Most of the time I liked this book well enough, but it took some effort because I felt like our lead character had some sort of split personality disoMost of the time I liked this book well enough, but it took some effort because I felt like our lead character had some sort of split personality disorder. He had moments of bumbling and some brilliant moments as well, but they weren't consistent to the character. Everyone can have both traits, but they are usually somewhat logical. I didn't get that here.
It probably doesn't help that I've read a fair amount of historical fiction that revolves around the Tudor family and I liked other versions of the time better.
This wasn't an awful book though and it's gotten a lot of good reviews too, so it might be worth checking out if this is an era that interests you....more
This is book 5 in the series. If you're picking up the book, then you know the key players and the universe they exist in. I love it. I love Dresden.This is book 5 in the series. If you're picking up the book, then you know the key players and the universe they exist in. I love it. I love Dresden. I love his flaws and his sarcasm. I have yet to be disappointed in the writing. It's an enjoyable ride. The audio is great too. Love the music at the start and end of the book and Dresden sounds the way I imagined him to. ...more
This was a heavy book. Literally. The book is under 300 pages and weighs a ton. That is the only reason it took me so long to read it because it was hThis was a heavy book. Literally. The book is under 300 pages and weighs a ton. That is the only reason it took me so long to read it because it was heavy to lug around in my backpack with my other stuff.
And this is a heavy book in spite of the comic style. I read the first one back in the 80's when a friend gave it to me as a gift. It was powerful then and it has held up.
Need to go take something for these damn allergies that are making my eyes leak....more
Like many others who picked this title up, I expected more of a ghost story.
The pace did start a bit slowly, bit that tends to be the case in a lot ofLike many others who picked this title up, I expected more of a ghost story.
The pace did start a bit slowly, bit that tends to be the case in a lot of books set in this period. Once our lead got to Cambridge, I was much happier with the speed of the story.
I was perfectly happy with the ending. Some things got tied up into a neat little bow, other things were left hanging that I'm kind of glad weren't resolved. Don't want to spoil anything but getting specific. Sorry.
This was a totally random title for me and I'm glad I picked it. ...more
I read this in less than a day. You see, I had the first book in the series on hold and started listening to it before I noticed there was this .5 thaI read this in less than a day. You see, I had the first book in the series on hold and started listening to it before I noticed there was this .5 that should be read before hand. I dislike that immensely. Not sure who gets the blame - the publisher? It was only 105 pages and it even had pictures. Couldn't this have been added to the "first" book when it was published? Oh well. While I'm whining, there was a miss that probably should have been caught in proofing (around page 100) when Anna looked over her should. Pretty sure she looked over her shoulder.
Okay, bitching aside. This is an interesting concept on the werewolf and I am guessing it was part of an anthology perhaps? It worked. It worked on a basic level to introduce the world and to wrap up the store with the chance of more to come. I don't love it, but I like it and I appreciate the rules of these creatures. The writing seems repetitive at times, but I can get past that. This absolutely would have been helpful before picking up the first book in the series....more
This was a book club choice and to be honest, I didn't vote for it. As a mom, some subjects are just more uncomfortable than I care to read about. I'mThis was a book club choice and to be honest, I didn't vote for it. As a mom, some subjects are just more uncomfortable than I care to read about. I'm willing if there is something to be learned on the subject, but this was not that sort of book.
I didn't hate the book, but I don't have a lot of good things to say about it either. There were errors that just shouldn't have happened in a published, properly edited book. The characters were very one dimensional. There wasn't much to like about the bulk of them - exceptions being Papa, the neighbor whose name I can't remember. Trying to think if there was anyone else. Emma? Sure.
The mom falls asleep outside while her 3 young daughters play. Really? She's not working two jobs. No medication was mentioned. Hell, if her kid had been taken then, she should have lost her other kids as far as I'm concerned. I'm guessing Emma was a wanderer and that is why it was so important to lock the door once inside. If it is so important, then you don't leave it to your other children to do. I just don't get it.
The kidnapper. In the same town. And it took 2 years for her to ever make it off the property? And what about DR's visits which would open a whole other can of worms. Far too many holes for me.
It was predictable. It was kind of boring which it shouldn't have been given that I'm a mom and this was about a stolen child. My heart should have been pounding and it never got there. It was repetitive.
One nice thing, was most of the pages ended on a sentence so it made it very easy to put the book down. In fact, it looked like some sort of weird template was used to make the pages nearly identical looking. ...more
I liked this book. It didn't exactly start that way. I felt like I was missing something and then I found out that I really should read the short storI liked this book. It didn't exactly start that way. I felt like I was missing something and then I found out that I really should read the short story/novella Alpha and Omega first. Well damn, would have if I'd known. That dig should go to the publisher because it was only 105 pages long. It could have been made part of the "first" book.
Once I'd gotten myself caught up, I had a better understanding of how this realm works and some of the things that had been bugging me, became clear.
This is an interesting world that has been created. I'm not sure I will continue with the series mostly because I'm happy enough leaving things where they are. I can certainly see some things are brewing because I honestly expected some of them to crop up in this book. I'm not sure I want to see those things come to a head.
I was disappointed in one of the deaths. I won't spoil it by saying which character, but I thought the death didn't have to happen. I can understand the logic behind why it was done though, so that isn't a dig to the story, just a personal opinion....more