I officially love this series and highly recommend it!
This installment focuses a lot on Josef which was great as he has been a somewhat shallow secon...moreI officially love this series and highly recommend it!
This installment focuses a lot on Josef which was great as he has been a somewhat shallow secondary character up till now. Turns out he is a Prince! And mommy dearest, I.e. The Queen is wants him to come home because his small country is about to go to war with an immortal wizard and they need help. Thankfully though he brings along Eli and Nico for some back up.
Sadly though the target of this war is not Josef, or his country. It's Eli. And both the Empress and the Shepardess are determined to get him.
Thankfully we get back most of our characters in this book including Miranda, Banage, Slorn, etc. Plus we learn a lot of new crazy facts in this book concerning the individual characters, the world itself, and what possibly lies outside the world.
Seriously this series is so amazing and has consistently gotten better and better. I am already starting the last book in the series and am d that there aren't more!!(less)
This book is about the current Queen of England stumbling upon a mobile library at Buckingham Palace one da...moreThat was fabulous. Really really fabulous.
This book is about the current Queen of England stumbling upon a mobile library at Buckingham Palace one day thanks to her misbehaving corgis and from their discovering a great love of reading.
I enjoyed rest hung her realize she had a hobby and indulging in it for a change. Before discovering reading she did not have any hobby as it might exclude some of her subjects, or her liking versus disliking some thing would be offensive to some. Thus she has always been the utmost neutral party on everything. Now though after reading just a couple of books she is completely sucked into the literature world and soon reading takes over. She always has a paperback in her handbag or tucked under the cushions of the royal carriage.
Only not everyone is happy with the Queens new hobby. And that is mostly because they don't understand it. She doesn't really help either though! Never having had a hobby before she allows herself to let it take over her every thought, conversation, and action. Soon she is bypassing her normal conversational topics and engaging instead in chats about books and authors. She is often running late as she will have forgotten a certain tome she wanted to take with her on whatever journey or outing she was about to do. Thus everything would be held up while she sent her loyal servant Norman to fetch the requested book. Thus while I loved her newfound love in reading and literature I also sort of but not completely understood those around her's dislike of it.
All in all this was a numerous and lighthearted novella which was just absolutely adorable. I inhaled it in less than a day and often found myself completely enthralled by it, either laughing out loud at the Queen's thoughts or thoroughly annoyed with the actions of her staff.
This is a must read for any book lover, Anglophile, or short story reader! (less)
I waffled on this...2 stars - 3 stars - 2 stars - 3 stars...in the end I went with 3 out of sheer sentimentality.
Basically it boils down to this...I...moreI waffled on this...2 stars - 3 stars - 2 stars - 3 stars...in the end I went with 3 out of sheer sentimentality.
Basically it boils down to this...I am so hard up for anything Veronica Mars after the recent movie reigniting my love for this universe that I jumped to read this book. But then it took me forever to read it because well...Rob Thomas is a phenomenal tv writer but a terrible book writer.
The whole thing had a great plot, with twists and turns and intrigue, but it read like a script.
It was all TELL and absolutely no SHOW.
But like I said the story itself was fantastic, except for a SHOCKING LACK OF LOGAN.
I MISS YOU LOGAN!
Anyways, it was great to get more insight into the new VM universe and I am glad that I read it, but not sure I would read others...who knows though. (less)
This was an adorable short story in the Doctor Who Universe of the 10th doctor played by David Tenant. And the audiobook was actually read by him. Whi...moreThis was an adorable short story in the Doctor Who Universe of the 10th doctor played by David Tenant. And the audiobook was actually read by him. Which, let's be honest, was the sole reason I bought it!
The story was about the Doctor arriving on a pirate radio ship off the coast of Britain during the 70s to capture a creature who fed on silence and was trying to take over the Earth. It was an engaging and slightly creepy story, but mad edit the best was David's take on the various characters and their unique voices.
It's only about an hour long and I wish it had been longer and more fleshed out, but it was like watching an episode of the original show. I totally enjoyed it and really loved getting another taste of David's version of the Doctor. This is a must read for any Doctor can who wants more! (less)
This installment focused a bit more on Nico than Eli, Miranda, or anyone else which was a bit boring at first as I have to admit I have never been too...moreThis installment focused a bit more on Nico than Eli, Miranda, or anyone else which was a bit boring at first as I have to admit I have never been too interested in her character despite her being a demon seed. But after I learned a bit more about her and demons in general I got pulled into the story a bit more.
