Hello, yes I know it’s been a while since I blogged – work and life keep getting in the way!
This last couple of weeks has involved routine doctor’s visits for both me and my cat, Isis. Now, most cats don’t enjoy going to the vet, but Isis takes it to the extreme psycho-cat-going-to-shred-your-hands-and-tear-your-face-off mode complete with screaming, hissing, yowling and hyperventilating (that last, all three of us, the cat the vet and me). My normally quiet, reserved kitty became so upset the vet had to fit her with a Hannibal Lecter Silence of the Lambs mask, which she STILL managed to remove to sink her teeth into the vet.
Poor kitty. She’s now on meds which fortunately are a little easier to give!
Anyway, onto reading-related matters.
This week I’ve been rather obsessed with the upcoming release of Robin Hobb’s Fool’s Quest, the second in her Fitz and the Fool trilogy. I enjoyed book one, and more importantly, I’m heavily emotionally invested in the characters of Fitz and the Fool and their unconventional relationship. Some of the early non-spoiler reviews I’ve read have said that it’s a fantastic return to form by Hobbs, and to my mind she was never off form. I really can’t wait for release day. I’m on nightshift on August 11th so I’ll anxiously await the audiobook to hit my Audible download queue at around 3am and start immediately. From where we left book one, I’m anticipating Fitz going all Liam Neeson in Taken on the Servants of the Archive:
During my nightshift I made excellent progress on some of the series I need to complete, thanks to audiobooks.
Since my last post I’ve read/listened to books one and two and am half way through the third book in Raymond E. Feist’s Chaoswar saga. I must admit I’ve been somewhat less than excited about this series. Although we have Pug and Magnus, I don’t feel as connected to the newer characters as I have in previous Feist series. I’m also not wild about the whole religious angels/devils Fall from Heaven storyline that seems to be creeping in.
Despite my love for some of the unexpectedly returning characters, I am not too impressed that Feist chose to bring them back. Their previous plotlines, to my mind, gave good closure to their character arcs and wonderful character development for others. To bring them back now seems to negate all of that. Admittedly though, in Feist’s hands, it’s handled in a much better way than a lesser storyteller might have been able to achieve.
I’ve still not completed the entire series, so I will reserve full judgement for when I do.
The next book I listened to on my nightshift was Trapped, book five in Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles. As I’ve said before on this blog, I adore this series. The characters, (Oberon!) worldbuilding and plot are all wonderful. This is a series best enjoyed in audiobook format thanks to Luke Daniels’ wonderful audio narration. I can’t say enough good things about this series, so I’ll strongly urge you to go check it out for yourselves. I gave Trapped five stars out of five.
I was looking for something a bit different to listen to during a recent nightshift, something funny, so I decided to listen to Yes Please written and narrated by Amy Poehler (with guests.) In terms of audiobook production Yes Please is pitch perfect. The producers have chosen to go for a less “polished” version leaving in snorts and giggles so that it really does feel as if you’re hanging out with Amy and friends. I believe the text has been adapted slightly to fit the audiobook version. I also did get a chuckle out of her guest stars. Hearing Sir Patrick Stewart deliver some of Poehler’s down-to-earth and earthy words in his cultured British accent did give me a few giggles.
That being said, I didn’t necessarily always appreciate some of the language and the jokes, but I can honour Poehler’s commitment to get her laughs from making fun of circumstances or herself not other people’s misfortune.
I gave Yes Please four stars out of five.
That’s all for today folks. Expect a review of Fool’s Quest as soon as I have finished it!
Have a good week.