Speaking of translation, this version by Charles E. Wilbour appears quite excellent if old fashioned. And therefore anyone interested in reading this work is encouraged to get a true unabridged version. Reading the abridged versions will only ruin the charm of the story and perhaps your understanding of the story itself.
This review has been moved to my site, click this link to read the rest! View all 41 comments. It is a couple of years since I read and reviewed this book. How did I get to this? I reviewed Oliver Sacks' On the Move and made a point about his prosopagnosia, face blindness, I have it too. It just struck me that although it is very odd for the hero never to rec It is a couple of years since I read and reviewed this book.
It just struck me that although it is very odd for the hero never to recognise his enemy, if the author had prosopagnosia he wouldn't think it at all strange that Valjean might have people he never recognised as well as those he always did and those he sometimes did because that's how it is with face blindness.
Of course, I will never know for sure, but it makes more sense to me to think of it this way. I was expecting something somewhere between Trollope's extraordinary writing and Zola's wonderful stories - and I got it! Great literature indeed, and what a character Jean Valjean is. His story is almost biblical, one of redemption. One who travels the path from evil to good with scarcely a stumble but many an obstruction along the way. Hugo uses the book, much as Tolstoy liked to do, to expound his personal philosophy and also the condition of the peasants, les miserables.
Start before you go, read it on the plane, a little by the pool and when lying on the beach, and then when you get home, there will still be more to read about these people who are your friends and family now. View all 11 comments. Oct 03, Duane rated it it was amazing Shelves: rated-books , favorite-books , reviewed-books , 5-star-books , french , guardian I'm obsessed with everything Les Miserables.
The novel, the musical, the movies, especially the latest adaptation of the musical. I actually saw the musical before I ever read the novel. It's musical score is second to none and yes I have been known to shed tears during the performance. The novel is epic, a timeless classic and described by some as "the greatest story ever told". I don't know about that but it is one of the most detailed and intricately constructed novels I have ever read. The le I'm obsessed with everything Les Miserables.
The length can be daunting to some readers but go slow, read a little each day. After a time you won't put it down. As a book lover you want to have this one on your resume of books read. View all 8 comments. Jan 09, Matthew rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , , historical-fiction , own , classic. I dreamed a dream of reading this book - and I accomplished it!
Surprisingly easy to read - even though it did take quite some time. Hugo does go off on quite a few tangents, but the whole experience was fantastic! View all 15 comments. Aug 05, Elyse Walters rated it it was amazing. I noticed a few friends currently reading this masterpiece. I read the unabridged version over 20 years ago.
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Highly recommend reading her process, followed up by what others have to say. I was blessed reading this -with a class - and with my daughter who was only in the 8th grade at the time. Her brilliant literature teacher got each parent and student involved my husband was too. Afte I noticed a few friends currently reading this masterpiece. After all the investment of time and discussion - plus having seen the play which we went to see again 2 more times while it played in SF , I concluded this has got to be one of the greatest books of all time.
I don't think it's important to have to try and remember all the minor characters names. What a wonderful gift The audio sounds like it could be a wonderful way to engross oneself. Just my 2 cents! OH YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Plus, its still my favorite play today This is the longest book I've ever read, and is, without a shadow of a doubt, the BEST book I've ever been privileged enough to read. I mean, WOW. Hugo had me smiling, laughing and most of the time crying, all in one chapter. This is in no way, a happy tale.
Not in the slightest. The man certainly knows how to captivate the reader, and captivate, he did. The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories, that it has come to be disbelieved in. Few people dare now to say that two being This is the longest book I've ever read, and is, without a shadow of a doubt, the BEST book I've ever been privileged enough to read. Few people dare now to say that two beings have fallen in love because they have looked at each other. Yet it is in this way that love begins, and in this way only. He shows us all, that we are only human, regardless of our past, and whatever we did.
People do indeed change. I am a huge fan of the West end show of Les Miserables. It is most definitely my favourite show. Although, the show tells the story well, there is a hell of a lot missed out. The book goes into tremendous detail, and for me, made the already grim tale, even more grim! This is not a bad thing, as in my opinion, I think the realisation of everything that is happening, hits you harder. Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.
Bloody amazing! And by the way, Monsieur Marius, I believe that I was a little bit in love with you. View all 7 comments. Feb 10, Corinne rated it it was amazing Shelves: constructive , hope , literature-of-quality , courage , favorites , social-justice , dignity , sacrifice , compassion , classic. At the school, I was obliged to read this book as a part of our curriculum, and it came across as something heavy. But, now that I have been blazed a few times in my life, I could relate to this book a lot better, and, at times, even felt healed by it.
The police inspector Javert values his duty of keeping law and order above human beings, until he is humbled by Jean Valjean, when he saves the life of Javert, his worst enemy, during the barricade. Then Javert enters his irreconcilable internal conflict between ethics and law, that is between his moral duty to preserve a good man like Jean Valjean and his legal duty of turning him in as a fugitive, and Javert ends his life to save Jean Valjean.
We can see his humane side, even after his conversion into a good man, when he enters his severe inner conflict vis-a-vis the man about to be condemned in his place, for having stolen the forty sous from Petit Gervais. You can see his temptations to evade law and save his own life; you can also see traces from his life of ex-convict when he gets angry with people, and the use of his force when his personal ethics conflict with the law. And, even for a powerful man like him, you can see his fears, his anxieties, and his insecurities about Cosette. Even for the rogue Thenardier, Victor Hugo has made him humane, by letting him save the father of Marius in the battle of waterloo!!
