**spoiler alert** I was disappointed with this book. It felt like there were far too many things going on at once and so it lacked a coherent focus. R...more**spoiler alert** I was disappointed with this book. It felt like there were far too many things going on at once and so it lacked a coherent focus. Rachel is trying to find Kistin's murderer, tag a banshee, and deal with Al/save Pierce. It's not unusual for there to be multiple threads in Harrison's books, the problem is that this time Rachel's not focused on what is supposed to be her primary run. She's proactive the first time she gets the call, but after that she doesn't do anything until she's called in and then it's to refuse to help.
Kistin's murder feels like a bookend, it's the focus of the beginning and the end of the book. Rachel is actively pursuing it in the beginning but then it gets pushed to the side and Ivy is the one doing the investigating. I felt like it got shortchanged, which is unfortunate. I think the person who actually did the deed was an interesting choice and that discovery could (should) have been a book of its own.
The shunning seems to come from nowhere. If it was going to happen I'd much rather it happen after Rachel actually did something to cause it. Instead it happens after she she did nothing other than show up. From what I recall, no black magic was actually used at the scene by Rachel or anyone else, the accusation seems completely made up by the press. So I don't understand why Rachel acts as though she's made some kind of mistake that justifies the shunning. There have been plenty of things she's done in the past that might have justified it, at least from an outside point of view, so I really am not sure why Harrison decided to have her shunned for something she didn't really do and why she has Rachel accept it. The shunning is clearly a response to the accumulation of things that Rachel had done in the past, but it's just as clear that the events at the mall were the straw that broke the camel's back. I just wish that straw was real.
The revolving door that is Rachel's love life is starting to get really, really old. The whole thing with Marhsall just seemed unnecessary and her deciding that he was right to leave because she "failed to have everything under control when she promised she did" was really lame because again, she got shunned for basically showing up. I'm not sure how that gets to be her fault.
The thing with Ivy is annoying because I thought it was pretty clear they'd decided they were close friends who loved each other but not in a romantic way and while that wasn't the resolution I'd hoped for, I thought it was reasonable and I was glad it was resolved. Now it's sort of back up in the air again. There was an idea floated to try and make the virus dormant, at least while Ivy is living, basically making her human (or witch?) but I think doing so would radically change who Ivy is. They can't be together and still be who they are unless they can get rid of the dominance part of it.
The thing with Pierce might be the most annoying thing of all. I'm not sure if I'd be less annoyed if I hadn't already read the short story where he's introduced or not. I might buy the whole he's the man she's measured everyone else against deal if he'd ever been mentioned before in the main series. I can't imagine how confusing it would be if I hadn't read the story he's in. I guess the thought is that if he's already dead she can't get him killed? He doesn't do much for me and the nineteenth century speech is going to get old.(less)
**spoiler alert** Spoilers of the Large Varity: Proceed at Your Peril
I enjoyed it. Thurman's writing continued to improve.
I really like what she did w...more**spoiler alert** Spoilers of the Large Varity: Proceed at Your Peril
I enjoyed it. Thurman's writing continued to improve.
I really like what she did with Goodfellow. It goes a long way toward explaining why he is the way he is. And I love the idea that his crush on Niko is just a substitution for his feelings for another man. I'd love to know more about his history with the man in question.
I kind of hope this is the last we see of George. I doubt it, but I can hope. She always seemed ridiculously young to me and made me think of Cal as a creepy cradle robber, even though they're actually pretty close in age. But she was pretty much all sweetness and light and therefore a little creepy herself and frankly, uninteresting. I get why Cal would be attracted to her but meh. I think it would have been more interesting if she'd had more grey to her. Niko manages to be a really stand up guy but he still has layers to him that George just doesn't.
Delilah is fine. I don't see much long term potential there since their relationship such as it is seems to be based almost entirely in sex. But we'll see. Honestly, none of the female character are as interesting as any of the male characters, even the minor ones. I think Thurman's interest lies more with the men and I think good female character are incredibly difficult to write but that's another topic or another time.
Anyway. I liked the story, I'm starting to warm up to promise. I really did like the focus on Goodfellow and learning more about him.
And I love the difficulty that Cal and Goodfellow have with caring about other people. It's entirely believable and some of those scenes were just awesome. Cal. Hugging someone not Niko or George. Has someone checked Hell? Has it in fact frozen over? Good times.
I know I've read this book before so I'm not sure why there's no goodreads review of it.
The problems I have with t...more**spoiler alert** 2.5 stars.
