I went into this story with not expecting much at all. I mean, come on, re-writing a classic like Robinson Crusoe into a post apocalypse story? So whaI went into this story with not expecting much at all. I mean, come on, re-writing a classic like Robinson Crusoe into a post apocalypse story? So what was I expecting? A skinny plot, cheap characters and a pasted on theme. What did I get? A pretty good sotry actually. A 4 star story, so that certainly puts above the standard 3 star books I have read.
The plot really works. A nice build up with explaining the world as we know it and then Robinson goes off to survive in the post war world in the US. There are some cheesy moments and some boys own heroics, but all in all, i looked forward to getting back into the story each day. You can't ask for more than that.
Enjoyable read in a genre I have struggled to find good reads in....more
A thoroughly enjoyable read. Reading the back of the book would have probably had me passing this one. A teenage witch story isn't really my cup of teA thoroughly enjoyable read. Reading the back of the book would have probably had me passing this one. A teenage witch story isn't really my cup of tea. But I gave it a go and instantly fell into it. Novik is a wonderful teller of stories and the two main characters were extremely well written and developed.
Just ya regular action packed gun toting scifi. Not much to write about, other than hits what it needs too and keeps you interested. Pulp scifi reallyJust ya regular action packed gun toting scifi. Not much to write about, other than hits what it needs too and keeps you interested. Pulp scifi really. I will probably continue with the series....more
I don' t have a shelf for this one and I have no idea what a shelf would be called to house it. Patrick Loller has taken a range of genres and charactI don' t have a shelf for this one and I have no idea what a shelf would be called to house it. Patrick Loller has taken a range of genres and character types and stuck them in a big pot and delivered a fun easy to read sci fi story with a HUGE difference.
So it is a SciFi really, extra terrestrials, exploring new planets, fighting other races more advanced technically and less advanced. The big difference from your bog standard SciFi is that the other races are all fantasy races like Gnomes and elves. But Elves that can shapeshift into wolves and deadly porcupines. Then there are Transformers and fire witches and and and pretty much everything except a vampire.
It is certainly an interesting cross over, blending the fantasy world with the scifi and there are a few moments of things happening that are explained away as magic without any explanation of what kind of magic is being used. But that is squared off somewhat by the characters admitting they call it magic because they don't understand how it is done.
The characters are pretty good, I think we start to see some of the develop, but there isn;t much time to build too much depth as it is a pretty short novel and is full on form about 20% in. The story is pretty fast paced and a really good action/battle scene shows Loller can deliver excitement.
Once you get past the giant porcupines shooting quills at spaceships you'll find a nice groove to settle in and enjoy this. A good solid story that was fun to read. I am giving this 3.5 Stars and will definitely read some more of Lollers stories.
Disclaimer: Patrick sent me a copy to read in exchange for a review. So this is the review. Thanks for the fun read Patrick. ...more
If you have already read the first books of the series you won't need me to tell you how good this story is. If you haven't read book one in this seriIf you have already read the first books of the series you won't need me to tell you how good this story is. If you haven't read book one in this series and you enjoy a rollicking good adventure story, then get off your arse and add it to your list. Even if you are not a steampunk fan (and I am not, or at least wasn't, a steam punk fan) I am sure you'd enjoy this story.
The characters in this series have continued to develop into favourites and I have gotten to a stage where I have really connected with each of them and their place in the crew. Just like the Expanse crew, they work together like a well oiled machine. Unlike the Expanse crew though, the Ketty Jay are a bunch of misfits with all the problems of the world on their shoulders.
There is even a love story angle in this series with our intrepid Captain and at times it is cringe worthy, but not so much in the writing style, just that the character of the Captain is at times a hopeless dick and at others narcissistically dashing and cowardly at the same time.
As I read more and more of this series, I started to realise the depth of the traits Wooding has given each of the main characters and have rally grown to appreciate what I accepted as somewhat an easy, adventure story in book 1, to become a decently written series with foreshadowing and a decent plot.
With my 2015 being dominated by disappointing book threes in series I have been waiting for, this has been an absolute breath of fresh air!