Gavroche, the son of Thenardier, earns his bread by stealing, but he also steals your heart when he saves the two kids, and gives up his life at the barricade. His sister, Eponine, is another thief and manipulator, but she sacrifices her life at the barricade too, trying to save Marius, her secret love. The way he details the inner landscape of the characters, and the values of the society he touches upon, are as universal today, as they were during his time. As a woman, I wonder what was there in her spirit that could inspire a writer like Victor Hugo, for so long. View all 29 comments.
Jul 07, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing Shelves: classic , fiction , france , french , crime. This timeless classic needs to be remembered for as long as there are people on this earth. I personally prefer the version but both versions are very well-made. It was one against sixty. This was a reading challenge. This is not an A-to-B type of story. This is A-to-Z, with stops along the way to ponderously scrutinize each and every other letter, describing its shape, its genealogy, and its place in the fabric of the universe.
The conclusion, I recall, was absolutely beautiful; and yet, by the time I reached that endpoint, all my patience had long since disappeared or perhaps it simply assumed a false identity and retreated to Montreuil-sur-Mer in northern France. Finally released, he soon realizes that society is not ready to accept him, despite paying for his crimes.
He is hounded by the upright and sanctimonious bloodhound Inspector Javert. As he is chased, Jean Valjean comes into contact with Cosette, an orphan who he raises as his own. Eventually, Jean Valjean, Cosette, Inspector Javert, and a supporting cast of many dozens of others, find themselves on the cobbled streets of Paris during the June Rebellion of This story is told in inimitable fashion by an author of extraordinary talents. Say what you will about Hugo — and I shall! First, he has an extraordinary way with characters. Nevertheless, he imbues even the most tangential characters with some memorable detail, with some humanizing aspect.
One of my favorites was Monseigneur Bienvenu, the Bishop of Digne, a man who has only one small role to play in this tale, and yet is given a full-dress biography before disappearing offstage. Second, Hugo is a master of describing a particular place at a particular time. It is not long ago that the world held its breath, transfixed, as Notre-Dame de Paris threatened to crumble before our very eyes. While Notre-Dame is only fleetingly referenced here, Hugo still delivers a lengthy love letter to Paris, soliloquizing on the granular level, creating a written-word, street-by-street map. If you ever find yourself in a time machine heading to s France, take this as a guide.
Finally, Hugo knows how to create a set piece. Sprinkled amidst these word-bogs, however, are some crackling scenes that Hugo carefully builds and skillfully executes. So that was the good stuff. I wanted to get that out of the way so we could talk about the real issue. This book is too damn long. It is swollen out of all proportion to its subject. To which I reply: Gross. Abridging a book is like kissing an eager and willing cousin.
When I read a novel, I want it to be on the original terms, as mediated by author and editor. As far as I know, this is the version that Hugo wanted; thus, this is the version on which I will judge him. I cannot judge the translation, other than to say I liked it. There were a few clunky moments and some dialogue that seemed a bit anachronistic as it tried to convey a modern flavor. Overall, I often forgot this was a translation, which is a good thing. The style employed by Hugo is digressionary to the extreme. Remember when you were young, and it took your mom and dad forever to get to the point?
Some are simply a function of overexplaining. For instance, as noted above, we did not need to know everything about the Bishop of Digne in order for him to perform his one crucial act. Similarly, the incidental meeting of two characters at the battle of Waterloo did not require an epic recapitulation of the famous clash. This overexplaining can be a bit taxing, but it is also ably handled and adds a sort of mythical overlay to the narrative. The other digressions, however, serve only to distract, to burden, to annoy. The essays are the worst. In contemporary times, perhaps, they might have served a purpose.
Not any longer. There is, to take one example, a critique on monasticism. I will allow that when Hugo wrote this, convents might have been a great danger to the world. Again, this has no present-day relevance in a world in which realistic dialogue utilizing slang, specific speech patterns, or terms of art are the norm. He is like the speedbump on the Indy track, the blind dogleg on the interstate. It almost seems an intentional act, as though he is troubled by the thought of his novel being too entertaining.
I can accept, as I noted above, the idea that an author might find it necessary to explain the history of a sewer system, before a character attempts to escape through it. What I cannot accept, though, is how this history is presaged by a disquisition on poop that manages to be simultaneously unneeded, gross, and a little racist. Yes, there is really an essay on poop. It takes a certain amount of discipline and patience and maturity to appreciate them. There was a time, I will admit, that I opened certain books by the likes of Melville, Dickens, and Tolstoy, with a sneer already on my face, ready to puncture time-honored masterpieces with snark and sarcasm though I stand by every unkind word I uttered about Moby Dick.
It therefore came as a surprise when about halfway through or a mere pages , I started to dread this. It became my anti-white-whale, a thing that obsessed me but that I wanted to avoid. A good book can lift your spirits and brighten your day; a bad one does the opposite. After all, he wrote an essay on poop water and convinced you it was genius. I tried to divine an answer as to why this excessive and overlong monument to protracted verbosity has endured.
Ultimately, I think it has to do with the fact that there is a lean, effective tale of bracing moral clarity within these pages. It really speaks to the magic that occurs when you find a book - or a book finds you - at the exact moment you wante Matt wrote: "I love this comment! It could very well be that certain things that I didn't like in Les Mis can be attributed to the fact that at this point in my life newborn baby, flooded basement , I wasn't really receptive to them especially the sewage discursion!
