I don't read erotica. I didn't realize this was until I was well into it. And, by then, I was into the story...so I finished it. Pretty good, but I do...moreI don't read erotica. I didn't realize this was until I was well into it. And, by then, I was into the story...so I finished it. Pretty good, but I don't think I'll read any further. I may just read summaries to see where the story goes from here, I don't need the sex scenes.(less)
I read this book several years ago and was really disappointed in it. I might actually say I HATED it. But, in the years that have passed I often thou...moreI read this book several years ago and was really disappointed in it. I might actually say I HATED it. But, in the years that have passed I often thought that maybe I wasn't giving it a fair reading since it had been so long between when I'd read the first and second books and when the book came out.
Nope, I recently re-read all three books in quick succession, and...I'm still disappointed in this one. Bah! The first book was amazing, the second was still pretty darned good. This one...not so much.
Perhaps it's that I can't get past the idea that Lyra enters the underworld just because she wants to say, "I'm sorry." That's just silly and a bit lame.
Perhaps it's because we're told over and over that the prophecy will only come true if she does it all while being unaware of the prophesy...and yet she later says something like...Oh, that? I've known about that for ages.
Perhaps the book lost me when the characters all seemed to be preaching to the readers instead of living their fictitious lives.
Or maybe it was the ending. Nope, I disliked it before the ending. But, the ending didn't help the matter.
This is my second reading of this series, the first I've read them all at the same time - without the break between publishing. I hope to enjoy the th...moreThis is my second reading of this series, the first I've read them all at the same time - without the break between publishing. I hope to enjoy the third book more this time. I loved this book when I first read it and I am loving it all over again.
This time I am listening to it on audio - and I find the character of Will to annoy me because his voice sounds just like Daniel Radcliffe and I I feel as though Harry Potter is being channeled into the character of Will. I keep thinking I'll get used to the voice, but I find that, just as I get into the story, he says something in a way that pulls me right back out of the story. This is not the fault of the author or the narrator - but I mention it in case it will annoy others as it did me. I love the characters in this book and the casting of readers is excellent!
As I said in my review of the first book in the series, Necroscope, I first read these books in middle and high-school. They are dated, but once you t...moreAs I said in my review of the first book in the series, Necroscope, I first read these books in middle and high-school. They are dated, but once you think of them as historical fiction and are able to overlook the politics and technology, they are well worth the read. Lumley had a wonderful story here, and excellent characters, not to mention a mind-blowing plot line.
The books are a bit a slow to read, but only because they make you think and figure out what's going on. Details, intrigue, tensions...this book is just as good as the first. This is a horror book...not the shiny happy vampires of today's kids. Lumley is a devotee of HP Lovecraft and you can tell in his style and his monsters.
My husband has been on a H.P. Lovecraft kick lately. He's reading everything, including stories by authors who have been influenced by 'The Master'. H...moreMy husband has been on a H.P. Lovecraft kick lately. He's reading everything, including stories by authors who have been influenced by 'The Master'. He reads the intro's to me for some of these short stories, especially when he sees something by an author he knows I've read. Such was the case with Brian Lumley. I have copies of my Necroscope books on my shelves, I read them when they first came out and enjoyed them so much I've kept intending to re-read them. (Yes, I was a middle and high school girl reading horror novels about vampires in the 80's.) So, one day Brad asks me, "Have you ever read Brian Lumley?" and I'm drawn irresistibly back to the series.
First off, they are dated. The Russians vs. the US and England. The Russians are EVIL, the Americans are...well, not quite saints...but the good guys nonetheless. Perhaps a first read would be best thought of as Historical Fiction and it would be easier to overlook the lack of technology and odd politics.
Second, writing styles have changed over time. We, today, are used to fast-paced. Everything is faster today than it was when Necroscope was written. So, go into it expecting it to read a little slow in the beginning. It's still damn fine writing!
Third, a great character lives on. I still love Harry Keogh today as much as I did in the 80's and 90's.