I have to say that I really enjoyed reading this story. For a time travelling story it is a lot of fun. The characters are good, nothing stand out, buI have to say that I really enjoyed reading this story. For a time travelling story it is a lot of fun. The characters are good, nothing stand out, but the story and the implications about going back in time to 'fix' something was great fun. The setting is back in the 1800's but weird things are and have been invented. There are sky cars towed by swans and mechanical steam driven horses. This is all the result of someone messing around with time. The implications of this is what drives this story, that and the fact that Spring Heeled Jack needs to rape his great grandmother to ensure his existence often has your brain cracking.
A lot of fun and written well. I am certainly going to invest more time in reading Hodders work....more
I am moving the star rating up to 5 for this one, basically because I am really really enjoying the story. There are some corny moments and there areI am moving the star rating up to 5 for this one, basically because I am really really enjoying the story. There are some corny moments and there are some pretty convenient super power abilities, but you know what.... it's just a fun read. It's a real adventure story, with what appears to be a pretty solid forward thinking storyline.
I was expecting more of the same with book 2, but Wooding certainly appears to have been laying the ground work for this series, there are you standard smallish side stories, the main plot and then what is starting to show as a series plot.
For me the biggest plus for this book is the character development. For those of you who have read the Expanse series will enjoy this story for the characters. This crew for me, is the best group of characters I have read in a long time. and that includes the Expanse team. The interaction between them is clever and utterly realistic. The smarter crew members taking the piss out of the less smart ones, the picking on the Captain's narcissism and watching that backfire due to his....well narcissism. The quick come backs, all brilliantly written that has me laughing a lot.
I am just about to finish the next one in the series and I have to say, it is continuing to improve.
What are you waiting for, hop on the Ketty Jay and have some airborne adventures. ...more
I was somewhat underwhelmed by Old Man's war and I went into this one expecting the story to start picking up a notch and deGoing to keep this short.
I was somewhat underwhelmed by Old Man's war and I went into this one expecting the story to start picking up a notch and develop better characters and a decent plot to get excited about. Man v Aliens needs more than just a bug shoot (unless its Starship Troopers) and ghost brigades promised to keep deeper into the story behind all that is. Well..... that was what I hoped for. What I read was a stock standard pretty well written scifi marine space opera.
I am keeping this short because, I finished the book 2 weeks ago and I have already completely forgotten everything about it.
I am going to find this book hard to review. It was a mixed bag for me. A liked the concept, the Chinese theme, the narration, the cVery short review.
I am going to find this book hard to review. It was a mixed bag for me. A liked the concept, the Chinese theme, the narration, the characters and pretty much most of it, but the tech side at times just threw my concentration level out of the window.
For the first half of the book, you sit there wondering what you have gotten yourself into, it isn't clear what you are reading genre wise. Then you are feed a little piece at a time and you beginning to see the bigger picture. The introduction of a computer game changes the story and immerses you into something new and...well.... out there.
Overall, I did enjoy it, it was different and interesting. If you can phase out during the high tech parts, which is probably easier reading than listening and enjoy the story for what it is, then I think you won't be disappointed. ...more
From a book one where i was mesmerised by the depth and telling of the story to book three, where a week after fi2015's biggest disappointment by far!
From a book one where i was mesmerised by the depth and telling of the story to book three, where a week after finishing, I can probably remember 2 or 3 things that happened. I am afraid to say, that I feel that this book is a collection of words designed to look like story. A thin story line, split into three to drag it out (view spoiler)[ designed to have everyone, travel across the world and arrive within 30 minute of each other. (hide spoiler)].
To be honest. nothing of note happens, at all. Nothing. I don't think I have ever been as disjointed with a final book in a trilogy as I did with this one. I listened to it on audio and most of the time I had no idea who the characters were. They appeared and were spoken to with importance that had me wracking my brain to see if could remember them in the previous books, then they died and people wept and nations grieved and I still had no idea who they were and often didn't know what the bloody nation was that was grieving.
Book two held my fascination with Frentis' story. Book three failed to hold any attention at all. Oh maybe, what's her name with her inventions. That was alright. But one week after finishing I have forgotten 95% of the story and can remember maybe 3 names.
Such a promising beginning to what could have been an epic. After being disappointed this year with book three's I am starting to wonder how much of this comes from us readers pushing for follow up books and the publishers rushing writers to finish stories quickly. There wasn't a single moment of foreshadowing in this book (well, that I remember anyway), there was nothing to suggest this was a planned story in my opinion.