I really enjoyed this book. The writing was good and the plot pacing felt great. I also generally liked the characters and the world that Django builtI really enjoyed this book. The writing was good and the plot pacing felt great. I also generally liked the characters and the world that Django built for them to inhabit.
I like that Wexler has some unusual protagonists; such as Winter - a woman hiding as a man in the Army. Her situation provides for some interesting dynamics with the other characters. I also like the fact that, for the most part, people are achieving their objectives through the use of sound strategy and not magical intervention.
(view spoiler)[However, the military campaign featured in the novel seemed far too easy. I had hoped for better tactics by the "enemy" (hide spoiler)]
There are a lot of interesting bits and pieces of the world still to explore, discover, and understand in future volumes but this one did a good job of telling the story it set out to tell.
I've already bought the second book in the series and begun reading it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I started reading this with fairly high hopes. I had heard many good things about how funny the series is. I had heard that it was similar to DouglassI started reading this with fairly high hopes. I had heard many good things about how funny the series is. I had heard that it was similar to Douglass Adams works.
I don't agree. The story was okay and I enjoyed it somewhat but I didn't catch myself laughing much, if at all, and other than the attempts at absurdity I didn't really feel much of an Adams vibe.
Granted, I read Douglas Adams stuff a long time ago so it's possible my memory is failing and that my sense of humor has changed. But, this didn't come anywhere near my experience with the Hitchhikers Guide.
There are a few characters I'm curious about and I'd like to see what happens but I'm not sure I'm in it for the long haul of all 28 or so books....more
I read this book with my ten year old daughter; well, actually I read it to her and she loved the story. The book follows the adventure of four kids;I read this book with my ten year old daughter; well, actually I read it to her and she loved the story. The book follows the adventure of four kids; Reynard "Reynie" Muldoon, George "Sticky" Washington, Kate "Washing Machine" Weatherall, and Constance Contraire.
There are other characters in the book but those four kids really are the story. My daughter loved the distinct personalities of each character and really thought each of them was incredible in their own way. The story is told from the perspective of Reynie; the leader of the small troupe.
The kids have to overcome some pretty remarkable challenges throughout the book - the first in a series of books about the Mysterious Benedict Society.
If you have a kid that likes to read then give them this book - they'll probably enjoy it. If you have a kid that doesn't like to read; read it to them. I loved watching my daughter get excited and anxious during various predicaments and it was really cool when she chimed in with her own theories about what was going to happen. It was an incredibly interactive time for us and I wish I had read a novel to her before. It certainly won't be the last....more
I read this book based on some random internet recommendation. It was in a list of "books you have to read you've never heard of before" type list. ThI read this book based on some random internet recommendation. It was in a list of "books you have to read you've never heard of before" type list. The author of that list was correct in that I'd never heard of it before. I'm not sure it was one I had to read though.
I actually haven't read anything by cummings before so I had no idea what to expect in terms of style or content. In fact, I knew very little to nothing about cummings beyond his name and reputation. I didn't even know his gender before reading this book. I had always thought e.e. was a woman.
I learned quite a bit about the author as I read this book which describes his time in a french prison camp during the first world war. I also was reminded, quite frequently, that I don't know French very well. I could pick out the odd phrase or word but, for the most part, there were major sections of dialog that transpired where I knew nothing of the contents.
I suppose, to some extent, that is my own fault. I could have kept a computer handy and used google translate to get the gist. But, that isn't really how I read so there are, undoubtedly, many parts of the book I just didn't get.
At times the author seems to ramble and I think, maybe, the formatting for the kindle and my lack of knowledge of French combine to make this rambling seem even more disjointed.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and I'd love to know (view spoiler)[what e.e.'s friend, "B" wrote to cause the censor's ire.. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I put this on my sci-fi shelf so to speak but that is a bit of a stretch. It just barely touches on the ideas of Sci-fi. However, it's a fun book andI put this on my sci-fi shelf so to speak but that is a bit of a stretch. It just barely touches on the ideas of Sci-fi. However, it's a fun book and well written. I enjoyed the pacing which added plenty of tension to the tale. The story really does have a mix of Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park to it. The characters are likable thought they are all a little shallowly drawn. Instead of focusing on the characters it seemed like Graham Brown spent his efforts on creating a believable scenario for the characters to attempt to survive.