Just read our conversation to my wife and she loved your reply; "babies. Sheridan "Abridging a book is like kissing an eager and willing cousin. I don't believe I've ever been this ambivalent about a book. I don't remember having ever read anything that I loved and hate the way I do this. Okay, it got four stars, so maybe there are more loveable than loathsome parts, but still, thinking about it tugs my heart in both directions.
When it's good it's excellent, and completely deserves 5 stars - more even. The descriptions of the moral complexities a man is faced with are spectacular and Jean Valjean's internal struggles are always a wonder I don't believe I've ever been this ambivalent about a book. The descriptions of the moral complexities a man is faced with are spectacular and Jean Valjean's internal struggles are always a wonder to witness. Hugo really nails large parts of the human condition in much of the book; the compassion, the cruelty, the greed, the forgiveness, the love.
He presents us with some memorable characters, who each possess qualities and flaws that we're all familiar with. Enjolras and Grantaire are great examples of this, of two men who, in their contrast, fulfill each other somehow, and both together and apart help describe a part of human life. It's brilliant, I loved it.
I want to go into detail with all the major characters, and some of the minor, but I'll refrain. I'll have nothing new to say anyway. But the characters are the best part about this book, no doubt. Unfortunately, when this book turns bad, it turns goddamned awful. Before that, however, let me address the length and version of the book I read. I read a fourth of this unabridged before I gave up and got an abridged version.
I both regret and don't regret this decision there it is again, the fucking ambivalence. The unabridged version simply had too much ridiculous filler chapters in it. Yes, the battle of Waterloo is interesting, no I don't want 6 effing chapters of it. That's not what the book is about. However, the abridged version meant you lost some of the details and character descriptions and I regret not getting that. There was one hilarious moment in this particular edition, after Marius sent Cosette his love letter, it shows us one and a half page of his lovesick rambling, and then goes something like "The letter goes on like this for another 4 pages".
Which cleverly brings me back to what is so awful about this book. The love story. Get it away from me. I know how you all love to say Edward and Bella have an abusive relationship and Edward is a shady stalker, but guys? He has fucking nothing on Marius. A year he follows Cosette around. A YEAR. He sends her a 15 page long love letter, without having spoken a word to her. How did he get her address? He asked someone to track her down. But, you know, okay. People like what they like and times were different back then. I could have forgiven it somewhat if that was it, but it isn't.
Before her marriage and before her ridiculous infatuation with Marius, Cosette actually seemed to have real character, she could stand on her own, but then Marius enters and she slowly evaporates.
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She lets her entire soul and being be overtaken by Marius. It's worst after their marriage. She turns into a pretty, shallow shadow of her husband. It is absolutely despicable. I wanted to throw the fucking book through a window, I was so mad. That, ladies and gentlemen, is not a healthy relationship and it irked the hell out of me.
Unforgivable, Hugo, I don't care how much you thought you couldn't write women, that's no excuse for not even trying. And for this reason I also feel a wonderful kinship with Enjolras as he sings to Marius in the musical: "Who cares about your lonely soul?
Because indeed, who cares? Not me. Marius is a pawn in this book and probably one of the least interesting characters. In contrast, I love the story of Jean Valjean - it's breathtaking and immensely moving - and I love the story of the barricades and the revolution. I just also absolutely despise the story of Marius and Cosette. The great thing is that my anger toward that one part hasn't tainted my love of the other part. It simply makes it difficult for me to love the book as a whole. This got very long, I apologize. I urge you all to read it. It has some amazing philosophy in it - another part I regret about reading it abridged; a lot of Hugo's own musings were gone.
I'd love to have someone collect and organize of his thoughts on various things as they are presented throughout this book and make into a separate book. That'd be very interesting. View all 23 comments. Mar 01, Jason rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Speed readers; people who like to curl up to month-long books.
And I've isolated the best single sentence in the whole book. It describes how you die in warfare: If anything is horrible, if there is a reality that surpasses our worst dreams, it is this: to live, to see the sun, to be in full possession of manly vigor, to have health and joy, to laugh heartily, to rush toward a glory that lures you on, to feel lungs that breathe, a heart that beats, a mind that thinks, to speak, to hope, to love; to have mother, wife, children, to have sunlight, pages!!
It describes how you die in warfare: If anything is horrible, if there is a reality that surpasses our worst dreams, it is this: to live, to see the sun, to be in full possession of manly vigor, to have health and joy, to laugh heartily, to rush toward a glory that lures you on, to feel lungs that breathe, a heart that beats, a mind that thinks, to speak, to hope, to love; to have mother, wife, children, to have sunlight, and suddenly, in less time than it takes to cry out, to plunge into an abyss, to fall, to roll, to crush, to be crushed, to see the heads of grain, the flowers, the leaves, the branches, unable to catch hold of anything, to feel your sword useless, men under you, horses over you, to struggle in vain, your bones broken by some kick in the darkness, to feel a heel gouging your eye out of their sockets, raging at the horseshoe between your teeth, to stifle, to howl, to twist, to be under all this, and to say, "Just then I was a living man!
How do you review a paged complete and unabridged uber-classic? The book has the rectilinear dimensions of a fire-baked brick. It's a doorstop. Les Miserables is a successful, sweeping epic. It follows several interrelated characters throughout their lives, and philosophizes on religion, language, warfare, science, etc. I'm sure it's much more poignant, more beautiful in its original language, but this was a satisfactory translation. Nevertheless, I can't award more than 4 stars, and here's why. The unabridged version is just too much book; it's too slow-moving; it's too expansive; it's too overwrought; it's too circumlocutious.
