Wow. I had not heard anything about this book and thought it sounded interesting, little did I know I'd be listening to one of the best Hard Sci-fi no...moreWow. I had not heard anything about this book and thought it sounded interesting, little did I know I'd be listening to one of the best Hard Sci-fi novels I've ever read/heard.
The idea is a pretty simple start, two rockets heading to meet with a Near Earth Object to see who can get there first. But then crazy things start happening. If I want to keep this spoiler free that's about the best I can do without any real spoilers.
What got me about this book is that it's not just a good Adventure, it's also a good Real Science type book and there are really strong Characters too. It's hard to find one book that has all three, but this is does.
There were moments where I was listening and I was glad that I wasn't reading it because if I was reading it I would have thrown it at the wall from anxiety. It's not an angry throw, it's a nervous type throw. It's something that I can walk and pace if I'm listening to it, or I can sit and fidget at my desk, but if I were reading the physical book I'd have to much energy from all the tension in the book and I would have had to throw it at a wall just because it was so exciting.
The Science portions where they're talking about the Hard Science and explaining how things like Atmosphere and ice work on alien worlds are a little hard to follow sometimes, but it's never so hard that I felt like a big dummy after reading any particular section.
Great book, well paced and at times EXTREMELY suspenceful and exciting. I'm looking forward to the sequel, but wonder where the story it going.(less)
I don't know how to feel about this one really. It was a pretty good Vampire novel, but there was also a fair amount of rape in it. I understand that...moreI don't know how to feel about this one really. It was a pretty good Vampire novel, but there was also a fair amount of rape in it. I understand that this is normal for Vampire Novels, but it's usually not handled so graphically as it is in this.
It's a fairly straight forward horror novel, but with a twist of drug addiction thrown in. It's strange to have scenes of bodies being torn apart and then have a scene with sex or drugs, and the scene that is more disturbing isn't the one with the bloody corpses.
I don't think I'd read more by this author, but only because I don't really like "real" Horror novels. I like things that are lighter and which aren't as socially heavy. It's probably fine for other people, but I just didn't like it too much. I think one of the harder things to accept from this book was that basically everyone is a terrible person that deserves to die. If they're not a vampire they're otherwise reprehensible. There's a bit of mystery and it ends pretty well, but the nearly constant sexual assault that occurs in sections of this book is really off putting and just not my cup of tea.(less)
I had an audiobook of this and it was surprisingly good. I thought it was a good example of starting up a backstory for Sherlock and I think it does w...moreI had an audiobook of this and it was surprisingly good. I thought it was a good example of starting up a backstory for Sherlock and I think it does well in establishing new characters that help explain things from the future books.
What I liked best about this was that there was a reason behind Sherlock being how he is as an adult. He was taught to think in a certain way and it is clear why his teacher chooses to teach him that sort of thinking in this.
I liked the fact too that the author chose to start a seed for the issue of addiction. It's surprising to find a book for young readers that will address the concept of addiction.
Overall I really liked it. I thought the villain was interesting and I kind of hope that he appears again in the series. The assistants to the villain were very interesting too, not just the guy with the whip, the people who were... well... let's just say that they were pulling the strings behind the bad guy the whole time.(less)
This is on the Monster Punching shelf because you can't get much more Monster Punching than this book.
I don't like guns. Just, in general I don't care...moreThis is on the Monster Punching shelf because you can't get much more Monster Punching than this book.
I don't like guns. Just, in general I don't care about guns at all. I have never been interested in guns and I don't see the fascination that some people have with them.
That said, I love this series. There is way too much detail about guns, and I have no idea what they're talking about most of the time when they're talking about guns, but still this series is very enjoyable. Which I think speaks volumes about the author and his ability to tell a story.
I don't want to say too much because I think I'll give things away, but I was not expecting some of the twists in this story. There were several points where I was genuinely surprised, and I think that some of the things I thought are still true, but are as yet to be revealed.
I will say that my favorite revelation is that the MHI Patch looks like a penguin when turned upside down. That is both true and amazing.
I can't really say a lot about the plot since that is giving away the whole story basically, but I can say that the cover description is basically true.
This is the continuing story of Owen Pitt as he has to deal with the results of what happened in the previous book. An Ultimate Evil is trying to kill him and it's not afraid to get to him via his family. You get to meet his family in much closer detail than you did in the previous book, and I look forward to seeing more of the surviving family members as the series continues.
I also like that the next book isn't about Owen, but is about Harbinger. It gives Correia some range in what can happen to the main character. It's not just a book about Owen Pitt, it's about the Monster Hunters as a group and if one has to fall heroically so be it, the others will live on and make sure that he died for a reason.
Now I don't want to say that that gives things away too much so I will say this: Hunters do die in this, that is what the previous paragraph is meant to say. Maybe it's who you expect it to be, maybe not. But Hunters will die.
I look forward to the next two books. I want to spend more time in this world and I'll be picking up the GrimNoir series again and actually finish that first book this time. The same issue of having too many guns was really annoying me with that book, but I get it now and realize that the magic system was amazing in that book and I can't wait to get more into it.
I have way too much to read at the moment. Way too much to read.(less)
At first glance I thought this was a romance novel. That probably says more about me than I want to admit. But then I saw that James Rollins gave it a...moreAt first glance I thought this was a romance novel. That probably says more about me than I want to admit. But then I saw that James Rollins gave it a positive cover blurb and I decided to read the back. I'm glad I did as this is one of the more exciting and enjoyable books I've read this year. It is very reminiscent of the Deadlands Table Top Role Playing Game, in that it is a Western with Monsters, which is basically the setting for Deadlands. There are many things different between this and Deadlands, but the differences are more on the "How things work" side of things. Vampires are a different species than the creatures in this book, for instance. And there don't seem to be any Harrowed or Hucksters in this world, yet. Which is fine. If I want Deadlands I'll play Deadlands. If I want something that is fun and exciting and fairly fast paced, I'll keep an eye out for sequels to this. And I will probably read them because this was great.
Basically this opens with an ambush of a Union Soldier by a bunch of vampires. Again, they're not quite vampires, but the differences are relatively minor, and they're referred to as vampires for the majority of the novel. The soldier, Hollister, isn't believed when he says that he is the lone survivor of an attack by blood drinking monsters, and is sentenced to Levenworth. Years later he is visited by Allan Pinkerton, and told that he is needed by the U.S. Government to hunt down the monsters that attacked him years ago. He agrees to go only if another inmate is allowed to join him, a man named Chee who is quiet and takes on at least three men in the scene where he is introduced.
Chee and Hollister travel the west in a crazy steam punk-esque train and have a fantastic adventure. There's a little romance, a lot of action and some well written fun.
It's not going to win a Pulitzer, but it's great for a quick fun read about people shooting vampires with rifles. This is the second book in a row where basically people are shooting vampires in the face. I swear that isn't the kind of book I'm going out and looking for, but if it's well written, or at least written in a fun manner I have nothing against shooting Vampires in the face. (less)