To those who have started this book already: It gets better! There are so many characters and subplots within this saga that it takes a looong time t To those who have started this book already: It gets better! There are so many characters and subplots within this saga that it takes a looong time to set up - but once it hits its stride it's a really well woven piece of science fiction. One small thing that did bug me: The characters seemed completely unable to come to glaringly obvious conclusions. Humans find a way to create a new sun out of crashing a dying sun into a gas giant planet, which they want to use to warm up some moons and make new colonizable planets. They see there are some globes that shoot out of the gas giant at the last minute, and then forget completely about it. Humans are then taken completely by surprise when some alien globe shaped ships demolish those SAME moons that they were trying to make into planets with the new sun. Gee, I wonder why they could have done that? No one figures out that these two events are linked, supposedly genius xenobiologists and the otherwise savvy (yet evil) Basil has to have it spelled out to him by the Baron Harkonnen, I mean, Mage Imperator. Excuse me. Despite that little problem, I enjoyed myself. The world forest and the green preists were an especially favorite concept of mine, and I would continue these books solely to find out what happens to poor Nira....more
This book is very well done and a nice, deep, intellectual read which i cannot say about all of the smut I' I feel I must explain my lukewarm rating.
This book is very well done and a nice, deep, intellectual read which i cannot say about all of the smut I've been picking up lately. I just don't like bummer stories, and I think most if not all Salem witch trial stories fall under that category. I mean you know how it's going to end... and it isn't pretty. That being said I liked it more than The Crucible, I felt that it was a bit more personal. There was at least a little bit of comedic relief from the depressingly horrible hopelessness of the situation. ...more
This is the kind of book you get when you have seven dollars left in your itunes account and sift through the "Value Romances" to find something in t This is the kind of book you get when you have seven dollars left in your itunes account and sift through the "Value Romances" to find something in that price range. I should have known the minute i saw it was a "harlequin" I was in for a real treat. I probably shouldn't knock it because I didn't like the person who read it, that has nothing really to do with the content of the story right?...but man, she was awful. When she tried to read in a male voice, it sounded more like she had cerebral palsy, and I didn't like her over-emotional reading style. All that aside, the actual book was pretty lame. The heroine, Faith, grated on my nerves with her maddening brattiness. Faith is supposedly a grad student, but acts like she's fourteen. She is a werecat who's father is the leader of her pride, and male werecats are extremely overprotective and possessive of their females, who because of slow X-chromosomal sperm (Ha!) are very rare. She feels smothered by this sexism, and uses every opportunity to assert her independence. I assume the author is trying to make her seem fiery, strong and tempestuous... but she comes across as combatative, stupid and ineffective in her attempts to make her family think of her as an adult. I wondered several times if this girl had never heard of ghandi and passive resistance. A good hunger strike would have gotten her a lot farther than throwing temper tantrums and being an unreasonable brat. Mark, the love interest, was disgusting. For all this book was trying to seem like a feminist novel, it was as far from that as any book I've read. The relationship between Faith and Mark was everything a good relationship shouldn't be. He was possessive, jealous, violent (He seemed to grab her by the arm and push her places more often than she would actually walk anywhere) and they fought like cats and um... bigger cats. But of course she loved him, she just couldn't help herself! No, Not sexy. Not sexy at all. This book failed as a romance. So, the only reason this got more than one star from me is that, despite everything that failed, it had some potential. It was an okay idea horribly executed, and even if every other sentence made me gag it at least was entertaining enough to make my 45 minute commute back and forth from work a little less dreary. So, If you have $5.95 in your itunes account and a long drive everyday I might recommend it on audiobook. Otherwise, steer clear. Wait, I changed my mind. Steer clear anyway, anything else in that value bin would probably be better. ...more
Don't let the lame cover art deter you from reading this book, it is fantastic. It was a book that made me think I knew exactly what was going to hap Don't let the lame cover art deter you from reading this book, it is fantastic. It was a book that made me think I knew exactly what was going to happen within the first fifteen or so pages and then nothing went like I expected it to. Maybe I'm just easily fooled... yeah that's probably it. ...more