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  • gilwilson 2:46 PM on June 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Cataclysm of the Ancients By: Simon Rosser 

    cataclysmCataclysm of the Ancients
    By: Simon Rosser
    Narrated by: Paul Richards
    Series: Robert Spire, Book 4
    Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
    Release date: 01-28-20
    Publisher: Schmall World Publishing

    I’ve been putting off writing this review for reasons to be revealed in more detail later, but let’s just say I hate to write a bad review.   Normally I don’t write bad reviews because if a book is bad I stop reading or listening.  This time around the book is a lot of fun and great action but the narrator was just horrible.  I’m an audiobook narrator and know that it’s tough to put the work in only to have a bad review…but this time, I hope (if he reads this) that he can take it as a chance to improve.

    So let me get the bad stuff out of the way first.

    The narrator, Paul Richards, read the book in a super slow manner, I actually fell asleep and had to restart the book 3 times.  I made sure I was doing something while listening so I could pay attention on the 4th try.  But that didn’t help.  I then tried a trick.  Long ago I found a setting on my iPod where I could adjust the speed of the audiobook.  I often wondered who in the heck would ever do such a thing.  Apparently me.   I set the playback speed to 2x the normal speed.  This then made the book a normal pace and a whole lot more bearable.  Even the action sequences were boring at normal speed.  (I guess he got paid per hour.)

    The pacing wasn’t even the worst.  What nearly made me stop all together was his accents.  If you can’t do accents don’t.  Simple.  Didn’t stop this guy.  The main character of the story Robert Spire is Welsh.  But for some reason the narrator gave him a Transylvanian accent.  Actually it was a horrible impersonation of Bobby “Boris” Pickett (Monster Mash), which was a bad impersonation of Bela Lugosi.  Speeding up the the playback helped to cover this up as well.  I was really surprised that he didn’t do female voices the way Monty Python’s Flying Circus did their female voices.  But they were bearable.

    Okay so now feeling bad that I have trashed the narrator, I have to talk about something good.    That would be the story itself.

    The story is a puzzle solving history excursion and tracking down terrorists action story.  It has a great story and being the 4th book in the Robert Spire series by Si Rosser the story delivers the fun and drama.

    It’s as though Dan Brown, Clive Cussler, got together to create the ultimate action story.  Maybe throw in a little MacGyver as well.

    Terrorists have exposed a secret chamber in the Sphinx in order to track down a weapon of possible Ancient Alien origin.  Robert Spire and his co-horts have to track down and stop them from destroying the world.  The terrorists want to bring the world back to ancient times when gods were Gods.

    After destroying the Golden Gate Bridge with this ancient alien weapon, the chase is on.  The weapon was originally used to destroy the Colossus of Rhodes one of the ancient wonders of the world, is now being used to destroy modern wonders.

    A global chase that leads from the Middle East to America to the CERN super collider, will leave you breathless.  Read the written book if you can, it is great, try to avoid this audiobook.

    Publisher’s Summary
    Robert Spire is thrust into an archeological adventure and a search for a ancient relic – an object of immense technological power – missing since historical times. It must be found at all costs, and time is running out…

    226 BC: Fall of the Colossus of Rhodes…

    The mighty statue of the Greek Titan, Helios, stood proudly in the port of the ancient city of Rhodes, Greece. Built to celebrate Rhodes’ victory over the ruler of Cyprus in 305 B.C., it is one of the tallest statues of the ancient world, until it is destroyed after only 56 years. Legend suggests the Colossus was destroyed by an earthquake…But legends can be wrong.

    Present Day: A Stolen C.I.A Document…

    Langley Virginia: When CIA agent, Dr Vincent Kramer, is found brutally murdered in the facility’s parking lot, it becomes apparent that his death is linked to a missing document that was stored in the agency’s secret vault – A document detailing clandestine remote viewing experiments on the Great Sphinx in Egypt.

