These books in the Lost Tales of Power series are indeed quite fun read. They are a, sometimes strange, mix between futuristic science fiction and med...moreThese books in the Lost Tales of Power series are indeed quite fun read. They are a, sometimes strange, mix between futuristic science fiction and medieval magic. The first book where mostly science fiction and most of the story was about how the main characters discovered that magic actually was for real. The latter books have leaned over in the other direction so it’s now mostly about magic and the science fiction parts are more part of the background setting.
So far the best books in the series have been books 1 and 2. After that the novelty and the thrill of discovery have worn off a bit. That doesn’t mean that the later books are bad though. Quite the contrary. The mixture of old-fashioned magic, throwing of lightning-bolts etc. with futuristic space ships slugging it out is certainly a fun read and makes the books separate themselves from the crowd.
In this book the main character from the first two books, Vydor, is a bit more present which I think is good. I was missing him in the last book. He’s not really playing the main role in this book either though. I certainly would have liked him to be even more present.
In the book the Wizards take on an ancient enemy that was banished from the realm a long time ago. At the end the enemy is kind of defeated…but not fully. The Wizards have the help of a more present enemy, who repeatedly claims that they will have to fight at some future date, to do this. In the end the book leaves quite a few loose ends on which you could build several more books.
My main gripe with these books is that the author often writes in the first person perspective. That’s fine with me except that he does this with more than one person and flips between them. This is sometimes confusing since it’s not always obvious which person he just flipped to and for a page or two you’re wondering who you’re actually following. Not a major issue but sometimes a bit annoying.
The author claims that this book is the conclusion of the first “quartet” in the series. I cannot say that I saw much of a conclusion really. It felt very much just like the-next-book-in-the-series and, as such, it was clearly paving the way for the continuation. I guess it might be clearer when we get to read volume V what he meant and if he will take off in some new direction.
I think this book was a tad better than the previous one. Maybe it’s because Jane Carver do not screw up things by freezing and hesitating as much as...moreI think this book was a tad better than the previous one. Maybe it’s because Jane Carver do not screw up things by freezing and hesitating as much as in the previous book or maybe it’s just because I knew more what I was expecting when reading this one.
The book is pretty much a non-stop fantasy/adventure/action story and a fairly good one. The first book in the series suffered perhaps somewhat from being a bit of a John Carter look-alike but this one separates itself more from the Edgar Rice Burroughs novels. At least in my mind. The author is still overdoing it a bit on the sex although it’s mostly Jane harping about not getting any. It’s does get a bit tiresome although I can live with it.
One thing that I do like with these books is that Jane Carver is a biker chick and she bloody well talks like one. There’s none of this oh-my-god-we-cannot-have-rude-words nonsense. That doesn’t mean that the book is full of f-words to compensate for lack of story either though. It’s just that people in the book speaks like normal people do, or at least what I would consider normal biker chicks.
Bottom line is that, although it didn’t exactly make a spot in the best-books-I’ve-read-this-year category, I found the book quite enjoyable.
The book more or less concludes the story that was started in the first book although it certainly leaves enough loose ends for there to be more Jane Carver books. If another book in the series is published I will probably read it.(less)
Generally interesting book which, unfortunately, is a bit of a mixed joy. Female heroine are mystically whisked away to another planet where the low g...moreGenerally interesting book which, unfortunately, is a bit of a mixed joy. Female heroine are mystically whisked away to another planet where the low gravity makes her jump like a grasshopper and be stronger than everyone else. Hmmm, where have I read that before? If you would say that this is a rip-off of Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter it would be difficult to argue against you. In many ways it is. However, it is also sufficiently different to not really give the feeling that you are reading a simple rip-off.
Although the situation is similar Jane Carver is very far from Burroughs ‘ gentleman from Virginia. Even though her conscience usually guides her in the right direction she is not exactly the girl you would want you son to bring home one day. Nor is the inhabitants of Waar the warriors that you find in the John Carter stories and who puts honor first. Some of them are actually rather depraved individuals.
This “biker chick” twist sometimes works very well in the book and those passages where very enjoyable to read. Other times, they do not work so well. Often Jane Carver just freezes or goofs up in a critical moment. That’s fine once in a while but not all the time. In this book it is really used as an excuse to continue the story too many times. The author also seems to be somewhat (over)focused on sex. I have nothing against sex in books or movies but everything has its place and its just a bit overdone here.
The comparison with the John Carter books are of course inevitable and, although I did find this book enjoyable, I do like the honorable gentleman from Virginia better. He was more intelligent, the people surrounding him was, mostly, much more intelligent as well as trustworthy (even his enemies) which I just like better. Of course, this book have the advantage of having a more modern view of science so there is no seventh ray, radium lamps or other gadgets that do not translate so well into this age.
Having said the above, this is an interesting twist of the same basic idea. There is a second book out now and I think it merits a read to see whether the series improve or not. If nothing else so to see where the author goes with the loose ends that he left in the first book and which, if handled properly, could lead to an interesting story. (less)
For the previous couple of books in the series it has been a question as to whether I should give 3 or 4 stars. I would have liked to give 3 ½ actuall...moreFor the previous couple of books in the series it has been a question as to whether I should give 3 or 4 stars. I would have liked to give 3 ½ actually. For this one it was more a question of 2 or 3 stars. In the end I gave 3 since it’s clear that some of my gripes about this book is personal preference and perhaps not so much that the book is bad in itself.
