I nicely done story featuring Lily and Rule at set at the same time as Night Season. Probably not absolutRating is for "Human Nature" by Eileen Wilks.
I nicely done story featuring Lily and Rule at set at the same time as Night Season. Probably not absolutely necessary, but I suspect also a good one to read as it has so interesting Nokolai background in it. I hope we see more of Jason and Mannie as the series progresses. Maybe even Mariah....more
I really enjoyed this one. I always enjoy a new book about Eve and Roarke and this one didn't let me down. It has an interesting - if particularly twiI really enjoyed this one. I always enjoy a new book about Eve and Roarke and this one didn't let me down. It has an interesting - if particularly twisted - mystery and Eve faces it in her usual fashion.
I've heard some people complain that they don't enjoy the interactions between Eve and Roarke as much now their marriage is settling down (they celebrate their 2nd wedding anniversary in this book). I'm quite the opposite. Books are so often about people getting together and the drama and conflict involved in that (there's got to be drama and conflict for a story after all). I'm loving seeing the developing, calming relationship that is growing between two such tempestuous people. To have a good marriage - and Eve and Roarke certainly do - they can't stay in conflict. So the conflict is coming from outside now and it is their solid relationship that stands against it.
This very fact was used to great effect in this book, and how Eve exploited someone's outside view of their marriage compared to the reality of it made for a satisfying conclusion to the mystery.
Although, that said, if I have any particular issue with Nora Roberts' books, it is that I often feel they sometimes end about a chapter too soon. If the main issue of the book is resolved, she often stops it at that point. While I don't want the end of a book to meander on, I'd like a little more finish than she sometimes gives me, and I feel this book suffered from that.
I can't really go into more details without spoilers, which I don't want to do, but I felt it wouldn't have hurt to see at least one more police interview at the end, and maybe finish on the up note of a planned barbeque with friends that was constanly mentioned throughout the book but forgotten right at the end.
It's a minor complaint, but has left me feeling a little disappointed at the end, after having had a great adventure....more
I really enjoyed getting back to adventuring with Miles. While I was sorry not to see more of his family, though there were plenty of small nuggests tI really enjoyed getting back to adventuring with Miles. While I was sorry not to see more of his family, though there were plenty of small nuggests to fill us in on what Miles and Ekaterin have been up to in the intervening years (it's 7 years on since Diplomatic Immunity).
I loved this Miles. He seems to have found his balance at last. Here, he displays the traits of both Miles Naismith and Miles Vorkosigan in an organic, integrated way. He's been getting there all through the recent books, so it was nice to see it on the page.
The investigation is interesting - quite different from a lot of the things we've seen before and while having its physical dangers, in many ways a lot more cerebral that some of the cases we've seen Miles undertake. More appropriate, perhaps, for a man now pushing 40.
This was well on its way to being a solid 9/10 read for me, then Bujold gave us an ending that tossed it neatly up to a 10. I'm not going to say a word about it, except to ask readers not to sneak a peak at the ending. This is a resolution that needs to come at its own pace.
I liked it, but it wasn't prefect. The prose was beautiful and so was the setting. But something about itI'm not quite sure what I think of this book.
I liked it, but it wasn't prefect. The prose was beautiful and so was the setting. But something about it just didn't seem to flow properly for me. It was beautifully put together, but it seemed to be lacking narrative flow.
All the different points of view sometimes worked and sometimes didn't. Some of the characters are introduced and never seen again. I wouldn't have understood the shifts of first person POV if I hadn't heard a podcast with the author, explaining it.
(All the first person POV is for female characters, because in such times they had to be powerfully in the moment to have an impact on the world.)
I've still given this a high rating, because it's a beautiful book and I really enjoyed reading it, but it isn't perfect and I find myself left with a slightly puzzled feeling.
I read this with a book group and about half of the commenters loved it and half were disappointed. I find myself somewhere in the middle, and it is clear different readers have very different responses, so read it for yourself and see what you think....more
Really excellent book. I highly recommend it. It's easy to read, a good mix of personal history and science and written to be understood by any readerReally excellent book. I highly recommend it. It's easy to read, a good mix of personal history and science and written to be understood by any reader, whether you have any science background or not. Fantastic....more
I think the author very clearly has an agenda with this book, but I also don't that immediately validates everything he has to say. I suspect he's choI think the author very clearly has an agenda with this book, but I also don't that immediately validates everything he has to say. I suspect he's chosen the research he's quoted to promote his opinion, but I'm also confident what he's quoted is accurate.
As someone who has been on anti-depressants for nearly 20 years, it is certainly cause for thought.
