This book is wonderfully written and I found myself laughing out loud more often than expected. Peter Grant, the magically gifted copper, is a great cThis book is wonderfully written and I found myself laughing out loud more often than expected. Peter Grant, the magically gifted copper, is a great character that entertains when doing nothing of importance. I would have enjoyed reading about Peter going to the grocery store and struggling to remember his purpose there after happening upon a good looking customer. It's rare that the moments between the action or major revelations are just as entertaining.
The reason this book is rated 3 stars however is that the problems Peter is set about solving aren't nearly as interesting. The villains are far more ridiculous than they are menacing. That's right, less interesting than had he simply gone hunting for snacks at the local store.
The writing was good enough that I'll be giving the next book in the series a look. ...more
Brandon Sanderson is easily one of my favorites. I enjoy his work so much that the page count of The Way of Kings filled me with happiness. May the neBrandon Sanderson is easily one of my favorites. I enjoy his work so much that the page count of The Way of Kings filled me with happiness. May the next one be 2000 pages. It is my love of Sanderson's work that forced me to go against my instincts and read something stained with the words "young adult".
Steelheart was fun, I won't deny it. The world building is, as expected, creative and interesting. It was also cheesy in the way that I imagine YA books must be in order to earn it's child friendly badge.
All in all I enjoyed it and that's enough to give it three stars. ...more
Fun series to read and the third book did not disappoint. Larry Correia does well with light and entertaining urban fantasy.
I deducted one star for tFun series to read and the third book did not disappoint. Larry Correia does well with light and entertaining urban fantasy.
I deducted one star for the following (spoilers) (view spoiler)[ The problems built up throughout the book were solved a little too conveniently and quickly at the end. I'm referring to Sullivan's evil tattoo, Faye's super villain destiny, and Jake and Toru's suicide adventure. Those were looming threats until they suddenly weren't and it felt a little forced and rushed to me.
Also, Jane can see "the enemy" soldiers without a blimp fired enemy revealer ray and the iron guards seemed far less capable then they had been previously in this series.
These weren't deal breakers for me and I still enjoyed the series, the tone, and the magic system. So 4 stars. (hide spoiler)]
If the Joe Ledger series is a guilty pleasure than this series is what I keep hidden in the attic. Not that I actually keep anything hidden in the attIf the Joe Ledger series is a guilty pleasure than this series is what I keep hidden in the attic. Not that I actually keep anything hidden in the attic. Truth be told I don’t even have an attic, so there. Point is that I like monsters and things that go bang and this series delivers those things with very little time wasted on anything else. Mind candy doesn’t have to be complex to be good. Without giving too much away the Dragon in this book was fantastic. I like the exchange between him and the character he meets in the book to be very entertaining. I burned through this book in very little time and even sacrificed a few hours of sleep in the interest of finishing it sooner than later.
If there is one thing that bothers me it is the disconnect which exists between what Owen Zastava Pitt is supposed to be and what he actually is. He’s certainly brave and tough but we are constantly reminded that he’s also supposed to be intelligent. The first problem is that his inability to communicate never fails to make every problem worse than it needs to be. The second is that his solution for everything is to charge screaming at it firing the biggest weapon he can find… which never works. The chosen one’s greatest power is dues ex machina that seems to activate once he gets close enough to the baddest baddy to employ whatever it shoves into his grasp. I’m cool with the main character being an idiot… just please stop telling me that he’s not.
That small bother is not however enough to make me ignore the loud noises and monsters, both of which I love dearly. I enjoyed this book and I will gladly read the next in the series.