I enjoyed this in book format, but it is just as enjoyable to listen to. There are several readers playing the parts and they all did a lovely job. EaI enjoyed this in book format, but it is just as enjoyable to listen to. There are several readers playing the parts and they all did a lovely job. Each character's voice is unique and somehow fits how I imagine them to be. This certainly made my commute more enjoyable. ...more
The Wraith Squadron books were some of my favorite in the Star Wars universe because they had humor as well as action, so I was expecting a new adventThe Wraith Squadron books were some of my favorite in the Star Wars universe because they had humor as well as action, so I was expecting a new adventure with the same style and feel. Don’t get me wrong, this was a solid story but it was missing that spark that made the original books so enjoyable. A large part of this may be because the SW world has gotten significantly darker since the Yuzhong Vong. I stopped reading the new series a few books into the New Jedi Order because I didn’t like how dark everything had gotten. I was a little lost at times because there were references to things I had not read. A lot of the story revolves around Piggy. After losing too many squadmates he finally retired to teach math. Years have passed and he is recruited for one more mission - to uncover a corrupt general. In the process, he starts dealing with all the trauma from the previous wars.
Several of the children of former Wraith members are now Wraith themselves. It was a bonus to see how several of my favorite characters lives turned out and there were even a few cameos by the characters themselves. Unfortunately a few of those scenes felt mashed into the story just so we could get the cameo. There was not much character development and I often had a hard time remembering which character was which. That was made more difficult by the fact that several of them were just new versions of former wraith. The actor, the computer expert, etc. There were a few moments close to the end where it seemed like the story was finally hitting stride, but then it was over. I think it would have benefited from either trying to fit less material in or having multiple books like the original series. There was just too much going on to create a cohesive story. Another missing element was the X-wings. Very little of this story takes place in space and there were almost no firefights. As long as you are just looking for a solid Star Wars read, this will fit the bill, but don’t expect the charm and wit from the original books. ...more
I gave up on this one. Too much philosophy. I am not really interested in why having superhuman intelligence would make someone not believe in God orI gave up on this one. Too much philosophy. I am not really interested in why having superhuman intelligence would make someone not believe in God or be able to see how to solve all of mankind's problems. The descriptions, scientific explanations, and philosophy just went on and on for pages before any action would happen. Finally I realized I just didn't care what happened, so time to pick up a different book....more
Lord Cavratt is trying to avoid a particularly persistent husband hunting debutante. He thinks that kissing a nearby servant girl will finally get ridLord Cavratt is trying to avoid a particularly persistent husband hunting debutante. He thinks that kissing a nearby servant girl will finally get rid of her. Unfortunately the nearby servant turns out to be a noble lady with an abusive uncle who insists that they get married immediately. Having little choice he complies, figuring that he can quickly get an annulment. However, he ends up liking Catherine a lot more than he expects and he doesn’t want an annulment to ruin her reputation or throw her back into her uncle’s power. With the help of Lord Cavratt’s sister, Catherine begins to transform into a graceful society lady.
I enjoy Regency romances but most are too racy. This delightful exception was just lovely. Lord Cavratt is a reluctant but honorable hero. Catherine gradually starts to flourish once her uncle can no longer control her. The witty conversation was enjoyable to read. My one complaint is that neither character would come out and ask if the other actually wanted an annulment so much of the story is spent worrying that the other person doesn’t want them. This caused a little repetition as each character worries about their situation, but that didn’t detract much from this very enjoyable read. ...more
Despite being a big sci-fi reader, I had never read Ender’s Game. What an interesting story. The basic premise is that Earth has twice been attacked bDespite being a big sci-fi reader, I had never read Ender’s Game. What an interesting story. The basic premise is that Earth has twice been attacked by an alien race. Both times they barely survived. Earth has been trying to prepare for another attack. They have been taking gifted children and turning them into soldiers. Ender is one of these children. He far surpasses all of his fellow students during their war games training. He becomes their best hope for survival, but he is still very young and no one is sure if he can learn enough in time or even survive the training. [return][return]Like all really good sci-fi, this story really made me think. Some of the issues it talks about are survival, violence, humanity. That being said, this story is fairly dark. I am interested in finding out more about Ender in the rest of the series, but it was such an intense read I will probably wait a while before picking up the next book....more
Cassie and her weather warden partner, Luis, are still trying to locate Isabel, luis' neice. At the same time Cassie is trying to find a way to stop tCassie and her weather warden partner, Luis, are still trying to locate Isabel, luis' neice. At the same time Cassie is trying to find a way to stop the former djinn, Pearl, without having to destroy the human race. All kinds of forces, supernatural and otherwise are trying to stop them.[return][return]I really couldn't get into this story. It just felt like a lot of racing around and getting nowhere and at the same time it was kinda slow. Pearl seems to be so far ahead of them that there seems to be no hope. Every other person is either a double agent or working under another agenda. I'm not quite sure how there will be a believable resolution to the problem. Also the child soldiers Pearl is creating, was rather distressing. There was not much character development for either Cassie or Luis, though there was a minor moment between the two of them that was an interesting development....more