The blurb for the book states things like “Armadas clash and outposts fall…” which lead me to believe that the book was finally going to be about the humans and the Zor going on the offensive, learning the technology behind the Vuhl and that we were going to see some nice space battles.
However, that was not to be. The first battle in the book is recited as a debriefing after it happened. The rest of the actual battles and technological advancements are quickly skipped over in the book with only very brief descriptions, if any at all.
During the course of the first half there's more and more scheming and plotting between factions of humans with different views on how to conduct the war. Half way through the author starts to involve AI’s going sentient and start their own schemes. Most of the book is spent talking about mythology, hidden plans and the latest schemes.
I’m afraid I feel this book is turning more and more into a science fiction/fantasy soap opera. It ends in a cliffhanger that, to me, is constructed only to permit more installments to be written as well. The author claims that the publisher do not want to invest in more books being written though and, given how this book developed, I’m not sure I would pick any of them up if more was written.(less)
Monsters, lots of monsters, guns, lots of guns and plenty of action. Larry Correia doesn’t disappoint. I really like to read his MHI books. They are a...moreMonsters, lots of monsters, guns, lots of guns and plenty of action. Larry Correia doesn’t disappoint. I really like to read his MHI books. They are a nice change of pace from the sci-fi that I normally read and Larry is simply quite good at writing action packed, gun wielding monster stuff.
This is the fourth book in his MHI series and it is as good as the others. It is one of the few book series where I have given a 5 star rating four times in a row. There’s a red thread going through all the books in the series but they are still fairly well separated entities and generally do not end in a huge cliffhanger. Having said that this one did leave some loose ends a’la cliffhanger but, luckily, not too much. It is enough for you to want to read the next one but not enough to make you feel the book as unfinished.
If I should have some criticism it is that I do not care too much for this constant plot element where the government are assholes and constantly are trying to screw MHI. In this one we also get conspiracies between two different government agencies trying to screw around each other. I hope that bit doesn’t get a too prominent role in the next book and, for those that are familiar with the story arc, I hope that Meyers and Frank get to clobber some of the real government jerks. They did get the short end of the stick in this one and I have kind of taken a bit of a liking to Frank.(less)
This installment in the series as pretty much more of the same. Monsters and guns galore. Frank was allowed a bigger part than just grunting in this o...moreThis installment in the series as pretty much more of the same. Monsters and guns galore. Frank was allowed a bigger part than just grunting in this one which was nice. Special Agent Dwayne Myers continues to be an asshole and annoyingly enough he continues even after it becomes known that the personal reasons for hating MHI is no longer exactly valid.
As with the previous book, a very enjoyable read, provided that you like monsters and plenty of guns of course. (less)
These books in John Ringo’s Special Circumstances series are a quite fun read. Sure they are a bit special and the references to God and faith are fai...moreThese books in John Ringo’s Special Circumstances series are a quite fun read. Sure they are a bit special and the references to God and faith are fairly abundant. But at the same time it’s not at all some Christian crusade. Faiths and Gods of all kinds are present in this fantasy tale.
The first part of the book is very good. I really like Barbara Everette. A staunch Christian believer that never strays from her faith, never swears etc. but at the same time do not hesitate to tell the unfortunate guy gloating a bit too much what she will do with their private parts if he does not get his act together. And she is definitely not the one to turn the other cheek when it comes to the real bad guys.
Then there is a part in the middle which I didn’t like too much. This is primarily because Barbara is not in it. This part of the story focuses around Jaena and how she recovers from her coma. It’s a bit weird and it is definitely not my cup of tea.
As with the previous book this one is not a single story. It is two books in one volume. The second book is also a nice read although I think the “solution” at the end is a bit silly. I also really do not like the cliffhanger at the end. It has nothing to do with Barbara Everette’s fight against the dark forces and it’s just soap-opera style crap as far as I’m concerned.
Having said that, there’s another cliffhanger in the book in that it was quite clearly hinted that some really bad things where coming and that the events in this one was just a test. I really hope that John gives us the continuation of this story and that the silliness at the end of this book doesn’t play too much into the story of the next one.(less)
Quite interresting little collection of 3 small books in the fantasy genre. It's rather light reading and sometimes a bit silly. The ease by wich peop...moreQuite interresting little collection of 3 small books in the fantasy genre. It's rather light reading and sometimes a bit silly. The ease by wich people are convinced that there are deamons and such like nasties roaming the earth is rather laughable for instance. Also the constant harping about her Christian faith can be a bit tiresome but on the whole it's an okay light read.(less)
Excellent, straightforward sci-fi/fantasy mixture. The hero is a hero and he stays a hero. No messing around and no political BS. The mix between Sci-...moreExcellent, straightforward sci-fi/fantasy mixture. The hero is a hero and he stays a hero. No messing around and no political BS. The mix between Sci-Fi technology and fantasy (magic) is quite entertaining. Sure, the story is maybe a bit for the younger audience but I find it quite entertaining despite being 48 years old. After all, I do read book to escape reality :-)(less)