I know I've read this book before so I'm not sure why there's no goodreads review of it.
The problems I have with the book are mostly character based.
Shaw does everything he can to save those under his care and stresses the importance of family. But then at the end he basically abandons them. I also don't think his reason for wanting to get Eleanor at the end felt right. I would get him going after her for shooting his boy but wanting to get her for knowing about the theft didn't feel like it was explained quite the right way. She is a danger to his family but it's not given sufficient weight.
It also didn't feel right to me that Shaw doesn't feel any remorse at all about attempting to kill someone under his command. That should be a repudation of everything he stood for.
The Eleanor is weak thing at the end didn't make sense to me either. It's true she's (rightfully) afraid of the hurricanes in the beginning of the book. But she's not just cowering in fear. She has a concrete plan of action and emergency preparedness kits for her family. She goes out into the storm to rescue their neighbor. Later on she saves her husband who had confronted a dangerous drug addict by himself (and he resents her superior ability to act in a dangerous situation). Basically she's portrayed as a strong but flawed person. Then suddenly at the end Shaw is constantly thinking of her as weak and decides she's somehow changed. Her husband also thinks she's changed and somehow no longer resents it.
And then there's the part where she takes time in the middle of a zombie outbreak to investigate her boss' son acting suspiciously instead of helping people through the checkpoint even though if they don't make it they'll be zombie chow.
And on top of that, it's obviously bad for the Shaws to steal from the bank but somehow it's cool that she then steals it from them for her family. Apparently her theory of justice is that two wrongs make a right. Or something. (less)
I didn't like this book. Maybe it was an inability to empathize with another culture, but I think the more likely (I hope) explanation is that it felt...moreI didn't like this book. Maybe it was an inability to empathize with another culture, but I think the more likely (I hope) explanation is that it felt like all the characters were given a very surface level treatment. There were 5 (arguably 6) characters the reader is supposed to care about but none of them are even close to being fully developed. I think it would have been a much stronger book if the author had focused on one or two characters and really developed them.
I'm also not sure why there were the occasional sentences in what I think was Hindi. The characters all speak English (or at least, they are written so that we understand what they say in English) except for random bouts of Hindi. The Hindi isn't translated, and since it's not just a word or a phrase without an English equivalent, I'm not sure what the point was. I assume that some of the characters didn't really communicate in English, but since the book was written in English, the speech was mostly English. (less)
It was okay. I found out about it because of an article on Slate.
The premise didn't make a lot of sense to me. I know that at a certain age, and I'm a...moreIt was okay. I found out about it because of an article on Slate.
The premise didn't make a lot of sense to me. I know that at a certain age, and I'm assuming that 25 is old enough, you can decide not to have secret service protection,as long as you are not the president or vice president. This is according to Ron Reagan, son of Ronald Reagan and he and his wife eventually did decline protection while his father was in office. I don't know if his father had to okay it or if the decision was left entirely to Ron and his family so maybe that's the difference?
I also wasn't happy with the general incompetence of everyone until Cam arrives on the scene. They really couldn't figure out the blending in thing on their own? C'mon. If they really couldn't figure that out on their own none of them should have jobs. Period. They send younger agents in when protectees are attending school. It just felt highly realistic to me and bordering on Mary Sueism.
There was also a lot of, I want her but I can't tell her because she doesn't want me or because I'll get hurt and that got old eventually.
It was an interesting take on zombies. The technology to reanimate people is invented and at first everyone who can afford it does it. It has a troubl...moreIt was an interesting take on zombies. The technology to reanimate people is invented and at first everyone who can afford it does it. It has a troubling effect on the death penalty because now if evidence later exonerates someone who was executed the state can simply bring the wrongfully convicted back as a zombie. The problem is that when people are brought back they aren't the same. They no longer feel emotions, or at least, they're very faint. So generally people stop bringing people back. The problem is that there are already a huge number of zombies and most of them aren't particularly bright and at risk of going feral (turning into the stereotypical flesh eating zombie).
Mann was a police officer convicted of killing his wife. After mishandling of evidence comes to life, he's brought back as a zombie (or chak, the parlance of the book). Even though he's better off than most in terms of his retained intelligence, he still has problems with his memory. Nevertheless, he makes his post-death "living" as a private investigator.
(view spoiler)[I thought the question about how much of the human conscious/soul remains was an interesting one. If you've been brought back is it possible to destroy or release what remains of the soul? The book isn't entirely clear. Severing the head alone isn't enough to do it. But maybe going feral is. (hide spoiler)]
Unfortunately, it just couldn't maintain my interest. It took me over a week to finish the last 100 pages.
