I read this book for a challenge where I needed to read an anthology of short stories. I don't remember how I stumbled across it, but I'm almost positI read this book for a challenge where I needed to read an anthology of short stories. I don't remember how I stumbled across it, but I'm almost positive I decided to read it because it was available for free on Goodreads. But I'm so glad I did.
Other Sides is a speculative fiction collection that includes fantasy, science fiction, vampires, time travel and more. Some are clever short stories and others are prologues or excerpts of the authors' bigger webfiction stories.
I definitely picked up a few new authors who I'll be following and reading in the near future. I definitely recommend this if you're looking for a quick read and for some new authors! ...more
I wanted to like this book, I heard nothing but good things about all over the place, and I didn't like it. I made myself finish it, but I didn't enjoI wanted to like this book, I heard nothing but good things about all over the place, and I didn't like it. I made myself finish it, but I didn't enjoy it.
The story was definitely unique and there were some beautifully written passages, but the whole thing just dragged on and felt noncohesive. I finished eight other books in the time it took me to work my through this one. It didn't keep my attention and the only character I was midly interested in was Yagharek.
It took entirely too long for the story to ramp up - two hours into the audiobook I felt like the only thing that had been established was how dirty, racist and drug-addicted New Crobuzon was.
Overall, I felt the book had an okay concept behind, but it needed a good edit and needed to be tightened up a LOT.
Unless someone has a really convincing reason why I should try again, I think I'm done with Mieville. ...more
City of Bones was another average read for me. I really enjoyed the world Clare created but nothing really blew me away.
There was some teen drama, parCity of Bones was another average read for me. I really enjoyed the world Clare created but nothing really blew me away.
There was some teen drama, part and parcel of a young adult book, but it wasn't overwhelmingly in your face like some young adult writing tends to be - which I really appreciated.
Even though the book is the first of a series, the ending felt a bit lackadaisical to me. I thought there were too many lose ends - silly little things that didn't get wrapped up but are unlikely to be major plot points in later books. Meh.
I'll be reading the next book in the series, mostly because I already own it, and we'll see where we go from there. I hear it gets better, so we'll see......more
I want to start by throwing it out there that since Dead to the World (Book #4) I was totally rooting for Eric, but I'm not disappointed in the changeI want to start by throwing it out there that since Dead to the World (Book #4) I was totally rooting for Eric, but I'm not disappointed in the changes to their relationship in this book and I'm okay with the ending. The main reason I'm only giving this two stars is because I felt like the book itself was poorly written.
Here are my thoughts on the ending:
(view spoiler)[Before Eric was really in the picture as anyone other than the creepy vampire sheriff that wanted to use Sookie to his own gain, I preferred Sam over Bill for Sookie. I do like Eric, but I don't think Eric and Sookie would have worked long term. I can't deny that he cared about her, but I think his old fashioned viking-virtues would have made Sookie a prisoner in their relationship. He thought he knew best and would have forced his decisions (i.e. turning her, moving her to and hiding her in Oklahoma) onto her without a second thought. It wouldn't have been a HEA for her.
Sam has always been the one in the background, being supporting of Sookie and helping her when he was able. They've always had a close relationship and I think they've both always felt some sort of mutual attraction, even if they didn't act on it. Sam also has the added benefit of not being mixed up in supernatural politics in the same way that Bill, Alcide, Quinn and Eric are. Sookie has had a lot of terrible things happen to her since she got involved with the supernaturals and I think she deserves to be with someone that's going to give her a little more predictable of a life. (hide spoiler)]
Now that I've got out my thoughts about the end of the series, I'm going to talk about this book on it's own. I can't put my finger on why exactly, but I didn't feel like the book was done.
The cameos from all the characters throughout the series who came back to stand with Sookie seemed like filler to make up for the lack of story. I almost felt like nothing really happened in the book, it was much slower-paced than others in the series.
The development of Sookie's overall relationship status was awkward. True, it was an awkward situation all round, but it just seemed poorly done from the writing side of things.
It was poorly edited. I don't know if Harris was too close to the deadline and didn't get enough proofreading in or what, but I caught several glaring typos where words were literally missing from sentences - and that really irks me.
So, overall, I'm okay with where the series ended up but I'm not happy with this book on it's own. Even though I didn't LOVE the other books or think they were overly literary, I found them fun fluff reads and this book disappointed that expectation.
I'm going to have to go with a resounding "meh" on this one, unfortunately.
The Dresden Files have been on my TBR radar for quite a while, it happenedI'm going to have to go with a resounding "meh" on this one, unfortunately.
The Dresden Files have been on my TBR radar for quite a while, it happened to fit for a challenge and be a $3 daily deal on Audible, so I snatched it up for a car ride listen.
It was a fun listen, I liked Harry Dresden and I think there is definitely some room for some interesting scenarios throughout the series as the world and characters get more fleshed out. But I don't really feel any sort of desire to continue with the series. I might one day, if I have nothing else to read, but for now I think I'll leave it at this....more
I'm so torn on the rating I want to give this book, so I'm going to stick with my neutral three stars and explain.
I was in love with the idea of an uI'm so torn on the rating I want to give this book, so I'm going to stick with my neutral three stars and explain.
