SOA Listening Challenge 2011- Give a narrator a second chance. Susan Ericksen. I didn't care for her narration of High Noon, but she gets great review...moreSOA Listening Challenge 2011- Give a narrator a second chance. Susan Ericksen. I didn't care for her narration of High Noon, but she gets great reviews for the In Death series.
SFR Reading Challenge 2011
I can now understand all the excitement over Susan Erisksen's narration of JD Robb's In Death series. For as much as Ericksen's reading of High Noon frustrated me, her reading of Naked in Death pleased me. In High Noon Ericksen tended to pitch her voice up at the end of sentences in dialogs, making all the characters sound like teenagers. (High Noon is one of my favorite Nora Roberts' books.) Not only didn't she do that here, but she also has great accents for several of the primary ad secondary characters.
This book has a great plot, wonderful characters, and solid writing by Robb, aka Nora Roberts. Ericksen's excellent narration rounds this out to a guaranteed winner in audio, as well as print. I already have book 2 of the In Death series on audio, and plan to listen soon.
I'm continuing to enjoy the In Death books on audio. I figured out the murderer early on in this story but I still enjoyed...moreTBR Challenge 2011- General.
I'm continuing to enjoy the In Death books on audio. I figured out the murderer early on in this story but I still enjoyed the ride. The backstory on Eve was tough to read, but made for some great interactions between her and Roark. We also learn more about Roark and Somerset, and get introduced to Peabody, who's a great character.
With so many more books in the series, I won't have any problems spending my audible.com credits for a long time.(less)
The premise behind the book gets three stars. The whole sex-bonding sub-plot is too contrived for my tastes. However, the book gets four stars for not...moreThe premise behind the book gets three stars. The whole sex-bonding sub-plot is too contrived for my tastes. However, the book gets four stars for not only being well-written, but for taking the contrived "bonding" sub-plot in a new direction. Soren doesn't end up a knuckle-dragging alpha male. He's a hero with honor and compassion, and self-control. Cyani is also a character worth caring about, loyal and courageous. Since Ms. Granger has managed to take a cliched plot line and leave out the cliches, I give this book four stars, and plan to read the next book set in this universe...and I hope there is a next one!(less)
Definitely above average. It is listed as a paranormal romance, but this isn't what I consider paranormal. It is more alternate reality, or even sci-f...moreDefinitely above average. It is listed as a paranormal romance, but this isn't what I consider paranormal. It is more alternate reality, or even sci-fi rom. The plot development was good, the pacing better than average, and the character development solid. I loved the intersection (parallel) time lines. What could have been an overworked storyline was used quite effectively. Plus the romance was wonderful. Overall a very enjoyable read and I look forward to the next in the series.(less)
Even though I was confused by some of the plot points at times, I enjoyed this book. It is a great mix of humor, romance, and sci-fi. I'm not sure why...moreEven though I was confused by some of the plot points at times, I enjoyed this book. It is a great mix of humor, romance, and sci-fi. I'm not sure why it is classified as "futuristic" since it isn't set in the future. I look forward to reading Rejar next. (less)
4* for the first half of the book, 2* for the second half. I'll lead off by saying I usually love the way Deidre Knight writes. Her first two Midnight...more4* for the first half of the book, 2* for the second half. I'll lead off by saying I usually love the way Deidre Knight writes. Her first two Midnight Warriors books have been some of my favorite sci-fi romance, rating close to Linnea Sinclair's works. Butterfly Tattoo, a contemporary book of Ms. Knight's, is one of the most powerful and beautifully written books I've come across in the past few years. That said, I am left wondering who actually wrote the last half of this book, Parallel Seduction. The overall premise is good, and Ms. Knight weaves a complex and interesting story throughout the book. (Her complex, multi-tiered plots are one of her strong points). Her characterizations, however, were sorely lacking in this novel. Hope was 2-dimensional, sounding more like the image of what a budding adolescent writer may think a feisty heroine should be. Hope recited stupid lines and stuck her stubborn little chin up a few too many times to be tolerated. In one scene she actually tells the "bad guy" (yes, they are actually called the "bad guys" in the book) that she's never let anything intimidate her all her life, not her diabetes, her short stature, yada, yada. Shes at the mercy of a madman, but we're suppose to be impressed with her impassioned speech? Are we really suppose to think she's not intimidated? The scene gets more melodrama as we are told Scott has never loved her more than at this moment. Hmmm. Hope's lines, and actions, never seemed to quite fit throughout the book.
Then there is the big "bad guy," Veckus. He's cardboard and feels like the product of an amateur writer. The dialog and scenes in the warehouse are poorly done. Finally, the explanations for both the virus that infected the Antousains and the reasons for Scott's attraction to human women were weak and unsatisfying.
I did enjoy getting to see Jared and Kelsey again, and even the relatively brief look at Thea and Marco. And, since I previously enjoyed all the books I'd read by Deidre Knight, I will consider the weak spots in this one an aberration, and will definitely pick up the next in the series, Parallel Desire.
Last note: These books aren't going to make sense if they aren't read in order. (less)
TBR Challenge 2012: March category-- Series Catch-Up (pick a book from a series you're behind on) This book has been on my to read list since Jan 7, 20...moreTBR Challenge 2012: March category-- Series Catch-Up (pick a book from a series you're behind on) This book has been on my to read list since Jan 7, 2010. I've had difficulty finding it since it's oop, but finally found one in a used book store recently.
