to figure out their relationship or get to grips with old wounds or anything like that, just "let's get naked and have sexy fun times!!"

Problem is that this causes jealousy with the only other female character in the story that has any kind of speaking lines... even though it seems like there's nothing actually between her and Captain Burke other than some light flirtation.

- An implausible misunderstanding that causes tension between Burke and Kristoff. It makes zero sense that Kristoff thought that Burke attacked a mine. There would be no reason for him to think such a thing. Why would a report about an attack on a mine even involve his team in a mention when they were nowhere near the place?

Not to mention that this is the exact same kind of misunderstanding that happened in the last book... just as implausibly, I might add. There are some serious matters of incompetence going on in this organization!!

- A Captain Burke who becomes way less likable in this book as most of the time he seems either like a bumbling idiot who has no idea what he's doing, or a fiery hothead who shoots first and asks questions later and has zero control over his temper. For example, he flies his ship into passenger vehicle traffic in order to chase down his enemy, which is unsurprisingly unsuccessful. What did he think he'd be able to do before the authorities stopped him?

- Alien fanatics that are WAAAYY too easy to convince of the error of their ways, and to turn themselves over to the authorities.

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It seems like throughout the book, elements are added for the sole purpose of causing tension or bringing the story to a certain place, but there is very little effort made to make those elements make any kind of sense. That's just lazy writing. You've got to do the leg work to make your story feel real to your audience.

But I did enjoy the book, in spite of its flaws. I give it a pass mostly because I feel like this series doesn't need to take itself too seriously... but there's still a point where you can take this writing not seriously enough, and Joshua Dalzelle is really skirting that line!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Manxome Foe

  • Looking Glass Series, Book 3
  • By: John Ringo, Travis S. Taylor
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528

Recovering from their first mission, the crew of the Vorpal Blade - humankind's first interstellar craft - is called into emergency action when an alliance gate colony is attacked. Who was the lethal alien enemy? What exactly happened at the colony? And dare the Vorpal Blade's battle-weary misfits engage a potentially superior force?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Keeps me sitting in the car

  • By One voracious reader on 08-15-10

A fun book.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-14

I enjoyed this book in general. The whole series is a fun bit of fluff Sc-Fi. The reason I wanted to write this review, though, is to pick on a couple of things that annoyed me, though not enough to remove more than one star from the overall picture.

The completely unnessary, tacked-on love story should have just been removed. Eric (Two-Gun) goes back home for a visit and starts catching the eye of this girl. They go on one date, and all of a sudden she's promising to not date other men and to wait for him to come home in spite of the odds against his survival.

Okay, it's not too unrealistic for something like that to happen. Teenage girls (and boys too) often get swept up in their feelings of the moment and all that. But nobody else in the story seems to think it's a little too much. After she receives a message from Eric, Eric's mother asks her if she's going to be her mother in law soon, and she replies "I hope so!".

Seriously? Nobody's saying, "Hey, you two have basically just met each other and been on ony one date! Don't you think you should slow things down a bit?"

And the scenes where she's pining for him and watching a video montage to a song from the war on terror... kind of cringe-inducing. I guess it's just some video that gave the author the feels and he felt he needed to work it in. He should have reconsidered.

By the way, spoiler alert, though not by any means a big one, he asks her to marry him when he gets back and she says yes.

*SIGH*

Also, the dig against France at the end there was completely unnecessary and historically innacurate. It was just the authors feelings on the subject being thrown in ham-fisted.

But like I said, it was an entertaining bit of sci-fi fluff overall. I'm just the kind of guy who loves to nit-pick.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,604
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,610

Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Transcends its Genre

  • By Gene on 12-07-03

Not what I was expecting

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-13

I'll say up front that this wasn't a terrible book, but it was certainly a puzzling one. I think it has a certain appeal to it, but I wouldn't consider it to be a "must read". In fact, I think you should probably understand the nature of this book a little better before you buy it, because if you expect it to be something other than what it is you're bound to be disappointed.

One thing this book is most decidedly *not* is a good detective story. Every single case in this book is completely straightforward. There are absolutely no red herrings, surprise twists, clever maneuvers, or brilliant feats of deduction. All that ever happens is that Ramotswe gets a case, she makes some inquiries, figures out the truth, and solves the case.

She's apparently smart and hard working, but a little amateurish - she gets caught twice while she's tailing a suspect, and at one point is even outsmarted by a teenage girl. The last case, the one revolving around the missing boy, was particularly silly since the clue that lead her to the conclusion turned out to have nothing to do with the boy whatsoever.