This book eventually grew on me but it took a while. While I did ultimately enjoy the book, there are a lot of problems with it.
One of the biggest pro...moreThis book eventually grew on me but it took a while. While I did ultimately enjoy the book, there are a lot of problems with it.
One of the biggest problems is the structure of the book. For whatever reason, Cordwainer decided to have "episodes" instead of chapters and there's always a significant gap in time between one episode and the next. Sometimes it's a period of years, sometimes months.
Each episode follows a basic pattern with the mundane Liz (and boyfriend) being magically threatened and having to muddle her way through it while John fights another group of magical combatants.
The way it's set up it reads like a series of action sequences without much to connect it to the next scene and unfortunately it makes the episode structure feel like lazy writing to avoid having to do transitions.
It gets better toward the last third or so of the book when there's actually a sustained effort to find the person or persons behind the magical attacks rather than just Liz and John reacting to being attacked and then jumping forward in time again.
I'm really not sure why there's a constant jump forward in time. It's not really necessary to the plot and it takes a lot of the urgency away from finding the people responsible. Even the characters don't seem to feel any real urgency to find the perpetrators after the immediate danger has passed, or if they do, it apparently takes place in the downtime between episodes and so is left to the reader to infer.
It also makes for sloppy storytelling. There's a mention in one episode that Liz works in a hospital but it's not mentioned until the next episode what it is she does there. We're told a lot of things but not shown them. For example, we're basically told that each sibling is in love with someone but we never see the courtship or indeed, more than a day's interaction before the next crisis.
This would have been a much better story without all the jumping ahead in time. I'm guessing the author did it that way because she wanted to move certain relationships along but I think the trade off was a poor one. Instead of a gradual escalation of tension it feels like it starts and stops over and over again. Instead of a smooth flow everything seems separate and disconnected. (I can sort of see an argument for that being intentional but I think even if the characters don't know there's some grand conspiracy the readers shouldn't feel that way. Most readers can probably guess there's a person or group behind everything, because that's how these books tend to go). Because we never see the characters for more than a day before a crisis we only know them on a superficial level, particularly Liz.
The romantic relationships in the book are tricky, too. As with the main characters, we never see the couples when they aren't in the middle of a crisis. We don't see either couple fall in love and we don't really see that Liz and her boyfriend are in love. Aside from one act of bravery we really only see him at his worst, fighting with John. We're told Liz loves him but, like John, we don't really see him except when he's being a jackass so I'm not sure why she loves him. Presumably he has other good qualities but we don't actually see them or even hear about them much.
Having said all of that, the book did become more interesting in the last third or so when John finally spent most of the time trying to find out who was behind everything rather than just reacting to it. There's a lot to be said for characters that are proactive rather than reactive. I actually had the identity of the culprit right pretty early on, but some nice misdirection had be doubting my original suspicion.
It would have been interesting to know more about the various types of magic, particularly the more obscure ones. The major character's strengths are scrying and pyromancy, which are pretty standard fantasy/urban fantasy fare.
It's a good history of Dean's fifty state strategy and how it was implemented. I gained some persepective on how insular the Democratic party has been...moreIt's a good history of Dean's fifty state strategy and how it was implemented. I gained some persepective on how insular the Democratic party has been in the past and is currently. I learned some unflattering things about people I admired and had my negative opinion of certain other people reinforced. It felt like a depressing read in part because there was a sense of opportunity wasted.
As a book about the future of the party it left a lot to be desired. At the end I was left feeling like it was a good history lesson but the book lacked any real analysis of the effectiveness of the strategy as far as governance is concerned. (It's clearly effective as a purely electoral strategy). Berman does ask Dean about the reprecussions of electing Democrats who actually vote against most tradionally Democratic positions but Dean just says that it was important to win first and now he might trade 5 non traditional Democrats for 5 Republicans (as one supporter points out, a Republican in office can motiviate voters. A Democrat in office who votes like a Republican just depresses voters).
There's no real examination of what it means to elect Democrats who don't take traditional Democratic positions. This is especially problematic in light of the fact that the current political climate requires a supermajority in the Senate to get anything done. If the years since President Obama's election have taught us anything it's that Senate Minority Leader is the most powerful position in government. Arguably the Democrats would have been better off if they'd been in the minority in the Senate.
