If cliffhangers drive you crazy, I highly suggest you wait for the full series to be available but then buy them all and binge read immediately.
ThisIf cliffhangers drive you crazy, I highly suggest you wait for the full series to be available but then buy them all and binge read immediately.
This story is saturated in political intrigue and holds a very unforgiving lens up to humanity's beliefs about the soul, sentience, slavery, and more. Like all good Sci Fi it raises many a moral quandary and left me contemplating deep philosophical issues, all though these big questions don't generally bog the story down. It makes a bit of a slow start as the author has a hell of a lot of world- and character-building to accomplish. Then, once readers have a tenuous grasp on the world and have fallen fully under the spell of at least one of the three main characters, the pace is off like a rocket and doesn't let up until the end - which leaves all three of our heroes in terrifyingly uncertain positions.
The Mechanical definitely has the George R.R. Martin Effect - that is we spend a lot of time getting to know our three central characters and developing an understanding for and empathy towards their situations and decisions. Then, Tregillis puts them all (and readers along with them) through the wringer. There is blood and violence and loss - both of morals and loved ones. It's terrible and wonderful all at once. Berenice is one of the most complex and fascinating female characters I have come across in a long time. I am completely enthralled by her even when I question her sanity.
Overall this is a fabulous addition to the steampunk cannon and I expect it to garner a worshipful set of fans. ...more
The Kraken King is my absolute favorite from Meljean Brook thus far (which is saying something considering my intense love for the previous three). AlThe Kraken King is my absolute favorite from Meljean Brook thus far (which is saying something considering my intense love for the previous three). Although Brook released this book over several months serial-style I opted to wait until the full set of stories was released as a single book. I'm really more of a gulper than a savorer. I wondered if the book would feel episodic but it flowed very well as a single unit. Kraken King features many of my favorite tropes: road trip, bad boy with heart of gold, etc. But as always with Brook she plays with these tropes, flips them on their head, and pokes at them so they feel completely new. The adventure in the book is as exciting and swashbuckling as always. The character development and romance comes fully to life. I love Zenobia with a passion now and I love that she saves Ariq at least as often as he saves her. Plus Steampunk, alternate history Australia. All of the books in the Iron Seas series can be read independently of each other but If you like one I encourage you to read all four. The world building is masterful, all of her characters extend beyond their stereotypes, and they are delightful fun. ...more
I loved the way that Meyer weaved the Little Red Riding Hood fables into her steampunk world. I enjoyed this one almost as much as the first in the seI loved the way that Meyer weaved the Little Red Riding Hood fables into her steampunk world. I enjoyed this one almost as much as the first in the series. The romance between Scarlet and Wolf was that perfect balance between steamy and angsty. I also enjoyed following Cinder's adventures - she is just an excellent strong female heroine. I'm desperate to get my hands on the next installment, Cress (Rapunzel, Yea!) and the finale Winter (Snow White) to see where all of my heroines end up....more
Carriger is a master world builder and I am always so, so happy when I get to visit her version of Victorian London. As always, we get to join our herCarriger is a master world builder and I am always so, so happy when I get to visit her version of Victorian London. As always, we get to join our heroine on adventures both serious and slapstick, uncover hidden levels of intrigue, and meet some of our favorite characters from the Parasol Protectorate series. I love Sophronia and her quirky cohorts. This was a delightful read and I'll be anxious for the next in the series. ...more
Gail Carriger continues to be an awesome writer who creates engaging characters and detailed, unique worlds. I was super excited when I realized thatGail Carriger continues to be an awesome writer who creates engaging characters and detailed, unique worlds. I was super excited when I realized that E&E is set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate characters, although it is set earlier in time. It was a lot of fun discovering some of my favorite characters in their early years. I absolutely love the school that Sophronia attends, and think any fans of Harry Potter that are still waiting for their owl to Hogwarts will enjoy this part of the story. The characters are all fabulous and (despite her name) I found Sophronia to be especially engaging. There was an abundance of humor, gadgetry, and adventure as expected. Overall it was a great read and I will be anxiously awaiting the next in the series....more
Meljean Brooks is simply awesome at creating unique characters. The heroine of this novel, Yasmeen, reminded me in many ways of Lisbeth Salander. BothMeljean Brooks is simply awesome at creating unique characters. The heroine of this novel, Yasmeen, reminded me in many ways of Lisbeth Salander. Both are strong women with violent pasts who have learned to fight and act in ways to protect themselves. Yasmeen is paired with Archimedes, one of the more eccentric heroes I have come across in quite some times. He wears lime green breeches for heaven’s sake and he's a hopeless romantic. I was half in love with him by the end of the novel. Then, to complement the great cast, the story is packed full of action and an intricately built and fascinating world. I loved this book and I'm very excited for the next installment in this unique world....more
I am extremely impressed that Carriger created a series and a set of characters that were able to maintain the humorous tone and intense pacing througI am extremely impressed that Carriger created a series and a set of characters that were able to maintain the humorous tone and intense pacing throughout five books. Timeless definitely lived up to the rest of the story and provided several answers to a variety of mysteries. Alexia will remain one of my all-time favorite characters and these books have one of the most memorable cast of secondary characters I have ever encountered. I am also newly in love with Prudence and cannot wait for the promise of her having her own story in the future. The only danger in these books is that I tend to want to walk around whacking people with an umbrella while speaking in an atrocious British accent. I've become an official Carriger fangirl and will be sure to read anything she publishes in the future....more
Stranger, the last book in Archer's Blades of the Rose series, is a rip-roaring good time. The hero,First Line: "Three guns pointed at Gemma Murphy."