Fourth, a great plot is timeless. Good vs Evil. Vampires who are truly evil, horrible creatures. Secret societies that remain secret throughout the books. And, I love the way the dead are handled in this book. It's fascinating to think about the great masters and what they would do with infinite time.
So, I guess it's obvious that I love this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes Horror. Notice, I didn't say vampires. Today's 'vampire' lovers would probably not like this traditional depiction of the monsters. But, hey...all that shimmers is not gold.(less)
LIBRARIANS REVIEW: A must buy for any middle school library. Intricate plots, colorful characters and a setting unlike any other. Kids will love it.
PE...moreLIBRARIANS REVIEW: A must buy for any middle school library. Intricate plots, colorful characters and a setting unlike any other. Kids will love it.
PERSONAL REVIEW:I thought this book was a bit too...pat. Characters and plots are introduced and as each one begins it seemed obvious to me how each will play out. The characters are interesting, the setting is interesting, the plots are interesting. It's all so plainly interesting it's a bit boring.
I'm not sure if that makes sense, but that's how I felt walking away from this novel.(less)
The 'mystery' of the girl was obvious from the first sentence...literally. But, I was interested in the how and why of the obvious answer...moreStrange book.
The 'mystery' of the girl was obvious from the first sentence...literally. But, I was interested in the how and why of the obvious answer, so I read on. It seemed a slow read...a little plodding, a little redundant...but I found the setting to be unique and the characters mostly likable. I found the main character to be a bit too whiny for my tastes, but her 'voice' was strong. She was a major conflict all on her own.
Too often, I saw where a plot line was headed or how a mystery was to be solved well in advance, but I was still entertained by the unusual style of writing and the strong sense of setting.
This is not a book I think everyone will enjoy. The writing is hard to get into, the dialogue is quirky and the setting unusual. A more advanced and patient reader may enjoy this book; but, anyone looking for a light and quick read will likely be disappointed.(less)
LIBRARIAN REVIEW: (4 stars) This is a book that was truly written for a young audience. It's perfect for a upper elementary or lower middle school aud...moreLIBRARIAN REVIEW: (4 stars) This is a book that was truly written for a young audience. It's perfect for a upper elementary or lower middle school audience, but may seem too naive for the more jaded upper level kids. It is simple, and moral and a bit too sweet in places. The author wrote a good and imaginative story; but then, she dumbs it down a bit by telling the reader why each thing in the story is happening. As a reader, that bothered me. I could think it through on my own and know why the main character did the things he did. But, reading it as a kid, I might not be able to see why things were happening in the way they were and so the author is sort of giving a course in logic to her readers.
A boy of twelve is shipped off to spend the summer with an elderly relative. The relationship is exactly what one would expect in this grade level...the boy resents the old woman but then comes to love her.
The boy is mad at his parents, but in the end the summer is grateful.
The boy stumbles upon a mystery and by the end all the loose ends are tied up nicely.
This would be a perfect book for a classroom read-aloud, or a book club discussion. There are no references to sex, or drugs. There are several open-ended questions that can be raised..."Should he have taken the box?" "Whose to blame for the explosion?" "Should he have been allowed to stay in his aunts house alone?" Also, there are bits of history that could be drawn out. The setting is an old mining town. The theme of intergenerational relationships could be explored.
PERSONAL REVIEW: (3 stars) As mentioned above, I find it annoying when the author disrupts a story by explaining the reasoning behind the character actions. When a character writes the word "HELP" on something and hands it to anther character, I don't need to know that they did it with the hope that other person would then go call the police. There were a lot of places where there was a lot of exposition, but it usually came after a scene that was well-written and necessary. It seemed that the author made a conscious choice to add the thought process of the narrator for the benefit of the young reader.
I really liked the story of the ghosts. It was a good character with a good back-story. Willie is a neat guy and the ending with the hat is perfect, if a little sappy. Florence is mysterious and I like that her story is never closed out or tied up.
The mystery and the gunman was a bit of a stretch. The timing and location was too happily coincidental; although, she tried to explain the location and I could suspend disbelief easily enough.