This installment had a lot of action and a lot of heart wrenching moments compared to the last two books. The author definitely cranked it up a bit this time.
Also, a couple of new characters who were introduced but not fleshed out in the second book really got more screen time here like the some of he members of he league of Shadows, Slorn and his daughter, and other Spiritualists. I really liked learning about the different types of spirit talkers with the Wizards, spiritualists, and shapers. Each have their own connection to the Spirits and thoughts on how the world should be treated with them in mind.
I am really excited that I have found this series and am sad that Audible doesn't have e audiobooks for the next 2 books. Of well I shall just have to request them from the library ASAP!
If you are looking for a new series I can finitely recommend this one as being fun, intriguing, well written, and well paced! (less)
Dr. Tyson is a genius. He is BRILLAINT. He is good hearted. He is observant. And he is a master of explaining anything and everything in an easy to un...moreDr. Tyson is a genius. He is BRILLAINT. He is good hearted. He is observant. And he is a master of explaining anything and everything in an easy to understand manner.
I mean seriously, he could be explaining how paint dries and I would be completely enthralled and fascinated by the process.
This book is a collection of his wittings, speeches, and interviews over the years and revolves around man's journey into the universe. He talks about why we should make the effort to escape low orbit and how we should do it. Then he plays devils advocate and explains why we haven't, why it's difficult, and why we will never achieve sometimes at all.
It is completely well rounded and bipartisan. He explains that space is not for one person versus another. It doesn't matter what color, race, religion, or political follower you are. Space is for everyone. Plus ep his explanation of the cosmos really makes you see just how small humans are in the gist of it all. Most would find that depressing. Me? I find it amazing. We are small in the context of the universe and as such we are so alike compared to everything else out there. Thus we should be celebrating our similarities instead of our differences. I don't see our smallness in the universe as a reason to be sad, but instead I see it as a reason to come together. To hate one another a little less. Because maybe if we did we could get our shit together and explore Mars.
Seriously, do yourself a favor and read this book. Hell, read every book this man has written because he is a genius and it will better both your mind, your imagination, and you heart.
Geeze this review is barely coherent, but I guess the point of it is that even though you may not be interested in space you should still read this book! Dr Tyson is bettering our world one lecture, book, tv show at a time, and we should all experience it. (less)
This was a sweet story but a but long winded. I was hoping to know more about Alec and Magnus though so I greedily read it! Maybe it would be better i...moreThis was a sweet story but a but long winded. I was hoping to know more about Alec and Magnus though so I greedily read it! Maybe it would be better if I were reading the snippets in order, but that's just the way the library works!
Anyways, it was total adorable fluff and I'm sure I'll read the others when they are available for download. I mean come on, they are only 30 pages anyways. (less)
I really enjoyed the Odyssey when I read it in college and I loved this adaptation. Armitage did a brilliant job of adapting the story, condensing the...moreI really enjoyed the Odyssey when I read it in college and I loved this adaptation. Armitage did a brilliant job of adapting the story, condensing the action, and updating the language while staining the emotion and beauty of the epic poem. FYI this adaptation was done to make a radio dramatization of the story.
I was afraid it would be too dumbed down - too simple - when the original was so complex, detailed, and beautiful. Thankfully that was not the case. Obviously it is simplified just by converting it to today's English, but BBC was totally right in bringing on board a poet to do the adaptation and not just your normal author. Armitage has a way with pacing and words that does justice to the story, makes it easy for the reader, and still so beautiful.
Oh Eli you little shit. I do adore you. You are an ass. You are conceited. You are single minded in your determination to be an idiot at times.
Yet I...moreOh Eli you little shit. I do adore you. You are an ass. You are conceited. You are single minded in your determination to be an idiot at times.
Yet I adore you.
Even I can't explain it. I really thought his self centered arrogance would annoy the crap out of me yet it just Endears me. What's with that??? And poor Miranda, and the others having to deal with it! Ha!
This series is so fantastic and I highly recommend it. The magic, and setting in this universe is so well thought out and fascinating. I love that everything has a spirit from the greatest winds and seas to the smallest brick and roofing tile. Plus their personalities are just as varied says any humans could be. The story and pacing are excellent and I found myself listening to the audiobook whenever I had a free moment. Same as if I had been reading the real book or on my iPad. I would have been sneaking glances at the pages any chance I got.
