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review 2019-01-23 03:25
It's Mary Calmes's vampires on audio...of course I had to hear this...
His Consort - Mary Calmes,Scott Smith

If you follow my reviews and thank you for doing that by the way, than you also know I've read this book. I'm kind of getting addicted to doing that...reading a story and then listening to the audio...I've discovered it's something that I really enjoy doing.  Although it's not often that I want to re-read a book I love listening to audio books...some of them over and over and over again. It's just a thing that I enjoy doing. So since I've already read and reviewed this story as an e-book I'm going to steal from it for some of this review, so if something seems repetitious it's probably because it is...

 

I have a small group of authors that I'll just read whatever they write and the reasons may vary but mostly it's the entertainment factor and just the fact that for whatever reason I can easily escape into the story and enjoy it without a lot of deep thoughts or intellectual rhetoric involved...what can I say, sometimes a girl just wants to read a story that's entertaining. 

 

So just to summarize there are a number of reasons that I had so much fun reading this story and they've all held true in listening to the audio book and they were...

 

I really liked both of the MCs.  Jason Thorpe was the expected 'eveyone loves him' MC and I liked wandering through the first part of the book as his history and character were layered onto him and we got to see how he came to be in New Orleans and the events that slowly converged to bring him together with Varic Maedoc, Prince of the Vampires.

 

I liked the slightly different twist that the author brought to the origins of these vampires and the interesting collection of secondary characters that helped to flesh out this story characters such as Cooke, Leni and Ode bu tmost of all I loved Tiago and Hadrian...whom, I probably liked even a tiny bit more than Jason and Varic...I think, I'd need t read their story to be sure (this is what we call a subtle hint at my house). 

 

Last but not least I really like how this was all laid out with an underlying theme of  Vampyr politics running throughout the story driving both the romance and the mystery/action part of the story. All of this along with the Vampyr social structure, their language combined to create a daunting task of how to share the information with the reader and keep it from being simply a large and ultimately tedious info dump. I loved that these Vampyrs weren't portrayed as a hidden culture existing in modern times with ancient ways...nope, these guy knew about cell phones, computers internet websites but there were still a select few Vampyr stereotypes that popped up in this story as well and that's cool it was a good mix of the new and the familiar.

 

So all in all for me the audio book was every bit as delightful as the e-book with the addition of new to me narrator Scott Smith and let me say this poor man had some big vocal cords to follow in since out of the 54 English language audio books by this author 30+ of them have been narrated by 3 of my absolute favorite narrators so I admit I was a little nervous about this...what I wasn't was disappointed. Scott Smith's narration definitely ticked off my list of 'things I want in an audio book' and I was left having enjoyed the story and feeling comfortable that should Scott Smith's name show up on future audio books that I'm interested in...everything will sound just fine.

 

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An audio book of 'His Consort' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2019-01-21 19:20
Gang Of Fools
Gang of Fools - James Otis Smith

I really didn't like this.

And Dystopian settings are usually among my favorites but I just couldn't get myself to like Gang of Fools. I felt a fool reading it because it came across as very chaotic. There are so many story lines, all of which we are old just slightly to little to either completely get it or care about the character. I got the idea the author just wanted to throw as much as possible at the reader in hope of shocking them. I'm sure it was a clever story, but it really wasn't for me. Also the art didn't work for me, it felt rushed at some times and chaotic at others, filling the panels with a lot of text and characters.

It really wasn't for me.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2019-01-20 16:02
Cultural Congruence and Clashes
White Teeth - Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith’s White Teeth is a multi-layered, thought-provoking and extremely funny novel that tackles timely and sensitive topics with a rare, nuanced touch.  Archie Jones is the archetypical Everyman-a working-class man with low ambitions and a seemingly simplistic view of the world.  As White Teeth opens, he is on the edge of a successful suicide attempt when he is saved by a Halal Butcher who is more disturbed by Archie’s car blocking his deliveries than by the fact that he has discovered a man on the brink of death. Archie gains a new zest for life after being pulled back from the brink and is riding high on his new-found optimism when he encounters the enchanting Clara at a nearby party.  She is a statuesque Jamaican woman who is also coincidentally seeking change and the two make quite an unusual pair.  From their union the story blossoms to envelop other wonderfully imagined characters, each struggling in some way with the cultural clashes, traditions and identities that are enmeshed in an increasingly diverse British city. Smith addresses the juxtaposition of faith and science, cultural preservation and integration of immigrants, violent protest and tolerant acceptance. Although these topics can easily be rendered too heavy and didactic, Zadie Smith manages to provide incisive commentary on these important issues while also skillfully unfolding an addictive narrative with characters worth caring about. 

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text 2019-01-14 18:18
Reading progress update: I've read 147 out of 216 pages.
Topper - Thorne Smith

well, it’s fairly amusing, at times, I guess...if you overlook the casual comments (reflecting casual attitudes of 1926, I must suppose) about wife-beating, that I assume were meant to get a chuckle, and the fact that any African-American character is likely to be a “Negro bellhop” whose dialogue won’t go much beyond ‘yes, boss’. ah, Thorne Smith novels. ah, 1926. don’t you just want to travel back in time, sometimes, and smack a few people in the face...or, even, get the 1920s to be more like the 1960s. bring things in ahead of schedule, let’s say.

 

anyway, Topper, and especially the ghosts, are kind of fun.

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text 2019-01-13 21:54
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 216 pages.
Topper - Thorne Smith

so - Topper next for me, after all. The Death Chamber was a little bit “ghosty”, but not the way Topper is guaranteed to be.

 

Thorne Smith’s humorous Fantasy romps have a lot of fans; I’m not a big one. I find the level of humor gets a bit silly, juvenile, and can be woefully out of date, borderline offensive. give me Wodehouse instead, any day. even though Smith’s pioneering “body swap” novel Turnabout is one I liked, I prefer Laughing Gas from about five years later - Wodehouse’s take on two people suddenly finding they’ve exchanged bodies (all this gave us several 1980s movies) - over some of the goofy developments or adolescent-level humor of Thorne Smith’s take. meanwhile, Rain in the Doorway, was entertaining - but again, just reinforced the fact that Smith doesn’t entirely dazzle me throughout his now-dated books. and Night Life of the Gods left me cold...didn’t work for me at all. still...maybe everybody should read one Thorne Smith Light Fantasy novel; the one that led to the TV show Bewitched is not sitting on a book stack near me, but Topper, the most famous one thanks to a film version, is. and so, one more silly, bumpy, ride...

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