Devin is the youngest son of business tychon J.M. Guthrie. He has only been intrigued by one woman in his life, Kaidee Griggs, his pilot. But she wasDevin is the youngest son of business tychon J.M. Guthrie. He has only been intrigued by one woman in his life, Kaidee Griggs, his pilot. But she was married and when her husband is fired she leaves her job as well. Devin just gets more wrapped up in his work until his father arranges his marriage to an acceptable socialite. Devin is attempting to resist his father's plans for his marriage, when his nephew goes missing. Devin's father is sure that it's a power play and that Trippy will be returned to them unharmed. Devin is not so sure and he goes after Trip. He decides that the most likely place Trip will head for is Dock 5. Meanwhile Kaidee has been widowed and is stuck with the enourmous gambling debts her husband left behind. On top of that, she is grounded on Dock 5 until cargo flights are allowed to leave. While she's waiting, she recognizes Trip and rescues him from the thugs that are chasing him. But she still can't leave the station and now they have to hide from the people who are after Trip.[return] [return]This is the fourth part of the Dock 5 series. Overall this story dragged for me. It took probably a third of the story before Devin catches up to Kaidee and Trip. Then the majority of the rest was fleeing up and down the levels on Dock 5. This time I was able to figure out who was behind everything almost right away and then it felt so obvious that I was suprised the characters couldn't get it. One thing I really did like was that Kaidee and Devin already had a relationship so it wasn't like the fell in love in five days, while fleeing from the bad guys. They had a nice spark but the rest of the story was just flat. The books seem to keep dancing around the Alliance and Tage and I'm wondering if and when the next books will get into that storyline more....more
Several hundred years ago the human race was experimenting with genetic engineering. History says that they designed smarter people to rule over them,Several hundred years ago the human race was experimenting with genetic engineering. History says that they designed smarter people to rule over them, but instead of helping humanity they were to cold and calculating and natural humans revolted and slaughtered most of them. Some supposedly escaped into space in their darkships never to be heard from again. Darkships are now almost more myth than history, but humans still fear anyone who may have been altered. Athena is the rebellious daughter of a member of the ruling class. While traveling with her father, she wakes up just before one of his bodyguards tries to sedate her. When she sees her father unconscious in the medical bay she ends up fleeing the ship in a lifepod. The bodyguards continue to chase her and tell the nearest space station that she is hallucinating and dangerous. Instead of trying to talk her way out of it at the space station, she flees into an energy pod forest in hopes of getting picked up by one of the workers she knows. Instead her lifepod bumps into a darkship. The pilot rescues her, but Athena is stunned to discover he has been genetically altered. The pilot, Kit, is a descendant of the humans that fled earth, but the history he has learned is rather different than what Athena has been taught. What they discover will shake the foundations of both their worlds.[return] [return]I really enjoy space opera and this one kept me up late at night reading. It had all the elements I love about space opera romance, action, and intrigue. I was able to guess some of the plot lines, but others I didn't see coming. I really liked Kit's character and I really wanted to know what really happened with the mules. I knew the story Athena had learned wouldn't be accurate, and I liked how it was an eyewitness that straightened the story out and not just stories passed down. The romance was not overwhelming to the story and not graphic. I liked that because the romance in a space opera should flavor not be the main course in my opinion. My one big grip with the story is toward the end when all the action is coming together, there is too much description and not enough action. Every action Athena takes is explained and every setting is detailed and how that can help or hinder her is brought to our attention. This really bogged the action down and broke the flow of the story....more
I was pretty bored by this story. There seemed to be a lot of traveling to and from, while racing to get somewhere before the villain. I found myselfI was pretty bored by this story. There seemed to be a lot of traveling to and from, while racing to get somewhere before the villain. I found myself skimming through until it seemed like the action was imminent. I never really felt any urgency even though everyone was supposedly in a lot of danger. It felt like there were lots of little quests like retrieve Dafydd, save Ioan, return to Farie etc instead of one main goal where all the pieces fit into the overall story. [return][return]Even though this is billed as a romantic fantasy, there is very little romance. In fact there is not much character development at all, aside from Lara's growing powers. Characters from the first book pop in and out of the story with a disruptive suddenness. [return][return]The villains were never very clear. First one character and then another would feature as the villain and their motivations seemed hazy. They almost seemed like villains of opportunity. The one plus to this story is what ends up happening with the staff. It was creative and unexpected. But for me that wasn't enough to save the story....more
Major Pettigrew has been a widower for several years. When he receives the news that his brother has passed away, he is shaken. Mrs. Ali, a widow, isMajor Pettigrew has been a widower for several years. When he receives the news that his brother has passed away, he is shaken. Mrs. Ali, a widow, is very supportive during the major’s grief. An unlikely friendship develops between them, despite the town’s prejudice about her Pakistani heritage. [return][return]This was just a charming novel. The major’s views on life and the people around him are highly amusing. It’s enjoyable to watch him grow and relate to the people around him. The pacing is a little slow in the beginning, but it’s well worth it....more
Victoria grew up in the foster care system and it broke her. She feels more comfortable with plants than she does with people. As a little girl she leVictoria grew up in the foster care system and it broke her. She feels more comfortable with plants than she does with people. As a little girl she learned about the Victorian language of flowers, a means of communicating by using specific flowers to convey meanings. After she turns 18 and is kicked out, she lives in a park and grows flowers. This leads to her getting a job for a florist. Victoria discovers that she can affect people’s lives with the flowers she chooses. She often gives these flower messages to people not expecting any response, until a flower vendor recognizes what she is “saying” and responds. As she gets to know him, she is forced to deal with her childhood issues, especially with the woman who taught her the language of flowers. [return][return]Wow, I really enjoyed this book. Having worked as a florist, I am always intrigued by books that feature flowers. I picked it up not quite knowing what to expect. The writing style is beautiful, with just a hint of magical realism. I was really impressed by how seamlessly the story moves between the past and the present without loosing cohesion or feeling jumpy. Victoria’s growth and her struggle to come to terms with her childhood fuels the story, and it really comes down to the relationship between mothers and daughters. I got so invested in it, I stayed up way too late reading, but it was well worth it....more