Very enjoyable techno-thriller which starts with a Jason Bourne amnesia template and takes off from there. Interesting premises and a look at the ethi...moreVery enjoyable techno-thriller which starts with a Jason Bourne amnesia template and takes off from there. Interesting premises and a look at the ethical difficulties with the described technology. Not up to Michael Crichton quality, but still fun as it unfolds. I read his first book "Wired" some years ago and was impressed by it and will continue to follow this author.(less)
First off, I can't remember being so filled with a novella. I feel as if I read a 400-plus page fantasy novel. So much to unpack from it and think abo...moreFirst off, I can't remember being so filled with a novella. I feel as if I read a 400-plus page fantasy novel. So much to unpack from it and think about and the story is really something I want to re-read.
It contained an interesting premise where a group of children had previously gone on an adventure together and survived the quest in some instance of fairyland. Now they are adults who have put such ideas behind them. A new challenge threatens their own lands. I liked the playfulness is part of this idea. To be challenged to go on a quest and yet don't you have bills to pay and a job to maintain?
There are slight echoes of Narnia without some of the ham-fisted allegory. A deep understanding of human nature makes this quest go off not quite as you would expect. John C. Wright has a talent of invoking much with his words without having to go deeper into side stories. Just his phrases paint a picture of events such that your own mind renders the details to fill it out. There is always a sense when reading you are participating in a story, in this case I felt I was participating by imagining backstory.
I found this story totally satisfying and no doubt I will find it the same in the future.(less)
At first I thought this series was going to be entertaining, but not much else. Plenty of books in the series with not very professional covers. Still...moreAt first I thought this series was going to be entertaining, but not much else. Plenty of books in the series with not very professional covers. Still I have been learning to overcome my prejudices against those who self-publish, especially as the market and path to self-publishing has changed.
Still the free story from the series they had on Audible intrigued me and so I read the first book and now am on my forth. As military SF it is pretty good and the background and constant difficult decisions leads to the right amount of tensions. The first book is rather gruesome in what happens to the family of Kyle Riggs the hero of the story when aliens arrive.
It takes the trope of intelligent machines deciding to wipe out all other sentients and makes it work. The cold-bloodiness or no-bloodiness of the machines as they attack Earth make them thought to defeat. Maybe one reason I like this series is that there is a Lensman-like quality to this space opera as they use the machines own factories to turn out their own weapons and armor. Plus it is the decisions military decisions that Kyle Riggs makes that keeps you intrigued. There are often way out there in their application and he of course drives everybody around him crazy even as they have learned to trust him. Plus the novels have a touch of humor to make them also fun to read.
When Amazon launched KindleUnlimited I found that this whole series was part of it and that you could get the audiobook versions for $1.99.(less)
A very interesting look at a part of American history.
Cecil Chesterton, the younger brother of G.K. Chesterton, became interested in American history...moreA very interesting look at a part of American history.
Cecil Chesterton, the younger brother of G.K. Chesterton, became interested in American history after contact with Americans during WWI. Most of this book is taken from his unfinished book of American history. He died as a results of wounds during WWI.
What Rod Bennett has done here is to take this unfinished book and merge in related writings from G.K. Chesterton along with a smattering of Hilaire Belloc. His editing has resulted and in a book of history that I found quite worthwhile. While the subtitle purports that this is a Distributist history of the. U.S., it is not that narrow. It is mostly a history from the revolutionary war, to the Civil war, to the time of his death. I enjoyed the analysis and the descriptions of historical characters regarding both their strengths and flaws. The Distributist view which Cecil, and his brother, and Belloc developed informs some of the analysis at times, but the reporting of events is not cramped down to a narrow lens. So an American History book derived from the writings of three Englishmen is bound to provide a different perspective, it was not a prejudiced one and rightly identified goods and evils.
