I admit I didn't expect much when I was handed this book. First off urban fantasy is not high on my enjoyable genre list. Secondly you mention the wor...moreI admit I didn't expect much when I was handed this book. First off urban fantasy is not high on my enjoyable genre list. Secondly you mention the word fairy and I do not have high expectations. Turns out these fairies aren't your Disney pixies with wings. These are some dark and tough fairies. The fairy world created here harkens back to the old stories where fairies can be terrifying and unpredictable. The author has created a very unique world that has only been hinted at in others works. I found this refreshing. The pacing is fast and satisfactory. Action follows action and the story is constantly pushed forward toward a resolution.(less)
Warning may contain spoilers. Though the spoilers are so foreshadowed I'd be surprised if you didn't figure them out.
I've long been a fan of Stephen K...moreWarning may contain spoilers. Though the spoilers are so foreshadowed I'd be surprised if you didn't figure them out.
I've long been a fan of Stephen King. When at his best, King tells us about the human experience. People who never read him will find this odd. They will only think of gore and supernatural horror. For example, Tommyknockers written at the height of his own cocaine addiction is about addiction. A Bag of Bones from one angle is just a haunted house story, but on a deeper level is about dealing with the loss of a loved one.
In the four stories comprising Full Dark, No Stars King mostly forgoes the supernatural tales sprung from very real darkness in the world.
In 1922 a farmer has grown tired of his wife and her constant nagging to sell up and move to the city. He enlists the help of his fourteen year old son to kill her and cover up the murder. The guild haunts them both to their deaths.
In Big Driver, a woman is raped, brutally assaulted, and left for dead. Knowing that other women are in danger she decides to take matters into her own hands and hunt down her attacker. Big Driver deals with how horrible events force on us can change us into something we never imagined.
Fair Extension is the week spot and luckily short. In essence it's a retelling of the story of Job. Instead of just God and Satan deciding to mess with Job, in this retelling a “fair extension” is made. Dave Streeter makes a deal with a man named Edvil (Get it) to have his own life extended at the expense of his best friend. Dave has secretly hated his more successful best friend all his life.
Finally A Good Marriage takes us into the lives of Darcy and Bob Anderson. A happily married couple, Darcy is terrified to find out that her husband is actually a serial killer who over thirty years has killed eleven women. Bob finds out she knows and convinces her he can stop. She knows this isn't true and eventually has to kill him a(less)
Controlling and greedy and with a healthy distaste for war, Henry VII turned post War of the Roses England into one of the richest kingdoms in Europe....moreControlling and greedy and with a healthy distaste for war, Henry VII turned post War of the Roses England into one of the richest kingdoms in Europe. Thomas Penn makes would could have been a boring story of mundane political machinations into an interesting read. (less)
I am not that big of a fan of hard science fiction. I prefer space opera, fantasy and pew pew pew. It’s a thousand years in the future and humanity ha...more I am not that big of a fan of hard science fiction. I prefer space opera, fantasy and pew pew pew. It’s a thousand years in the future and humanity has expanded to many worlds but has never encountered another sentient species. This all changes. A solar sail arrives from a previously unreachable star system. The single crew member is dead but extremely alien in physiology. The Human Empire sends out an expedition to find a way to the planet and make first contact. There are a couple of things that could have ruined my enjoyment of this book. For the general setting the authors have have chosen to take the 19th century British Empire and stick it a thousand years in the future, complete with the morality and sexual ideas of the time. They have chaplains on the ships doing services. There is a Russian planet full of people with russian accents. Heck, the main engineer is Scottish. I paused early on in reading and thought to myself, “I should find this absurd.” But I didn’t. The characters are one dimensional and thin. The book moves at a very deliberate pace as things are worked out slowly. But all that is secondary to the purpose of the book. The authors put a great deal of effort in making the science realistic. It deals in depth with what space flight and combat would actually be like. The alien race is cleverly thought out and relatable enough to still be able to interact with the humans. (less)