**spoiler alert** This book had a good idea behind it, and the writing was okay - but it suffered from a few issues that make it a little outside of w**spoiler alert** This book had a good idea behind it, and the writing was okay - but it suffered from a few issues that make it a little outside of what I usually prefer.
It's the story of a arson investigator by day and a sort of medium-exorcist by night. Anya can see the dead, and also dispel them by means of 'eating' them. This makes her status as a 'Lantern' unique - possibly the only one of her kind - until she stumbles across an arsonist who shares her abilities. She finds out that this newcomer has big plans for Detroit, namely that of setting the entirety of downtown ablaze.
Somehow, she determines that the arsonist is also highly screwable, in which lies a large part of my issue with the book.
I could get it if there hadn't been someone introduced literally in the first chapter who she's attracted to and acts on before she really gets to meet the arsonist. Maybe the arsonist could have been turned into a mentor of some kind, or some sort of bargain for insight into her condition might have been struck with a dark mystique and tension running under it that changes with time - but it's also established pretty early that she hates his guts, that he kills indiscriminately and that he devours the souls of the dead with absolutely no care for what happens to them. I don't know about anyone else, but if even the sexiest of women approached me and said 'let's get it on' I would say no if I knew she was 'I-will-cut-you' crazy. And oh boy, the arsonist is 'I-will-cut-you' crazy as defined by his actions (charismatic though he may be, he's still a serial murderer). Anya, as a character, kind of loses me at that point. One could make an argument that demonic possession had something to do with her decision (she was possessed at that point - but in control), but I thought the narrative was clear enough to indicate that Anya was all up ons when it came time to jump the arsonist's bones.
Which kind of makes Anya a character I don't really identify with or particularly like. I'm all about flawed characters - but usually when I determine someone is anathema to me... I usually am not banking on sleeping with them. That she makes this jump within a few scant pages kinda bothered me and made me think less of the character.
The supporting cast is okay - I really liked Ciro - if a bit vanilla. The 'good guy' love interest, Brian, got interesting for a moment when it's revealed he does contract work for the NSA but... then things happen that more or less turn him into a cardboard prop after that. The portrayal of ghosts was a little inconsistent too. Most ghosts were intensely one dimensional (makes sense for repeating ghosts) with a few noted exceptions (Annie the bar ghost and Felicity the dead hippie librarian). The formatting for when ghosts spoke seemed to shift by either the value of the ghost's contribution to the story and random chance. Again, easy to overlook as it's a formatting thing, but half way through the book, ghosts just stop talking in italics, then start up again a quarter from the end. Gets a little inconsistent is all.
The end also seemed a little slapped together, which is common for debut novels. I can easily forgive that though.
I'm not sure I'll keep reading - if I do it'll likely be from the local library. It may turn itself around, it might not....more
The Dresden series finally starts to come into its own on this book. Dresden finds himself allied with a Knight of the True Cross when it seems that CThe Dresden series finally starts to come into its own on this book. Dresden finds himself allied with a Knight of the True Cross when it seems that Chicago has begun to develop a bit of a spectral infestation. More and more ghosts have been cropping up and hassling the locals, and after some investigation, Harry has reason to believe he knows why. The spirits are being tormented by spells placed upon them that are driving them to frenzy. On top of it all, the local Vampire queen seems to have it in for him as well and has put him in a difficult position when they choose him to be the ambassador for the White Council to the Red Vampire Court. Adding to the problems, Dresden's fairy Godmother Leah enters the fray to make it a triple threat.
The story then goes into the often too- much, too-fast territory again, but with more control exercised and with a subject that is close to my heart: ghosts. Throw a ghost into any story in my opinion and you've made it that much better. So, I'll admit to some personal bias in my review. I loves me some ghosts....more
After a long, long hiatus, I returned to the Dresdenverse and resumed my reading of Full Moon.
Having finished the book I can say that Butcher's got aAfter a long, long hiatus, I returned to the Dresdenverse and resumed my reading of Full Moon.
Having finished the book I can say that Butcher's got a lot of ideas - maybe a few too many to cram into the covers of the book. I liked the story in principle. It was executed well, but perhaps was too immersive in its lore. Apparently there's a lot of different kinds of werewolf in this book, and by the time you're done, it seems Butcher was intent on using all of them.
The novel picks up a couple of months after Storm Front and Karrin Murphy is in a jam. She's got a few dead people tied to some interesting people and no idea how to explain their mutilated corpses. The crime scene indicates something that shouldn't be though - a paw print that simply shouldn't be there. Harry takes on the case with much trepidation as Murphy is still angry with him from the first book's events, and he proceeds in standard Dresden fashion to put his nose where it doesn't belong. The body count rises as more wolves come in from the edges of the mystery and catch him up in multiple werecreature related conspiracies.
The book is a little tighter than Storm Front, but suffered from trying to do too much at one time I felt. It's a solid three. It advances the overall story of things and keeps you going, it just tried to do a little to much to get it up to a four star rating. I'll continue to read the Butcher books as they evolve and change....more
When a mercenary finds herself double crossed by her employer, her brother is murdered before her eyes aIt's like the Hunter. With breasts and swords.
