This is a review of the audio book which, in my opinion, has to be one of the better audio books I've listened to in a long time. There is a full all-This is a review of the audio book which, in my opinion, has to be one of the better audio books I've listened to in a long time. There is a full all-star cast and it is really fun trying to place those familiar voices. The story is told in a kind of news magazine format with the main narrator interviewing zombie war survivors as they talk about their experiences. The voices and locations change often, which provides a nice variety - if you grow tired of a certain narrator, chances are that in the next 5 minutes or so, there will be a new narrator with a different story. The audio book is very well done and I even listened to the final credits where the cast members names were read out. I was surprised by some of the Hollywood talent that participated in the book.
Listening to this makes me wary about going to see the movie - there's no way it could hold up to this fantastic version. I understand that the movie has Brad Pitt running around (which shouldn't be that difficult to watch) but it doesn't really have the individual stories told by the survivors.
If you are going to listen to one audio book this year, I'd recommend this one.
The reason why I enjoy Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series is that each book is jammed packed full of "stuff." What do I mean by "stuff?" It's all theThe reason why I enjoy Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series is that each book is jammed packed full of "stuff." What do I mean by "stuff?" It's all the creatures, magic, mythology, and action all thrown in one book. So much happens in this book and I can always count on Harry's unique way of deal with adversity (and adversaries). I think these books work because they capture the gritty world of city life and juxtapose it with the paranormal. Chicago makes such a great backdrop to this world.
In Death Masks Harry is asked to recover a valuable artifact stolen from the church. The object in question? The Shroud of Turin, no less. It seems that it has some magical properties. In addition, the Red Court vampires have memories like elephants and they want Harry dead. One of their own, Paolo Ortega challenges Harry to a duel to the death.
The dialogue in this book is witty. There are some great lines and jokes. I loved the addition of The Archive (or Ivy as Harry calls her). Some of my favorite characters were back - yeah, Michael. Go, Murphy! Susan - enough said, you'll need to read the book to find out.
So you have art thieves, demons, vampires, outrageous TV hosts, the Knights, Bob the Skull, Johnny Marcone and his thugs, and the beat up Blue Beetle. Who could ask for anything more? ...more
You Slay Me had me giggling right from the first page. The book had some hilarious situations that could only happen to a young, English speaking AmerYou Slay Me had me giggling right from the first page. The book had some hilarious situations that could only happen to a young, English speaking American in Paris. Our heroine Aisling Grey arrives in Paris and learns some extremely useful expressions from her cabbie Rene:
”J’ai une grenouille dans mon bidet.”
(I have a frog in my bidet).
I chuckled at all the uses of franglais – when French words are interchanged literally with English words, effectively changing their meanings: “The elevator does not march.” and “I did not wish to derange you.” Living in my part of the world, we hear this kind of thing regularly and it always amuses me.
I loved the scenes between Aisling and Drake. Their attraction was so primal and they were very sexy together. The love scenes were hot and steamy. Dragons do have interesting mating rituals. I enjoyed the banter between Aisling and Drake. At times, Aisling seemed absolutely clueless so it made their interactions much more entertaining. I loved how smug and self-assured Drake behaved around Aisling, even when she denied that she was attracted to him.
My favorite character was Jim. Jim was a demon in the body of a Newfoundland dog. It was refreshing to see the world from a dog demon’s perspective. Jim added many moments of comic relief as well.
I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. ...more
I find that the Kitty series by Carrie Vaughn is a nice little distraction. While the series is not the best UF series out there, I do find that eachI find that the Kitty series by Carrie Vaughn is a nice little distraction. While the series is not the best UF series out there, I do find that each book has been consistent for me. Kitty’s world includes werewolves, vampires, and other paranormal creatures. I loved how the Native American skin walkers were incorporated into this book.
It’s difficult to review this book without giving away a major spoiler, but let’s just say that Kitty spends her time in this book helping out her friends. One of her friends needs to sort through a problem and the other friend has legal issues. We’ll leave it at that.
Kitty is on a much needed vacation in a cabin in the mountains. Her show is on a temporary hiatus. Kitty is trying, rather unsuccessfully, to write a book. Peace and quiet never really lasts long in Kitty’s world and soon things start happening. Dead rabbit on the doorstep. Surprise guests with issues. And so the story begins.
In this book, we learn more about Cormac and what makes him tick. Cormac’s background is interesting. I did not like the turn the book took with regards to Cormac; I’ll be interested in seeing how it turns out in the next book.
Mild mannered Ben. Oh, Ben. I did not expect that at all.
Kitty’s transition from weak pack member in the first book to head of her own small pack in this book is awesome. I loved how Kitty became stronger and more assertive in this book. Kitty is truly an Alpha wolf in her own little pack of friends.
Kitty’s absence in the late night radio world opened up a spot for an imitator, Ariel. At first, Kitty’s reactions are a little playful, if not spiteful. Kitty’s little prank calls to the show managed to get an interesting reaction from Ariel. As Ariel praised Kitty for starting these types of shows, she reconfirmed that Kitty was her inspiration.
I found that while I enjoyed this book parts of it had a Law and Order: Supernatural Division kind of feel. I’ll continue reading this series. I do enjoy Kitty and the company she keeps. ...more
This book was an absolute pleasure to read. It was wonderful. It was thrilling. I thoroughly enjoyed being swept away to a magical world where the draThis book was an absolute pleasure to read. It was wonderful. It was thrilling. I thoroughly enjoyed being swept away to a magical world where the drakon (dragon shifters) live amongst us.
The Smoke Thief is set in the 1750’s so it also has the richness and textures of that time period. The author creates a world where a group of people can shift into beautiful, majestic dragons. I loved so many things about this book. The flying sequences were phenomenal. When the drakon shift into their dragon forms, they first turn into smoke and wind their way up into the sky. When they are high enough, they turn into dragons.
I liked the main characters Clarissa (Rue) and Christoff (Kit). I felt more of a connection to Rue than to Kit. Kit struck me as a little Neanderthal at times due to his Alpha nature, however I did enjoy his frustration and love for Rue. The dialogue between these characters was cleverly written. Their love scenes were steamy.
I enjoyed the dragon lore and how attracted the dragons were to precious stones.
I noticed that the next book does not continue Rue and Kit’s story. I’m a little disappointed about that. Despite my tiny disappointment, I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. ...more
I usually don't read books in a series back to back. However, after that ending in Firestorm, I just had to continue reading. So I picked up Thin Air.I usually don't read books in a series back to back. However, after that ending in Firestorm, I just had to continue reading. So I picked up Thin Air. Poor Jo! She really gets banged up a lot and in this book, her memories have been taken away. Imagine waking up naked and freezing and having no idea who you are. Lewis and David to the rescue.
This is really a cool series. I especially like it when Jo is in the Aether in Oversight and how the author describes what Jo can see. It's beautiful. I also enjoy the author's sense of humor - she gives Jo just the right amount of snark. And the villains - oh, so nasty - especially Eamon and Ashan. I also loved the musical playlist at the end of the book. That's quite a nice selection of music.
There's some bittersweet moments for Jo as well and my heart broke for her. I'll have to pick up the next book soon. ...more