I look forward to reading the second book in the series, Black Sun. The primary characters are sure to be back. While they don't have a lot of depth they are still relatable and people whom the reader would pull for....more
This book was strangely compelling. I didn't always understand some of the jargon relating to steeplechase racing but for the most part the entire booThis book was strangely compelling. I didn't always understand some of the jargon relating to steeplechase racing but for the most part the entire book was very approachable. I found myself frequently losing track of time as I read it. I look forward to reading a few more books by the author....more
First and foremost The Company is one really big book; at 1281 pages I think it is the longest paperback I've ever read. The story follows the careersFirst and foremost The Company is one really big book; at 1281 pages I think it is the longest paperback I've ever read. The story follows the careers of a handful of CIA agents throughout the course of the Cold War as well as a few KGB agents and their machinations.
The settings for the vast majority of the adventures within the book are based on actual historic events; from the Ukrainian Revolution of the 50's, the Bay of Pigs in the 60's, and Afghanistan's war with Russia in the 80's. It is clear that the book was very well researched. It was really fascinating and kind of amazing that the story kept my interest even though I knew the outcome of all of the events before I even started reading the book.
A times Littell is a little repetitive but I can forgive that considering the length of the book he probably figured he had to remind the reader of some details at times.
The book is slowly paced but that didn't really hurt the experience for me. Interestingly the final 100-150 pages are the most exciting of the book and they are the most fictionalized of the book...more
This was the first book by Littell I have read and it was pretty good. Not quite as "thrilling" as I had hoped but still a good tale. I also learned aThis was the first book by Littell I have read and it was pretty good. Not quite as "thrilling" as I had hoped but still a good tale. I also learned a few things about both Islam and Judaism that I hadn't been aware of and I learned a bit more about the violent history in the region.
This is the first Robert Ludlum book I've read and I went into it with somewhat high expectations considering how well known he is. My expectations weThis is the first Robert Ludlum book I've read and I went into it with somewhat high expectations considering how well known he is. My expectations were not met. The story is okay but his writing style; particularly his dialog, really just didn't feel right to me. None of the dialog between any of the main characters seemed believable. For example, at times one character would say something and the initial response would be heated and angry but then, almost immediately, the angry character would cool off and realize they were being ridiculous. I could understand if one of the characters had that pronounced of mood swings in a conversation but it seemed like every character went through the same rapid shifts.
The interpersonal dynamics of the "couples" was really odd too. People who seemed, through the course of the book, to not interact that much, shouldn't suddenly be calling each other "My Darling". It just seemed like Ludlum really wanted to force a romantic element into the story so he did even though the female half of the couple was very remote until the spark flew and the male half even admitted he had never had interest in having a real relationship. Their sudden pairing just felt contrived and didn't really add anything useful to the story.
Some of the elements in the story - the actual Matarese conspiracy - were pretty interesting and they seemed to be pulled right from our current geo-political environment. The conspiracy itself seemed believable and the "villains" while not particularly nefarious were generally believable even if they were very shallowly drawn.
Overall the book just seemed to skim over the actual plot and the conclusion seemed a bit too forced and clean for what is a tale about a worldwide financial conspiracy....more
Much like the previous book in the Hawthorne Saga, Act of Will, Will Power is a light and fun read. It continues to follow the adventures of William HMuch like the previous book in the Hawthorne Saga, Act of Will, Will Power is a light and fun read. It continues to follow the adventures of William Hawthorne. By the time you pick up this second book you've decided you like Will otherwise you probably wouldn't have grabbed this book. Will is an unusual and reluctant hero - more reluctant that most reluctant hero's really. However, he is also oddly brave for someone who claims to only be interested in keeping himself alive.
This episode of the saga has Will and his adventuring friends entering a different nation filled with bear riding Goblins that are at war with a majestic and beautiful city full of majestic and beautiful people. Almost immediately Will and his friends get split up so that Orgros and Mithos, the two main warriors of the party are lost, and Garnet and the Party leader are also missing which just leaves Will and Renthrette to navigate the war and to figure out a way to survive and return home to Stavis.
Nothing about the book is particularly suprising as you read it but Heartley spins a fun tale and Will manages to do some amazing things in spite of himself. If you're looking for a quick and fun fantasy novel or series then this book, and the Will Hawthorne Series should be right up your alley.
I actually liked this book a little better than the previous even though there are some scnees where I think Will's friends are unreasonably hard on him that annoyed me. I'd have given this a 3.5 star rating if I could....more
Act of Will is a fun book. Will is as unlikely of a hero as you'll find in the fantasy genre. The book starts with him hoping to become a full actor iAct of Will is a fun book. Will is as unlikely of a hero as you'll find in the fantasy genre. The book starts with him hoping to become a full actor in his company because it is his eighteenth birthday but things quickly fall apart for Will and he finds himself on the run and in the company of some true adventurers.
