Scott does a great job with giving each character their strengths and flaws and making them seem like real people and not just cookie cutouts. There w...moreScott does a great job with giving each character their strengths and flaws and making them seem like real people and not just cookie cutouts. There were some people who I was rooting for escape at the end (I was slightly disappointed here) and other people were I was like OMG I HOPE THEY DIE! And they totally did, because this is Sigler we're talking about, and he's not wishy-washy about slaughtering his characters at all.
I had been avoiding this book because it was Scott's first, and in my opinion it really shows. There was a lot of repetition of information where I was just thinking, I KNOW, you TOLD me, let's move on now! It was fun to listen to anyway, though. Scott knows how to spin a tale and everything was just detailed enough to make it believable. No exploring caves for me any time soon! ::shivers::(less)
This book starts pulling together all of the characters from book #1. I enjoyed seeing how they interacted with each other and reacted to the circumst...moreThis book starts pulling together all of the characters from book #1. I enjoyed seeing how they interacted with each other and reacted to the circumstances that brought them together, and I'm only looking forward to more of that in the next book.
I really could have gone without the Bombay chapters. They didn't really seem to flow with the rest of the goings on of this book, with everyone coming together for a common cause. I haven't read Steve Libbey's new book, but I have to wonder if this was just some sort of plug or name-dropping sort of thing to get people to go and check it out, with the water purifier plot. Part of me is irritated that it doesn't fit with the rest, and another part of me hopes it isn't brought up again in book 3 so I don't have to hear about those particular characters again.
Red Savior's chapters are among my favorites, though that could just be because I love the Russian accents that come along with them. In my opinion, she's radically different from all of the other hero-types. I always find myself giggling through her chapters, especially chapter six, which was particularly amusing.
It would be hard for me to pick a second favorite, though, because all of the characters have such well-defined strengths and weaknesses that I can find myself sympathizing with them even in the instances where they might be making the wrong choice. They react realistically, with flaws showing through for the heroes or a spot of soft-heartedness for our anti-heroes, giving us gray areas instead a world of just black vs white.(less)
This podiobook is 8 chapters of Personal Effects, and two preview chapters of Dark Arts (encompassing chapters 1-4 of the book). I'd say this book has...moreThis podiobook is 8 chapters of Personal Effects, and two preview chapters of Dark Arts (encompassing chapters 1-4 of the book). I'd say this book has done its job in making me interested in purchasing Dark Arts and reading more. It'll be fun to be able to get online and research the mystery myself, I think!
Personal Effects was a great book to listen to. J.C. Hutchins is an awesome reader, and when he gets into his "creepy" voices, I can feel shivers going down my spine. In fact one thing keeping me from picking up Dark Arts right away is the fact that there doesn't seem to be an audiobook version of it (though if he wasn't reading the book, I wouldn't buy the audiobook version anyhow).
The story itself pulled me in pretty quickly. It had a good bit of mystery with a bit of maybe-fantasy mixed in. I liked how the fantasy elements weren't ever really confirmed or disproved by Zach, leaving readers to decide whether people were full of BS/insane, or if there really were mystical things happening.
Since Dark Arts starts the week after the events that take place in Personal Effects, I definitely recommend that anyone wanting to read Dark Arts listen to this book first.(less)