So glad I have found this series and cannot wait to continue on! (less)
Really enjoyed this series. And to be honest I am glad it is a set trilogy so that we didn't have to read on and on and on. If it had been dragged on...moreReally enjoyed this series. And to be honest I am glad it is a set trilogy so that we didn't have to read on and on and on. If it had been dragged on it would have much less enjoyable.
Again though I kept thinking this was a YA book and not a UF book. McKenzie reads as a 17 year old when she is actually 26. Just because she is a virgin shouldn't have made her seem like such a child. Thankfully though this series is full of character growth. For McKenzie, Aren, and Kyol. Each have definitely evolved from when we first met them in he first book. The ending of book 2 definitely plays a role there too!
The politics in this book almost reached a boiling point too. There was so many times when I was just kinda hoping McKenzie would walk away. Let the damn Fae figure out their own shit. Cause wow was there a lot of it. But she sticks it out. Learns new skills like how to defend herself and really devoted herself to their world. While she gets all this growth and attention though other characters were totally left out in the cold like damned poor Shane.
But the second half of this book (view spoiler)[interestingly enough AFTER McKenzie loses her virginity (hide spoiler)] it finally starts to read more as UF and less as YA. plus the violence which has always been present totally steps up. There was 2 deaths, one right after another, that totally took my surprise and broke my heart a bit!
Totally glad I found this series and read it cause I really liked it. I will definitely be reading more from this author! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Atrt is quite possibly one of the most subjective topics there is. It affects, inspired, and disgusts equally and differently for everyone involved. B...moreAtrt is quite possibly one of the most subjective topics there is. It affects, inspired, and disgusts equally and differently for everyone involved. But until the mid-1800's there were some generally accepted rules that artists followed - but since then that idea has been shot down utterly and completely by modern and contemporary art but not before completely offending and confusing the entire world.
The trouble started for the Impressionists when they fell foul of Paris's all-powerful and stuffily bureaucratic Academie des Beaux Arts (the Academy). The Academy expected artists to make work based on mythology, religious iconography, history or classical antiquity in a style that idealized he subject. Such fakery didn't interest this group of young, ambitious painters. They wanted to leave their studios and go outside to document the modern world around them. It was a bold move. Artists didn't simply wander off and paint 'low' subjects such as ordinary people picnicing, or drinking or walking; it wasn't the done thing. It would be like Steven Spielberg hiring himself out for wedding videos. Artists were expected to stay in their studios and produce picturesque landscapes or heroic images of human forms that harked back in time. That was the great and the good demanded for the walls of their fine houses and the city's museums, and this is what they got. Until the impressionists came along, that is.
This book is an attempt to explain modern art to anyone and everyone. It's not meant to be academic but approachable. And it has some fabulous passages that do just that. It educates and yet surprises. It turns modern assumptions about modern art on their heads while explaining why we made these assumptions in the first place. One of my favorite passages from the book that does just that is the following which discusses Impressionism...
Within the context of modern art, the more traditionally minded consider. The Impressionists the last group to produce 'proper art.' They didn't go in for all that 'conceptual nonsense' and those 'abstract squiggles' that came later, but produced paintings that were clear, beautiful and refreshingly inoffensive.
Actually, that's not quite right. As least, that's not what people thought at the time. The Impressionists were the most radical, rebellious, barricade-breaking, epoch-making group of artists in the entire history of art. They underwent personal hardship and professional ridicule in dogged pursuit of their artistic vision. They ripped up the rule book, metaphorically pulled their trousers down, and waved their collective derrières at the establishment before setting about instigating the global revolution we now call modern art. Many twentieth-century art movements, such as 1990's Brit Art, have been billed as subversive and anarchic, but in truth were far from it. The respectable looking twentieth-century Impressionist painters, on the other hand, were the original outlaws; they really were subversive and anarchical.
Another fantastic part of this book is the connections reveals between different art styles as a result of modern and contemporary artists being influenced and inspired by those who have come before them. This book is also helping me to understand why I have liked these works all along anyways! For instance I have always enjoyed Edgar Degas's ballerina paintings and bronze sculptures as I danced for a large portion of my life. Whenever I would see one of these works or even a poster of a painting I would always be drawn to its edges, and basically try to peak under the frame or edges for the rest of the scene. I was desperate to know what was being hidden from me. What I was missing out on. You see Degas would severely crop his work taking the action all the way to the edge of the canvas and beyond even cutting dancers in half and hiding more outside the realm of the canvas. Turns out he was inspired to do this by Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock prints who exercised the same method. I had no idea this connection existed between Impressionism and Japanese woodblocks and love that art can be so universal. (less)