It was oh-kay, for me. I've heard the series gets better so I might come back to it at some point. I'm always down for some urban-fantasy detective stIt was oh-kay, for me. I've heard the series gets better so I might come back to it at some point. I'm always down for some urban-fantasy detective stuff. I've read more Harry Dresden that I can shake a stick at and Kate Daniels doesn't oggle the gents like Harry does the ladies. This might be a entertainingly light series to continue......more
**spoiler alert** I listen to the Writer and the Critic podcast and their discussion of this book before I read it, so I deliberately spoiled myself,**spoiler alert** I listen to the Writer and the Critic podcast and their discussion of this book before I read it, so I deliberately spoiled myself, which I think was good, because I really didn't find Amy that interesting in the first part of the book (she is supposed to have created herself as the girl everyone would love in her diary entries, but I find it the complete opposite). Mysognistic, grumpy Nick, out of work and messed up is the much more interesting of the two at the beginning. The flip, when we discover what is up with Amy (that she faked her own murder and framed Nick) comes at just the point where I was getting frustrated with Nick's slow sink into infamy, so points for that!
Amy as a monster - really she is a monster, she is something that should keep men who hate women up at night - is much more interesting. Sometimes I wasn't sure if I was able to buy her as a real character. It was like she was a fantastic beast - a psychotic dark unicorn, the woman who lies superbly to trap her man. And the man... likes it? It completes him?
So they'll live happily ever after - until one of them goes crazy and butchers the other, and their new born son. Two words - always! (That being a reference to the freaky afterword from the author where she mentions her doting parents and her wonderful husband. Was that just some dark humour or what?)...more
A grudging three stars, with the proviso that this is a long book and it seems long, but does have good characters and I actually did enjoy aspects ofA grudging three stars, with the proviso that this is a long book and it seems long, but does have good characters and I actually did enjoy aspects of both the future and medievil sections. I wonder if Willis is a throw back to the 19th century triple-decker novels where it seems to take FOREVER to get anything done. I'm not a stranger to long books, but this book's pace really did try my patience. I'm glad I gave Willis a try but I'll go elsewhere after this....more
I was totally charmed by this book. I kept on reading more and more.while in the bath. I gave me the sense of a warm person who enjoys life on a rootI was totally charmed by this book. I kept on reading more and more.while in the bath. I gave me the sense of a warm person who enjoys life on a root level. Comforting....more
**spoiler alert** Can a book cheat? Sure all novels are constructions. The author is building something to cause an effect. A book that effectively ma**spoiler alert** Can a book cheat? Sure all novels are constructions. The author is building something to cause an effect. A book that effectively manipulates a reader is a successful one. But is there an onus to be honest?
I think I came into this with too much in the way of genre expectations. The book is set up like a thriller. There is much forboding. There are endless Heart of Darkness quotes. There is a little brother who is a complete anti-social little fuck. Even at 50 pages from the end I was waiting for the various threads to collide. But in the end the book doesn't cohere except in the most random, understated, pat way: nature will have its revenge. Frustratingly, the little brother turns magically into the kea bird or a merciless, angry symbol of nature. The problem is that it feels so much like a writerly creation that it didn't resonate for me. Sinisalo is a wonderful author and watching the characters circle around each other and survive is worth the read, but the end is a cake that didn't rise, a gun that didn't go off, an acorn that didn't grow.
I was gripped all the way through, but I feel like Sinisalo did a bait-and-switch on me at the end. Ha, ha! It was nature all along! How surprising! Not really. The constant bits about the Kea bird drove home that much of the mischievous disappearances were possibly benign, but Sinisalo countered that with the possibility of sociopathic little brother shadowing and fucking with the couple. That at the end she waved her authorly wand and combined bird and brother to make nature have its revenge on these two hikers was far too convenient to make a satisfying story. ...more
I like this so much that after listening to the free podcast of the novel I bought a ebook copy to show my support for the author. A very entertainingI like this so much that after listening to the free podcast of the novel I bought a ebook copy to show my support for the author. A very entertaining urban fantasy book with a female character who felt very genuine, very geeky. I did read some criticism that the incubus/succubus club was way too explicit, but it felt appropriately sleazy and crazy for me. The incubus was a scumbag whom I wanted Zoe, the main character to punch or worse. I found it disturbing how a super-natural rapist just seemed to traipse though the novel. But in the end I felt that this ended up adding to the dark part of the work. The ending did feel a little too action adventurey. Perhaps this could have been counteracted with the baddie getting more book time to flesh out her character. But overall, this was goofy fun stuff, with a main character I believed in. I'm looking forward to the next book.
