A nice regency romance in the style of Georgette Heyer. It doesn't really stand out in the genre, but it's a fun, good read - or good listening, in thA nice regency romance in the style of Georgette Heyer. It doesn't really stand out in the genre, but it's a fun, good read - or good listening, in this case, since I got the Audible version.
I really loved Heath Miller's characterization of the various characters, but I'll admit I still got lost a couple times with who was who, as the narration swaps several times from first names to surnames even inside the same paragraph. (On the other hand, I listened to most of the book while driving, so it's probable I was just distracted at the time.)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the audiobook as part of a giveaway....more
The art is gorgeous, but when Rebecca Sugar said she wanted to expand on the story as told in the cartoon, I must admit that I expected something moreThe art is gorgeous, but when Rebecca Sugar said she wanted to expand on the story as told in the cartoon, I must admit that I expected something more. Rather than looking at the same story from a different angle and/or with a different pace from TV, this just seems to be a retelling of the same thing but with less details. ...more
Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy protect the forest with the power of, well, lasers, and unending optimism. Alas, they're likely to cause as much trouble asLaser Moose and Rabbit Boy protect the forest with the power of, well, lasers, and unending optimism. Alas, they're likely to cause as much trouble as they prevent.
The book contains three stories and a short adventure, full of improbable happenings and a mix of dark and goofy humour. It's a very short read for adults, and I think kids will find it funny as well.
If you like this book you might want to follow Doug Savage's online comic, Savage Chickens, which sports much of the same humour, albeit over 1 or 2 panels drawn on post-it notes. ...more
Meravigliosi i disegni di Turconi, ma devo ammettere che le prime due trame (il libro include tre storie) non mi hanno preso molto. Sarà un po' che "bMeravigliosi i disegni di Turconi, ma devo ammettere che le prime due trame (il libro include tre storie) non mi hanno preso molto. Sarà un po' che "bambino incontra personaggio famoso e gli cambia la vita" è un tropo che ho visto fino allo sfinimento, o che il circo ha decine di personaggi di cui alla fine ne sono sviluppati solo tre, o la non sottile vena di esoticismo e stereotipo che pervade il tutto, o che il libro intero sembra una selezione presa da un racconto più grande... Non so. Non mi hanno convinto del tutto. La storia finale, dove si lascia l'inserzione storica per narrare una storia più intima e personale, è quella forse riuscita meglio....more
**spoiler alert** Copypasting a review I wrote elsewhere:
I finished reading it yesterday and it's... a thing? That exists? I adored Scorpius, but foun**spoiler alert** Copypasting a review I wrote elsewhere:
I finished reading it yesterday and it's... a thing? That exists? I adored Scorpius, but found Albus pretty meh. James and Rose exist only because they were right there on the train in the Epilogue, or I'm sure the authors would have made them quietly disappear like they did with Teddy. And I'm not really sold on the adult version of anyone except McGonagall. I liked moments of it, for sure, but the general structure of the story is a bit of a mess, and there's plot holes big enough to drive freight trains through.
I don't mind Snape's return as a more selfless figure because of that thing he said, that he didn't believe in heroics before, but it started rubbing on him during the resistance. 22 years is a lot of time for someone to change, even a grandiose asshole like Severus.
The queerbaiting bwteen Albus and Scorpius was kind of infuriating. Boyhood friendship with great sentiment and adventure is an old trope, especially in English literature, but I thought we'd already deconstructed that in Philosopher's Stone with the creation of the trio? I get it, they wanted to make us believe there was a new trio in Albus, Scorpius, and Delphi, but when she turns out to be the bad guy that means there's not a single young woman protagonist in four acts of the play.
One way that this reads as bad fanfiction is because the worldbuilding is nonexistent. It relies on people already knowing everything about Hogwarts, the wizarding world, and so on. Which is OK in book 8 of a linear saga, not so much in a theatrical play which, supposedly, will be seen by people who've never read Harry Potter before. It relies on so much knowledge and emotional punches that it didn't bother re-introducing for a new audience. And as usual, everything else goes in background. Was there even a mention of Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff? Did Hogwarts change any in these 22 years? Is Hogwarts actually relevant at all to the story, except as a set?
I will go see it in theatre if I get the chance, because a script is certainly so much drier than the real thing (classic example: I adore live Shakespeare, but can't get through the written versions), but it's really not the best thing to come out under the name of JKR. ...more
Man thinks with his dick rather than his head, city almost gets turned to ashes as a result, man still gets rewarded at the end. An incredible disappoMan thinks with his dick rather than his head, city almost gets turned to ashes as a result, man still gets rewarded at the end. An incredible disappointment after reading Three Parts Dead and Full Fathom Five....more
I'm reading this series slightly out of order, though luckily the stories are mostly self-contained. Having just finished it, my feeling is that FFF iI'm reading this series slightly out of order, though luckily the stories are mostly self-contained. Having just finished it, my feeling is that FFF is a better story than TPD, though of course the first volume has the added weight of having to introduce world and characters from scratch, while FFF doesn't bother too much explaining gods, Craft, and walking skeletons to first time readers. Only the island of Kavekana, where the story is set, gets an in-depth exploration.
The story follow Kai, a demoted priestess trying to unravel the mystery behind an idol's sudden demise; and Izza, a street urchin torn between the life she has and a want of escape. Across their path falls Margot, a foreign poet whose lost muse seems somehow tied to both women. All characters are engaging (though the returning ones fall a bit too much to the sidelines to be little more than a deus ex machina), and there's only a minor case of idiot ball which I can attribute to momentary shock rather than 'need to move the plot along'.