I would recommend reading Changesagain before starting this book. A few of the details in Changes are very important to the plot of Ghost Story. I did...moreI would recommend reading Changesagain before starting this book. A few of the details in Changes are very important to the plot of Ghost Story. I didn't read it before beginning this one and I really wish I had. I may go back and read both of them again.
This is another good book by Butcher, but as the last books said - there are Changes occurring. Harry's dead and he has to figure out what he can do about that. The answer is little or nothing, so reading this book gets a little tedious as a huge amount of information is passed on as 'character X explains what's happening to Harry, since he missed it as it was happening". It tool me about 100 pages before I felt that I was in the Harry Dresden universe again. I was just having a lot of trouble 'feeling' the setting, and that's one of the best parts of the series in my opinion.
Once I got into the story I got an idea of how it was going to end, but kept saying - no, Butcher wouldn't do that - and HAD to know how it ended.
I was surprised by the ending, but still a bit dissatisfied. I walked away with a feeling that everything had changed, but Harry (and perhaps I) was no longer a part of it. (less)
PERSONAL REVIEW: These books have a cute premise and I like them, but they are so short that there is no room for details. The characters are static a...morePERSONAL REVIEW: These books have a cute premise and I like them, but they are so short that there is no room for details. The characters are static and cardboard. With such an intriguing idea, I'm just disappointed that they don't live up to the possibilities.
SCHOOL LIBRARIAN REVIEW: These books are written for young kids, but the idea that the boy wants a permanent mate is somewhat unsettling. In the end, it's a fine book for high interest - low level readers...but too simple for most middle schoolers and too dark/mature (those aren't the words I want...but I can't think of what I do want, exactly so they'll do for now) for youngsters. They would have a niche in most school libraries though.(less)
Really cute idea, but I wish there was more meat to this book. I didn't like the Deus-ex-machina ending, but hey - it's a kids book. Again, the books...moreReally cute idea, but I wish there was more meat to this book. I didn't like the Deus-ex-machina ending, but hey - it's a kids book. Again, the books are too short to do them justice. There are so many wonderful tings that could fill out this book a bit and make it more enjoyable...instead, it's more of a super-quick overview of a story.(less)
Would be interesting to use as a writing prompt: - Write about a monster, but change one of the main attributes. -...moreGreat, and short, classroom read.
Would be interesting to use as a writing prompt: - Write about a monster, but change one of the main attributes. - You're the boy...what do you do next? - Write about the kind of book you would want to drink if you could experience it without actually reading it. (less)
I love this series and enjoyed this book; although, it wasn't quite as good as the previous two books. I didn't like the overall plot - "Let's all go...moreI love this series and enjoyed this book; although, it wasn't quite as good as the previous two books. I didn't like the overall plot - "Let's all go kill Thor." - but the characters and writing made up for it, somewhat. It seemed like an action taken in order to build the series, a bridge into whatever comes next...and I very much look forward to whatever comes next!(less)
I enjoy these books. The setting seems realistic, the characters are fun to get to know and interact in interesting ways. I was caught up in the plot...moreI enjoy these books. The setting seems realistic, the characters are fun to get to know and interact in interesting ways. I was caught up in the plot and wanted to know what would happen next.
The only trouble I have with series - not just this one, but all series - is that you know that the main character is going to survive. No matter how hard everything seems to be, you know the next book will feature the same main character, so the tension is lost. Hearne does a good job killing off enough 'minor' and 'not-quiet-minor' characters to keep the tention level high. Will the widow die, Perry, Oberon? I love them all and am scared for them, even though we all know that Atticus has to walk away.(less)
I just read Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and was disappointed. This book was mentioned as something in the same vein, but better. I agree. If you're interested in vampires and politics...and a little alternate history...this is a much better book.
My main dislike was that the vampire was so flat. He had no emotions, no connections, he was just plain boring. But the story around him was good enough that I didn't care much. A one dimensional character in a pretty well-rounded story.
The author brought up all sorts of X-Files sort of stuff, hinting at possible enemies in future books. There were a few too many random paranormal tie-ins, but perhaps it's just because it is the first book. We get it. A lot of the 'weird' stuff is real. Move along.
