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 posit...moreI 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! (less)
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 enjo...moreI 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. (less)
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, par...moreCity 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...(less)
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 change...moreI 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 happened...moreI'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.(less)
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...moreThis 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.(less)
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 humor...moreIt 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!(less)