And having a 6 year old son who has had the dreaded word "ritalin" raised around him, I've decided that as a responsible parent I have to do so serious research on the subject before we make any decision about giving him medication. (I hoping it won't ever come to that, but if we do have to decide, I need to have as much information as I can get from as many different sources as possible.)
So on one level, this book totally freaked me out, mostly on my own account ("go and have another anti-anxiety tablet, dear" by husband suggested just to be annoying), while it has also given me a lot to think about....more
A good overview of learning issues facing children today. I don't know that I learned anything desperately new about our situation with Marcus, but itA good overview of learning issues facing children today. I don't know that I learned anything desperately new about our situation with Marcus, but it helped me feel we're following the right course for now and that, all in all, we've done the basics for him to give him a good foundation. Since that's something I worry about, it's good to feel like we're aren't failing him terribly....more
A friend lent me this book, and while I've been reading it very slowly, I've also been thoroughly enjoying it.
Hillenbrand made her subject come aliveA friend lent me this book, and while I've been reading it very slowly, I've also been thoroughly enjoying it.
Hillenbrand made her subject come alive and I found myself cheering for this ungainly little racehorse too - and racing is not something that interests me at all.
So don't let a lack of interest in horse racing keep you from a great book filled with wonderful characters.
I was also interested to read the book knowing Hillenbrand suffers from severe CFS. I am so impressed that she managed to write this while often house-bound. In the interview at the back, she mentions sometimes needing to just close her eyes and write with her eyes closed. While I don't suffer the awful vertigo she does, I could totally relate to that....more
I remain totally blow away by this series. I know that's not helpful as any kind of review, but in truth they are something to experience for oneselfI remain totally blow away by this series. I know that's not helpful as any kind of review, but in truth they are something to experience for oneself and not something I can describe. Certainly not in this moment as I finish. If I can, I'll add something later, but I make no promises....more
Interesting ideas but SO slow. It's taken me ages to read this and it's really only set the scene. I don't think I can take that again, so don't planInteresting ideas but SO slow. It's taken me ages to read this and it's really only set the scene. I don't think I can take that again, so don't plan to read any subsequent books....more
**spoiler alert** I actually picked this up after seeing the latest in the series on a "coming soon" list and thinking it might be a fun read. Since I**spoiler alert** I actually picked this up after seeing the latest in the series on a "coming soon" list and thinking it might be a fun read. Since I need to read a series in order, I requested the first one from the library.
It's an interesting premise, but I decided it felt just a bit too much over-the-top. Or perhaps rather, that it was handled that way. The writing was very much in the typical, conspiracy/techno-thriller overblown style that is part of many books like this.
It amused me a first, but I was skimming right from the beginning. When we got past the introductory, what's the Event Group all about part (including the discovery of items such as Noah's Ark, King Arthur's corpse and the Nautilis - each carefully not explicitly named as such but clearly that's what they are), I found I really didn't care to read any more.
I found no sense of balance here - it was like the kind of over-the-top reality you can get in comic books (or perhaps even more in movie adaptions of comic books) and nothing to tone it down to let me buy into it as "real" within the context of the book. No matter how fantastical a premise, I like it to feel real within its own worldbuilding and this was just too much layered on too thick for me to take.
So no, this wasn't a goer for me. But don't let that stop you giving it a try if you think it sounds interesting. Writing styles that stop one reader can be just what another is looking for. This isn't necessarily bad book (although I wouldn't consider it a brilliant one either; rather somewhere in the middle) but it just didn't float my boat....more
Sadly, this was a case of an old favourite not quite living up to my memory of it. I remember this having been a great book, it wasn't quite as wonderSadly, this was a case of an old favourite not quite living up to my memory of it. I remember this having been a great book, it wasn't quite as wonderful as I thought.
All the same, this is still a lovely, little story. I think it is the themes and concepts I remember most; the search for truth and how a dragon might go about trying to find it. Those are still wonderful ideas and I loved revisiting them.
The story itself doesn't hold them up as well as it might, but is well worth taking the time to read.
I hadn't realised there was actually so little of Martha in the story. It's is Mayland Long's book more than it is hers, and I love him to pieces. He's a truly wonderful character.
The computing aspects of the story have dated - how could they not with the advances that have been made since the book was published. I did giggle a little at the mention of "a 16K machine". I'm now computer expert, but even I know that's orders of magnitude behind some of today's computers.
But the themes are far more timeless and it is easy to read past the details that have dated to find the turth of the story beyond them.
I still firmly recommend "Tea with the Black Dragon" as a good read. Enjoy Mayland Long and his personal journey through the pages. It's worth it....more