Another wonderful book. What impressed me most was that even though the story seemed disjointed it managed to flow together into a single satisfying cAnother wonderful book. What impressed me most was that even though the story seemed disjointed it managed to flow together into a single satisfying conclusion. Split plots usually annoy me but this one did not. I loved both of them equally and there wasn't a single lag in the action.
I'm not sure what else to say about the characters or the story. Who knew a zombie and the Grim Reaper could be so relatable? ...more
While I certainly enjoyed it, it felt . . . lacking somehow. Despite all the Giant Snake and Apocalypse shenanigans, I was never actually worried. NotWhile I certainly enjoyed it, it felt . . . lacking somehow. Despite all the Giant Snake and Apocalypse shenanigans, I was never actually worried. Not once.
As usual, A+ for that particular brand of wacky Rick Riordan humor. There are some really dark moments as well, and it hits on some deeper subjects like discrimination and all kinds of awful stuff humans do to each other before gods even bother to show up.
I really struggle to write Discworld reviews because 99% of my reaction to these books is incoherent flailing and happy sighs.
The story is brilliantlI really struggle to write Discworld reviews because 99% of my reaction to these books is incoherent flailing and happy sighs.
The story is brilliantly written. The characters are so astoundingly REAL. The concepts, both social and magical, are enthralling. There were moments that made me laugh out loud and moments that filled me with righteous anger--sometimes on the same page.
It was a little bit slow to start but the action picks up about half-way through.
I downloaded this because I had credits to spend on Audible and needed something--ANYTHING new. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the storyI downloaded this because I had credits to spend on Audible and needed something--ANYTHING new. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the story. The writing wasn't anything extraordinary but the author's use of 'pulling-things-out-of-books magic' (aka Libriomancy) was original. Typically 'Libriomancy' stories (Inkheart, Die Seiten der Welt) use either classical literature or fictional novels. Libriomancer is extraordinary because it also draws from pop-culture books I've actually read. (Admittedly I was mostly thrilled about all the Doctor Who references.)
The best part is that the elements drawn from these other stories do not weaken the Libriomancer's own original plot. Isaac Vainio is a well-developed main character and Lena Greenwood is a really badass leading lady. They go an a great mystery/adventure together and the bad guys are delightfully complex. My only complaint was the romantic subplot that seemed to apologize for its own existence at every turn. Hines did a really good job of putting in feminist-friendly excuses for the sexy dryad sidekick but it really just felt sneaky and underhanded. I can't really fault the book for that. It was just annoying.
I'm still debating about reading the second one. I don't want more sexy dryad moments but I'm interested in seeing where Hines takes his concept for Libriomancy. The magic/science laws he's built up are intriguing and really cool. ...more
It's basically Daredevil but I don't want to insult Daredevil like that. It contains every self-made superhero cliché there is. I didn't make it to thIt's basically Daredevil but I don't want to insult Daredevil like that. It contains every self-made superhero cliché there is. I didn't make it to the end because I decided that the part where Kingpin--I MEAN Vasko--schooled 'the Hand' by exploding his Bat Cave was the most satisfying ending this book would have to offer.
Did not give a single care for any of the characters. The social situations were more awkward than humanly possible. Nolan's superpower of 'being the best fighter ever' doesn't exactly jive with the fact that he gets knocked senseless nearly as often as Eragon. His 'morals' were poorly defined and/or downright weird. Religion kept trying to sneak in there but it was weird pseudo-christianity that didn't make a lick of sense. None of the character motivations made sense (few motivations were developed at all). You're seriously telling me a super smart inventor is going to happily live in a Bat Cave because 'the cause is just so JUST!' ?
This whole novel is just a painful cliché full of dull archetype characters.
Once again my 'ooh that cover looks shiny' method of book selection has let me down. ...more
Really REALLY great. I love all the characters. The parasite world concept is fantastic. It manages to explore deep emotional issues and be absolutelyReally REALLY great. I love all the characters. The parasite world concept is fantastic. It manages to explore deep emotional issues and be absolutely hilarious. There are some real horror elements mixed in as well.
I listened to it on my drive to and from Dallas and then for several hours while I cleaned my house. Time well spent. ...more
This is the first Discworld book I've honestly been a little bit underwhelmed with. Even then it was still absolutely brilliant. I just didn't have muThis is the first Discworld book I've honestly been a little bit underwhelmed with. Even then it was still absolutely brilliant. I just didn't have much appreciation for all the math humor. The ending was a bit unsatisfying too. I couldn't really tell what was decided. It didn't feel very conclusive.