    An Explosion Rips Into The Sphinx…

    Soon after the theft, an explosion rips into Egypt’s legendary Sphinx, revealing a secret chamber within the ancient monolith. Upon discovering that the events are linked, the UK’s GLENCOM agency, keen to assist the Egyptian Government with the suspected terrorist attack upon one of the world’s greatest historical monuments, sends their agent, ex-environmental lawyer, Robert Spire, together with archeologist and Egyptian-Greek mythology expert, Professor Casey Carr, to Cairo to investigate…

    Spire and Casey soon make a remarkable discovery, one which leads the pair on an perilous archeological hunt across ancient Egypt and the war-torn lands of Syria for the remains of the Colossus – one of the legendary Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

    A sinister and powerful group of terrorists are also searching for the ancient artifact however, and will stop at nothing to get it, no matter what the cost…

    ©2015 Simon Rosser (P)2020 Simon Rosser

     
  • gilwilson 3:02 PM on May 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    “Behind the Sheet” By Charly Evon Simpson 

    sheetBehind the Sheet
    By: Charly Evon Simpson
    Narrated by: Monica McSwain, Matthew Floyd Miller, Dominique Morisseau, Larry Powell, Devon Sorvari, Josh Stamberg, Jasmine St. Clair, Danielle Truitt, Inger Tudor, Karen Malina White
    Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
    Performance
    Release date: 02-15-20
    Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works

    This play is based on the story of Dr. J. Marion Sims, who is known as the father of modern gynecology.  In this play Dr. Barry is trying to find a way to close fistulas after childbirth.  To do so he is buying slave women who suffer from the affliction or are about to give birth.  His treatment of slave women completely reflects the attitudes of the times, in that he experiments on the women thinking they are lesser humans because they are black.

    While the future has benefited from the work of the doctor, at what cost?  He forgoes anesthesia on the slave women because they are “less prone to pain” than white women.  All his experimental surgeries are done by having the other slaves hold down the woman get the treatment at the time and then opium afterward.  At one point another doctor says that ether is available for surgeries, but he says he won’t need it until he’s perfected his treatment and will then use that on white women.

    How the women around cope with and survive the inhuman treatment is the story here.  They struggle to maintain their dignity.  During the listening of this performance I found myself uncomfortable with the treatment of the women.  If that is the point of this play, then well done, job complete.

    I did think that the doctor, even though his name was changed for the play, was treated to nicely.  It’s pretty barbaric the way he treats the slave women as mere animals that he can just pluck out of the metaphorical cage and begin experimenting on.   Reminded me a lot of the stories coming out of the concentration camps in Nazi Germany.  I think I would have made the doctor more of a monster but he gets a bit of a soft brush when painting his character.

    Disturbing, drama, and a spotlight on a time in history we all wish would never have happened, but we constantly need that reminder.

    Again another great production from  L.A. Theatre Works that puts you in the middle of the performance.

    Publisher’s Summary
    An important medical breakthrough has a shameful history. In 1840s Alabama, a slave-owning doctor performs medical experiments on involuntary subjects – enslaved women – in an effort to solve the problem of fistulas, a post-childbirth anomaly. As the experiments proceed, and he gets close to a solution, the women try to survive and even find dignity in the face of inhuman treatment.

    Includes conversations with playwright Charly Evon Simpson and Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens, author of Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology.

    Recorded at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood, in August 2019.

    Behind the Sheet is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Lead funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, bridging science and the arts in the modern world.

    Directed by Rosalind Ayres, Inger Tudor

    Producing Director Susan Albert Loewenberg

    Monica McSwain as Mary

    Matthew Floyd Miller as Samuel and Edward

    Dominique Morisseau as Dinah

    Larry Powell as Lewis and Benjamin

    Devon Sorvari as Josephine

    Jasmine St. Clair as Betty

    Josh Stamberg as George

    Danielle Moné Truitt as Sally

    Karen Malina White as Philomena

    Narrated by Inger Tudor

    Associate Artistic Director, Anna Lyse Erikson. Sound Designer and Mixing Engineer: Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood. Senior Radio Producer, Ronn Lipkin. Foley Artist, Jeff Gardner. Recording Engineer and Editor: Neil Wogensen.

    ©2020 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2020 L.A. Theatre Works

     
  • gilwilson 4:05 PM on May 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    “Lady Death: Blasphemy Anthem” by Brian Pulido 

    50725762._SY475_Lady Death: Blasphemy Anthem
    by Brian Pulido
    Story: Brian Pulido, Mike MacLean
    Interiors: Dheeraj Verma, Sabine Rich
    Cover: Diego Bernard, Alisson Rodrigues, Ceci de la Cruz
    Chapter 10 in the Coffin Comics Lady Death Universe.
    Hardcover, Kickstarter Hardcover, 48 pages
    Published January 2020 by Coffin Comics

    Chapter 10 of the Lady Death Universe opens just after the tragic events of “Scorched Earth,” an extinction level disaster brought on by The Trinity.  At this point the world wonders whether Lady Death is a hero or a threat to humankind.  Even The Sworn, a group of supernatural anti-heroes begin to wonder.  It doesn’t help that she is seeking some dark power and leaves bodies in her path to find that power.

