Happily, and kind of unbelievably, this second book is even better than book 1 Shadow and Bone, a solid 5 star read f#2 Grisha trilogy - Urban Fantasy
Happily, and kind of unbelievably, this second book is even better than book 1 Shadow and Bone, a solid 5 star read for me. How Leigh Bardugo, the author, managed to raise that high bar in every category is *smh* fan-tab-ulous!
Since book 1 rocked my socks off from plot, world building, characters, originality, adventure, excitement, danger and very scary flying human-eating monsters (A+ in all categories), Ms. Bardugo ups the ante considerably, leaving me reeling in the best possible way from Reading Bliss Overload.
The introduction of Sturmhond, the pirate/privateer/*no spoilers* deepened the plot on several levels. The sparkling dialog and word banter between Strumhond and Alina -- Strumhond and anyone -- is fun and highly entertaining. The Grisha world and plot gets much more complex for everyone, and takes the book to places one could not imagine (except, of course, the brilliant author).
Book 2 ends with OMG! stunners that sets up book 3 to be one heck of a thrill ride.
Normally I'm fine with waiting months, a year, or years between books in a series. Thankfully, all three books in the trilogy are published. I would have wailed like a crazy if I had to wait for a next book!
The Grisha's Kindle-only "in between books" (there are many) will be the final straw in making me break down and buy a Kindle. I will not miss one single word of this fascinating world!
Shadow and Bone and this book are now tied for my favorite reads of 2016, any publication date, any genre.
Entertaining 1870 classic featuring Captain Nemo and his expertly designed submarine, the Nautilus. Ship caFiction Classic- Historical / Sea Adventure
Entertaining 1870 classic featuring Captain Nemo and his expertly designed submarine, the Nautilus. Ship captains, sailors, and the public falsely believe the submarine to be an iron-plated whale, as harpoons and weapons are useless against the beast.
Three men, a professor, his servant, and a whale harpooner are picked up by the submarine. They are treated well, but having seen the Nautilus inside and out, are not free to leave. The professor is engrossed by the wealth of information available to him, as well as the windows which allow him to see under the waves for the first time. The servant is content to be with his master. Ned Land, the whale harpooner, becomes increasingly determined to escape.
The mysterious and enigmatic Captain Nemo is prone to isolating himself for days, then suddenly reappearing (with no explanation for his seclusions), being friendly and engaging in discussions and offering sources of information the professor eagerly studies.
Dangerous encounters occur aboard the submarine, and during excursions on the bottom of the sea in the sub's specially designed suits. Imo this 1870 story stands up perfectly well today....more
This is a very enjoyable seafaring adventure, a short story by Jules Verne, first published in 1871. Set in 1862 in Glasgow,#8 Extraordinary Voyages
This is a very enjoyable seafaring adventure, a short story by Jules Verne, first published in 1871. Set in 1862 in Glasgow, Scotland, the Dolphin is a large ship specially designed for superior speed. An immense crowd is gathered for the launch due to the aura of mystery and secrecy surrounding this ship.
Her destination, cargo, and the reason for her unmatched speed are all unknown- "the diversity of opinion on [these] important subjects was indeed astonishing." The "best informed" said she is to take part in the Civil War tearing the U.S. apart, but the Dolphin's possible role is a mystery.
Vincent Playfair, shipowner and head of a powerful house of business, is purely a man of commerce. His nephew, James Playfair is "the boldest skipper of the British merchant marine". James presents his uncle with a daring scheme, which would earn them $2 million pounds.
The secret scheme is approved, and Captain James Playfair expertly manages the pre-launch secret details. Once at sea, the Captain encounters several surprises that no one could have foreseen, which makes this daring sea adventure even more dangerous and intriguing. I loved every page of this lively tale!
This is my first Jules Verne book. Good Reads shows 68 (!) books in the Extraordinary Voyages series, including most or all in this Omnibus. Very much looking forward to reading Verne, especially 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which many refer to as the first steampunk book....more
Expert sleuth Sam Elliott and his partner in love and investigations, Elena, return to the sunny French Riviera. E#4 Sam Elliott series - Cozy Mystery
Expert sleuth Sam Elliott and his partner in love and investigations, Elena, return to the sunny French Riviera. Elena's employer, a Los Angeles-based Knox Insurance Agency, has received a claim for $2-3 million dollars from a Madame Castellaci. Diamonds were stolen from her home in Nice.
The French police investigation turned up no leads, clues, fingerprints, or evidence of forced entry. Frank Knox, who is Elena's boss and friend, had been looking forward to retiring in a few months. A payout of millions of dollars would be a blow to his retirement, after 35 years of hard work. In a last-ditch effort, he sends Elena to France to interview Madame Castellaci, the police, and the many friends she and Sam have living in France, where they are contemplating buying a home.
It turns out there have been many high value jewel thefts among the wealthiest residents and visitors to the glamorous French Riviera. As Elena and Sam dig for information among their friends (journalists, police investigators, wealthy friends), the notoriously long French bureaucracy arrives at a decision on whether the house Sam and Elena wish to buy can indeed be sold.
Peter Mayle's entertaining, pleasing, engaging books are like a warm breeze on a bright sunny day. The plots are always intriguing, surprising, and the characters encountered are varied and charming.
I'm so hoping he continues the series with a book 5.