I'd do nothing but reading if I could (ok, maybe eat some great food, buy some fancy shoes between two books...oh, and spend some quality time with the gorgeous guy I married while I am on reading-break anyway...)
I liked this world-building, the differenct fractions and the ancient history of the desolate ship in the sky.
The romance part was ok too, but to be honest the SciFi Alien part was much better.
The Aliens were really foreign, the author did a quite good job in inventing a very different society.
I didn't expect to pity Jay Gatsby. But that is what I felt.
I never saw any of the movies, so I had the totally wrong expectation.
I really detested Daisy. She deserved Tom. They deserved each other.
But Jay Gatsby did not deserve what came to him.
A great story. About infatuation, a romantic heart and the cold pragmatism that rich little girl Daisy showed in this story.
I liked the narrator for his loyalty till the end although I didn't really understand his own romantic endeavours.
I liked the characters, the slow burn, the tension between both main characters. This was done really well. There was enough honest conversation to make the falling for each other believable and interesting.
It was entertaining and enjoyable.
The only reason I deduct half a star is for the unoriginal reporter/journalist story line.
And like nearly always I disliked this part of the character.
I do not understand where this "the public has a right to know" stuff comes from - especially if it is about exposing regular non-celebrity non-public people. I find it not only an invalid argument, as the public has no stakes in that concrete situation anyway, I also simply hate the trope as a whole. And also this whole "honour of a journalist" thing is quite strange for an intern in a small local newspaper.
This was part of my real life book club.
And it was depressing. A very good book, a horrifying dystopia - especially in the current times.
At least the epilogue gave some hope within this world.
I have read the fantasy space adventures written by this author with great enjoyment.
This book was also a very good story with a likable main character.
The strength of it certainly came from the storytelling.The thrown in romance was unnecessary and didn't add at all to the story imho.
The world-building was solid and had some interesting twists - there was a not so unexpected turn hinted at in regards to the "power level" of the main character, so I am sure there is more development to come.
I really liked the Calgary "mundane world" setting, it gave the story atmosphere and depth.
This was more or less a seemless continuation of The Nothing Girl.
It was a nice read, some really fun banter and great humour, but no original story, just a warm-up of the last drama, the same evil villains, nothing surprising.
So all in all a nice read, but not like the fresh and wonderful read of the first installment.
This was a fun ride - the overall (and very much in your face) topic was "risk something".
All four characters who formed the two couples in the book were bumbling along in their lives and with a little shove changed their live to the better.
I immensely enjoyed the humour - a trademark of this author.
I loved the main character though she was not perfect, she was interesting and a lot of fun.
But my favourite was Aunt Victoria. She was just incredibly cool. I am not 100% sure I love the way the love story played out with her - throwing away her career at this point felt truly stupid to my feminist heart - I would have enjoyed reading an ending where the guy gives up his career to support his woman for once, but that was asking too much obviously...
I nearly DNFed.
This was incredibly boring. I started to dislike the protag as well.
Again: leave the romance out - that is not helping the story! This is not something those authors do well at all.
Brad Madrid's journey for revenge is losing its appeal. It felt lackluster and boring, I skipped a lot in the end and was glad when it was over.
I am starting to lose track of all the fractions.
And I do not care for the "romance" part - this felt like channel surfing while watching scifi and accidently hitting a soap opera.
I still want some conclusion on this epic space adventure.
Until they are just pathetic.
And in one case basically mentally unhinged. I still can't fathom how anyone would support someone who obviously lost touch with reality, but ok.
The family/relationship part was not exactly thrilling unfortunately.
That is not where the author's strength lie.
But enough action and space to make up for it :)
And unfortunately a tad confusing - but still very solid, fast-paced space action.
The characters develop at least a little, though still quite stereotypy.
I still can't get my head around the "Princess Kelsey" thing - the name is pure distraction!
Also, I do not appreciate the old "oh, she discovered 21st century earth pop culture, so expect funny references" - nope. Don't go there. Not good.
more space battles, more intrigue, more back story about the old Empire.
It gets better and better.
The main characters are still not very interesting. They do not drive the story and I am not really invested in any one of them.
But I am interested in how this all plays out...
and adventures and coups and so on.
There is enough happening that the weakness of the characters and their interactions do not disturb the fun of reading it so much.
The characters, especially the main characters remained quite pale and unimpressive during the first half of the book. Very wooden and stereotypical.
Especially Princess Kelsey.
Actually characters and also relationships between those remain the weak point of this stories.
The strengths lie in the story lines and the world building.
It kept me reading.
The universe is interesting, though not completely novel; I think that is mostly impossible at this point, but the history and background story for this one are original enough to keep me reading.
After the very slow start it picked up quite a fast pace and improved with action, space battles, intrigues and coups.
This felt way longer than the page count warrants.
The voice of the first person narrator is dry and fraught with many boring details about being a butler and the job of a butler - I profession I never really felt much interest in...
The picture his narration paints is that of an unintelligent, emotionally stunted, stubborn and overly ambitious person. And the ambition is to be the perfect butler.
The protagonist is one of the most unlikable persons I ever encountered in books.
He is not evil or bad. Just not very smart, not very nice, no higher morals, just his stubborn loyalty towards his lord.
An example: his employer is politically active in the 1930ies in the so-called appeasement politics to an extent where he socializes with British fascists. One consequence is that he orders Stevens (the protag) to fire all Jewish employees in the household. Stevens does it. Without any kind of resistance or even a lot of consideration.
This was much much worse than Downton Abbey, where the maids and servants at least are portrayed as human beings.
I have no clue how realistic this is, but it was boring and aggravating to read. Not sure if that was the intention of the book.
I can see no reason whatsoever why Miss Kenton would ever be in any way romantically interested in Stevens. Unless it was his "position" in the household. He was cold and insensitive, he ridiculed her and was emotionally unavailable.
Until he suddenly decided to travel to her and expect - what exactly?
This really left me confused - it is supposedly a good book, the author just won the Nobel prize.
But this was really not a great book. It didn't move me at all.
A wasted life - but not because of being a servant, but a deeply annoying and unlikeable person.
Great read - no romance or too much character story, just flat out space battles and intrigues and all that.
It was very enjoyable and I read it nearly in one go.