I'll read the next book in the series and see how it develops.(less)
Abraham Lincoln is one of my personal heroes. I enjoy reading about his life and times, the Civil War and the biographies or diaries of people who liv...moreAbraham Lincoln is one of my personal heroes. I enjoy reading about his life and times, the Civil War and the biographies or diaries of people who lived through it.
I also enjoy dark urban fantasy; urban romance just pisses me off.
I should like this, right? Right?
Actually, I am pretty ambivalent about it. I enjoyed the story. It could have been any main character and the story of how vampires influenced the Civil War could have been an interesting premise. The life of the vampire hunter during the Civil War could have been a good story all on its own. But, by adding Abraham Lincoln as the main character...well, it killed the story for me.
I see that there was research done, I understand that the facts were 'bent' for the sake of the story and I am completely able to 'suspend disbelief' when needed. But, in this case...it was just not possible. I am sure this author could probably write an original story, but he didn't do it here. He took an existing story (the amazing life of Abe Lincoln) and wrote vampires into it, throwing a mesh of vampire details over an already existing biography. It was basic research of Lincoln rewritten with simple mythology of vampires and put into an unimaginative 'journal' format.
I was entertained, but not really interested or 'buying in'.(less)
I enjoyed this book as a mix of mythology and urban fantasy. It has elements that remind me of Neil Gaiman and Jim Butcher. It has a lot of Celtic myt...moreI enjoyed this book as a mix of mythology and urban fantasy. It has elements that remind me of Neil Gaiman and Jim Butcher. It has a lot of Celtic mythology and I love that he explains who each of the gods are. Unlike Gaiman, who assumes everyone is as brilliant as he, Hearne goes out of his way to fill in the blanks about why each god is getting involved in each element of the story. And, unlike Butcher, who works hard to remind us that Harry is just a human under it all; Hearn is not afraid to introduce a character who is stronger than almost anyone in the story. It's the 'almost' that makes the story suspenseful.
I enjoyed the main character and his cast of friends; although, I don't know why every story written today seems to require a pack of werewolves and a friendly vampire. The widow and the dog were wonderful, the plot intricate, the storytelling smooth - except for the modern cursing which seemed a bit too pointed for me.
Overall, I would gladly recommend this book to fans of Gaiman and Butcher, or urban fantasy in general, with the following caveats: This is not Harry Dresden; and, don't expect urban fantasy romance, the sex is secondary to the plot.
I really enjoy learning more about some of the other characters in the series. As Mr. Butcher says in one of the introductions, there are things that...moreI really enjoy learning more about some of the other characters in the series. As Mr. Butcher says in one of the introductions, there are things that are not possible to write from the point of view of Harry Dresden. It's great to read about Mac, Thomas, Michael and Will in stories of their own.
All but one of these stories have been published in other compilations, but I have read none of them because I don't read most of the other authors in that genre. It doesn't make sense for me to buy a book, just for one or two entries. This book was exactly what I was hoping it would be.(less)
I really enjoyed this book, which I listened to on audio. The narrator was very good, and his voice(s) added to the experience.
To be honest, the begi...moreI really enjoyed this book, which I listened to on audio. The narrator was very good, and his voice(s) added to the experience.
To be honest, the beginning seemed a bit slow because and the book read a bit like a D&D adventure - a fighter collects a band of adventurers and goes in search of glory - but once the party was gathered and the adventure began I was totally engrossed. I enjoy books where you're not sure if characters are good or evil, when anyone could turn on anyone at any second. I picked out 'the traitor' early on, but then began to doubt almost every other character as well. I think Briggs did a great job with magic and mythical creatures and can't wait to see what she does next.
I also liked that the main character didn't know where he was going, and changed course as he learned new information. I think too many books have a 'straight' plot line that fails to remain realistic. By the the end of most books I feel, "Well, that's how it had to end" but in this case I can think of many other possible endings that I would have enjoyed equally and seemed equally plausible.
I have not read anything by this author before, and I will search out something else of hers to read while waiting impatiently for Herog #2.