Near the end of the book oh This is not to say it's poorly-written. On the contrary, I think Hugo, more than any other writer besides Shakespeare, has the most memorable, thought provoking one-liners. He'll write an entire paragraph on a single thought, then sum it up in one profound, euphonic sentence.
I could list of these aphorisms simply by rifling through the book and randomly pulling one from each page. They're there, on every page, and they're all profound, take a look. Hugo also blithely diverges for pages on war, language, religion, revolution, love, science, the Paris sewer system. In this unabridged version, Hugo's diversions act as an antecedent, merely establishing what at first seems like an unnecessary diatribe, but actually provides the background or milieu for a subsequent storyline involving the main characters.
For example, Hugo waxes for almost 60 pages about the Battle of Waterloo, with absolutely no reference to the main story, except at the end--the last paragraph of the diatribe--where he provides the critical link back to the story. I'm not an editor, but these diatribes, these philosophical meanderings, makes it absurdly easy to edit Les Miserables into a successful abridged work. Cut out these diversions, and you have quite a driving story of only pages. The 'Complete and Unabridged' version has its place; it exposes the reader to the wonderful expanses of Victor Hugo's polymathic mind.
However, as a final recommendation, I can only tell you to read the abridged version!! I feel horrible saying that, but as Hugo would quip, wherever you go, there you are. New words: euphony, antonomasia, sutler, chilblain, anchylosis, afflatus, demiurge, argot, ochlocracy View all 27 comments. I put off tackling this novel for more years than I can remember.
This was mostly because I wanted to read it in French and the length of the book daunted me somewhat. The last two month I put off tackling this novel for more years than I can remember. The plot is well known to anyone who has seen the musical. For me, they are the story. Or at least they make the story so much more than the elements of the plot which form the basis for the stage adaptation. This is a vast, sprawling, hugely digressive, powerful, sentimental monster of a novel. It is by no means flawless. Hugo suffers from the failing of so many male writers of the 19th century, that is, an unhealthy preoccupation with the virginity and purity of nice young women.
This means that he makes the adult Cosette not only dull in her perfection, but stupid as well. Of them, Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert are of course the standouts. Hugo creates intensely detailed psychological portraits of these two fascinating men, who have such different philosophies of life.
I sorely regret not reading the novel sooner, because the number of times I will be able to re-read it is so much more limited than it would have been otherwise. Listening to the novel over the past few weeks has been a fabulous literary experience. I appreciate that not all readers will appreciate its length, its language or its digressive nature, but for total immersion in a different world there can be nothing more satisfying.
For anyone interested in the geographical locations described in the novel and planning a trip to France, a blogger has written a great account of travelling through France while reading the novel. He has also created a fabulous interactive map which shows the locations of various events in the novel. The blog can be found here and the map can be found here. View all 61 comments. Shelves: historical-fiction , classics , literature.
If the soul is left in darkness sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness. This is truly one of the best books I've ever read and I'm glad I took my time with it. There were historical details, many historical details and although I'm not a big fan of history, I enjoyed reading how Victor Hugo perceived several historical milestones, such as the battle of Waterloo and more importantly the French Revolution. He gave his own personal note to these events, more so to the French Revolution where he put characters and events and gave us every single feeling of how it was to living through something like that, something so important to the nation of France.
The story follows many characters. Protagonist of it, is Jean Valjean, a convict who were for 19 years in the galleys for stealing a piece of bread because he was too hungry. We can see Jean changing throughout the book, changing to become the man he always was supposed to be but life got in the way and prevented him from becoming the good, kind and loving man he was to become. We can see the struggles of living in post-Revolution France and how dire the situation for everyone who wasn't rich was. Jean Valjean, we cannot exactly say he was a man who regretted for stealing that bread although he definitely was sorry for losing all those years from his life.
I do not wish to write about all of the characters, Jean Valjean is enough I think. I think he is the core of the book, the one character we all awaited greatness from. He is a frank man, who makes honest mistakes and will give you all of his love if you're worthy of it. We can see what happens when you're too far from the truth and finally that truth catches up to you. The lies, the fear of being denied the very thing that we were born to give and receive, love.
Hugo did an excellent work of captivating moments, of explaining situations in a way no else can. I believe that the feelings would have been more magnified and more tense. If you decide to read this, do it because you want to not just because someone told you to. Be conscious of your decision and when you do read it make sure you take your time with it, savor every moment and cherish every second of this book. Jun 28, emma rated it it was amazing Shelves: classics , historical , favorites , all-of-the-feelings , books-i-own.
This book is a masterpiece. Teach the ignorant as much as you can; society is culpable in not providing a free education for all and it must answer for the night which it produces. I have been loving you a litt 4. I have been loving you a little more every minute since this morning. What Is love? I have met in the streets a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, the water passed through his shoes and the stars through his soul. Diamonds are to be found only in the darkness of the earth, and truth in the darkness of the mind. There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.
View all 12 comments. Love and Revolution. Two words so closely related to each other that the one shouldn't exist even as a notion without the other. Love not just the caring, Jesus-kind of love, but eros , this primitive angel, old as mankind and subject to all human flaws, is the fuel that ignites the all-embracing, all-changing Revolution, the flame of which is merely destructive without any will to create when devoid of Love. I could write pages upon pages about Les Miserables but I don't think there's any poin Love and Revolution.
I could write pages upon pages about Les Miserables but I don't think there's any point in that. It took me 15 days to read this gigantic master of masterpieces and I feel like I could read it again right away. Now, I think I could die smiling. View all 10 comments. It feels like sacrilege to say as much, but I think I may have enjoyed reading an abridged version of this book more! But, for me, the frequent, lengthy and occasionally eye wateringly boring transgressions detracted from my enjoyment of the It feels like sacrilege to say as much, but I think I may have enjoyed reading an abridged version of this book more!
But, for me, the frequent, lengthy and occasionally eye wateringly boring transgressions detracted from my enjoyment of the story itself, hence the 4 stars. I read the Julie Rose translation of Les Miserables and whilst it did flow well, I found that occasionally the use of very modern American English jarred, and dragged me away from the setting and time of the book.
It is certainly a very readable translation though. View all 5 comments. Jan 15, Tom rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: People who can read or listen to audio cd's or a combination of the two. Most people are familiar with the story of Les Mis because of the theatrical version which is itself a masterpiece, but most people don't bother to read the book.
I read the unabridged novel and consider it among the most influential books of my life. If you decide to read the unabridged version be warned; it holds hundreds of boring pages dedicated to subjects not directly related to the plot--such as the history of the Paris sewer system, the rules of convents, and battlefield strategy. Les Most people are familiar with the story of Les Mis because of the theatrical version which is itself a masterpiece, but most people don't bother to read the book.
Les Miserables is incredible. As I read it, it evolved into much more than just an exciting story, it became something spiritual. No other book, probably not even the Bible has taught me as much about the atonement of Jesus Christ as Les Miserables. Hugo carefully patterned the priest and Jean Val Jean as Christ-figures to show his readers why God's 'miserable' children need a Savior to meet the demands of justice and what man is capable of if he accepts the atonement.
Les Miserables is one of those books to which I can say I have a very personal relationship. I will always remember turning the last page as I sat on a curb under a streetlamp in front of my office building waiting for my wife to pick me up after work. I closed the book, sighed, and said out loud, "wow! I just wanted to sit back and think about Jean Val Jean and what he stood for. Like a painting, each book means something different to each beholder; this book was a gem for me.
Sometimes you realise that there is a gulf of taste between yourself and other people. With me that realisation comes from Les Miserables. There are masses of reviews on Goodreads from people who give every appearance of honestly loving this book, personally I find it ridiculous. Obviously this an issue of perspective, as a non-church goer I find it natural that a bishop, a senior Christian, would model Christian qualities view spoiler [ specifically positive ideal qualities, as opposed to thos Sometimes you realise that there is a gulf of taste between yourself and other people.
Obviously this an issue of perspective, as a non-church goer I find it natural that a bishop, a senior Christian, would model Christian qualities view spoiler [ specifically positive ideal qualities, as opposed to those typical of many Christians throughout the ages hide spoiler ] , people with more direct experience of the Church perhaps are inclined to find his behaviour remarkable. Surely this is a novel crying out to be made into an epic long running children's cartoon in the spirit of Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds view spoiler [ and if you haven't seen it, why not?
It is enjoyable, completely totally over the top and melodramatic right up until the final section which features a character that Hugo based on himself. A character such of puffed up self-importance lacking reasonable human sympathy as to spoil an otherwise fairly harmless, if silly, piece of entertainment. It seems to me that the book's argument runs counter to itself, the waters rushing in opposite directions. On the one hand Valjean is a hero of redemption who moves from selfishness to living for others, equally we understand that his initial 'crime' was the impersonal working out of a typically inhuman socio-economic system, then the Victor Hugo character pushes him down and kicks him in the gut as he on account of said 'crime' is inherently too polluting a presence to have in Hugo's bride's life - there is no redemption for the original sin.
Can Javert recognising Jean Valjean by his unique ability to lift a cart be signalling anything other than a tongue being firmly in cheek? The alternative, that it is meant to be taken seriously is a little disturbing And indeed the only worthy ending apparently for Cosette is to marry narrative Victor Hugo, not to return the favour to her adoptive father Valjean and provide for him in his old age, nor even to be inspired by his example and open a factory with child care facilities and a worker's canteen, no instead in the narrative she should lie back on the marital bed and be grateful.
I feel that women don't really exist in Hugo's prose, or rather they do but it is like in Maths the men are the numbers, while the women are those odd signs that describe the relationships between them. Then again the Valjean-Cosette-Marius triangle is pre-mathematical even pre-pythagorian , something out of folklore, one of the stories of the type in which when the husband gets his bride her father dies.
This for me is the clearest link between this novel and Toilers of the Sea , elements of the epic and the fairy tale dressed up in nineteenth century clothes. Shelves: historical , french-literature , books-to-read-before-you-die , 19th-century , classic , literary , france , audiobook , doorstopper.
On the Road
Damn you are wordy! I mean, Charles Dickens can go on, but read Victor Hugo and you will come to appreciate Chuck's brevity. Such being the case, and a convent having happened to be on our road, it has been our duty to enter it. Because the convent, which is common to the Orient as well as to the Occident, to antiquity as well as to modern times, to paganism, to Buddhism, to Mahometanism, as well as to Christianity, is one of the optical apparatuses applied by man to the Infinite. Th Oh. This is not the place for enlarging disproportionately on certain ideas; nevertheless, while absolutely maintaining our reserves, our restrictions, and even our indignations, we must say that every time we encounter man in the Infinite, either well or ill understood, we feel ourselves overpowered with respect.
There is, in the synagogue, in the mosque, in the pagoda, in the wigwam, a hideous side which we execrate, and a sublime side, which we adore. What a contemplation for the mind, and what endless food for thought, is the reverberation of God upon the human wall! So that part above where Hugo says "This is not the place for enlarging disproportionately on certain ideas"? He will go on to enlarge disproportionately on certain ideas for several chapters, because a convent happens to be on our road.
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I mean, seriously, a disquisition on monasticism, and a history of the Parisian sewers, in the middle of chase scenes. So, I finally finished this monster. I listened to it on CD. Hence it took me over six months to finish it. I think I need to throw myself a party or something for getting through it. I know, you are recoiling in horror. Only 3 stars? For one of the greatest works in the history of literature? Look, I rate things on two factors: how "objectively" good I think they are, and how much I enjoyed them. Now, I can sink into a big, long, wordy book. And I was actually hoping to like this one more, because I loved The Hunchback of Notre Dame , which a lot of people also think is wordy and dry.
And which also meanders away from the plot for entire chapters for Hugo to show off his research and ramble. But Les Mis Possibly because at times I felt like the characters were too much puppets who were there to act out Victor Hugo's themes, not enough actual flesh and blood people. I will not bother to summarize the plot. Surely you've seen at least one of the umpteen film adaptations, if not the musical. The plot, after all, contrary to what so many people who haven't actually read the book think, is not about the French Revolution either of them. No, it's about a minor student uprising that was crushed futilely.
Marius and his friends were the Occupy protesters of s France, and did about as much good. Oh, but it's about so much more. It's about the power of the state, and the meaning of family, and whether men can change or are fixed in their natures. You cannot help but be moved by Jean Valjean's arc, and by Inspector Javert, a man so remorselessly, unbendingly straight that he literally cannot conceive of there being more than one correct action in any situation — this inability being ultimately the cause of his death.
Forced to choose between justice and the law, which have been one and the same to him his entire life, his mind breaks. So yes, there were parts that moved me. And yet. Jean Valjean was a plot puppet. Javert more so — he illustrated a moral principle more than a human soul. And dear god did I get tired of Hugo waxing on about beautiful, innocent, pure, perfect, virginal, indefatigable, sunny, delightful, naive, precious blessed little lamb Cosette. It's gonna take more than a nunnery to undo all that. Hugo was a genius with a social conscience.
Of his own book he said: So long as there shall exist, by reason of law and custom, a social condemnation, which, in the face of civilization, artificially creates hells on earth, and complicates a destiny that is divine with human fatality; so long as the three problems of the age—the degradation of man by poverty, the ruin of women by starvation, and the dwarfing of childhood by physical and spiritual night—are not solved; so long as, in certain regions, social asphyxia shall be possible; in other words, and from a yet more extended point of view, so long as ignorance and misery remain on earth, books like this cannot be useless.
And from the misery of the Cour de miracles slum to the brave futility of the anti-monarchist uprising to the brutal grinding wheels of justice that turned a man into a lifelong felon for stealing a loaf of bread, Hugo hammers his themes eloquently and grandly. Gads did it grind on.
And so I'm sorry. Definitely a book everyone should read before they die. But for me, once was enough. Aug 16, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: history , shelf , traditional-fiction. A classic among classics. I'd been meaning to read this ever since So I'm a bit late. No Andrew Lloyd Webber, either. And what a beast this novel is! Almost pages, full of grand sweeping expositions on War from Napoleon's exploits and downfall to the second French Revolution, diatribes on the language of convicts, the dealings of wine-houses, sewers, and no less than a dozen different social injustices of the time And yet, the horrible misery of the novel, some m A classic among classics.
And yet, the horrible misery of the novel, some might say a grand depression from the outside and in for poor Jean Valjean, is rightfully a romance of epic proportions. The misery isn't just his, of course. A wide tapestry of miserable creatures inhabits this novel. Some might say the miserable is all of France. They're all a mixture of the execrable and the divine. Full of heart and joy and committing suicide in the next breath.
One might say that Paris was Manic and depressive. As long as we go by the events and the backgrounds within these pages, of course. Bigger than life and real for all that, this is probably one of those monsters of a novel that should be read and digested over a long period of time. That's not to say it's difficult to read at all. If I knew my family wouldn't look at me as if a "weirdo" I would've squealed like a crazed fan. Great Job Olivia! Shelves: author-olivia-cunning-oliviadowning , hero-attractive-handsome-heartthrob , hh-bad-communication-conflict-mgmt , kindled-my-kindle , im-a-cover-hottie-ho , kindle , hh-famous-celebrity , 3-tostars , backdoor-action-lovin-playin , cheating-fidelityissues-past-or-new.
And it he mostly delivered. Overall, I didn't enjoy Rock Hard quite as much as Backstage Pass , but it's a smokin' hot, entertaining read. I'm still a Sinners groupie. I think I'd pass out or need a crash cart after Sed's "rock hard" sexin! I actually got a little bored at times with their marathon sex sessions and public escapades, and I was hoping for a bit more kink like Myrna and Brian shared in Backstage Pass.
View all 37 comments. Oct 22, Mimi Smith rated it it was ok Shelves: r. Prognosis: no cure. Sed: confirmed occasional jerkiness and a constant loss of IQ points when in contact with Jessica. Prognosis: too grim for words. The funny thing? I kind of feel like seeing a shrink after reading this book, too. All that head banging can't be good for my psyche. Can anyone please tell me what the HELL happened to all those deceptively smart characters between book number one and I mean, Sed for Chrissake. Yes, we did see his occasional outbursts, but here, oh man. Did we regress to the Middle Age?
Where the hell did it come from, this Because that's normal human behaviour. Really And what's with Jess? Her mood swings and her revenge plans are so You do not want to hear her plan to use and discard the hero for almost half the book, in between and during bouts of creative sex in weird places. Or maybe that's just me. And then she decides to just let that all go, you know, clean slate all of a sudden.
Very real. Moving on Brian and Myr. Brian's hatred of Jess and then she tells him something and he just lets that all go, instantly believing the woman he claims to hate. Oh, and the ignoring and enabling of a drug addiction. Very cool. The plot is befuddled, too. Feels kind of directionless and all over the place. And in the course of it, things and injuries just pile up without rhyme or reason. And two injuries befalling two members of the band which may prevent them from performing a month or so apart.
Statistically possible. I still like the idea of the band and I did like interactions between band members, and I DID like and enjoy Backstage Pass, so I'm choosing to believe this is an anomaly. I know this series will never get a Nobel, but getting back to rational thinking would be good for me.
The last twenty percents got my hope up. What else The smexy wasn't so smexy to me because of all the other stuff. So, that is all. Conclusion: better experience next time, I hope. Trey's up! Hope it doesn't get too Brian-angsty. Edited to add One thing that came to me out of the blue last night. In reunion stories such as this it's common to show or tell the readers how the couple met, fell in love, etc We're told they were engaged, but nothing before that. Seems the idea of a marriage sprung out like Athena:fully formed.
I just thought it was weird. Kind of like the fact I was even thinking of this book before I fell asleep. Must be the work of sandy people. View all 16 comments. Apr 02, Jilly rated it it was ok Shelves: contemporary-fiction , romance. In our last book, we learned that Sed, the lead singer, was pining after his lost love, Jessica. So, of course it was exciting to meet this magical girl.
She must be some sort of sweet angel from heaven, right? Jessica is a law student who is so beautiful that her life sucks. Yes, beauty doesn't help in this world Anyway, she doesn't get why all the girls hate her and all the men want her. It's so hard to be beautiful. And, she's so tir In our last book, we learned that Sed, the lead singer, was pining after his lost love, Jessica. And, she's so tired of being judged by her looks alone!! Can't people see that there is so much more to her than her amazingly beautifulness? So, being a law student, with quite a bit of brains and wanting to be taken seriously for her mind, what should she do?
Work for a law firm? Get a job that has to do with the court system, police department, or anything at all relevant to her future aspirations? Naaah, she becomes a stripper. There is no better way to get people to stop judging you for your appearance than to strip for a living. Good choice, Einstein! And, with Jessica being a stripper now, and Sed being a guy who likes watching strippers, they were bound to be reunited! It's so romantic! But, he gets her fired from her stripping gig! Oh no! What's a poor unemployed stripping law student to do?
Myrna, from the last book, hires Jessica to work as her assistant for the summer. This means she will be on tour with the band. So, when Sed brings back three groupies to have sex with, things get slightly awkward. Jessica doesn't like that for some reason. So, she decides to "take one for the team" and has sex with Sed.
For revenge. Yes, that's why. And, Sed and Jessica's thing is public sex. But, oh no! Someone gets them on tape and posts it to the internet! Who could have ever guessed that something like that would happen? It's not like people are walking around with magic devices that can record anything at anytime!! Poor bitchy Jessica's life is ruined now because of her sex tape.
All she wanted to do was be a stripper, have public sex, and be respected for her mind instead of her body. Is that asking too much? View all 6 comments. Feb 21, Lo Bookfrantic rated it really liked it Shelves: hot-steamy. Jessica kind of annoyed me a little Sed wasn't that better either but overall I enjoyed it lol Time to read Sed 's story And because the series is based on Avenged Sevenfold and this is the lead singer so I'll be pretending this is my baby M. View 2 comments. Feb 17, Karla rated it it was amazing Shelves: scorching-hot , favorites.
Ahhhhhh, Olivia Cunning, thank you, Sed has left me quite satisfied. Like a hard-filled candy…you suck on it until finally you reach that creamy delicious center, and then really get to taste the candy and see how good it is. Oh poor Sed, so unappreciated. We get to see him for who he really is. He has a horrible case of foot-in-mouth disease, and his demanding ways, or better yet, his take control personality, just rubs everyone the wrong way. This is especially annoying to his true love Jessica. These two have an insatiable sexual appetite for one another, and when an opportunity presents itself, they are willing to go for it.
Jessica is right by his side, and they see each other for who they really are. Sed even sheds a few tears…I love a man who can cry!! Although the heart of the story is about Sed and Jessica, you really get a taste of what the other characters are about. They were all introduced to us in Backstage Pass, but in Rock Hard, Olivia Cunning delves into their personalities a little more, and how they interact with the other band mates. Very discretely, and through observations of the other characters, she is setting us up for some interesting follow up books.
Eric has so much more intelligence then we were initially led to believe. He is not just a drummer, his musical abilities are about to shine. Eric is the consummate voyeur. He seems to adore Myrna, but yet Brian and her relationship, or now marriage, has him out of sorts…why? Is his bromance with Brian really a yearning for something more? Maybe three's company for him, one of each gender. Now that would be interesting. Brian is still his exuberant, adorable self, and a very happily married man.
I love the direction that his life has taken. We have a perception of the rock star life; and in Rock Hard Olivia Cunning chips away at that stereotype and we get a backstage look at the real people. People who in their everyday, over the top, unconventional lifestyles, still want to love and be loved.
These boys have me hook, line and sinker. View all 8 comments. Dec 02, Holly rated it it was amazing Shelves: loved-loved-loved-it , books-i-own , all-time-favorites. I fell in love with this amazingly fun and sexy group of men known as the rock band SINNERS almost instantly when reading Backstage Pass and I can honestly say their stories just get better and better!!!
