Wow, read this years ago and remembered being intrigued, creeped out and challenged to understand and accept the main character. I was uncomfortable bWow, read this years ago and remembered being intrigued, creeped out and challenged to understand and accept the main character. I was uncomfortable but so impressed even that couldnt make me put this story down....more
**spoiler alert** Clever, very clever! Mr. Herbert knocked me out with this one. Read it in my late teens but made my immature mind think. And think..**spoiler alert** Clever, very clever! Mr. Herbert knocked me out with this one. Read it in my late teens but made my immature mind think. And think... A young family goes to London to look into a prime career offer for the husband. Wife and daughter get caught in an IRA bombing. Scientist husband takes revenge on Ireland and the world and ends up putting the Earth on the path for extinction.
The clever bit is when he decides to tour Ireland on foot in order to see 'ground zero' first hand. Breathtaking....more
I've read reviews that contain complaints about the tension with Soviet Russia in the beginning of the book and the difficulty visualizing the 'world'I've read reviews that contain complaints about the tension with Soviet Russia in the beginning of the book and the difficulty visualizing the 'world' Greg Bear created. I can see where these things might turn some off. However, I remember the Cold War and it was freaking scary as hell. I remember the collapse of the USSR as being a wonderful surprise. I can hardly blame the author for not forseeing that. To me the tension and politics at the beginning of Eon are perfectly believable. It's fiction anyway. I may not have imagined the 'worlds' as Greg Bear wanted but what I did visualize was awesome. It filled me with wonder as the scientists discovered new worlds and new things within the environment the author created. These scientists from all over the world also learned about eachother and to me, that was cool too. Granted, I first read this at 16yrs but i recently re-read this and was just as entertained. I am a fan of Hard Sci Fi and will always love this story. ...more
"Magic and murder engulf the realm of Kelewan. Fierce warlords ignite a bitter blood feud to enslave the empire of Tsuranuanni. While in the opulent I"Magic and murder engulf the realm of Kelewan. Fierce warlords ignite a bitter blood feud to enslave the empire of Tsuranuanni. While in the opulent Imperial courts, assassins and spy-master plot cunning and devious intrigues against the rightful heir. Now Mara, a young, untested Ruling lady, is called upon to lead her people in a heroic struggle for survival."
4.5! I am a sucker for this kind of story. Mara is 17 and thrust into the role of Ruler of the Acoma. She is an innocent of sorts since she was literally moments away from taking vows to renounce all worldly matters when tragedy struck.
The people, their traditions and surroundings remind me of centuries ago Japan. Honor of self and family is first and foremost and politics are 75% subtlety and 25% cunning. I loved it. Mara moves people around like chess pieces as she becomes more versed in the all important 'Games of the Council'. Left with most of her Honour Gaurd destroyed and no allies she must outwit seasoned warriors and diabolical rulers. I was entranced and hooked from the third page. I want to tell you so much more but i don't want to give anything away. The collaboration of Feist and Janny Wurts was brilliant....more
This is the second book in the Empire Trilogy by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts. I really enjoyed the first book. I loved how a young and innocent gThis is the second book in the Empire Trilogy by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts. I really enjoyed the first book. I loved how a young and innocent girl was thrust into the deadly games of politics where any wrong move could be met with her death as well as the death of her loved ones and shame for anyone associated with the name of her family the Acoma. In book one Mara is 17, becomes Ruling Lady of the Acoma facing powerful enemies with only 37 warriors to protect her and her hard to defend estate lands. Through cunning, the help of her beloved advisors and a quick grasp of the Games of Council, Mara outwits one of the five most powerful families in Kelewen. Survives attack and marriage with a violent man to restore lost honor to the Acoma. This book laid the foundation needed to understand this world and it's people. At the same time it was exciting and fun. I didn't feel like it was an introduction used to prepare for the rest of the trilogy and was absorbed at page one. Book two knocked my socks off. It starts right after book one ends and you fall seamlessly back into the world Feist and Wurts created. Not only that, the pace picks up and the stakes are raised even higher as Mara and the Acoma are faced with an even more ruthless enemy. Surprisingly, this conflict is no longer the center of the story. In a world steeped in tradition, the face of things begin to change. Life as the Empire knows it is torn apart by the effect of interaction with the 'Barbarian World Midkemia'. As Mara and the highest of rulers start to question tradition the resulting consequences are epic. We see our heroine, Mara, make decisions in haste that cause more conflict and we cannot predict how this story will play out. I was completely invested in this book. I could not put it down and I am anxiously looking forward to reading the third one. ...more
This was so much fun to read. As I started reading the first chapter I was kind of put off by the hero's first-person account. At first I wasn't sureThis was so much fun to read. As I started reading the first chapter I was kind of put off by the hero's first-person account. At first I wasn't sure why but as I continued to read I realized...OH, I'm a chick. You see, the hero is Owen Z. Pitt. He is an accountant and avid gun lover. He is a big guy and has trained in fighting techniques so when he describes the opening fight to the death scene it's all very macho.
On one otherwise normal Tuesday evening I had the chance to live the American dream. I was able to throw my incompetent jackass of a boss from a fourteenth-story window.
Now, I didn't just wake up that morning and decide that I was going to kill my boss with my bare hands. It really was much more complicated than that. In my life up to that point I would never have even considered something that sounded so crazy. I was just a normal guy, a working stiff. Heck, I was an accountant. It doesn't get much more mundane than that.
That one screwed-up event changed my life. Little did I realize that turning my boss into sidewalk pizza would have so many bizarre consequences. Well, technically, he did not actually hit the sidewalk. He landed on the roof of a double-parked Lincoln Navigator, but I digress.
My name is Owen Zastava Pitt and this is my story. and...
Legs and heart pumping, I heard the door behind me crash off of its hinges. Not sparing the time to look, I yanked open the door to Finance and rushed through, trying to pull it closed behind me. The door slammed into Huffman's claws and muzzle. I tried in vain to close the door but he was far stronger than I was. He swiped his talons down across my chest, tearing cleanly through my clothing and into me. Pain. Unbelievable pain. Screaming, I fell on my back and activated the fire extinguisher, directing the spray into the werewolf's gaping mouth and eyes. The creature howled, reared up on its hind legs, and covered its face. I lashed out with my foot, kicked the creature in the ribs and knocked it back into the corridor. Scrambling to my feet, I pulled the door closed and locked it.
My chest burned from the lacerations. The injury looked bad, and blood was soaking across my shirt, but the pain was now just something throbbing in the background behind the wall of adrenaline rushing through my system. The hurt would come later. I had a monster to worry about right now.
Then I thought about the guys I work with and yes, they would speak the same way when telling a story like this.
The great news is as soon as I hit chapter two things began to flow for me. I really started liking Owen, I was intrigued by the situation he found himself in and excited for him to become a monster hunter.
The story just kept getting better. All the characters in this book were real to me. I loved the different personalities. The sarcasm and comraderie are fun to be a part of and best of all... the storyline is very strong. I was captivated and I enjoyed it so much that I'm reading the next installment very soon!
Read this before I joined GR so Im gonna re-read soon and review. I do, however, remember I loved it and was bummed number 2 wasn't out yet. Thanks toRead this before I joined GR so Im gonna re-read soon and review. I do, however, remember I loved it and was bummed number 2 wasn't out yet. Thanks to Twitter, saw a thread on Gini Koch and moved this series up!...more