When a mercenary finds herself double crossed by her employer, her brother is murdered before her eyes and she's unceremoniously thrown off a balcony and down a cliffside. She barely survives and finds herself hobbled and filled with an unremitting need for revenge. Latching onto a northern barbarian, a poisoner and his young assistant, a former spy and a character more than a little reminiscent of captain Jack Sparrow, they set out to kill the seven men responsible for her downfall and her borother's death, and woe betide anyone who gets int heir way. Or stands too close by.
The story is set in Joe Abercrombie's fantasy setting as introduced in the First Law Trilogy, and several characters will sound familiar to readers familiar with Abercrombie's earlier works. The settings are vivid, the characters well developed, and the action and bloodshed unyielding. Just when you think Abercrombie has gone as far as hey can, he'll punch you in the kidney and make you thank him for the privilege. I recommend the book for those who aren't squeamish and like a good story about exactly how much collateral damage a person is willing to go through to get revenge....more
This was pretty straightforward. It pushes past the Arabian Fable stories which I wasn't a huge fan of, and pushes into getting Bigby back into fabletThis was pretty straightforward. It pushes past the Arabian Fable stories which I wasn't a huge fan of, and pushes into getting Bigby back into fabletown. Not much else to really note here, just that it's a good continuation of the already good story presented....more
This book has a great cast, it has some rather interesting ideas on magic and its role in the world. It was a lot of humor and laugh out loud moments.This book has a great cast, it has some rather interesting ideas on magic and its role in the world. It was a lot of humor and laugh out loud moments.
It unfortunately suffers from a case of meandering story and deus ex machina.
This isn't to say it's bad. The story of Monster, a middling practitioner of magic and cryptobiological containment specialist, is amusing at least. In every other aspect though, he's your everyman - save for the fact that in his work he was bitten by a basilisk, almost died from its venom, but as a side effect changes skin color every day (usually with some sort of perk for each color). Other than that though, he keeps his head down, he drinks beer, and generally looks out for himself like many others. Monster's life becomes more complex however when he meets Judy, a confused shelf stocker who calls on his services to remove a family of Yeti from her frozen food section. Judy seems to draw a lot of cryptobiological attention as Monster finds out, and from there it gets weirder.
I can't help but feel that this book simply needed to be thought out better. It wasn't bad, but could use a little more exposition, a little more plotting, and a little less god-from-the-machine as mentioned above. It's not a bad read, but Gil's All Fright Diner was a lot better....more
This book was a middling entry for reasons I can't really get into without getting too far into the plot and making key reveals. It's a solid entry anThis book was a middling entry for reasons I can't really get into without getting too far into the plot and making key reveals. It's a solid entry and enough to keep me turning pages. It's a typical Sanderson mix - politics, magic and characters who are frequently called upon to make hard decisions.
It's a story about two kingdoms at war with one another. The war is a cold one however. The nation of Idris is high in the mountains and harbors a royal family living in exile. The nation of Hallandren lays in the jungles below the mountains, and they bow down before their new royalty, the Returned and their God King. As an offering of peace made long ago, Idris sends a daughter to the capital city of Hallendren, T'Telir in order to satisfy the terms of a peace treaty forged long ago between the two nations, but war is brewing regardless.
Intrigue layers upon intrigue and the story unfolds in typical Sanderson pacing, with a lot being revealed and worked out within the final chapters of the book. The magic system that is involved, a process called Awakening, is a bit strange and convoluted. Sometimes it makes sense, but in this case, there were some things which seemed contradictory. Not nearly as well defined as the rune based magic used in Elantris or the Allomany presented in the Mistborn series.
It wasn't a bad read and I'd advise it for Sanderson fans. For others it may not be their kettle of tea....more
It's not that I'm not reading it. It's that I can't put off reading Hero of ages any longer! Hooray for the final empire! I promise I'll come back toIt's not that I'm not reading it. It's that I can't put off reading Hero of ages any longer! Hooray for the final empire! I promise I'll come back to this one! Page 139! Must... remember......more
Managed to find this one amid one of the many stacks of books. Finished it last night. The last tale was pretty good and the story that makes up the cManaged to find this one amid one of the many stacks of books. Finished it last night. The last tale was pretty good and the story that makes up the core of the book serves to advance the larger picture. I guess it was OK, it obviously wasn't a page turner though - look how long it took me to finish it....more
Not a bad follow up from the first. Lynch can thread a plot pretty well. Were I his wife, I'd lock up all of the valuables someplace safe on account oNot a bad follow up from the first. Lynch can thread a plot pretty well. Were I his wife, I'd lock up all of the valuables someplace safe on account of him being able to plot Locke's mad schemes.
The story picks up where the last left off. The city of Camorr is no longer a safehaven for the surviving pair of Gentlemen Bastards, and Locke and Jean have begun a scheme to take the biggest prize in the island nation of Tal Verrar.
The only thing standing in their way are the Bondsmagi - incensed at the loss of one of their own. And boy are they pissed. To make their displeasure known, they place the pair in a very precarious position between the military, the affluent, the mafia (for lack of a better word) and pirates.
The story definitely takes a couple of sharp turns and goes places one would not expect. The threading of the plot is amazing, so I cannot wait until the spring. The next book is to be released then.
Give it a shot if you haven't read this sequel yet.