A fun short story set before the adventures in Hounded and The Iron Druid Chronicles pentalogy. It was nice visiting a less harried Atticus O'SullivanA fun short story set before the adventures in Hounded and The Iron Druid Chronicles pentalogy. It was nice visiting a less harried Atticus O'Sullivan and Oberon, his faithful Irish Wolfhound. It was also a pleasant treat to briefly go back to Tempe, AZ and Third Eye Books and Herbs. I had missed it. ...more
In Discount Armageddon (Three and a half stars rounded to four), the first book in the InCryptid series, the best of Seanan McGuire's talents are on dIn Discount Armageddon (Three and a half stars rounded to four), the first book in the InCryptid series, the best of Seanan McGuire's talents are on display -- Great world-building, smart empowered female protagonist written with a witty and engaging voice touched by snark. In the second book, it's some of the worst bits of her talents on display -- Disorganized plot, monotone writing, ad nauseam repetition of jokes and background details, indulgent dialogue and way too much internal monologuing.
I really enjoy this series. It's a breath of fresh air from her others. Verity Price is not a broken toy. She's bright, happy, mostly well adjusted and comes from a large extended family who give her unconditional love and support. There are also the Aeslin mice, who alone are worth the price of admission. I LOVE those little guys.
I speed read. I learned in the first book to skip the chapter headers. I'm sure others do as well. Suddenly, at about the third quarter mark, for four chapters, the narrative voice switches from Verity to that of her adoptive cuckoo cousin, Sarah. I didn't even notice the switch in "voices" until I read Verity being discussed in the third person! Sarah's voice remained static and sounded identical to Verity. At a moment when most books should be building up the action to its conclusion, those four chapters froze me. They didn't do or mean anything. They even lead to the most annoying bit of hand waving I've ever done with a McGuire/Grant book. Really, "Uncle" Mike the professional cryptozoologist with 20+ years of experience doesn't understand how telepathy works? Really!?
This feels like a placeholder book. A seventh or eighth book in a series, not the second. Nothing really happens. The big bads are talked up quite a bit but they never live up to it. There is a consequence for a secondary character, but apparently not to Verity or anyone else. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed it, but it just isn't what I expect from her books -- especially not from the nearly note perfect first book. That said -- A bad McGuire/Grant book is still better than 90% of the stuff being churned out. ALL HAIL THE AUTHOR WHO VERY RARELY DISAPPOINTS! ...more
I'm not sure why it took me so long to read this series. I guess I thought it was more a hardcore romance than it was. My mistake and loss for gender-I'm not sure why it took me so long to read this series. I guess I thought it was more a hardcore romance than it was. My mistake and loss for gender-stereotyping. It's no Dresden Files, but then again, neither was the first book in the Dresden Files. I've already borrowed the next book from my library.
(view spoiler)[BTW: How clever was it for Ms Harrison to create a slightly off-kilter alt-history for her world? In the Hollows-Verse, DNA was discovered earlier and the world became dominated by genetics. Around the early 60s a genetic plague called the Angel Virus wiped out a good chuck of humanity and that's when witches, fairies, were-creatures, vampires, ghouls and goblins "came out". This allows for her to have a bit bigger sandbox to play in, and for the reader to easily overlook outdated tech or dated references. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>...more
Set a year after the events of "Exit Wounds" but a few months before Children of Earth. Martha is mentioned but absent from Torchwood because she's "gSet a year after the events of "Exit Wounds" but a few months before Children of Earth. Martha is mentioned but absent from Torchwood because she's "gone freelance" and is preparing for her marriage. ...more
I was a bit conflicted with this one. I almost gave it four stars but after giving it some thought, I decided that three is what I felt it deserves. TI was a bit conflicted with this one. I almost gave it four stars but after giving it some thought, I decided that three is what I felt it deserves. This was a library audio -- I think, when I do read the second volume, I'll try the ebook....more
(slightly spoilerish review) This was not as good as Blood Oath but it was still a fun and quick read. I think it would have been better if Farnsworth(slightly spoilerish review) This was not as good as Blood Oath but it was still a fun and quick read. I think it would have been better if Farnsworth had delved more into the Cthulhu mythos. Probably my biggest problem with it was that it was a bit... scatter-shot. It was just all over the place: from shadow agencies, lizard men, genetic warfare, child soldiers, wraiths, to a Dick Cheney analog as the (sort of) villain and his secret army (Think Blackwater funded by Halliburton). I read it and I'm still not sure how it all fit together. Oh well....more
King's sequel to The Shining. It's about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murdeKing's sequel to The Shining. It's about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals....more
Yeah, yeah. I didn't like book #13 (Ghost Story), but I love this series and its characters. I'll give::EDIT:: 12/01/12 -- NAILED IT!!! WowWowWowWow!
Yeah, yeah. I didn't like book #13 (Ghost Story), but I love this series and its characters. I'll give it a chance. I got some push-back that I just didn't like change. I like change. That's been one of the great things about this series. It plays out over time. It's been 12 years since the first book and it's been 12 years since those events have happened to Harry. He and most all of the main supporting cast have changed and grown. Not always for the best, but they have changed. I just felt that it was kind of a cheap trick and cheap way to shake up the series and boost its sales. I thought it insulted me as a fan and Butcher's characters. I don't mind big events happening, I don't even mind when a book mind-f@@ks me, as long as it serves a logical and greater purpose. As long as it makes sense. I can still like the series and still enjoy the books after it. I just didn't like what the author did with that installment. I don't think it caused Mr. Butcher any sleepless nights. ;)...more
The creatures known as cryptids are real, and have shared the earth with mankind since time immemorial. For centuries, a religious order known as TheThe creatures known as cryptids are real, and have shared the earth with mankind since time immemorial. For centuries, a religious order known as The Covenant of St. George has been defending and protecting unknowing humanity by slaying cryptids wherever they encounter them. But a schism occurred in the ranks, and one Covenant agent and his wife left the order, never to return. They and their descendants, now hunted by the Covenant, settled in Portland and dedicated their lives to studying cryptids, learning their ecological purpose, and only harming them when no other method of dealing with their presence would work.
The Healy and Price families operate with the knowledge that the Covenant considers them traitors and wants them dead. The cryptid community knows that the families are no longer Covenant -- but they are not uniformly convinced that it isn't a trick. So the family must train to survive both the cryptids who don't trust them, and the Covenant who still think of them as filthy traitors.
The youngest generation of the Price family consists of Alex, zookeeper; Antimony, still studying; and twenty one year-old Verity, who wants to forgo the family business and be a ballroom dancer. Verity, who sarcastically (but very aptly) describes herself as Batgirl, has decided to move to NYC to catalog its humanoid cryptids and to prove to the family she can survive on her own. She lives in an illegal sublet, rented to her by a Sasquatch. During the days, Verity dances semi-professionally under an alias and at night she waitress in a cryptid strip-club owned by a boogeyman and roams NYC leaping from rooftop to rooftop using her Olympic level gymnastic, dance and free run abilities. She is always well armed and is an expert in Krav Maga. Verity lives with talking mice who have been in a symbiotic/worshiping relationship with her family for 7 generations. Nearly every Price family pronouncement is worthy of a religious holiday for these little guys -- "Today is 'Don't put that in your mouth - really, drop it now!' Day! Hurrah!"
This newest urban paranormal fantasy series from Seanan McGuire (who also writes as Mira Grant)is light, fun and diverting fantasy by an author I've grown to trust and enjoy.