A fun companion comic to the TV show CASTLE centering on the character Derrick Storm, whom author Richard Castle kills off prior to meeting his new mu...moreA fun companion comic to the TV show CASTLE centering on the character Derrick Storm, whom author Richard Castle kills off prior to meeting his new muse, NYPD detective Kate Beckett. Beckett becomes the inspiration for his newest series featuring heroine Nikki Heat. And to keep with the meta tie ins, those novels are also available for your reading pleasure (and quite good, btw).
This is an origin story for Derrick Storm, and it's engaging enough that I'm hoping more issues are planned to publish Castle's Derek Storm "novels" (conveniently listed and outlined following this comic) in comic form, much like Jim Butcher's Dresden Files. Also included is a partial bio for Richard Castle complete with "his" wry sense of humor.(less)
Okay, not as gripping and intricate as a Dan Brown novel, but still a very good thriller and a series I intend to continue reading as I like the prota...moreOkay, not as gripping and intricate as a Dan Brown novel, but still a very good thriller and a series I intend to continue reading as I like the protagonist, Ben Hope. I also enjoyed the mystery surrounding what is thought to be the last letter written by Mozart prior to his death and whether or not he was murdered for revealing Masonic secrets in his opera The Magic Flute. I had hoped that there would be puzzles to solve or cryptic messages to decipher, but it was a pretty straightforward historical mystery -- but a well-written one filled with characters to "yay" and "boo" over and some interesting twists and turns. Definitely a fast, fun read.(less)
Another fabulous adventure for Sadie and Carter Kane in this second offering from the Kane Chronicles. The novel takes off shortly after the events in...moreAnother fabulous adventure for Sadie and Carter Kane in this second offering from the Kane Chronicles. The novel takes off shortly after the events in The Red Pyramid and is just as much of a whirlwind, can-stop-reading page turner as its predecessor. The ancient Egyptians gods are loose in the world and this time Carter and Sadie must stop Apophis from rising and bringing forth Chaos. The Kane kids have barely managed to set the Brooklyn House back in order, let alone fully master their powers. As if that isn't bad enough, their new recruits have barely grasped their own potentials, when Sadie and Carter must leave them behind to protect the Brooklyn House, while they locate the Book of Ra and use it to restore the Sun God before Apophis breaks free in a few days.
The Throne of Fire continues to switch POV narration between Carter and Sadie, which IMO makes it all the more accessible to boys and girls. Riordan also does and excellent job of creating realistic characters that you quickly care about and sets them off on a roller coaster ride of mystery, danger, and mythology. Relying not only on their magical abilities and brains, but their new recruits and a handful of the Egyptian gods, the Kane kids rush to save the world without getting killed in the process.
The Kane Chronicles is, in my opinion, Riordan's best series to date. Everything (plot, characters, pacing, tone, and balance of dialogue/description/action) is pitch perfect.
My only gripe ... the cliffhanger ending with no idea of how long we have to wait to read the third installment in this series!(less)