p.s.: I hope more authors, especially ones trying to widen their readership will try podcasting their work for free. I had heard a lot about Mur, but it was listening to this book that turned me into a fan and a paying reader. Hopefully people went out and bought the book (or you know, turned on their phone and bought the book)....more
A light, fun, erotic read. It is all about the heat that the author generates between the two main characters Misha and Rikki. The characters are beauA light, fun, erotic read. It is all about the heat that the author generates between the two main characters Misha and Rikki. The characters are beautiful people having some hot sex (not super hot, but hot enough). The conspiracy that culminates at the end is a bit of a anti-climax in comparison.
That the book alternates between Misha and Rikki's perspectives does take the bite out of the 'can I trust him/her' worries - the paranoia that should be present in an super secret assassin world - because in the next chapter you learn exactly what the other is thinking. On the other hand alternating between the two povs helped the novel keep ticking along, neither getting bogged down in Rikki's psychological difficulties or Misha's mommie issues. It actually skates over all of this very efficiently to better keep the focus on erotic romance.
I found Rikki's central trama and Misha's white knight role a bit odd, it felt uncomfortable that perhaps there passion was based on this, but in the end I guess you don't come to erotic/sf/romance books for healthy relationship models!...more
Cherryh is such a thorough author - which makes for great world building. She drops you right in the middle of her universes and slowly, methodicallyCherryh is such a thorough author - which makes for great world building. She drops you right in the middle of her universes and slowly, methodically shows you all the layers and complication and messiness. There is a lot of messiness in her worlds - nothing is simple. This is both a strength and a weakness of her writing. Case in point: very late in the novel there is a tense space battle between the hani and the kif - this should have been the exciting part! But instead is was so damn thorough and hard sf that I actually shut the book cause I was falling asleep - too detailed, too thoughtful at that point for me. Her books are immensely rewarding but they do put demands on the reader. I'm okay with that, but sometimes I wonder if her books would be more popular if she was able to ease off a little - but from the few books of hers that I've read I suspect that would be asking Cherryh not to be herself. As a result, I will certainly pick up the next book in this series, but I won't rush to do it....more
A wonderful look at the very non-glamorous world of space travel! I know more about the bodily functions and frailties of astronauts than I ever wanteA wonderful look at the very non-glamorous world of space travel! I know more about the bodily functions and frailties of astronauts than I ever wanted to know. But I read the entire book enjoying myself immensely! Because I read this on my phone, I took it all in little discrete bite sizes which seemed to work well for this book....more
A fairly decent read with an interesting conceit turned to fantasy. How do you redress the possible crimes of ancestors with those living today? MedaiA fairly decent read with an interesting conceit turned to fantasy. How do you redress the possible crimes of ancestors with those living today? Medair has slumbered for 500 years and has the power to make those who conquered and killed her people pay. But that was generations ago and the victors and victims have mixed, those hated foreigners have become natives.
I wish Medair wasn't as passive as she was. (A choice is made but it happens in the last pages.). The cutting between past and present is sometimes clumsy. In some ways I wish Host had set up a more murky choice for Medair. The villains of the piece aren't seeking retribution or acknowledgement or social change (perhaps because of the White Snake's iron control), they are seeking vengeance and perhaps only as demagoguery for political gain. It is hard judging this without having read part two.
Overall, it drew me through but I can't say whether I'll continue to the next part. Maybe after listening to the Writer and the Critic podcast......more