Interesting little book that opens with a sort of "thumbnail sketch" of "soldiers of fortune" through the ages. Starting with ancient times we get shoInteresting little book that opens with a sort of "thumbnail sketch" of "soldiers of fortune" through the ages. Starting with ancient times we get short descriptions of those who fought for glory, money, loyalty, ideology or other reasons aside from being in their native national army. (For example the French Foreign Legion is a "national force" but made up primarily of non-French troops).
After that there are drawings of the various uniforms and discussion of the colors and color plates. As noted an interesting little book for those interested in this type/part of military history. ...more
As to the shelves...we would have to call this, "mild horror" but as it's largely based on the work of H.P. Lovecraft lets put it on the horror shelfAs to the shelves...we would have to call this, "mild horror" but as it's largely based on the work of H.P. Lovecraft lets put it on the horror shelf also.
Okay...I'M GOING TO ASSUME YOU HAVE READ BOOK 1 SO THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FOR BOOK 1 IN THIS REVIEW OF BOOKS 2. IF YOU DOUN'T WANT TO READ SPOILERS FOR BOOK 1 DON'T READ FURTHER! REPEAT DON'T READ FURTHER!
To be safe: (view spoiler)[ the first book ended with the world as they (and we) knew it ending. Now our heroes (Lovecraft and Carter) face a world where the Nazis won WW2, the "N" word that no one uses is Nazi as it might offend the Party. America is the only power that could possibly challenge the modern Reich as the Germans defeated the Russians before the U.S. ever entered the war, the Germans convinced the Japanese not to attack the U.S. The Germans sued for peace and since England was now alone peace was made...and Nazi Germany is the world power.
Except there are things that don't seem right about the world. The Waites are gone, the spit of land where they lived is gone and Providence is gone replaced by Arkham where Miskatonic University is "just up and around the corner from the Carter and Lovecraft book shop.
Okay so it's still a pretty good and at times fun read. I am enjoying the series (though I have no idea when the next will be out). I will say be ready for some mild lectures on political correctness. The point is often made that racism under the Nazis is even worse than before and as the U.S. is on or having good diplomatic relations with the Reich...well. The other "N" word is used and no one seems to find it offensive. (that word is not used in the book only referred to). It doesn't detract from the story just thought I'd mention that the book does seem to be striving for some redeeming or relevant content.. (hide spoiler)]
Well... I've got a bit to say here. Some of it will refer specifically to this edition, that is the audio. Other things will be general comments. I liWell... I've got a bit to say here. Some of it will refer specifically to this edition, that is the audio. Other things will be general comments. I liked the idea behind this book . I'm a fan of "weird westerns", "science fiction westerns" etc. and frankly they are either way too few of them or their just really hard to find. I've picked up most every book I've come across that might/may fit the title/description fantasy type western...and sadly most have been, well to be charitable weak.
This book has it's pluses and it's minuses. For one thing the book has trouble deciding whether it's adult level or YA level. The main character is a "YA" but the story takes place in a world where there has been another Civil War, lots of people are dead, lots of females are sterile and life is still pretty cheap. Of course women are still dealing with their lot of being second class citizens in some places (the settlements will "sell" young women who are fertile to other settlements who may "need them". You know when the first settlement has more fertile women than they can marry off to locals...
Of course then we meet the "badest" leader in the badlands and she's a woman so maybe times be a changin". Who knows? Not me.
See that's one of the minuses here. We know that there was a war, we know Pity's (short for Serendipity) mother fought for the Patriots (who lost) and that they now live in the CONA The Confederacy of North America...but that's all we really know. It seems as though things may have collapsed at some point...maybe across the entire world but we don't know. Anyway the war (wars?) were nasty even including bio-war (thus the sterility) and the CONA victors are still ready to kill those who fought for the Patriots (seems a lot like a more violent version of the Unification vs. Brown Coats war in Firefly).
What did the Patriots stand for as opposed to the Confederationists? we don't know, however there may be later books so maybe we'll find out more.
Another thing, the book was a good 12 chapters in before we really got moving. Just hang in, a story does develop if you stay with it. For a good while (or maybe "fir a good while" as Pity does "talk western talk") Pity is very young and she acts it. I was a little frustrated with that part of the story for...well for as long as it went on but again, it was done intentionally and fit into the book.
Finally this edition. I find of late I do much more "brain candy" than anything serious. I suspect it's just a function of age and the fact that I'm tired. I just don't need to go looking for the seriousness of life, it finds me on it's own.
Also I listen to a LOT of books now. I like audio books. They allow me to do other things (like my leather craft) and still "read". However I am/we are at the mercy of the reader. Now this book is about a young woman...so apparently the producer thought it would be a good idea to get a reader who sounds...well very young. Now the book is not first person it's told by a narrator. Thus to hear this rather high soprano trying to read the story was (for me) not the most ideal. The novel is about a young woman who is a good marksman (markswoman?) and the book has a good many scenes involving gunfire. When this young woman reads "BANG, BANG,BANG" I kept hearing a child playing cowboys.
Oh well, you get the idea. I found this one a mixed bag but in the end went all the way to a 4 star rating. By the end of the book I'd gotten used to the reader and was interested in the story.
I'd just like to know a little more about the history here...naybe just me.
Well....humm. I've seen this compared to Harry Dresden. I can see that, however Dave is nothing like Harry. But then I suppose that's not what the "coWell....humm. I've seen this compared to Harry Dresden. I can see that, however Dave is nothing like Harry. But then I suppose that's not what the "comparers" meant. I'd say the book may be a little like Harry Dresden meets Monster Hunter International...sort of.
Dave is a Jerk, he's also an idiot and worse he is often the kind of idiot who doesn't realize he's an idiot until he's already done or said too much. Maybe the first quarter to half of the book Dave is a whiny ne'er-do-well who's screwed up being a husband, a father and pretty much everything else. However he is good at his job. We meet Dave headed out to the deep sea drilling platform where he works. He's on a chopper, hungover and sick. He's also realizing that he posted pictures of himself with two imported hookers on Facebook where his soon to be ex-wife AND his kids can see them.
Also lets not forget that he spent most of what he'd made while the IRS is hunting him down over back taxes and unfiled tax returns.
Get the picture?
Then the chopper gets the call that there's a fire on the oil rig...then word of what seems to be a terrorist attack.
From there the book takes an upturn into it's true genre as an action urban fantasy. The book is not funny in the vein of Harry Dresden Dave is simply too big a jerk.. But it's a good read. I can recommend it. ...more