The story starts out by talking a little bit about Ramotswe and her father and the situation that lead to her opening the detective agency. Then it narrates a certain case that she took up regarding a question of identity. After that, the book takes a puzzling turn and starts narrating the life story of Ramotswe father. Then that leads into the life story of Ramotswe herself. This goes on for quite some time.

This part of the story wasn't completely uninteresting, but it did really throw me for a loop. I wasn't expecting something like that in a book that was supposed to be about a ladies' detective agency.

After this the book settles down to narrate how Ramotswe set up her business, gets her first case, and how she builds her business through time.

In spite of what some other people have said, this book is not character driven. The characters, for the most part, are completely flat and uninteresting. There's a little bit of depth to Ramotswe which comes from some of the things she went through as narrated in her life story, but during the rest of the book she experiences almost no character development. I think there may be some character development at the very end, which I won't reveal except to say that she changes her mind about something. But if felt abrupt, like it just suddenly happened without anything leading into it.

What this book is, is a story about Botswana. Ramotswe is just there to be the eyes through which to observe the story of this land and culture. Her detective agency is the vehicle that moves the story along by allowing her to interact with all different sorts of people who make up Botswana society. It's a story about understanding life in this foreign country through the concerns of the people who visit Ramotswe to ask for her help.

I think there's a ring of authenticity to the account, though I'd have to ask a Botswanan to be certain. The author isn't a native of Botswana, though he did live there for some years. Whether the story would sound authentic to a native's ears I cannot say, but it's certainly an interesting impression of the land and culture from somebody who has actually been there.

If you're expecting a riveting detective novel, an intricate plot, or a cast of memorable characters, you're bound to be disappointed with this book. Don't buy it. But if you want to hear an interesting story about the life and times of the people of Botswana, then I think you'll get a good deal of enjoyment out of this book, and you certainly *should* buy it. It's easy to see that the book has a dedicated following of readers who've enjoyed it tremendously.

Just know what you're getting into, and don't expect more from the book than it offers.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Walk the Plank

  • The Human Division, Episode 2
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 892

Wildcat colonies are illegal, unauthorized, and secret - so when an injured stranger shows up at the wildcat colony New Seattle, the colony leaders are understandably suspicious of who he is and what he represents. His story of how he’s come to their colony is shocking, surprising, and might have bigger consequences than anyone could have expected. Walk the Plank is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division, a series of self-contained but interrelated short stories.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring Hard-to-Follow Transcript

  • By AudioAddict on 03-17-13

I Was Disappointed

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-13

When I downloaded the first book, I got the impression that these were self contained episodes. The first one was over 2 hours in length, and the story seemed to stand on its own.

I foolishly didn't take notice of the length when I downloaded the second. I figured that if these were episodes in the vein of television series' that they would all be of similar length. I was wrong. Not only is this "episode" only 39 minutes long, it doesn't tie in with the first episode in any way at all! There's no context for what's going on here, and it just ends abruptly. It's abundantly clear that this episode DOESN'T stand on its own.

Now, I'm sure that future "episodes" will tie these two incidents together, but that's not how episodes work! These aren't episodes at all, it's all just one continuous book that has been broken down into sections. It's a cheap trick which I imagine is intended to build anticipation but it ends up just being annoying.

Sure, other books often require a continuation of the story, but in those cases they tend to end at some properly dramatic point. They don't just end in the middle of some minor challenge.

There's no way I can give this story high marks - it's incomplete. If I'm a teacher and you hand me an incomplete essay, you'll fail. Same here. The performance was pretty good though, I found no fault with William Dufris.

This may be a riveting story when it's complete, but right now it's not. Cutting up the story into sections like this really ruins the flow. It's complete nonsense.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Saturn Returns

  • Astropolis, Book 1
  • By: Sean Williams
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel, Sean Williams
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32

In the 878th millennium of human history, Imre Bergamasc awakens after 150,000 years to the realization that he has been the victim of an elaborate murder plot - one that has destroyed the intergalactic transport milieu known as the Continuum. But now that Imre has been reborn, he will stop at nothing to help bring forth the rebirth of the galaxy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow to start, then a bit confusing

  • By Steven on 02-04-08

Interesting, But A Little Confusing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-09

I want to say upfront that I enjoyed this story overall. The technological concepts were very interesting, the plot was engaging, and the depiction of alternate modes of human existence was very provocative.

That being said, there are some distracting flaws that really lowered my enjoyment of this story.

First of all, while Mr. Williams made a good start on setting up this universe with technologies and alternative modes of human existence, he neglected to flesh it all out and explain it properly. It leaves the audience confused and bewildered at all the terms being thrown around.