It is interesting the difference in writing styles between the two brothers. Agreement in views, with different ways of expressing it. While the alternating writings from these two are identified by source, really you could easily tell which one was writing from the style.(less)
Fascinating look at the Templars without all the BS. Information is gathered from the Vatican Secret Library, where secret in this case means private....moreFascinating look at the Templars without all the BS. Information is gathered from the Vatican Secret Library, where secret in this case means private. Frame is an Italian paleographer at the Vatican Secret Archives.
Since this history is totally from documented sources it includes none of the speculations so often heaped onto the Templars. The book gives a detailed history of the order and as is necessary a history of the Crusades as it affected them. It really is quite an amazing story regarding how the order came about, how its ideals were formed, and the calibre of men it attracted. Politics always surrounded them with the special protection of the papacy and then later the jealously they incurred where royalty sought their distruction. The later political situation and the failure of the Crusades lead to their downfall. The story how this came about is very interesting. The rumors that surround them made them the Opus Dei of their day, and the trial and investigative documents revealed some surprising information.(less)
This is the first book of hers that I have read. Seen lots of mentions, but was a little skeptical concerning her large number of titles and some rath...moreThis is the first book of hers that I have read. Seen lots of mentions, but was a little skeptical concerning her large number of titles and some rather cheesy cover art.
Skeptical no more.With the first chapters of this book I expected a rather well-defined story and if the plot had followed what I imagined I wold have been happy with this story playground. Yet what actually happened was more of a plot explosion where the story kept getting larger and paradoxically smaller as it drew in the main characters and their intertwinings. So there was a lot of fun with the reveals and the nature of fairyland.
So now I moved on to another of her books Darkship Thieves which is also starting out quite interesting.(less)
Nice collection of stories gathered over two decades regarding Drizzt and the Companions of the Hall.
This was free on Audible and the narration is don...moreNice collection of stories gathered over two decades regarding Drizzt and the Companions of the Hall.
This was free on Audible and the narration is done by an all-star cast. Quite a variety of people were involved and mostly well done. Will Wheaton who has done audiobooks before turned in a stellar performance and his Dragon was just about perfect. Wield Al was also involved and also turned in a good performance and his voicing for Thibbledorf Pwent was just right.
The stories themselves were worthwhile and stand alone and also fit in nicely with the books. I love these books so much and even though the series is just about to release the 26th book I just don't grow tired of them.
Despite the title, few of the stories actually deal with Drizzt. Still the second story "Dark Mirror" displays what I love about this character. The novels were never about just fighting, but concentrates on the characters and their relationships. Dark Mirror explores the common theme of whether a race is just pure evil or redeemable. Should all Orcs just blindly be slaughter. Drizzt's heritage as a Dark Elf and his moral struggles to escape his heritage and the evil of the drows was always a central point as he tests and challenges himself.
I especially liked the origin story regarding Guenhwyvar.
I always love going back into the world of Drizzt and the imagination of R.A. Salvatore. Pretty much all I love about his storytelling could be found...moreI always love going back into the world of Drizzt and the imagination of R.A. Salvatore. Pretty much all I love about his storytelling could be found in this novel.
It is almost a running joke the fact that Salvatore just can't kill off his characters at least with this long-running series. They seem to come back more times than Freddy Krueger. Yet I can't help but be thrilled about the way he brought back the companions and told their stories and setting up the next set of novels. Despite knowing Salvatore's tendencies once again the epilogue surprised me.(less)
I quite enjoyed most of the book, especially the banter. Although it seemed to me that almost every character was played to some extremes which distra...moreI quite enjoyed most of the book, especially the banter. Although it seemed to me that almost every character was played to some extremes which distracted for me the characters. Since this book is suppose to have a biographical aspect I wonder how much this affected this or how accurate it was from what he experienced. (less)
I read this one some time ago and what a great reread. It has enough plots and intrigues for a dozen novels, although it has the length of a dozen nov...moreI read this one some time ago and what a great reread. It has enough plots and intrigues for a dozen novels, although it has the length of a dozen novels.(less)