When I was young and naive...in my 20's...I swore I didn't like sci-fi or fantasy. A friend handed me a copy of Ender's Game and I have been hooked ev...moreWhen I was young and naive...in my 20's...I swore I didn't like sci-fi or fantasy. A friend handed me a copy of Ender's Game and I have been hooked ever since. Having learned nothing, I said something similar about graphic novels a while later and this same friend sat me down with a copy of The Sandman Vol. 01: Preludes and Nocturnes. Again, I was hooked and now I am the one who preaches the virtues of graphic novels to both friends and students. Neil Gaiman taught me one thing that day...graphic novels are wonderful! I've read much of his other writing since then and he's taught me other things, but I have to admit, even though I've seen many photos of the author, whenever I think of Neil Gaiman the image in my head is Dream.
I read the Sandman collection in the late 90's, but never owned my own copy. I worked at a library and would check them out over and over again. When I saw the Absolute collection, I had to have it! But then it sat on my shelf...I was too afraid of damaging it to open it. But then I read the The Graveyard Book and remembered how much I loved the The Sandman Vol. 01: Preludes and Nocturnes series, so I broke it open and am re-reading it...again!
Sometimes you go back to old favorites and they pale in comparison to memory...not this! I am in love with it all over again and am rationing it - one story a night.
I just finished A Midsummers Night Dream...wow! Again, wow!
I just love - love - love this series. The re-issue of the artwork is spectacular and I could just sit and stare at some of the pages for hours...but I don't...it's always about the stories to me. Mr. Gaiman, you're bloody brilliant! (less)
**spoiler alert** Okay, what can I say about this book...well, honestly, I hated it. What to know why? Read on.
I tried to start it several times becau...more**spoiler alert** Okay, what can I say about this book...well, honestly, I hated it. What to know why? Read on.
I tried to start it several times because I won it in on the giveaway page and knew a review was expected. Each time I started reading it I got a little way in and was turned off by the language and the erotic nature of the book. I picked it up because I'd been on an urban-fantasy kick and thought it sounded interesting. Well, I love Harry Dresden and despise Sookie Stackhouse. Phoenix sounded like Dresden from the jacket, but turned out to be even worse than Sookie once I started reading.
First the language. The main character is in her twenties, an ex-cop, and a hard-luck case from the streets. She's rough and tough and not the brightest bulb in the bunch - unless she needs to know something - like the years of the crusades - yeah, then she just plucks them out of the sky. And, you know when people add a questioning 'much' to the end of a sentence to make it mean something. You know like "Overindulge, much?" or "Paranoid, much?". Yeah. I hate that. She thinks like that. The writing is simple and the dialogue is stilted, but the worst part is that the thought process of the protagonist is so flighty. She reads like a prom queen with a minimal IQ. Wasn't I just told that she's supposed to be street-wise and tough? Unrealistic, much? Arg!
It felt to me like the author thought to herself, "What sells: Sex!" Then thought - "Now, if some's good then more's better. Hmmm, how can I get as much sex in a book as possible?"
Well her answer was two-fold. First - she created a magical power that allows characters to gain more magical powers from others by having sex with them. It's not gender specific. Anyone can sleep with anyone...whatever. Second, Handeland decides to have the main character get raped, twice. But after the initial rapes she decided it was all okay and then had sex with these two different man again - of her own free will. Right...
Oh, and each session of sex wasn't just - sex. It was mind-blowing, exceptional, never-ending multiple-orgasmic for all involved every time. Right...
True love - um, yeah that was mentioned somewhere, but no one ever said that they loved each other...although maybe they did in the past. And they might again in the future - if they didn't hate each other so much.
I didn't see an 'erotica' tag on this book when I requested it - the supernatural aspects were played up, the romance was talked about, but really, this book is about several sex scenes tied together with a simple plot that's been done before.
I know, you're asking who am I to give such a review? What credentials do I have? Am I a published author? No, I'm not...but having read this trash I feel better about my chances should I send my as-yet-unwritten manuscripts out. All I need is a thin plot and some mad crazy sex...