Will has a lot to learn on the road not only about adventuring but about the world, women, and himself.
Honestly there is nothing particularly unique or original in the overall story or the tropes used however it's still enjoyable. Will is an oddly likable character and his companions are all sort of interesting though A.J. Hartley could have developed them all quite a bit more.
If you're looking for an enjoyable and light read then this is a great book to go with....more
I have enjoyed all of my forays into the world of Malazan and this trip is no different. Sure, the timespan being covered is much smaller than in someI have enjoyed all of my forays into the world of Malazan and this trip is no different. Sure, the timespan being covered is much smaller than in some books and some of the main characters are new to me, but I still felt comfortable delving into the isles of Fist and learning about the battle with "The Lady" and the eternal battle with the Riders along the storm wall.
I don't really have a favorite author between Esslemont and Erikson but I do like when either of them touches about the Crimson Guard and Esslemont seems more likely to do so and this book carried on that tradition. Sadly, however, there wasn't enough Crimson Guard action in the book for me - though you do get a very graphic idea of just how bad-ass Iron Bars is. Let's just say it is gripping.
A few characters we have been previously introduced are key protagonists in this book as well but some of the story lines aren't resolved at all by the time the book ends so it felt weird following them for so much of the book only to discover they didn't really tie into the main story arch of the novel at all. Also, because of the way Malazan books are written you may already know the end to at least one arc before you read this book.
My only other gripe about the book is that it seems to change perspective too often. In fact had he just left one of the unresolved story arches out of the book I feel like the entire thing would have been cleaner and more focused.
Regardless of my issues with changing point of view the book was a fun read and I recommend it to anyone that enjoys the genre....more
"It's pretty fast paced and has some fun and interesting characters; though I honestly have trouble caring about onIn my "in progress" review I wrote:
"It's pretty fast paced and has some fun and interesting characters; though I honestly have trouble caring about one of the main characters; he's too shallow to be believable.
I like the magic system and am curious about the history of the world that the magelords don't want to think about."
My opinion really didn't change as I finished the book. The style of the book is very similar to an Abercrombie tale; fun, violent, fast paced, and containing a tough grizzled veteran. In fact one of the primary characters reminds me quite a bit of Logan Ninefingers from Abercrombie's works - except this guy has all of his fingers.
This was one of the fastest reading books I've picked up in a while. The language is all pretty concise and it was satisfying to hit such major plot points all within one novel as opposed to the trend of most modern fantasy to wind out of control into seven or eight volumes. In fact, so much happens in this book I imagine the next two in the trilogy will be incredibly exciting. I look forward to more of Scull's work....more
The wheel has come and gone and come again and finally the story is told. It isn't the story but it is a story; a story of how a collection of peopleThe wheel has come and gone and come again and finally the story is told. It isn't the story but it is a story; a story of how a collection of people from a small rural village were fated to face the dark one and his minions in a battle for the world.
Fourteen books and tens of thousands of pages later the story has reached a conclusion and, quite frankly, I'm glad to be done with it. Sanderson had a yeomans task to try and save this series and he did a remarkably good job of it. Sadly, however, there were so many odd story lines floating around that he couldn't possibly have resolved them all in a satisfactory manner. Instead, some come to an abrupt end and others are left dangling and waiting on a conclusion in the readers imagination.
The primary story arch reaches a conclusion that is both satisfactory and lacking at the same time. Though, honestly, it would have been near impossible to conclude the story between Rand and the Dark One in a satisfying way. At least it is done.
The most consistent part of the transition between the two authors has been that a variety of the characters annoying quirks have remained incredibly annoying. Elayne and Egwene still seem to think they know how to do everything better than anyone and Rand is still moping around and whining about how every death in the world is his fault. I've never really understood how these maybe 20 year old people feel like they know the answer to everything. Granted, I was once twenty and probably thought I knew everything as well - but I was also never tasked with saving the world and thrust into situations that were exceedingly beyond anyone's knowledge - but it still seems like the main protagonists could look to some other people, on occasion, for some advice and guidance.
My favorite character in the series has been Mat. And, in general, he is still a fun character to follow but his dialog hasn't been nearly as entertaining or laugh inducing as it was under Jordan's care. Perrin, another popular character, is also in this book quite a bit and, finally, he isn't as whiny or mopey as he has been in the prior books. Both Rand and Perrin seem to be burdened with Catholic like guilt all the time and it was refreshing to see Perrin shake free of it in this book.
Finally, there is a little twist surprise to the ending. I won't talk about it anymore than that other than to say I am not a fan of it....more