    Lady Death Takes her battle against The Trinity to Phoenix (which just happens to be author, Brian Pulido’s, hometown)  The story is all part of a huge story arc to be continued in the next installment, “Malevolent Decimation,” which I should be receiving in my mailbox sometime this month.

    Pulido knows how to tell a story and his group of anti-heroes are a great assortment to have as a foundation for a superhero/supernatural comic.  The artwork comes alive with action and the details in the pages keep you looking over and over through the book to catch all subtleties.

    I will say that Lady Death comes out a changed person and while I’m not sure where Brian Pulido is taking his group, The Sworn, and Lady Death,  I do know I will definitely stay in line for the next issue and read on.

     

     
  • gilwilson 3:51 PM on April 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Spill By Leigh Fondakowski 

    spillSpill
    By Leigh Fondakowski
    Narrated by: Elisa Bocanegra, Gilbert Glenn Brown, Nicholas Hormann, Travis Johns, Jane Kaczmarek, James Morrison, Darren Richardson, Kate Steele, Mark Jude Sullivan
    Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
    Performance
    Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works

    Let’s get it out of the way:  This is another awesome performance/production from L.A. Theatre Works.   The audio performance puts you right in the middle of the action and the acting is of the high caliber expected.

    Okay that’s out of the way, we can talk specifics.

    So recent history makes a big impact, I remember when the Deep Water Horizon sank and the days and days of video footage of that well leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico back in 2010.  Every time you would turn on the news there was that video usually in the lower left corner of most 24 hour news services.  As a normal citizen I was constantly wondering how that area (specifically the Louisiana bayou) would ever recover.  I mean I love going to New Orleans for oysters, but fishing in the gulf was forever changed.  To this day, 10 years later, one can only imagine the oil at the bottom of the gulf and how it is affecting the wildlife.  But the environment wasn’t all that was affected, people lost their lives in the initial fire on the drilling platform, and lifestyles of the people living in the area were forever changed as well.

    This play portrays through the lives of those that experienced the event and even through television soundbites and even a speech from President Obama.   The script was written from media sources, court documents and the author’s personal interviews.

    The first act covers the events leading up to the tragic event then the second act the consequences come out.  Human tragedy written with some creative writing that makes the listener able to visualize the complete tragedy.

    A great cast and very nice use of sources combined with the authors great sense of writing work together to nearly put you back in time re-experiencing this tragedy.

    Publisher’s Summary
    In April of 2010, British Petroleum gave orders to speed up production on its colossal drilling rig, the Deepwater Horizon. Despite the objections of many on the rig, safety measures were ignored or overlooked. On April 20th, the Deepwater Horizon exploded. Eleven men paid the ultimate price and countless thousands who call the Gulf Coast home found their lives irrevocably altered.
    Spill is part of our Relativity Series, presented with major funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, bridging science and the arts in the modern world.
    Directed by Martin Jarvis.
    An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast recording, starring:
    Elisa Bocanegra as Arleen Weise, Andrea Fleytas
    Gilbert Glenn Brown as Obama, Jorey Danos, Christopher Pleasant
    Nicholas Hormann as Bob Bea, Pat O’Bryan, Gary Bartholemy, Wyman Wheeler
    Travis Johns as Keith Jones, Steve Bertone, Jonathan Henderson
    Jane Kaczmarek as Narrator, Lillian Miller,
    James Morrison as Bill Anderson, Randy Ezell, Billy Nungesser
    Darren Richardson as Tony Hayward, Jimmy Harrell, Gordon Jones, Don Vidrine
    Kate Steele as Shelley Anderson, Jolene Danos
    Mark Jude Sullivan as Jason Anderson, Mike Williams
    Production Manager, Nikki Hyde. Music Supervisor, Ronn Lipkin. Associate Artistic Director, Anna Lyse Erikson. Editor, Julian Nicholson. Recording Engineer, Sound Designer and Mixer, Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood.
    ©2018 Leigh Fondakowski (P)2018 L.A. Theatre Works

     
  • gilwilson 2:21 PM on April 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    “Skulduggery Pleasant” By Derek Landy 

    skulduggerySkulduggery Pleasant
    By: Derek Landy
    Narrated by: Rupert Degas
    Series: Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 1
    Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
    Release date: 05-03-18
    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

    Take a little bit of the Supernatural world, mix in a bit of Sherlock Holmes detective work, mix in a little child friendly H.P. Lovecraft, and throw in some clever banter and you have the perfect first book in a young adult fiction series.