Stranger, the last book in Archer's Blades of the Rose series, is a rip-roaring good time. The hero, Cattullus Graves, is a genius inventor who also fights evil when he needs to. He finally finds his match in Gemma, a spunky American journalist who joins the Blades to battle against a group of English bigots intent on conquering the world in the name of patriotism. It tackles inter-racial romance, which is a subject that many mainstream romance authors don't touch, and it does so in a way that addresses the issues faced by couples who dare to love outside of the general boundaries accepted by society. Overall, it is a fast-paced and engaging story featuring a sweet romance. Archer continues to be a strong author and I will look forward to more romance by her....more
First Line: "The two men tumbled over the muddy ground, trading punches and kicks."
This series is just getting better and better. I very much enjoyedFirst Line: "The two men tumbled over the muddy ground, trading punches and kicks."
This series is just getting better and better. I very much enjoyed Rebel. From the first page you hit the ground running and the fast-pace keeps up through the whole story. I enjoyed the twist that Nathan, our hero, was five years younger than Astrid, the heroine. This book reaffirmed my love of werewolves/shapeshifters (werewolf kicks vampire butt everytime btw). The story had a nice mythical twist, wonderful world building, and an intense fantasy battle all wrapped together. I am super excited that the next book in the series features my favorite character Catallus Graves and I can't wait to get my hands on it! ...more
**spoiler alert** First Line: "'How much longer, Mama, must we tolerate this gross humiliation?'"
Alexia continues to be one of my all time favorite he**spoiler alert** First Line: "'How much longer, Mama, must we tolerate this gross humiliation?'"
Alexia continues to be one of my all time favorite heroines and Blameless was another engaging, humorous, and entertaining addition to the series. The previous book left both Alexia and myself heartbroken. But in the beginning of this latest story, Alexia is her normal, practical self. She carries on with her life despite her emotional state, her family's kicking her out, and the general nastiness of gossip surrounding her situation. She decides to go on a quest to figure out just how she became pregnant by an immortal. She is joined by her close friends in her trek and it is not long before they discover that the vampires are out to kill her. What follows is a fast-paced race from England through France and into Italy, where Alexia encounters a variety of quirky characters that sometimes help and sometimes hinder her journey. She eventually finds herself a captive of the rather stoic Knights Templar, where she discovers more about her past, her own nature, and the nature of her future child. The audiobook narrator was still excellent at portraying Alexia's personality flawlessly and in creating the variety of unique characters that surround her. However, I will mention that she seemed to read the story at an unusually slow pace. There were often long pauses between characters speaking - enough so that I would think the conversation was over. It was a bit disconcerting for a while, but I did finally settle into her flow. I am sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for the next installment, due July 2011....more
First Line: "The bloody problem with magic was that he wasn't allowed to use it."
This was a great second novel in Archer's Blades of the Rose series.First Line: "The bloody problem with magic was that he wasn't allowed to use it."
This was a great second novel in Archer's Blades of the Rose series. It is fun because it is set in the Greek islands, rather than the standard British Victorian setting. The story very much has a swashbuckling feel to it, as the hero and heroine search for a lost magical relic while simultaneously fleeing from some rather dastardly villans. I enjoyed both the hero and the heroine very much. I especially liked that Archer takes some fairly stock romance characters and turns them on their head a bit. For example, Bennett day is in fact a scoundrel (thus the title) and a rake. However, unlike so many of the philandering heroes of romance novels from days gone by, Bennett is not dark and brooding and angry at all the women he is shagging because of some dark past secret. Instead, he is truely light-hearted and is always truthful about his intentions with the women he is philandering with and careful with their hearts. London, who happens to be the daughter of Bennett's greatest enemy also does not fall into common plot traps. She discoveres farely early the evil deeds of her father. She actually takes some time to examine her own beliefs and make up her own mind regarding her personal stance before running off with the dashing hero. Throughout the story, she also actively strives to be stronger and more independent rather than just allowing life to happen to her. Overall, the novel was a rip-roaring good time filled with magic and fun gadets and sea voyages and plenty of lustiness. If you are looking for a change from you standard historical romance, this one is worth every page. ...more
I was still thoroughly entranced by Carriger's writing. Alexia is a vastly entertaining main character and her practicalFirst Line: "'They are what?'"