Teppic is a great main character even though I kept picturing him as a rug by accident (Teppich is the German word for rug). The female character . . . I've forgotten her name already. *Checks smudged writing on arm*--Ptraci! She was very sexualized and yet she still felt like a real person (as do all of Terry's characters) . . . just . . . from a very guy-ish point of view. The way Teppic completely ditches her for the finale says a lot about how important she actually is. I am left with a strong urge to draw Chidder.
A lot of the characters could have used more depth and exploration. Usually that doesn't bother me with Discworld novels because you can read so much about the characters between the lines. Not with this one though. I just wish there was a little bit more character exploration and a little less mathematical camel.
The humor was on point, as always. I laughed the whole way through.
This is the first Discworld novel I've read since Sir Terry passed away a few days ago. I cried when I heard the news, but I know that thanks to him I'll still be laughing for many years to come. ...more
A startlingly good book considering how horrible this series has been so far. Having the Doctor tripping on LSD is definitely new, so props for that,A startlingly good book considering how horrible this series has been so far. Having the Doctor tripping on LSD is definitely new, so props for that, I guess. It was handled well as a plot device. The tidbits of Aztec history were nice too. I remember some of that stuff from a history project in High School, though obviously sans-aliens.
I really liked the way the twisted time-line was handled. Excellent job of exploiting the (rather important) time machine for once. I also enjoyed this story a lot more because the Doctor didn't always know exactly what was going on at all times (like Seven normally does). It's about time he met a baddie that could overpower him. I'm glad it wasn't some Universe-eating monster either.
Team TARDIS is still an awkward mess but at least Orman gives us a look inside their heads and lets us know WHY. I'm really tired of Ace and Benny being inexplicably moody and murderous all the time. There are also a few great local characters, although it's a shame that most of them explode.
The main reason I read these books is because they dare to go places the TV show never dared and --every once in a very long while-- writers like Kate Orman actually do a brilliant job of telling a great story. ...more
Another thoughtful and hugely entertaining adventure in Discworld. I had a bit of trouble understanding some of the wordplay since German is my secondAnother thoughtful and hugely entertaining adventure in Discworld. I had a bit of trouble understanding some of the wordplay since German is my second language but I was still able to pick up most of the jokes.
Brutha is a very interesting character. At a (rather uneducated) guess, I would say he's probably autistic. He's certainly not 'neuro-typical.' Watching his thoughts and philosophies evolve was fascinating. Om's development was a little jumpy but I loved him. It sounds bad, but Vorbis reminds me way too much of my dad. Especially the bit about his thoughts being all trapped inside him without any chance for influence or change. That's one of the most frightening things to see in another person's eyes and Pratchett wrote it perfectly.
The way religion is addressed in Discworld has always intrigued me. Even though Pratchett pokes fun at religion, religious zealots, and gods, I've never felt like he was personally attacking my religion in any way. He's just asking the reader to think for themselves, and that's a beautiful thing.
It seemed like an intense plot with scary aliens, so why was it awful? The writing quality probably had something to do with that. It was horribly wriIt seemed like an intense plot with scary aliens, so why was it awful? The writing quality probably had something to do with that. It was horribly written. The concept was interesting, but that's where the fun ended. I could barely get through more than 3 pages at a time because it kept putting me to sleep.
The local characters were all completely boring. The baddie could have been scary but I fail to grasp how his super evil plan to make a spaceship travel through time and DESTROY THE UNIVERSE was actually supposed to work. Ace's internal dialogue is more of the usual "I hate the Doctor but he's also my hero so let's blow stuff up." Boring. Benny has decided she hates the doctor as well and she's not even being original about it. Dull.
For some reason the Doctor created a huge paradox and was totally cool with that. No wonder the Faction had their eye on him.
There were a few highlights but for the most part it was ridiculously melodramatic and dull.
I knew it was a divergent timeline from the very beginninThere were a few highlights but for the most part it was ridiculously melodramatic and dull.
I knew it was a divergent timeline from the very beginning but the characters were painfully slow on the uptake. Rule One of Doctor Who should really be that the reader should never out-think the Doctor. This book series almost always fails in that respect. It's so disappointing.
All of that post-apocalyptic imagery might have been trendy in the early 90's but it's so over-done these days. And what was up with the Dinosaur names? I'm not sure why Jim thought he needed to make up his own names for dinos but they were all really stupid-sounding.
Of course the whole story ends up being pointless because IT WAS A DIVERGENT TIMELINE ALL ALONG (omg who knew???). Ace and Benny get upset about it but they basically exist in a constant state of upset-ness anyway.