    I picked this audiobook up a couple of years ago through the SYNC YA program, which offers free audiobooks on a weekly basis every summer.  This one has been sitting on my iPod unlistened to for a bit and I said, alright time for another YA novel.

    YA novels can be hit or miss.  Either they are so full of cliches that I just can’t listen or read or they will be fun.  This one turned out to be fun, LOTS of fun.  I became attached to the character of Stephanie immediately, and same can be said about the skeleton detective known as Skullduggery Pleasant.

    Stephan inherits, much to the dismay of her relatives, a house from her Uncle Gordon, she is to take possession of the properties when she reaches the age of 18.  So we have to wait 6 years for the adventures?  Nope!  Stephanie is a curious sort and, due to strange circumstances, spends the night at the house she has inherited.  She had befriended her uncle because of her interest in books. Uncle Gordon wrote lots of horror fiction and Stephanie is about to find out they weren’t exactly fiction.

    Skullduggery Pleasant comes to her rescue when a minion comes to find a scepter.  The sceptre is needed to raise the nameless ones for an evil man to take over the world.  Finding the scepter and stopping the releasing of the nameless ones now becomes part of Stephanie’s life.

    Great adventures with nods to a slew of great horror writers.  I will now have to continue with the series because it is just so much fun.

    The narrator, Rupert Degas, is outstanding especially in his vocal characterizations of Skullduggery.  Well worth the listen.

    Publisher’s Summary
    She’s 12. He’s dead. But together they’re going to save the world. Hopefully.

    The iconic first book in the best-selling Skulduggery Pleasant series.

    Stephanie’s uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that while he may have written horror it certainly wasn’t fiction. Pursued by evil forces, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source – the wisecracking skeleton of a dead sorcerer….

    ©2018 Derek Landy (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

     
  • gilwilson 6:51 PM on April 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    “Secret Order” By Bob Clyman 

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    By: Bob Clyman
    Narrated by: George Segal, Will McCormack, Angela Goethals, Richard Schiff
    Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
    Performance
    Release date: 03-18-14
    Language: English
    Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works

    L.A. Theatre Works Rocks!!  That should be the only thing said about all of these productions.  Their level quality is always superb.  The actors are always delivering high caliber performances.

    That being said this play turned out to be a very intriguing story about the world of medical research.  Every scientist in the fields of medical science wants to cure and/or prevent diseases.  The problem comes in when money is involved.  If a school/company were to find a cure for cancer it would be a major economic boon to them.  So what will they risk?

    In this case a scientist has some startling results at the beginning of his experiments but after being pushed to publish from his higher ups he begins to get not so great results, in fact the exact opposite.  The treatment doesn’t work and may make the cancer worse.  But Dr. Shumway who is the scientist in question is not able to express this with his mentor pushing him to publish and get the school on the map.

    This story is a great story to alert the general public on not jumping to conclusions and how money is the root of all evil.

    Simply being a production of LATW is reason enough for me to recommend this story, but the intrigue and drama will keep you in the story.

     

    Publisher’s Summary
    In the high-stakes world of cancer research, Dr. William Shumway has just made a stunning breakthrough. But is it really the long-sought cure for cancer? Despite the young scientist’s reservations, a senior mentor pressures him to trumpet his findings to the world. Part medical drama, part suspense-filled thriller, Secret Order turns its microscope on bioethics, money and power.

    Includes an interview with Dr. Harvey Herschman, Director for Basic Research at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

    An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Angela Goethals, Will McCormack, Richard Schiff and George Segal.

    Secret Order is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed play. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.

    ©2007 Bob Clyman (P)2008 L.A. Theatre Works

     
  • gilwilson 6:21 PM on April 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    “Sanctuary” – A Postapocalyptic Novel By G. Michael Hopf 

    20531214Sanctuary
    A Postapocalyptic Novel
    By: G. Michael Hopf
    Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
    Series: The New World Series (Hopf), Book 3
    Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
    Unabridged Audiobook
    Release date: 05-27-14
    Language: English
    Publisher: Penguin Audio

    I started reading this book before the COVID-19 Pandemic was a thing, and I always figured that an EMP attack was the one that would knock out our country.  I am now thinking otherwise.   That being said, I still have most post-apocalyptic novels on my list.

