One way I judge a book is by how eager I am to get back to reading it (or in this case, listening to it). This novel fell short on my eagerness scale.One way I judge a book is by how eager I am to get back to reading it (or in this case, listening to it). This novel fell short on my eagerness scale. I didn't dislike the story. It's just that I found it easy to pass on it to read something else, do other things, or listen to music during my road trip. If I really like a story, then I can't wait to get the next disc into the player. While on my road trip, I found I wanted to take breaks with music. When I arrived home, I went a couple of days before listening to the final 4 discs.
The story itself was interesting to follow. The characters were a mixed bag. I like how the author lets us into the heads of various characters, but in this novel, it seemed that there were far more characters than she could handle up close and personal. Jean-Claude was nearly invisible in this novel, which would have made more sense, if he hadn't been one of the targets in the novel.
We got to see the culmination of Richard's deeper feelings in terms of himself, and his relationships with Anita and Jean-Claude. We got a taste of Anita's relationship with Micah and Nathaniel, and how our "relationship phobic" MC deals with them.
The sad thing is that we only get brief tastes of the more interesting aspects of her life and the intriguing characters, while so much is buried in moral angst, abundant sex scenes, and far too many minor characters that didn't really move the story forward.
Another issue I have had with the later Anita Blake series, was prolific here. We are nearly pounded over the head with how desired she is by every male (and some females) of nearly every paranormal species. I think we "got it" a long time ago, and don't need to be reminded quite so often in each book.
Despite these issues, I did, mostly enjoy the book. The novel was a nice way to escape the "real world" for awhile and lose myself in an interesting paranormal world.
I enjoyed this one a bit more than Volume 4. The antagonist, (view spoiler)[the desert (hide spoiler)], was interesting, and I was looking forward toI enjoyed this one a bit more than Volume 4. The antagonist, (view spoiler)[the desert (hide spoiler)], was interesting, and I was looking forward to what tricks he was going to pull next on our intrepid hero and those that followed him in this volume....more
I think I've become more used to the writing style of this author and the translator, as this volume flowed easier for me. These stories are written tI think I've become more used to the writing style of this author and the translator, as this volume flowed easier for me. These stories are written third person omnipresent, yet they have a different flow than many of the modern novels. The author and the translation (and it is my understanding that the translations are very well-done) reads more like someone that is describing scenes as they are played out, i.e. as though their describing the anime as it's running, including the questions that may arise while watching a show. It almost breaks the "show, don't tell" rule, yet this author handles it rather well.
This volume is full of action, mystery, intrigue, and interesting characters. The world-building is fascinating, and well-developed, making it easy to see and sense the world that our characters are moving through....more
The Warrior by Jim Butcher 4 1/2 Stars The main reason I picked up this book at the library sale was for this novella. As usual, Butcher did not fail toThe Warrior by Jim Butcher 4 1/2 Stars The main reason I picked up this book at the library sale was for this novella. As usual, Butcher did not fail to deliver an action-packed mystery, with some great characters.
The Difference A Day Makes by Simon R. Green 3 1/2 Stars Very creative world-building, and an interesting main character.
The Third Death of the Little Clay Dog by Kat Richardson 4 Stars I really enjoyed this novella, all the characters, and the world-building.
Noah's Orphans by Thomas E. Sniegoski 3 Stars Not really my type of story, but the dog was a fun side character....more
I needed something to listen to on my long ride home from Seattle, and to distract me from the real traumas in my life. This was an easy grab from theI needed something to listen to on my long ride home from Seattle, and to distract me from the real traumas in my life. This was an easy grab from the library and fit my need for distraction. What better way to escape the real world, safely, than to enter a world where suspension of belief is required.
I used to love the Anita Blake stories, but had given up on them a few years ago when story and plot were overridden by over-bloated sex scenes. Hamilton writes some of the best erotic scenes, yet, when the story is completely lost to one bedroom scene followed by a rape scene, followed by another bedroom scene, it just got boring.
In this book, the sex scenes weren't the main theme. Hunting a zombie raiser, issues with various relationships, and questions of Blake's own powers were the dominate problems to resolve.
Character development and world-building were strong in this book. I've not read many of the books between Incubus Dreams (Book 12) and this one, but it was obvious that Anita Blake has grown and changed over the series. The secondary characters and background characters were mostly interesting.
The only reason for the 3-star rating instead of the 4-star rating I would usually give an Anita Blake story is it felt weak compared to the earlier books. I don't know why, and maybe it was more of a result of my real life issues that colored my view, or that I was doing this in audio, instead of the old tree version, but it just didn't strike me as strong as the early books. ...more
The length of time that it took me to finish this book, had nothing to do with the book. Real life stepped in and swept me away in a whirlwind of despThe length of time that it took me to finish this book, had nothing to do with the book. Real life stepped in and swept me away in a whirlwind of despair and grief. When I finally was able to return to this novel, I was glad for the respite it provided me.
I've only read one other of this series (Book 5), but did not feel like I was missing any really important details. This was a complete story, which came to a satisfactory conclusion.
Zarek, the male MC, was an interesting character, and his back-story was heartbreaking. Astrid, the female, MC, was not as interesting, but was interesting enough to keep me reading.
The only issue I really had with this novel, was the same issue I had with Book #5 -- which is the constant changing of viewpoints, sometimes within the same paragraph. I'm glad I had the paper version. If I had tried this as an audio, I would have gotten very frustrated. ...more
I just realized I forgot to do my review on this volume. I hope I can remember some of my impressions.
5 Stars for artwork -- which is just as amazingI just realized I forgot to do my review on this volume. I hope I can remember some of my impressions.
5 Stars for artwork -- which is just as amazing in this volume as in the last few volumes.
4 1/2 Stars for the main story -- I mostly enjoyed the wrap-up for the Emerald Witch arc. This wasn't one of my favorite arcs, yet it was fitting for the time period. Parts of the wrap-up felt like a repeat of a previous story-line, which is a shame, since so much of Black Butler is so wonderfully creative and fresh.
5 BIG Stars for the Bonus Chapter! -- This hysterical, bonus story was truly a fan-girl bonus in this volume. The publisher and author had asked the readers to vote for their favorite characters in this manga series. The author wrote up a special story to let the readers know how the characters responded to the votes. ...more
This volume was much more interesting than the last volume. There is quite a bit of action and intrigue, and while some questions are answered, thereThis volume was much more interesting than the last volume. There is quite a bit of action and intrigue, and while some questions are answered, there are new mysteries that have arisen....more