I am just so confused after reading this book. I have so many questions. And not in a good way.
The premise of the book sounded really good, but the exI am just so confused after reading this book. I have so many questions. And not in a good way.
The premise of the book sounded really good, but the execution fell sadly short. It just seemed so disjointed and fast and incomplete. Without giving spoilers, it’s hard to articulate all my questions, but there is a group of people that just appear in the story, and they apparently become important, but I don’t know where they came from or really how they are.
Fletcher’s story started off quite good. He’s obviously different and has some kind of ability that is causing him trouble. That part starts so well, and I really started to get into it, and was looking forward to learning what he could do and why, and there appeared to be a mystery around his mother’s death that would hopefully be solved. But then he went to his neighbour’s house, and everything fell apart.
After that point, the story felt like a bunch of ideas thrown onto the page, without much development, connection, or explanation. It was just too short, and unwritten, and very disappointing. ...more
This was a very intellectual feeling sci-fi alien story. I feel like a lot of it went over my head, especially in the first half, but it was interestiThis was a very intellectual feeling sci-fi alien story. I feel like a lot of it went over my head, especially in the first half, but it was interesting, so I kept reading. By the end, I think I really liked it, even if I didn’t fully understand everything.
This felt quite different than a standard alien story as there were philosophical wanderings and musings by the narrator. The narrator himself was quite unusually, not feeling fully human as he had half his brain replaced with a machine when he was a kid. It made for a unique perspective in an unusual story.
I actually find it hard to articulate, and even understand, whether I liked the story or not, because it was so complex and unique. I don’t really have anything to compare it to, and that feels really weird, because most books have something you can compare them to. This one had aliens and vampires in an intellectual feeling space war setting. Highly unusual, to say the least, but still worth reading. ...more
It’s been a while since I read an epic fantasy that really gripped me. This book did just that with its inventive legends of The Ronin, an almost mythIt’s been a while since I read an epic fantasy that really gripped me. This book did just that with its inventive legends of The Ronin, an almost mythical group of magical heroes.
I loved following Grey as he learned about his past, his talents and his connection to the Ronin. He was an easy character to like. Charming, self-doubting, and fiercely loyal to his friends, he was so easy to root for.
One of the tricky things about epic fantasy sagas is the immense amount of world building needed to create a success story. This book had a great introduction to the world and magic. It was a touch slow in the beginning, and a bit confusing as there were lots of characters being introduced, but things really started to settle down and become clear shortly before the halfway point. It’s well worth getting to that point because it’s smooth sailing after then.
I was really impressed with the story, and really enjoyed it. As a first book in an extended series, it has a few bumps, but it lays out the world and the characters well, and I can’t wait to see what happens next....more
Another reviewer (Smexy Books) called this “the best series you are not reading. It’s like JD Robb meets Jim Butcher.” This may be the best descriptioAnother reviewer (Smexy Books) called this “the best series you are not reading. It’s like JD Robb meets Jim Butcher.” This may be the best description for this series. It really sums it up nicely.
One thing that really stuck in my mind while listening to this story is how often the main character’s name is said. In the first book, I don’t think his first name was ever mentioned, but in this book, almost everyone says Adam’s name when talking to him. It was a very noticeable difference. One that had me feeling a bit awkward since the lack of name in the first book had me thinking about him as Alex, and switching to Adam was surprisingly difficult.
The element I really like is the romance. Well, Adam’s attraction since there isn’t really any romance, yet. I hope there is at some point, but right now it’s mostly Adam’s internal thoughts about Cherabino, which are mostly about respecting her character, although he does tend to stare at her boobs a lot. His thoughts tend to be very sweet, which definitely makes me want him to be happy. Cherabino is a great woman, and while she’s a bit hard to read, I think she has a soft spot for Adam, and I approve.
The only issue I have with the book is that Adam tends to repeat thoughts and details about his addiction endlessly. How he craves his drug, how he can’t have it, how this job is the only thing keeping him alive and away from the drug. It gets to be a bit much.
The narration for the story is excellent. The voice fits the character well, and like a lot of series I listen to (ahem Dresden Files), I can’t picture switching to reading instead of listening because the narration just fits too well.
Overall, this was a great story, in a great series. One that is still pretty young (book 4 just released this month), and it’s definitely one I’d recommend checking out. ...more
I love origami. There is something so relax and fun about making something out of just paper.
I’ve made origami before, so I had an idea what I was doiI love origami. There is something so relax and fun about making something out of just paper.
I’ve made origami before, so I had an idea what I was doing when I started working through the animals in the book. I like that it has simple diagrams that are easy to read. The only animal I had trouble was the standing crane, and I could not get the legs to work. That one part needed some clarifications, but everything else I could understand.
There was a wide range of animals from very easy to somewhat tricky. I like the variety included as there are animals from almost every type, and very few are created the same way.
My favourite was the elephant, and not just because it’s one of the first 3D style animals. Elephants are my favourite animal ever, and I was super happy to produce a good looking origami version. It’s going on my elephant shelf for sure.
Overall, if you like origami, I’d suggest checking out the book. It has simple creations that are suitable for beginners, with good instructions, but there is enough variety and creativity that even seasoned folders will find an animal or two to enjoy. ...more