Overall, very impressed. I am genuinely shocked and impressed at how much we can effect our own bodies. However, I found her overtures to standard medOverall, very impressed. I am genuinely shocked and impressed at how much we can effect our own bodies. However, I found her overtures to standard medicine a little hollow, like when I was still trying to convince my parents that I was straight. "Yeah mom, I love dick...."
If she wanted to do a perfect job of converting the skeptics, it would have been good to back off on the "woo woo" spirulina (makes me nauseated), yoga (pisses me off), and astrology (fake) aspects. I wanted personally to hear more science. But that's ok, that's not what this book was really for....more
I admit freely that I got this book on ITunes because it was $3.95 or something. Worth the money for a few entertaining commutes, but nothing special.I admit freely that I got this book on ITunes because it was $3.95 or something. Worth the money for a few entertaining commutes, but nothing special.
This is the first book I've read (listened to) by this author. Other reviews have noted that as this volume doesn't delve into the growth of the protagonists, one would need to come in to this book with prior knowledge of Sullivan and Green (and others besides) to really "get" it. Fradkin lays everything out well enough to where you CAN read this one by itself, though. However, the characters seemed very caricature-ish to me, probably because I haven't read the other books.
The plot was a little convoluted, and I don't like characters who annoy everyone around them. Green seemed to be carving a swathe of pissed-off people through the whole town. Several of the plot elements were explained with coincidents, which seems a little lazy. Many of the main decisions that affected the book didn't make any damn sense, like (view spoiler)[the family not seeking justice for Derrick's death? WTF? (hide spoiler)] Meh, whatever.
The worst part by far of this book was the narrator. I'm not holding that against the author or my rating of the book, but woof. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I drive between two and three hours every day, back and forth from Long Beach to LA, with my carpool/cousin/coworker. It's a LOT of time to spend in tI drive between two and three hours every day, back and forth from Long Beach to LA, with my carpool/cousin/coworker. It's a LOT of time to spend in the car, and while my car doesn't have one of those nifty jacks that plug into an ipod, it *does* have a CD player.
So what, I thought, could be better than a book on CD? What could help to dull the aching dreariness of that outrageous commute? Stopping at every single red light up and down Washington Blvd, every day?
A book on CD! A book on CD about VAMPIRES! And ASSASSINS! And VAMPIRE ASSASSINS! Living in VENICE! Fighting WEREWOLVES! So like Assassin's Creed PLUS vampires and werewolves! Wow!
I should have checked GoodReads first before I bought the damn thing.
This is NOT a book about vampires. This is about ONE vampire, and he is definitely the lamest vampire who's ever existed, ever. ...more
More detailed review to come. Great characters, great twists, though I wish I had been more situated within certain conflicts to greater appreciate thMore detailed review to come. Great characters, great twists, though I wish I had been more situated within certain conflicts to greater appreciate the way the plot played out. Cannot WAIT for book 2!! ...more
That was me listening to this book. The narrator did a bad, bad job. His voice for Ilario was shrill and really, really unnecessary. I wish Huh, what?
That was me listening to this book. The narrator did a bad, bad job. His voice for Ilario was shrill and really, really unnecessary. I wish he would have used his inside-voice for the whole thing, because I can still hear him in my brain, kinda like the time I got Britney Spears' "Toxic" stuck in my head.
My experience listening to it was punctuated by moments of sheer terror as the narrator's Ilario jolted me out of sleep, napping time, a moment of eyelid resting, or other such times of relaxation. The plot really plodded along. The entire story operated as a count-down to the day the whole masterplan of the arch villain was due to unfold, and boy, I was counting right along with the main character!
The action was almost entirely made up of jaunts back and forth across the world, going from place to place, the main protags leaving annoyed people in their wake. It's true! The main thing Portier, Ilario, and Dante do is bug people! Everyone was bothered, and that includes me.
All three are good characters, though. I haven't read any other of Berg's books, but she seems to include a lot of characters who are hampered in some way, and all three, Portier, Ilario, and Dante have that in common. I really rooted for Portier once he (view spoiler)[freed himself from the shackles of the traditional magic and finally succeeded in creating a spell (hide spoiler)] and really identified with him while he reflected on his daydreams of being a hero. Dante ended up being a huge jerk, not really a surprise. However, Ilario surprised me by becoming one of the most intriguing characters by the end of the book, despite the best attempts of the narrator.
The best part of this book is definitely the world-building. The whole world has a great feel, I loved the different types of magic, the philosophical underpinnings of the magic, the role of science in the world, the names, all of it. I might read the next one, maybe, but I definitely WILL NOT listen to it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
So lately, a lot of really cool authors have been popping up. Saladin Ahmed, Brent Weeks, Peter Brett, Douglas Hulick, and now Myke Cole. It's hard noSo lately, a lot of really cool authors have been popping up. Saladin Ahmed, Brent Weeks, Peter Brett, Douglas Hulick, and now Myke Cole. It's hard not to be enthusiastic about a group of authors who all really love fantasy, and seem like the kinds of guys I'd like to hang out with, do a bbq, have a beer, and play some Magic the Gathering. I very much wanted to love both this book and Throne of the Crescent Moon, but both books had problems that kept me from giving them my unabashed fandom.
There are some great things about this book. Cole's magical system is SO fun to read about, and he does a great job writing about it. His magic actually made me sad that I didn't have magic. This book delivers great immersion (at times), an enjoyable cast of characters, set in an interesting world. You can tell he really thought out how magic would affect the modern world, with all kinds of reactions from joining the military, to going "selfer" and hiding from the government, to full on insurgency. Cole also developed a believable governmental response to prohibited schools of magic in the creation of (view spoiler)[Shadow Coven. (hide spoiler)] The pacing was quick where it needed to be, and more drawn out when the story needed to slow. The story is also very influenced by the military (obvs) but that didn't annoy me as much as I thought it would.
My problem with the book starts with the letter O, and ends in S-c-a-r B-r-i-t-t-o-n. I knew that Cole wouldn't be able to have him settle for either (view spoiler)[being a tool of the SOC (hide spoiler)] OR (view spoiler)[ going selfer and running again (hide spoiler)], so I'm glad he created a middle ground, but Oscar's moral quandary would have been much more believable if he didn't change his mind every five minutes. Between this and the (view spoiler)[ slightly unnecessary slaughter-fest at the end (hide spoiler)], I lowered my rating to three stars. I know what the author was trying to get at by having his character be indecisive, and I hope he improves on this with later books.
Another little issue I had with it was that the prohibited schools of magic seemed a little arbitrary(view spoiler)[...kind of like the author slapped that label of those particular abilities to be able to put together his Dream Team without having to worry about inter-agency red tape or so that they could all wear the same uniforms or something. I mean, I like matching color coordinating uniforms and all, but it just didn't quite make sense. (hide spoiler)]
And yes, the comparisons to X-Men are fairly accurate.
All in all, a very enjoyable read, with an annoying main character. I'll read the next one, for sure.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more