For example, how is a gestalt like the Jinc different from a Fort, which is also a group mind? How is it that Fort minds can span the entire galaxy when they can only communicate at the speed of light and there are only a few hundred "frags" altogether to cover that distance? How is Q-looping more desirable than other forms of communication for Forts?

A lot of other details are glossed over as well, leaving only vague references for the imagination to work with. It makes a lot of the characters' motives and actions very hard to understand.

And the character who speaks only in Gary Newman lyrics? That was a terrible idea! In the introduction, Mr. Williams said that he didn't want to reveal which character it was... but it becomes extremely obvious.

Not to mention extremely annoying! Seriously, the guy drones on and on in nothing but reconstituted song lyrics... it adds nothing to the story except for the threat of a headache! If Mr. Williams was trying to be clever and profound, he failed.

Because of these flaws, I took two stars off of my rating. But I still feel that this was a worthwhile buy for the reasons I mentioned earlier. I plan on buying the next book in the series and would recommend others listen to this book for themselves.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • True Enough

  • Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society
  • By: Farhad Manjoo
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Why has punditry overtaken news, with so many media outlets pushing partisan agendas instead of information? Comedian Stephen Colbert's catchword "truthiness" has captured something essential about our age: that people are more comfortable with ideas that feel true, even if the evidence for those beliefs is thin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Check Your Perspective

  • By SAMA on 05-04-09

Very interesting book, but a little lacking

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-14-08

"True Enough" provides an interesting analysis of how modern media has made it hard for most people to separate fact from propaganda. The examples are compelling, and the analysis is fairly well reasoned.

The author seems to have some left leaning biases that creep into his general arguments. But as he admits in the book, we all have our biases that colour the way we view the world. You really can't get away from that.

I can't help but think that the author has missed much of the point of the issue he's arguing... or at least has fallen short of it.

He points out, correctly, that there are people and organizations out there who are actively trying to shape the public discussion in their favour. This is often done surreptitiously, using nefarious means.

It is, indeed, true that we should expect people and organizations supplying us with information to disclose who is funding them. The public deserves to know if there's a possible conflict of interest.

But the book seems to suggest that this is the crux of the problem that needs to be addressed. But in reality, it's only a symptom of the problem.

The author correctly points out that the increased availability of information overwhelms people, and pushes them towards choosing only sources of information that agree with their pre-conceived notions.

But the bigger problem is why people feel overwhelmed by all the choices of information out there. The fact is that most people are just ill equipped deal with it. And the reason is that they're not trained in formal logic and critical thinking.

Some discussion of this aspect would have addressed the issue more fully. I would also have welcomed some discussion of how we can resolve this lack, and perhaps some suggestions for those wishing to become better critical consumers of information.

But disappointingly, the book stopped short of that. Still, I recommend the book for it's interesting analysis and case studies.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Gregor and the Marks of Secret

  • The Underland Chronicles, Book 4
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525

For generations, rats have run the mice out of whatever lands they've claimed, keeping them constantly on the move. But now the mice are disappearing, and the young queen Luxa, who credits them with saving her life, is determined to find out why. Gregor joins her on a fact-finding mission, and when the true fate of the mice is revealed, it is something far more sinister than Gregor or Luxa have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly Enjoyable

  • By Gurmukh on 09-19-08

Thoroughly Enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-08

I enjoy complex and intricate young reader's books, and these have so far lived up to my expectations.

Character development is handled brilliantly. The plot is fresh. I came away wanting to hear more about the characters and their lives.

There are some interesting points to mention. I'll limit myself to minor plot points, no major spoilers.

It's interesting that the underland word for "human" is "killer". They seemed uncomfortable with that, but it makes sense.

Not because I think humans are especially violent compared to other species. In most aspects, we're just an unremarkable species. We're not very strong, fast, or massive. We don't have any interesting body parts like wings or claws. We can't fly or burrow or spin webs. Basically all we have to distinguish ourselves are our tools. And the most distinctive and interesting tools we have are our weapons of war.

Even if the underland humans kill as much or less as the other animals, it would be a stretch to expect them to be named after their screwdrivers or shovels. I wonder now if this was the type of reasoning that the author went through. Could be... or maybe she just wanted to portray humans as being an especially violent species.

I also found it very interesting that much of this latest book seemed to be inspired by history and the second world war.

The Bane seems to be the rat version of Hitler, uniting the rats in an attempt to perform genocide on the mice - a transient species of intellectuals with no fixed home who are blamed for the current conditions that the rats find themselves under.

And his plan for killing them is to trick them into entering a volcanic "gas chamber".

And there's the classic question "If you could go back in time and kill Hitler as a baby, would you?". It's very interesting that these books touch on the underland version of that question.

It's an excellent read, I recommend it.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful