"For me the enjoyment of this novel came from the way it walks the line between reality and imagination. Mr. Berry meticulously researched this novel and employed what he learned to good effect. Characterization is also handled well, with both protagonists and antagonists well written. Most of the action is at least somewhat plausible, with perhaps the exception of the very end, which belongs more to a ‘Die Hard' movie than a well executed novel. While reading this novel, treat yourself to web sites with pictures of both the actual pre-WWII room and the new reconstruction. http://www.amberroom.org/"
"Wow! I did not want this book to end. I had become so attached to all the wonderful characters and the amazing world that they live in that I did not want to say good-bye. Fitz comes so far, and goes through so much, and it was so painful to see what has to happen actually occur. I don't think I've been so touched by a series of books in a long time. I can't recommend this series highly enough. And hats off to Little Ferret, the best assassin in the book!"
"This is the first time I've read a book of nearly a thousand pages, and wished there was more when I reached the end. I had the feeling Mr. Martin had had to cut out some bits in order to fit this book into a publishable length. It's superb writing, with each character well rounded and acting in accordence with thier motivations and beliefs. No one is bad just because they are evil, and children act like children. I can't wait to read the next volume in this series."
"The author could never seem to quite decide what he wanted this novel to be – a treatment on politics? a novel of interstellar travel? a novel of first contact? or Huckleberry Finn? There are several excellent premises in this book, but they get marred by constantly changing points of very and a patchwork format. I also found some of the author use of tense to be disconcerting. I really wanted to like this novel more than I did, but the clunky writing got in the way of the authors amazing imagination."
"Up to this point I have enjoyed every one of Sara Douglass' books that I have read. However, "The Crippled Angel" was seriously disappointing and not up to par with the other two books in the series. The is almost no character growth, and the ending is transparent from very early in the novel. The final big scene that the whole series had been building to, was actually very anti-climatic. I really wish that this books would have been a more pleasurable read."
"In this novel Ms. Douglass has turned everything topsy-turvy from her first two novels in the series - the plot twists are sinuous and graceful. You have to read the other novels in the series to fully appreciate this one."
"I really did not like this book. The end was good, but the long slog to get there wasn't worth it. The POV jumps all over, with many characters existing solely to express the author's pontifications. I had no problem with the science, and enjoyed the extrapolation of the future from the culture of the late 80s. The expansive growth of the internet is just about spot on, but then he ruins the effect by creating new swear words for his characters to use. They just sounded silly. Most of this book seemed to go nowhere and have no point. The plot gets lost amid the countless warnings and philosophical statements of the author. Characters feel like vehicles for the author's opinion, not real people. It got old, fast. I can't recommend this book."
"This is an excellent work in the fantasy epic genera. However, sometimes I got a sense of deja vu while reading. Many of Jordan's themes and characters borrow heavily from Tolkien. With it's compelling story line and richly detailed world, I am looking forward to reading further on into the series."
"Another excellent installment in the series. While he is always being compared with Tolkien, Martin is actually a much more down to earth writer, and the heros don't always win, or even stay alive for that matter. I'm on the edge of my seat awaiting the next installment!"
"The words that best describe this novel are "sprawling" and "epic." This story is HUGE. When I got to the end of its 700+ pages I realized that this was just a scratch in the surface of the world that the author had created. The story is broken up into multiple points of view, something I usually do not like, but for this story it is impossible to tell it any other way. I was often reminded of a huge centipede, legs moving in all different directions, but moving the body of the narrative forward. Mr. Martin has done an excellent job of creating a compelling story and dynamic characters. This story is addicting, and a definite read for any fan of the genera."
"I have always enjoyed Ms. Bradley's books, and this one was no exception. Romy is a great protagonist, and I indentified very strongly with her indenpendance and love for animals. I was disappointed in one of the big "plot twists" that was transparent very early in the novel, but it does not distract from the joy of reading. It was also nice to read about a real female hero, who gets her period and does not wear skimpy outfits."
"This is the most charming book! Ms. Novik has an excellent writing style that succinctly recalls the time period her story is set in. I am not at all surprised that Jane Austin is one of her favorite authors. And I was extremely impressed by her use of vocabulary, how exciting to find an author unafraid of adjectives. The story itself is wonderful, and I love Temeraire. The whole concept Ms. Novik has created only deserves the highest praise!"
"Mr. Wolff pulls no punches in this telling of his life during the vietnam war. He does not try to make him self look good, or defend his choices, just tell what happened. I was also very imprssed with his prose style, economical yet still vivid and moving."
"This book came very highly recommended to me. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed. The novel has feeling of short story grown too long, with very little or no character growth from beginning to end. The comedy is banal, with the last scene in the book relying on bathroom humor. Many intriguing themes are left unexplored, such as racism and the meaning of the soul. Another aspect that could have been more interesting was the psionic connection between the main character and his familiar. Instead the pattern is familiar makes a sarcastic comment, and the main character tells him to shut up. This is repeated about thirty times. Finally, and perhaps I am spoiled by the massive tomes that started coming out in the 1990s, it really annoyed me that the author would mention some plant or animal that has an obviously made up name, and then never explain what said plant or animal looked like. I was left feeling like I didn't really know what anything one, any thing, or any setting looked like. I can not recommend this book, and I will not be reading anymore in the series."
"Not as much fun as I was expecting. It dragged on and on, and right when it seemed to be getting good it fizzled out. Also, most of the foot notes seemed pointless. A few helped move the story, but most of them felt like useless information. And spelling things like "showed" as "shewed" was just plain annoying, not quaint or atmospheric. All in all, I was very disappointed. "His Majesty's Dragon" by Naomi Novik is a much better alternative."