    Months after the EMP pulse has crippled the nation, the United States are no long fully united and the factions are splitting the country up further.  This allows for a war-monger from South America to invade and take over the state of California with very little resistance.  The hero of these books, Gordon, just wants to get back to his family.

    This book tells his story, and how in just wanting to get home, he is helping fight of rogue factions of gangs and very bad people while at the same time helping the President get the country back together.

    The narrator, Keith Szarabajka, does a great performance and is able to deliver this story in a fashion which makes for an audio drama from a written book narration.  Never was I confused as to who was speaking, and as a plus, he was able create vocal characters from the characters in the book that are believable and endearing.

    By the way, I didn’t read the first 2 books in the series, but I will be going back now to check them out.

    Publisher’s Summary
    Surviving the attack proved to be more than they could have imagined….

    Months after a super-EMP attack devastated the United States, the country is now unrecognizable. Major cities are run by gangs, survivors are dying of starvation and the government is falling victim to lawlessness. Those who were prepared for the end find that they weren’t really prepared at all.

    While some seek vengeance for their losses, others are determined to restore the nation. Gordon, Samantha, Sebastian, Barone, Connor and Pablo are all on different paths, but they are all in search of a home away from chaos. They are all in search of a sanctuary.

    ©2014 G. Michael Hopf (P)2014 Penguin Audio

     
  • gilwilson 5:48 PM on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    “Yi Soon Shin: Fallen Avenger” by Onrie Kompan 

    yisoonshin2Yi Soon Shin: Fallen Avenger
    by Onrie Kompan (Author, Editor), David Anthony Kraft (Author, Editor), Giovanni Timpano (Illustrator), El Arnakleus (Illustrator), Adriana De Los Santos (Illustrator), Joel Saavedra (Illustrator)
    Book 2 of the Yi Soon Shin Series
    Hardcover: 176 pages
    Publisher: Onrie Kompan Productions, LLC; First edition (August 24, 2017)

    Before I get on to the review of this Graphic Novel, I would like to give you a heads up on what may happen in this review: 1.) I am an avid comic book reader, so I may be biased.  2.) I may name drop in this review, but not to make me look good.   That being said let’s talk about how awesome this book is.

    I was attending a local comic-con a few years ago and was interviewing the author Brian K.  Morris for my podcast, The NerdUp Podcast.  After the interview he told me I should seek out Onrie Kompan and talk to him.  Morris told me that Kompan is doing some very unique things in using the comic book format to re-tell the story of a Legendary Hero from history.  I immediately looked for Onrie Kompan’s booth and the journey began.  This was back when the first Yi Soon Shin graphic novel was released, “Warrior and Defender.”  Onrie told me about his plight to get the story told and showed me the book.  The first thing that grabbed me was the artwork.  Beautiful!!!  Once the pitch was over, I bought that first book and loved it.  Then I heard he had compiled the next issues of individual comics into another graphic novel.  (I prefer that format rather than waiting between issues.)  I seemed to keep missing Onrie Kompan at various cons and was looking to find this book.  This time not for an interview, but to buy the book and continue reading.

    I finally found out that he was doing a Kickstarter for the first comic in a third series.  In this Kickstarter one of the rewards was the 2nd graphic novel and the first issue of the third series.  I jumped.

    I can’t say which of the two books is best, because they both are equal in splendor.  The beautiful artwork continues.  The story is told using “modern” language and the action is perfectly recreated by the art.

    I have to tell any history buff and comic book fan that this book as well as the first are a must have.  Great story, great art and passion behind the book make this a book you must have.

     
  • gilwilson 7:10 PM on April 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Shattered The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7 By: Kevin Hearne 

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    The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7
    By: Kevin Hearne
    Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
    Release date: 06-17-14
    Publisher: Random House Audio

    Someone found out that I am a Jim Butcher “Dresden Files” fan and told me I should check out Kevin Hearne.  At first I was thinking, but the main character is a druid not a wizard.  But alas they were right I should check Kevin Hearne out.  I did and am now a fan.

    Atticus O’Sullivan is a modern day druid.  To be more accurate he is a druid in modern times and is able to maintian the original magicks yet still stay somewhat anonymous.  With a team or maybe just a group of friends with an assortment of powers is able to keep at bay a variety of the world’s different gods.

    Atticus’ apprentice, Granuaile, is now a full Druid and finds herself fighting off a spirit that has possessed her father.  To fight this spirit she needs help from the Yeti.  This interaction is so great.  I found myself picturing the hockey rink which she had to make for the Yeti after they learn of the sport.  In return the will make her a special blade that will kill the fire spirit possessing her father.