Definitely adding the other volumes to my reading list....more
Sarà che molte le avevo già lette sul blog, sarà che a leggerle di fila si nota un ripetersi di uno stesso tipo di comicità (a volte anche abbastanzaSarà che molte le avevo già lette sul blog, sarà che a leggerle di fila si nota un ripetersi di uno stesso tipo di comicità (a volte anche abbastanza passé, per usare un termine fino), ma alla fine sono più le volte che ho sorriso o ridacchiato che quelle che questo libro mi ha fatto veramente ridere....more
Ninefox Gambit is the first full-length novel set in Yoon Ha Lee's complex hexarchate universe, previously explored in several short stories. It's alsNinefox Gambit is the first full-length novel set in Yoon Ha Lee's complex hexarchate universe, previously explored in several short stories. It's also one of the best military sci-fi (heck, any sort of sci-fi) books I've read lately, sporting a compelling mix of espionage, intrigue, space battles, and ground fights.
In this universe, the hexarchate rules the day-to-day celebrations of its star-spanning empire with an iron fist, because most of its powerful technologies depend on the calendar being followed and respected to the letter. Any deviation - heresy - and the power of this tech is distorted or fades, including the faster-than-light engines that bind the empire together.
When an important tactical outpost is taken over by rebels, captain Kel Cheris, a soldier with an aptitude to mathematics, will have to unleash one of the hexarchate's most powerful weapons in order to retake it: general Shuos Jedao, brilliant tactician, the man who never lost a battle, immortal. Also a madman, a mass murderer, and a conscience without a body.
Though it's obviously the complex relationship between Cheris and Jedao that stands out the most, Lee's ability to paint a personality with few, deft strokes makes it so that most characters manage to make a mark, even those who only appear for a few pages. I must say that I'm also thoroughly intrigued by the mechanical servitors, whose role will hopefully be expanded in the books to come.
On the other hand, Lee doesn't hold the reader's hand at all before plunging them into a world of calendars, formations, moths, engines, winnowers, heretics, and dozens of other technical and philosophical concepts. There are all the hints to understand the broadest strokes of how all this works (Lee luckily doesn't dwell too much on the details, which risk to either become too technical or break the suspension of disbelief), but a reader new to Lee's work might very well be confused for the first few chapters....more
I enjoyed the finale to this series, and several characters from previous books make a comeback, but it seems it was going somewhat through the motionI enjoyed the finale to this series, and several characters from previous books make a comeback, but it seems it was going somewhat through the motions at times, especially towards the end. ...more
**spoiler alert** I really liked this book. I liked the characters, and the historical backdrop, and the plot, and the mystery, and the cyphers, and t**spoiler alert** I really liked this book. I liked the characters, and the historical backdrop, and the plot, and the mystery, and the cyphers, and the cure for details (especially the importance of women and people of colour in the war).
Ghost Talkers is not just a historical fantasy thriller, but also a love story. A love story in which one of the two lovers dies at the beginning of the book, after we only got to spend a little time with him, and spends the rest of the time as a ghost. Except that, as a ghost, he risks losing his memories and personality every time he exerts himself.
My problem is that, not having had time to get to know Ben that well, I had a hard time empathizing with Ginger's fears about Ben's ghost. Whenever Ginger told us that Ben was behaving differently than his live self, I had to take her word for it. And we're told that his soul is in danger if he exerts himself too much or forgets too much, but we never* see an example of a ghost gone bad to compare it to, so I never really got to fear for him if not in the hypothetical. We're supposed to feel a constant menace for Ben's soul through the story, but it does never really materialize. Ben is the co-protagonist of this tale and he's a literally a ghost of himself.
(I'm also a bit sceptical that Merrow could lie so much and so often to someone who could read auras without attracting even a little bit of suspicion, especially when they were connected, but the twist would not have worked otherwise so I'm gonna let it pass.)
Still, it's a very enjoyable spy story, with gorgeous cover art and now one but two Doctor Who cameos.
* Well, we do in the Ginger short stories, but not in this novel....more
Storie di vita, di guerra, di resistenza, di uomini e donne che lottano per la loro identità e per un futuro migliore. Forse il libro più forte e onesStorie di vita, di guerra, di resistenza, di uomini e donne che lottano per la loro identità e per un futuro migliore. Forse il libro più forte e onesto di Calcare che, libero dalla continua "sticazzi" e dai 4km quadrati delle sue opere precedenti, riesce perfettamente a mostrare una fetta di mondo che noi occidentali conosciamo poco o niente (e solo nella maniera distorta dei telegiornali e delle forze politiche che hanno interessi nella zona), raccontando una regione, e una popolazione, in tutta la sua umanità e la sua crudezza, nei momenti di gioia e in quelli di dolore.
...e comunque noi vorremmo fare entrare la Turchia nell'Unione Europea. Magari dovremmo pensarci su due minuti in più. Così, per dire....more
What happens when an author writes an erotica fanfiction of her own novels under an assumed name for an April Fools' prank? Well, this is the answer. WWhat happens when an author writes an erotica fanfiction of her own novels under an assumed name for an April Fools' prank? Well, this is the answer. While the story itself is willingly simple, crafted by touching several favourite tropes of both fanfiction and light novels (the introvert protagonist, the mechanical genius, the lost heir to a fortune, the circus-trained thief...), the characters and their banter are delightful, as it's usual in Kowal's writing.
There are a few mentions of glamour throughout the text, but it's not necessary to have read the Glamourist Histories novels to enjoy this short (though you really should!). And of course it's erotica, so expect there to be innuendo and some naughty bits getting revealed. 'Pendulum rod' indeed!...more