I confess I haven't read the predecessor to The Warrior's Apprentice, Barrayar, so after reading the first book, Shards of Honor, I was mildly disappo...moreI confess I haven't read the predecessor to The Warrior's Apprentice, Barrayar, so after reading the first book, Shards of Honor, I was mildly disappointed by this one. Though it was good and I thoroughly enjoyed it, it was a different type of book altogether. Where Shards of Honor had Cordelia and Aral as the main characters, and was more political, this was about their son, Miles, and was a lot more action packed (not to say it didn't have its deal of political maneuvering). Both books have their merits, but it seemed weird that Bujold would change the style that much.
I guess, to explain myself better, Shards of Honor reminded me of an episode of Star Trek: TOS; problems were presented, and though there were some action-y moments, they were usually solved using some sort of diplomacy. The Warrior's Apprentice, however, is like an episode of the new series of Doctor Who; problems were presented and through some daring, make-it-up-as-you-go plan, everything works out in a blaze of glory and humor.
I'm not sure if that explanation made sense to anyone but me, but there you have it.
Like I said, that doesn't mean this book wasn't good, because it was fantastic, it was just different. I would recommend it to anyone interested in a fun space opera and a good read. (less)
Out of the first three books, Life, the Universe, and Everything was my favorite. The first two were spectacular and hilarious but I didn't quite feel...moreOut of the first three books, Life, the Universe, and Everything was my favorite. The first two were spectacular and hilarious but I didn't quite feel they had the same plot drive as this one. It was intriguing and suspenseful and had me laughing outright in the middle of class (as it rightly should).
Perhaps it's because the plot was originally something he wrote for an episode of Doctor Who that I felt so connected to it, but I liked that, unlike the first two, plot wasn't just a sort of side note that he forgot to mention in between pages of sarcasm and satire until the very end. There was a purpose to Arthur, Ford, Zaphod, Trillian, and Slartibartfast's trek (no nerd reference intended) through the stars (okay, maybe nerd reference intended). Maybe it was also because I paid this one more attention. Whatever it was, I loved it and it is one of my favorite books on my shelf. (less)
This book was just all around fantastic. When I was finished with all Dan Brown had to offer for Robert Langdon, I found myself at a loss when it came...moreThis book was just all around fantastic. When I was finished with all Dan Brown had to offer for Robert Langdon, I found myself at a loss when it came to finding such a thrilling, intelligent plot. Interred With Their Bones was just was I was looking for. The adrenaline rush, the intrigue, the historical info - it was just incredibly well rounded. I found it really difficult just to put it down.
The plot was unlike anything I'd ever seen before. It toyed with the mysteries around the famous poet and playwright, not only giving you an idea of who he was, but of the world he lived in. The esoteric facts about Shakespeare that Carrell brought to light gave a feeling (in a way not dissimilar to Brown's style) that things are not always as they seem, and there's more to every story that we just never knew before. It opened up a whole subculture of people who are obsessed with the bard, and showed that there has always been a long-time following.
The twists of this book left me guessing and there was hardly a point where I thought, "Hey, saw that coming." The ending was fantastic, in that you were never quite sure who was on Kate's side or not.
The only thing I disliked about this book was that it was a bit hard to keep track of characters, especially the historical ones. Though I can't really fault Carrell on that, as history has always been a long affair full of too many names, places, and faces.
I would certainly recommend this to anyone - in fact, I already have. (less)