I was still thoroughly entranced by Carriger's writing. Alexia is a vastly entertaining main character and her practical and sarcastic personality is well created. All of my favorite characters from the previous book make a showing in this new adventure, including Ivy and Lord Akildamer and of course the amazingly gruff and sexy Lord Maccon. There were also new additions to her entourage who I enjoyed - especially the cross-dressing, brilliant female inventor who provides Alexia with a parsol packing a variety of weapons. The audiobook narrator again did a fabulous job of bringing Alexia's voice to life. The ending was quite traumatic for me and I can't believe that the third book is not yet available as an audiobook as I am waiting in abject misery for the next installment....more
First line: "Gabriel Huntley hated an unfair fight."
I liked this book, I really did, but I'm not feeling very vocal right now and might not do a greatFirst line: "Gabriel Huntley hated an unfair fight."
I liked this book, I really did, but I'm not feeling very vocal right now and might not do a great job recommending it. I liked both the hero and the heroine. Thalia was a sweet woman with some serious balls. She never sat around waiting to be saved and in fact she used her own wits and skills to get the duo out of trouble on various occasions. Gabriel was a very sexy, awesome hero who was willing to take Thalia as she was and never seemed particularly bothered by her penchant for big guns and her passion for saving the world. His name, however, didn't ever really fit for me, but that's a minor and subjective flaw. The Blade of the Roses story is an interesting combination of science fiction, as the Roses invent a variety of devices to help them in their fight, and fantasy, as the evil Heirs and others try to gain control of the world's magical items to further the cause of British imperialism. The bits of science fiction technology thrown into their world were super fun and I sure hope the inventor has his own story so I can learn more. I am definitely intrigued enough to keep reading and will be anxiously awaiting the next book, Scoundrel, to arrive at the library....more
I haven't had a lot of luck with steampunk, so I almost didn't give this book a go, but it was recommended by SBTB so I decided to give it ten pages,I haven't had a lot of luck with steampunk, so I almost didn't give this book a go, but it was recommended by SBTB so I decided to give it ten pages, and I was immediately sucked in. It had tons of action and steamy romance and awesome gadgets and even zombies. Something for everyone as they say. What I loved the most, though was that Brook took some of the old skool romance troupes and threw them into the story and reworked them until you forgave her for using them. The best example is the supreme alpha male characters from romance novels of old. The Iron Duke is exactly that, but the story goes much differently when his heroine is no fainting miss, but a kick ass character on her own. I very much enjoyed the back and forth between the two. There were also great secondary characters. This was an excellent read and I may even be tempted to give steampunk another shot. ...more
Summary: To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of itsSummary: To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape. -- JCPL Catalog
I have been hearing rave reviews on this book, but I just was not that into it. I felt like the narrator did a decent job, but perhaps the writing just isn't paced well for listening to. Still, the story moved VERY slowly - even for fantasy with all its world building. It was also focused WAY too much on politics of the world (or maybe the politics were just really boring) - again even for a fantasy. I never did find myself interested in any of the characters. The idea of a merciless, sentient prison who controls the lives of the prisoners and that exists in a closed system which recycles absolutely everything was unique and somewhat intriguing but the story just didn't hold me. It was left open for a possible sequel, but I don't think I'll be watching for it....more
Summary: Maternal love faces formidable challenges in this stellar steampunk tale. In an alternate 1880s America, mad inventor Leviticus Blue is blameSummary: Maternal love faces formidable challenges in this stellar steampunk tale. In an alternate 1880s America, mad inventor Leviticus Blue is blamed for destroying Civil War–era Seattle. When Zeke Wilkes, Blue's son, goes into the walled wreck of a city to clear his father's name, Zeke's mother, Briar Wilkes, follows him in an airship, determined to rescue her son from the toxic gas that turns people into zombies. - Amazon
First Line: Unpaved, uneven trails pretend to be roads; they tied the nation's coasts together like laces holding a boot, binding it with crossed strings and crossed fingers.
I felt like I should have enjoyed this story more. I did like some of the crazy technological inventions described in the story, and the parts with people being chased by hoards of zombies were intense. Overall, however, the story seemed to move slowly and I never became that interested in the main characters - Briar and Zeke. I did love Lucy, a woman missing both arms from zombie attack with a mechanical replacement for one of them, and Swankhammer, a giant man who goes about rescuing Briar, the female lead. I also wasn't interested in the various mysteries of the story, nor was I overly surprised by the end. Oh well, better luck next time....more