$I decided to read this book because it was recommended to me by a person who likes the same books that I do. I am happyIt's all in the title, really
$I decided to read this book because it was recommended to me by a person who likes the same books that I do. I am happy I listened because even though I'm not very impressed with this book it was still a good read that kept me occupied a few hours.
Now, when you enter into a new universe you can not help but compare it to the others you have immersed yourself in, and when I compare this to Patricia Briggs's fine books about Mercedes Thompson this universe falls short. Yes you have the werewolves who are forever fighting against their wolf instincts becuase, obviously, people who behave like animals is frowned upon in decent society. Yes you have the women who find this beast of a man irresistable and he in turn has great difficulty mastering his libido. Yes there is the constant outside threat of them being revealed and considered a dangerous threat against humanity (on good grounds, I'd say).
Well, with all this this is where I want the plot to really work so it doesn't turn into a frustrating mess of a man and a woman putting up fences, tearing them down, moving and putting up new fences just to have them torn down just to realize they like it... And this is where Harper's choices and mine just don't match. In my opinion Harper spends just enough time on the plot to come up with one that will make the werewolf and woman meet in a situation where one of them is vulnerable and after that, well, very little time is spent on plot.
In retrospect I should have realized that it's all in the title, really. I don't mind love or sex in the books I read but very few actually put words like "naked" in the title. I didn't pay enough attention to this and so it's not Harper's fault that she got a reader who clearly isn't all that impressed....more
Peter Grant continues to develop and by his side are Lesley May and Thomas Nightingale. I found these books after reading Jim Butcher and they are easPeter Grant continues to develop and by his side are Lesley May and Thomas Nightingale. I found these books after reading Jim Butcher and they are easily as good. True, the Jim Butcher's books "The Dresden Files" are populated with more characters but I think Ben Aaronvitch is well on his way to extend the rooster of personalities in this series. And as a true London fan I just adore how cops with magical abilites are firmly put at the correct rank in the Police Department and subject to professional conduct hearings if they try to evade any non-magical laws. And do you know what? I don't even think Ben Aaronvitch pictured society in any other way. That's Britain for you....more
This is the first in the series and I'm not sure if Jacqueline Winspear thought there would be more. If I were to guess I'd say this is the first bookThis is the first in the series and I'm not sure if Jacqueline Winspear thought there would be more. If I were to guess I'd say this is the first book she has published (and I'm cheerfully going to let that theory stay instead of checking it up) and that she was trying out different ideas on how to write. The reason I think so is because there are instances where she suceedes in the pace and tone and some where I feel the book seems disjointed. One thing I disliked was that half the book, the middle no less, was background for the main character, Maisie Dobbs. I'm not against background but this was too detailed and basically half the book. I was more inclined to get on with the case than listen to how she became a detective in the first place. Still, it's worth four stars to me to read about a different sort of detective when you thought you had seen everything the genre had to offer....more
I have been longing for another good author and here he is! His characters are engaging and well-written, the plot is superb and the descriptions of LI have been longing for another good author and here he is! His characters are engaging and well-written, the plot is superb and the descriptions of London are some of the best I've ever read. You just can't wait to go back there and experience it again through Ben Aaronvitch's eyes. Since I'm also a fan of Terry Pratchett, the creator of the Discworld series, I spotted some similarities in how Terry Pratchett's policeman, Captain Vimes, and the police man in this book, Peter Grant, think about their profession. I'm positive Ben Aaronvitch has read the Discworld series and loved them as much as I. And like Terry Pratchett Ben Aaronvitch has added a new world to the ones I'm already living in and for that I'm utterly thankful. I love this book! ...more
I didn't like it. I find the main character difficult to like and difficult to understand. She seems to be one person and then suddenly she does sometI didn't like it. I find the main character difficult to like and difficult to understand. She seems to be one person and then suddenly she does something or reacts in a manner that was not even hinted at before. Sloppy writing. I confess I haven't read any books about the inside workings of MI5 or MI6, and that may be why I have difficulty understanding what they were doing, but I have to say the reasons behind their actions is beyond me. Was that what spies did back in the day? And was that the kind of recruiting they did? I wonder how England still stands. At the end there is a surprise concerning the narrator, but it doesn't make up for the choppy, illogic writing before. Sorry Mr McEwan, I know there are people out there who loves your writing but I'm not one of them....more
This was a book I picked up at the airport for some light airplane reading. I never expected it to be great literature and it wasn't. What I liked aboThis was a book I picked up at the airport for some light airplane reading. I never expected it to be great literature and it wasn't. What I liked about the book was the promise of a good plot, and mostly it was fulfilled. But what I disliked about it was that it took forever getting there. Yes it was novel to read about a really rich woman in her 30s, who doesn't have to work for a living and is about to get married with all the trimmings. Yes it was pleasant to accompany her while she picked out curtains, carpets, furniture and dresses. And yes it was interesting to follow how she decided on a marriage present for her husband... but seriously, for how long is that interesting? The mystery was resolved in the end, but in such a careless manner one can't help but wonder if the author was on a strict deadline and didn't bother going back to change some things that would have made the ending feel more decisive. So, what it boils down to was some light reading and a vague longing for new wooden floors....more
Well, first of all: I love Harry Dresden, wizard of Chicago. Just love. However, this was possibly the weakest book of the series. After waiting for sWell, first of all: I love Harry Dresden, wizard of Chicago. Just love. However, this was possibly the weakest book of the series. After waiting for so long, and considering hiring bodyguards for Jim Butcher to make sure nothing happened to him while he was writing this book, it was a bit of a disappointment. Jim Butcher is taking his characters where I don't want them to go, and while he might have a grand plan that I'm going to rejoice about later, at the moment it feels awkward. Also, after waiting forever for this book I then only got to hear about roughly three days. And a lot of my favourite characters weren't even in it or not in it enough. I really, really missed hearing about events in Chicago because in the last book a lot of things had changed. I'm keeping my fingers crossed Jim Butcher and Harry Dresden will woo me once again when the next one comes out. Because I WILL buy it and probably order it signed like I did this one... But in the meantime I'll be re-reading the older stories when Harry Dresden was (though never simply) a Chicago PI....more
This is a Jim Butcher copy, but that's fine by me! Benedict Jacka writes about another wizard who basically operates in the universe Jim Butcher creatThis is a Jim Butcher copy, but that's fine by me! Benedict Jacka writes about another wizard who basically operates in the universe Jim Butcher created, but with more RPG-like mages and played in London. He adds enough twists of his own however that you forgive him for the copying, not to mention that Jim Butcher doesn't write fast enough to satisfy me. I highly recommend this book....more