I think there's also an argument to be made about whether Dean's strategy simply wasn't given enough time to produce results. Maybe some of the people who were elected at a local level will eventually be elected to a federal position and take traditional Democratic positions. Unoforunately, Berman makes it pretty clear that after Obama's election and Dean's term was over the fifty state strategy was largely abandoned so we may never know how effective it might have been in future years.
In the end I'm left with the feeling that the fifty state stategy was a flash in the pan, its effectiveness as a governing strategy still untested.
As a non-wealthy self-identified Liberal in a blue state I'm left feeling that I never had a place in the Democratic party and unfortunately I still don't.(less)
I was hoping this would follow the same characters as McKinney's short story in The Living Dead 2 (son of the main character fr...moreThree and a half stars.
I was hoping this would follow the same characters as McKinney's short story in The Living Dead 2 (son of the main character from Dead City) but instead we have all new characters.
My main problem is that each chapter was about 5-8 pages and had a different POV. I felt like I never had time to really settle in with any of the characters and it was difficult to keep the tertiary characters straight.
There were a few scenes that were obviously intended to set up the next book that I think could have been handled just as well in that third book. With as many characters as there were in this book it was just more noise.
I thought this anthology was uneven. There were a few stories that really stood out but most didn't make a lasting impression.
I liked The Lost Boy by...moreI thought this anthology was uneven. There were a few stories that really stood out but most didn't make a lasting impression.
I liked The Lost Boy by Barbara Hambly. (view spoiler)[ It was interesting reading a story from Mary's point of view. But it was really the idea of a young Sherlock in Neverland that piqued my interest. Perhaps that's why he wanted to be a pirate. (hide spoiler)]
I also enjoyed His Last Arrow by Christopher Sequeira. (view spoiler)[The premise is fascinating. Sherlock Holmes is literally a dying John Watson's biggest desire. That is, a life full of fame and adventure. But the cost to others is high indeed. (hide spoiler)]
I loved Red Sunset by Bob Madison. I loved Sherlock as an extremely crotchety man over a century old. But mostly I love it because he has a picture of a younger John Watson on his desk and he tells his visitor he only called him John, never his surname. That little touch made it my favorite story of the collection. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This book is this article expanded into book form.
It was an interesting read, and I did learn some things, like the fact that FDR wanted to institute...moreThis book is this article expanded into book form.
It was an interesting read, and I did learn some things, like the fact that FDR wanted to institute a maximum wage as well as a minimum wage. But you can get the salient points from the article.
The most important thing I think is missing from his last chapter on how to fix things is the first step, getting the average American to understand how serious the divergence is. Most Americans, when asked, still think the distribution of income is much more equal than it truly is. Most Americans have no idea how limited social and economic upward mobility is. A truly astounding percentage still believe that they'll become rich although you basically have the same odds of winning the lottery. Until you can impress upon people the reality of the situation they'll continue to vote against their own economic best interests. Even people who would benefit from attempts to narrow the divergence in income tend vote against things like an inheritance tax because they think some day they'll be rich and won't want to pay it.
Far too many people believe that if you just work hard you'll get ahead and that the rich don't benefit from government policies. (Ignoring things like corporate welfare or how capital gains are taxed at 15%). I'm not saying that hard work is useless, but there is an abundance of evidence that the gains from productivity increases do not go to workers.
Noah argues that in times past workers saw some benefit because capitalist theory said that workers wouldn't have reason to try hard if they didn't see any positive benefits themselves. He doesn't say that the new view is that workers will work hard whether or not they see direct benefit from gains in productivity because they fear being fired but I think that's what's happening.
I think there also needs to be some incentive for the wealthy to want more income inequality but I don't know what that incentive would be. My theory is that they no longer care if their fellow Americans can buy their products because they can always export them to overseas customers. (less)
**spoiler alert** I enjoyed this book. It was a good addition to the series. I have absolutely no idea where the title comes from, it seems unrelated...more**spoiler alert** I enjoyed this book. It was a good addition to the series. I have absolutely no idea where the title comes from, it seems unrelated to anything that happened.
Ben continues to grow on me, though I still miss Cormac. I'd like to see him out of jail sooner rather than later.
I had a friend who got married in a small wedding in Vegas and it was amusing how similar Kitty's experience was to my friend's. Less, the whole gun convention, radio/tv show, missing people parts.
I continue to enjoy the characters and the world that Vaughn has created.