SFR Reading Challenge 2012 8/15
A decent SFR but it could have been better. A long break between reading the previous book in the series and this one didn't help my enjoyment any, but that wasn't the only reason this book fell short of the others in the series. The plot didn't make a lot of sense, and the relationships became the main storyline instead of a good balance between the story and the relationships. Much of the dialogue felt stilted and unnatural as well.
Since it's been several years now and no other book ahs been forthcoming in this series, i guess we won't find out exactly what happens in the War between the Antousians and the Rafarians for control of Earth. I'm guessing since we're still here it must have turned out okay. ;-)(less)
One of the (many) things I appreciate about Linnea Sinclair is that, while her books are all within the sub-genre of sci-fi romance, they never feel r...moreOne of the (many) things I appreciate about Linnea Sinclair is that, while her books are all within the sub-genre of sci-fi romance, they never feel repetitive. In other words, she doesn't write the same story lines over and over, simply repackaging them for a new release. Not only are the plots original, so are the characters. Some authors write basically one hero who simply changes name and hair color from book to book. Same with the heroines. In Linnea Sinclair's books, however, the characters are not interchangeable from title to title. No one would confuse Devin from "Rebels and Lovers" with Sully from "Gabriel's Ghost" or Rhis Vanur from "Finder's Keepers."
"Rebels and Lovers" was another immensely entertaining read from one of my favorite authors. Only now I've finished it and I have to wait who-knows-how-long for the next Sinclair book. My only consolation is that I have all her titles within reach of my computer, and I can quickly pick one up whenever I need a satisfaction-guaranteed action/romance/sci-fi fix.(less)
4.5* Speaking of Audiobooks Listening Challenge 2011- (Listen to a book some else chooses for you.) 2011 TBR Challenge 2011 Sci-Fi Romance Reading Challe...more4.5* Speaking of Audiobooks Listening Challenge 2011- (Listen to a book some else chooses for you.) 2011 TBR Challenge 2011 Sci-Fi Romance Reading Challenge Sci-Fi Romance Group- April Book of the Month
That's a lot of "reading challenge" birds to kill with this one book, and what a marvelous book it is. Bujold is a gifted writer and her skill at writing dialog is top-notch. If only more authors could write dialog that is natural-sounding, as well as witty and informative. In Bujold's books, the dialog often carries the story and the reader learns to pay attention because so much is revealed as characters talk. It's a marvelous skill to write such depth into the conversations.
Shards of Honor has so many things to offer along with the wonderful dialog, action, suspense, violence, political intrigue, bravery, compromise, and a wonderful developing relationship.
This book is chronologically (for the characters) the first in Bujold's widely popular Miles Vorkosigan science fiction series. It details how Aral Vorgosigan and Cordelia Naismith meet. This pair, from opposite sides of an inter-galactic conflict, are destined to be the parents of Miles. I believe his birth is covered in the next installment, Barrayar.
I listened to this book on audio narrated by Grover Gardner. His reading was spot-on. His inflection, timing, and emphasis was perfect. I highly recommend this book and this narrator. (less)
3.5* An enjoyable book, but with average plotting and characterization. The romance was steamy and well-written. I'll definitely read the next one in...more3.5* An enjoyable book, but with average plotting and characterization. The romance was steamy and well-written. I'll definitely read the next one in the series.(less)
Ellen Fisher did a very good job with the whole time-travel plot. I'm not going to give a summary of it because I think this story is best experienced...moreEllen Fisher did a very good job with the whole time-travel plot. I'm not going to give a summary of it because I think this story is best experienced "cold." The story wasn't perfect, there are a few choppy areas and the purpose of a couple of scenes isn't quite clear, but overall this story gives a fresh spin on the time-traveling tale. I think the first half of the book is the stronger part (Fisher does a good job with making the reader believe the "newness" of the time period for the traveler), but there is some good world building in the second half and some interesting story twists. And as usual, I love Fisher's hero. She writes very good heroes!
I recommend Never Love a Stranger as a fun way to spend the afternoon.(less)
Fun book with a really great hero. Susan Grant's writing isn't lyrical and her stories aren't completely unique, but she puts the whole package togeth...moreFun book with a really great hero. Susan Grant's writing isn't lyrical and her stories aren't completely unique, but she puts the whole package together quite well. She's a good writer that knows how to move her story along nicely while building romantic tension. I've read two books of hers and have liked the characters, strong women and men that are sexy without being neanderthals. In this case the truly likable, honorable hero bumped what might be an average book up to above average.(less)
This was, for intents and purposes, a contemporary romance involving a hero from another galaxy. Instead of sci-fi romance, this would more accurately...moreThis was, for intents and purposes, a contemporary romance involving a hero from another galaxy. Instead of sci-fi romance, this would more accurately be called romantic with science fiction elements, the romance being the main story and the sci-fi incidental to the that. However, that doesn't mean this isn't a very good book. I thoroughly enjoyed the hero and heroine, and felt the relationship, while containing the requisite passion to make it a hot romance, was believable and well-developed. The motivations of both primary characters were clear and both were honest, honorable people. No big misunderstandings, and the tension is provided by the natural situation in which the characters find themselves.
There was very little real action in this book, and the "villain" was weak, as was the secondary romance. But the developing relationship between Illana and Che was sweet and compelling, and well worth the time.(less)