When a pair of scientists go to investigate an ancient body discovered in a bog, they stumble into a more modern mystery in a small Irish community.
ThWhen a pair of scientists go to investigate an ancient body discovered in a bog, they stumble into a more modern mystery in a small Irish community.
The author certainly has a way with language, but I found this book difficult to get interested in. The mystery story is coincidence-heavy, and I didn't feel that it meshed all that well with the archeological aspects. I thought the romance side of things was fairly flat, I just couldn't get why this couple was into each other. Part of that could be because, out of all the people in the book, I found the two main characters the least compelling. I preferred the police detective, the suspicious husband, and the local woman with the young daughter to the pair of snoopy out-of-towners.
Until the very end of the book, the pace often felt like it was crawling along. This may have had something to do with the large number of heavily descriptive passages. Those gave the book an interesting atmosphere, but I think they were a bit overboard....more
The plot and setting had potential, but the characters were lifeless. The story, about twisted romance in a wealthy beach community, doesn't have enouThe plot and setting had potential, but the characters were lifeless. The story, about twisted romance in a wealthy beach community, doesn't have enough depth to be more than forgettable fluff....more
When Miles Vorkosigan's cloned younger brother, Mark, attempts to surprise the Dendarii mercenaries with a bold new plot, he quickly gets in over hisWhen Miles Vorkosigan's cloned younger brother, Mark, attempts to surprise the Dendarii mercenaries with a bold new plot, he quickly gets in over his head. Miles swoops in to try and save the day once again, but his troubled rescue mission makes the situation even more complicated. Then it's Mark's turn to show how far he's willing to go to set things right.
This is one of my favorites in the series so far, though that might be partly because it spent a good amount of time on Barrayar with Cordelia and Aral. I also really enjoyed the scenes with Gregor.
Mark isn't easy to warm up to, so it was good to see him making progress. I did miss Miles at times, but he can feel almost overwhelming as a character. It would've been difficult to establish Mark as more than a confused imitation if Miles had been with him the entire time.
This book has some seriously dark moments. I'm a horror fan, so they didn't exactly bother me, I just thought that the level of detail we got wasn't quite necessary to the story....more
I really enjoyed the first few chapters of this one, and I also thought the main characters were very interesting. But if it wasn't for those two thinI really enjoyed the first few chapters of this one, and I also thought the main characters were very interesting. But if it wasn't for those two things, I may not been able to finish it.
I liked the writing style, and at times it was easy to get lost in Dahlquist's original story. But then I'd have to stop and try to remember which of the overly-large cast of minor characters had just shown up, and which barely hinted-at subplot he or she belonged to. Or I'd have to figure out if the latest point-of-view jump had also skipped me backwards in time a bit (one time shift in the most action-heavy part of the story came off really badly). I don't mean to give the impression that the entire book was this much work, but it happened often enough to be discouraging.
I'm rarely one to complain that a book has too much action in it, but the constant chases and fights and captures and escapes started to seem much too repetitive after page 600 or so. I'll be reading the next one soon, but since some of the conspiracies were cleared away, I'm hoping that it won't be as distracting to follow....more
Everyone should try listening to The Magnetic Fields, but this book about their 3-CD album is a disappointment.
I first heard them in the mid-90s, theyEveryone should try listening to The Magnetic Fields, but this book about their 3-CD album is a disappointment.
I first heard them in the mid-90s, they were opening for some growly alternative act that I wasn't really interested in, so I'm not exactly sure why I was even at that show. We left after about three songs from the headliner, but my roommate and I went out and bought a couple of Magnetic Fields CDs the next day. They've been one of my favorite bands ever since.
I was hoping that this little book would be similar to Night of the Living Dead, a quick read that gives a lot of information on the production and social impact of that movie. I got both books together at a museum gift shop, and I'd heard good things about the 33 1/3 series. A book about 69 Love Songs is a great idea, but I'd preferred to have read one by someone who wasn't involved in the album's production.
I loved the idea of the lexicon, which could have been great if it restrained itself to explaining references from the song lyrics. Unfortunately, it was a rambling, tedious mess that jumped around between a bunch of barely related topics, complete with extraneous footnotes. The section of personal reminiscences about each song was better, although there were a lot of eye-roll inducing mentions of the author.
The book reads like it's full of in-jokes, and it brings up drama that it never explains. As someone who doesn't follow much in the way of music news or blogs, I wouldn't have understood one particular thing the author repeatedly references if I hadn't seen the Strange Powers documentary (which I'd recommend to Magnetic Fields/Stephin Merritt fans over this book). I learned few interesting new-to-me tidbits, but I was expecting a lot more.
To include something happy in this review, here are two of my current favorite Magnetic Fields songs:
The world-building is nicely detailed, and I actually enjoyed the matter-of-fact tone once I got used to it. The story is a little flat, which I expecThe world-building is nicely detailed, and I actually enjoyed the matter-of-fact tone once I got used to it. The story is a little flat, which I expected from a book like this, and it has no real ending, which I didn't....more
I loved the idea of a pirate book by Georgette Heyer, but I think I'd have enjoyed this one more if I wasn't already such a fan of the Rafael SabatiniI loved the idea of a pirate book by Georgette Heyer, but I think I'd have enjoyed this one more if I wasn't already such a fan of the Rafael Sabatini books that must have influenced it....more
As his alter-ego, the warrior known as Caine, Hari Michaelson is famous on one world and infamous on another.
Hari is an actor in a future, dystopian sAs his alter-ego, the warrior known as Caine, Hari Michaelson is famous on one world and infamous on another.
Hari is an actor in a future, dystopian society that uses advanced technology to send its entertainers to an alternate reality called Overworld. Hari and the other actors adventure in this gritty fantasy setting while the people back home watch, or if they're high enough caste to afford it, actually feel as if they're experiencing the adventure first hand.
When a powerful Overworld spell interferes with the latest adventure of Hari's estranged wife, he has only a matter of days to find her and get her safely home. The job is made more difficult by the political concerns of the Studio that Hari works for as well as the ambitions of a dangerous Overworld leader, one that Caine helped put in power.
It's really rare for me to finish a book and be able to say that I've never read anything quite like it, but this is one of those cases. The events on Overworld could belong in any sword and sorcery novel, there are fights, chases, escapes, and intrigue. But Caine's choices are restrained by the rules that Hari, as an actor, must follow. It's all pretty interesting.
I wouldn't recommend it for everyone. There's a lot of violence and brutality. That fit in okay for me, because Overworld is supposed to be a harsh place. It helps drive home the point that there are people risking their health and lives for entertainment.
One of my biggest criticisms is a stylistic thing, I found some of the fight scenes too detailed. I'm not sure if this will make sense to everyone, but it actually gets harder for me to follow combat when it's described too closely. My brain gets hung up on visualizing every little detail, and it throws off the flow of the book for me. Some of the magical descriptions also felt a little overdone.
I really enjoyed this one, and I'm going to read the next in the series soon....more