Given that the next book in the series comes out next month I'd assumed there would be a big cliffhanger or something but that wasn't the case. (less)
This book frequently strongly reminded me of Haunted. The main character goes into a dangerous, screwed up situation seeking fame. It's the p...more3.5 stars
This book frequently strongly reminded me of Haunted. The main character goes into a dangerous, screwed up situation seeking fame. It's the possibility of fame and his own naivete that keeps him there despite the horrors he sees. (view spoiler)[The thing that distinguishes this book from Haunted is that eventually Dean stays because he can't leave his friends behind. (hide spoiler)]
The actual explanation for what's happening is interesting but doesn't make a whole lot of sense in that there's no reason for it to limit itself to the artificial limits of a particular city for any length of time at all. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I really enjoyed this book. It was straightforward and entertaining. It's a book about grammar in the same vein as Eats Shoots Leaves. Among other thi...moreI really enjoyed this book. It was straightforward and entertaining. It's a book about grammar in the same vein as Eats Shoots Leaves. Among other things the book contains letters from SPOGG (The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar) to various grammar offenders including several musicians and politicians. She also imagines at least one celebrity in grammar rehab which was quite amusing. (less)
This is theoretically an anthology of humorous fantasy/urban fantasy stories. I don't know that I found most of them to be more humorous than stories...moreThis is theoretically an anthology of humorous fantasy/urban fantasy stories. I don't know that I found most of them to be more humorous than stories in another fantasy anthology but there were still some good stories. I enjoyed the one about Satan's bell, particularly the ending, and I enjoyed Jim Butcher's Dresden Files story about Harry's day off. I paticularly loved the image of Harry playing D&D as a barbarian. It was nice to see the pack of werewolves again, too. I was beginning to wonder where they'd gone.
Most of the stories were just okay, however.(less)
I enjoyed this book. Like most of the Nightside books it's nearly impossible to figure out the solution to the mystery beforehand because the mysterie...moreI enjoyed this book. Like most of the Nightside books it's nearly impossible to figure out the solution to the mystery beforehand because the mysteries and the characters are unconventional. But the point of these books is not to figure out the mystery anyway.
It's interesting to see what's going on in the wake the Angel and Lilith Wars. As usual we're introduced to some new Major Players who often don't survive until the end of the book. John Taylor continues to be John Taylor.
This book did seem to have more depth than others in the series. We get to see John through the eyes of someone who views him as a myth, and a heroic one at that. In a way, I think they're both right. He's a better man than he gives himself credit for, but he's not the mythic hero Bettie thinks he is. There's also an unusual amount of depth in the relationship between Taylor and Susie. That relationship grows more complex all the time. And I think Bettie's just plain wrong in her summation of that relationship.
So. An interesting turn for books that have been lots of fun but pretty surface level, in my humble opinion. I don't know if the introspection will continue, but I hope it does.
And I really hope Walker and John never run out of excuses and have to try and kill each other. The complexities of their relationship and the continual dance is far too interesting to end. Besides, Nightside woudl be the poorer for it if either of them were to die.(less)
As usual, I enjoyed Jim Butcher's story. It takes place about a year after Small Favor and answers the question of what happened to one of Harry's friends. I can't say more without spoiling the end of Small Favor. Anyway, it was a good story. I'm sure that means Turn Coatwill pick up a year or so after the short story. Butcher does like to skip years between novels but at least his contributions to anthologies give us a sense of what happened in the interim.
I liked Kat Richardson's story as well. There wasn't much development of Harper's abilities or her relationships with people in her hometown, but it was still a good story and Quinn made a very brief appearance, as did Chaos, and that's always fun.
**spoiler alert** I mostly enjoyed reading this book. The L33T speak was really annoying though. I'm sure hackers would use it. Since the author was i...more**spoiler alert** I mostly enjoyed reading this book. The L33T speak was really annoying though. I'm sure hackers would use it. Since the author was in the tech industry he's probably right that the security professionals would use it, too.
I feel like if the author wanted to show how devastating such an attack could be he should have actually shown the affect the successful attacks had. We get a little bit of a look at the end but after all the dire warnings and pronouncements that even if they had the information they sought they couldn't stop it, it was pretty anti-climatic.
I also think it would have been good to acknowledge the other side, that allowing push technology has other problems. And giving the government too much control over the Internet isn't necessarily a good idea either.
I also think it might have been interesting to focus on government actors rather than terrorist groups but I guess the terrorist group was supposed to be more scary. (less)
Parts of the book were really interesting. The first chapter describes London sinking and how things are constantly being built over to the point wher...moreParts of the book were really interesting. The first chapter describes London sinking and how things are constantly being built over to the point where I wasn't surprised a King would turn up under a parking lot.