    Atticus also at this time rescues his mentor, Owen, from a time trap in which he then has about 2,000 years of catching up to do.

    All of this is leading up to a big battle against Loki, who has been “chasing down” Atticus for some time.

    The humor, action and all around fun make for a nice fantasy escape novel.  I would put this up against Jim Butcher anytime.  In fact Kevin Hearne has joined in my favorite group of authors alongside Jim Butcher.

    Making Magic Modern seems to be the goals of both authors and if this book is any sign of the rest of the series, I have a lot of catching up to do and will have to do it soon.

    Luke Daniels as narrator presents the book in a great performance that keeps the listener intrigued and entertained.

    Publisher’s Summary
    Acclaimed author Kevin Hearne spins a new novel in his epic urban fantasy series starring the unforgettable Atticus O’Sullivan.

    For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth – Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company.

    Atticus’ apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy.

    And Owen has some catching up to do.

    Atticus takes pleasure in the role reversal, as the student is now the teacher. Between busting Atticus’s chops and trying to fathom a cell phone, Owen must also learn English. For Atticus, the jury’s still out on whether the wily old coot will be an asset in the epic battle with Norse god Loki – or merely a pain in the arse.

    But Atticus isn’t the only one with daddy issues. Granuaile faces a great challenge: to exorcise a sorcerer’s spirit that is possessing her father in India. Even with the help of the witch Laksha, Granuaile may be facing a crushing defeat.

    As the trio of Druids deals with pestilence-spreading demons, bacon-loving yeti, fierce flying foxes, and frenzied Fae, they’re hoping that this time, three’s a charm.

    ©2014 Kevin Hearne (P)2014 Random House Audio

     
  • gilwilson 5:25 PM on April 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    “And Another Thing…”  by Eoin Colfer 

    anotherAnd Another Thing…
    by Eoin Colfer
    Series: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Book 6)
    Hardcover: 276 pages
    Publisher: Hyperion; 1 edition (October 12, 2009)

    I have to start out by letting you know, I’m a HUGE Douglas Adams fan (who isn’t?).  I saw this book and thought, well Mr. Adams didn’t really know when to stop so why should his estate?  Eoin Colfer is a outstanding writer so that should be a plus.  As it turns out this is not the book I was hoping it to be.

    There is some entertainment in this book, to be sure, but there is just something missing.  It was entertaining,  some typical moments with Ford Prefect, Arthur Dent, Zaphod Beeblebrox, Trillian and many of the beloved cast of characters.  Eoin Colfer has the verbal abilities to create the wordplay Douglas Adams could do best.  In this book jumping back and forth between the “Guide,” the footnotes, and the action going on in space, Eoin Colfer tells a great story.

    So, you are probably asking right now, what is wrong with the book?  Technically nothing.  I was moderately entertained but for some reason I just couldn’t stay focused on the book.  I would stop and start several times and finally just forced myself to read and not get distracted, thanks to COVID-19 I had the time.  It just wasn’t as good as Douglas Adams.  Maybe that’s it, I just miss Douglas Adams.

    I would like to give the audiobook a listen, maybe with a well performed multicast version it would hold my interest.  I still would tell all “Hitchhiker’s Guide” fans to give it a shot, but just know that it may make you miss Douglas Adams.

    Publisher’s Summary
    An Englishman’s continuing search through space and time for a decent cup of tea
    Arthur Dent’s accidental association with that wholly remarkable book, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, has not been entirely without incident. Arthur has traveled the length, breadth, and depth of known, and unknown, space. He has stumbled forward and backward through time. He has been blown up, reassembled, cruelly imprisoned, horribly released, and colorfully insulted more than is strictly necessary. And of course Arthur Dent has comprehensively failed to grasp the meaning of life, the universe, and everything.

    Arthur has finally made it home to Earth, but that does not mean he has escaped his fate. Arthur’s chances of getting his hands on a decent cuppa have evaporated rapidly, along with all the world’s oceans. For no sooner has he touched down on the planet Earth than he finds out that it is about to be blown up…again.

    And Another Thing… is the rather unexpected, but very welcome, sixth installment of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. It features a pantheon of unemployed gods, everyone’s favorite renegade Galactic President, a lovestruck green alien, an irritating computer, and at least one very large slab of cheese.

    Life, the universe, and everything: listen to the rest of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series and related titles.
    ©2009 Eoin Colfer and Completely Unexpected Productions Ltd. (P)2009 Hyperion

     
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