I was in love with the idea of an urban fantasy that took place in 1760s Boston during the time of the Sons of Liberty, so I was super excited about this book.
I thought the main character, Ethan Kaille, was great. He had depth of character, he had inner struggle and a bit of a sarcastic wit (the sarcastic wit always gets me). I liked the idea of him being a Thieftaker AND a conjurer, giving him an interesting niche to fill in his world. I liked the hints that Jackson dropped about where his powers to conjure actually come from. I liked the side characters, even the villains were well crafted.
But, I was so disappointed with the historical fiction aspect of the book. There was nothing really tying the story to 1765 Boston, outside of the fact that the book gives you the when and where. Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty do make an appearance in the book and have a pretty large role to fill, but they could have just as easily been any patriotic organization in any situation similar to the conflict between the colonies and Great Britain.
I don't feel any compulsion to read further into the series. ...more
6/7/15 Update: I recently finished Blood Trade, the 8th book in this series and I wanted to come back to this first review to give some praise for the6/7/15 Update: I recently finished Blood Trade, the 8th book in this series and I wanted to come back to this first review to give some praise for the series. Unlike some other series where I've liked some and not liked some books, I've felt that this series was solid throughout.
One of the things I love about this series is the way all of the story arcs overlap. While it's still episodic with each book having a focus, there are arcs that stretch over multiple books (for instance, Book 8 finally explains some unanswered questions that have been hanging around since the end of Book 4). It feels much more organic and makes for less books that feel like filler.
This is definitely a series I recommend getting into!
This was a quick read and tons of fun. Jane Yellowrock is a strong-willed and self-sufficient heroine who happens to be sharing her body with the soul of a mountain lion she calls Beast.
The story is told in the first person, and my favorite part of this book was that Faith Hunter made the decision to switch the narration between Jane and Beast. Jane is essentially two souls in one body, when Jane is human her soul is primarily in control, when Jane shifts into the mountain lion form of Beast, Beast becomes the dominant soul. When Beast is dominant, the narration is very simple, primal and focuses more on what she senses rather than what she infers from things. I thought it was a really neat way to differentiate the two and it definitely gave the book some points in uniqueness.
The story is pretty much a straight paranormal mystery. There's a hint at some future romantic possibilities, but I appreciated that she doesn't jump right in on that (as that always irks me).
Definitely continuing with the series.
Audiobook Notes: I had listed to a short story narrated by Khristine Hvam before and found her pretty average, but she really brought Jane to life in this one. Would definitely listen to more audiobooks of this series....more
It is rare that a book literally makes me laugh aloud and I laughed my way through this book. I absolutely adore the characters and the sense of humorIt is rare that a book literally makes me laugh aloud and I laughed my way through this book. I absolutely adore the characters and the sense of humor that Kevin Hearne has. Definitely looking forward to more in this series!...more
Trapped takes place 12 years after the events of Tricked, and I wish I had read the novella Two Ravens and One Crow before diving in to fill in a bitTrapped takes place 12 years after the events of Tricked, and I wish I had read the novella Two Ravens and One Crow before diving in to fill in a bit of the gap. I was surprised to see Atticus on genial terms with Odin and it seems the novella would have explained why and made the transition to Trapped seem less awkward.
The main event in Trapped is binding Granuaile to the Earth, a ceremony that is interrupted time and time again by everyone who wants to kill Atticus. There's a lot of action and the trio is always on the move, but the story didn't seem to move forward very far. Similar to the way that I felt Hammered, I feel that the main purpose of Trapped was to start setting up the pieces for Ragnarok. ...more
I love this series and Tricked was no exception. We got to see more of Granuaile and Oberon in this book, which was great as they were sorely lackingI love this series and Tricked was no exception. We got to see more of Granuaile and Oberon in this book, which was great as they were sorely lacking in Hammered (Book #3).
I'm excited to see where the story goes and I continue to love Hearne's sense of humor and Luke Daniel's amazing narration!...more
I was a little disappointed in this book. I adore this series, but something about this book was off. The MC goes off on an adventure without his faitI was a little disappointed in this book. I adore this series, but something about this book was off. The MC goes off on an adventure without his faithful dog and his Druidic apprentice, two of my favorite characters.
We meet some new characters and get some good backstory on some familiar characters through a round of tales they tell of themselves around a camp fire, literally. It reminded me a lot of the Canterbury Tales and it made for some awkward pacing. There's some risky adventure in the first half of the book and then you're stuck slogging through these stories before the action picks back up.
I'm still planning to continue further with the series, but I forsee this being my least favorite of the series....more
Bitten was a fun read and had I not been so exhausted when I was reading it, I could have easily read it in one sitting. BUT, I can't find a lot of goBitten was a fun read and had I not been so exhausted when I was reading it, I could have easily read it in one sitting. BUT, I can't find a lot of good things to say about it.
I did like the concept behind the book - it's rare to find a supernatural character that really REJECTS who they are and is trying to survive as a human - but I thought it could have used better execution. There was too much telling and not enough showing. I was disappointed with the romance. I wanted the hero to fight harder for the heroine.
I only picked up the book because I started watching the series and couldn't wait to see what happened next. Not sure that I'll read more because I like the show better than the book. ...more