The chapters about the subway and how the underground was used during WWII were also interesting.
But almost a quarter of the book is about various rivers that were filled in/polluted and then paved over.
It felt like a lot of subjects were covered very shallowly.
I enjoyed this book. As an adult I found the explanation of words a bit irritating but I think it was necessary for a younger audience and in that sen...moreI enjoyed this book. As an adult I found the explanation of words a bit irritating but I think it was necessary for a younger audience and in that sense I thought it was well done. I did wonder sometimes about the choice of words being explained though. For example, explaining the world "faker" by using the word "feigned."
I liked all three children. They have interesting personalities. (less)
The premise of the anthology is that the stories get progressively more extreme. I'm not sure that the book really delivered on the promise, particula...moreThe premise of the anthology is that the stories get progressively more extreme. I'm not sure that the book really delivered on the promise, particularly since towards the end extreme seemed to mean "dealt with time travel in some way." There were a lot of time travel stories.
The anthology did have some good and memorable stories.
I particularly enjoyed the opening story about racist hobbits years after the events of Lord of the Rings.
I also liked the story about living in total darkness with evil dark overlords.
One of the stories toward the end that dealt with time travel and the holy grail was really very cool.
So, there were some good stories along with an assortment of pretty forgettable stories. (less)
This was an interesting book but at times it felt frustratingly broad. As nice as it was to see a local group like Pasado's Safe Haven ([http://www.pa...moreThis was an interesting book but at times it felt frustratingly broad. As nice as it was to see a local group like Pasado's Safe Haven ([http://www.pasadosafehaven.org/])ment... a few times, I also felt like the authors were trying to give at least a passing mention of everybody and so didn't really go in-depth on any one team or organization.
I was disappointed that this book wasn't written by someone who had actually been on the ground doing rescue work. There were certainly interviews and sometimes extensive quotes from people who were involved in rescues, but I think I was really looking for the memoirs of one person rather than a scatter shot approach.
This book also includes some practical advice for both individuals and larger organizations who are preparing for a disaster.(less)
I liked this book. I continue to adore Malcom and Reynolds for obvious reasons.
(view spoiler)[ I thought the CIA spy element was interesting but I do...moreI liked this book. I continue to adore Malcom and Reynolds for obvious reasons.
(view spoiler)[ I thought the CIA spy element was interesting but I don't buy Heat or anyone marginally competent thinking they can just put someone involved in that world in with the general population and think it'll be fine. (hide spoiler)]
The setting for this series is an interesting blend of fantasy, apocalyptic Christian theology and a little bit of sci-fi. It's 105 years after the ap...moreThe setting for this series is an interesting blend of fantasy, apocalyptic Christian theology and a little bit of sci-fi. It's 105 years after the apocalypse and there's still some technology from our time. Global warming is in full effect.
Hunter did a good job using religious mythology without becoming preachy. Although apocalypse has happened and there are both seraphim and demons, here is no one true religion. The society is very conservative and religious, however and it is definitely noticed if you don't attend church. Have said that, I was glad to see that two of the characters were openly gay (one rather flamboyantly so) which was at least tolerated in the more conservative religious society.
The characters were interesting and the protagonist had some depth.
I thought it was okay. It had been so long since I read the last book that I'd forgotten most of the characters, therefore their peril didn't feel as...moreI thought it was okay. It had been so long since I read the last book that I'd forgotten most of the characters, therefore their peril didn't feel as meaningful to me.
I really didn't care at all for the twist at the end but your mileage may vary. (less)
I thought this was a well put together anthology. There were only a couple of stories I didn't particularly care for and a few others I thoug...more4.5 stars
I thought this was a well put together anthology. There were only a couple of stories I didn't particularly care for and a few others I thought didn't necessarily fit the theme of "monster" but the vast majority of the stories were really quite good which is all I ask from an anthology.
This was a strong book. It didn't feel like the middle of a trilogy. Although it connected with the first book and sets up the second book brilliantly...moreThis was a strong book. It didn't feel like the middle of a trilogy. Although it connected with the first book and sets up the second book brilliantly it didn't feel like filler. I'm very curious about the next final book.(less)
I enjoyed this book. In some ways it reminded me of an English Dresden Files. There's an interesting fusion of magic and science which I look forward...moreI enjoyed this book. In some ways it reminded me of an English Dresden Files. There's an interesting fusion of magic and science which I look forward to reading more about. There's also some delightful humor. (less)