OK, I know we were all supposed to believe that Sed was a complete and total A-hole, but I never believed it! I knew there was pain, and a woman, behind his jerk off act, and boy was I right!! But IMO, the rest of the band plays as much a part in this story as the main characters. The interaction between the band members is amazing, emotional and sometimes makes me laugh right out loud! Each one of the band members is so uniquely interesting that I cannot wait for each individual story!
I thought Trey would be my favorite story to get to but after learning a little more about each of them in this book, I am kind of excited to get Jace's story too!! An incredibly hot and sexy rock band, smokin' hot sex that makes you squirm in your seat and a HEA - What more could you ask for?? View all 48 comments. Another Hit for me Formerly engaged to Sed, Jessica finds Herself needing a job to further her education, Myrna offers her an opportunity she can't refuse, going on tour with the Sinners, entering Data from Myrna's interviews, however her Sexual Attraction to Sed is as strong as ever Or has fate stepped in to bring these 2 back to each other Sed has 3 months to win her back and prove that they belong together!
But real love isn't always easy, 4. But real love isn't always easy, Jessica needs to see Sed for who he really is on the inside View all 26 comments. Shelves: buddy-read , favorites , part-of-a-series , contemporary-romance , romance , erotic , rock-band. Without spilling the beans the two end up on tour together for two months. In true Olivia Cunning style the passion between the two In Backstage pass he came off as a jerk and a major player but as per usual I found myself very wrong. We got to see all aspects of Sed; he is an Alpha to the max! But in his heart he is just trying to protect the people he loves.
Jessica is very independent and wants to make it in life on her own without the financial aid of Sed. These two make an explosive pair. I absolutely tore through this book in about 24hours. The character development for each band member makes you feel connected to each and every one of them. I cannot wait for the next instalment!!!
Brings the band to life! View all 14 comments. Jul 10, Jennifer rated it really liked it. Sed is the lead singer of the Sinners, a famous rock band. He is impulsive, arrogant, and intense. Sedric Lionhart definitely qualified as an asshole. No woman can compete with her. He wallows in his love for her. She is the one that got away. Just looking at her hurt. When he thought about her, it hurt. When he tried not to think about her, it hurt. My Sed: Jessica loves Sed whole-heartedly. She is high-spirited, smart, and beautiful. After trying to pursue a law degree, she runs into a financial wall and the story brings her and Sed back together loved how they run into each other!
She hates Sed.
She loves Sed. There are so many feelings for Sed and I feel it!!!! My Jessica: There are so many miscommunications in their relationship. Sed and Jessica are both strong individually, but they are highly sensitive when it comes to each other. Jessica definitely got on my nerves but I understood her because it was her personality to be so hurt by every little thing Sed would say.
Sed can be really insensitive, not thinking before he speaks. He could be such a pig. Despite their flaws and weaknesses, passion ignites when they are together! They are HOT!!!! They are both exhibitionists when it comes to sex so there are several steamy scenes in dark corners, balconies, water, etc. It seems like the sex is what keeps them together at first. When they finally get past the misunderstandings, they begin to see why they really love each other.
It was frustrating and satisfying to see them come together at the end. I know I will see more of Sed and Jessica in the next books! I cannot get enough of the Sinners!!!! View all 27 comments. Mar 27, KatLynne rated it it was amazing Shelves: g-erotic-romance , rock-band-or-music-world , part-of-a-series , made-me-laugh , reads , kindle-lendable , smokin-hot-steamy. There is no doubt of the love between sexy hot lead singer Sedric Lionheart and Jessica Chase.
We were given a glimpse of Sed and his playboy activities in BSPass and it appeared he was hard, sel [image error] Sedric Lionheart - Lead Vocals- picture taken from Sinners website. We were given a glimpse of Sed and his playboy activities in BSPass and it appeared he was hard, selfish and uncaring.
Even with all his shortcomings, he was my favorite and I was anxious to get his story! And now that I have, I enjoyed discovering more of what makes this hot, smelting Rocker do the things he does. This was a great read from beginning to end. We learn why they broke up and what each have been feeling and doing with their lives. And while there is hot sex and a lot of it, I liked that there was no major sharing and very little voyeurism. I liked how the author involved the other band members in this book, included humor, surprises and even major drama, but still made me feel this story's focus was Sed and Jessica.
There is a story here with a hot, sexy hero that I loved and a heroine that I liked. Here is an Easter short story involving Sed and other excerpts you will enjoy. His talent is entirely inherent. He has two younger sisters and a close relationship with both parents, who have been married for over thirty years. Hobbies: Bodybuilding Sed was once engaged, but is currently single and has no children. Previous bands: None View all 11 comments. Jun 13, Kristen rated it liked it Shelves: second-chances , 3-star , fabulous-characters , manufactured-drama , tortured-hero , famous-hero , great-ending , lots-of-bickering , strong-willed-heroine , very-steamy.
However, I still had a blast reading this book. Especially, the last few chapters. The ending was fun and funny and fantastic! July, re-read Why are you still looking at this review when you should be downloading "Rock Hard"? Is the pic above not displaying properly?? Or do you need a few more reasons why you have to pick up Olivia Cunning's "Rock Hard", which is a book about Sedric Lionheart, the lead singer of the band called July, re-read Or do you need a few more reasons why you have to pick up Olivia Cunning's "Rock Hard", which is a book about Sedric Lionheart, the lead singer of the band called "Sinners" who just happens to be in the pic above?
Are you still here???? Didn't think so View all 20 comments. Oct 09, Shurrn rated it liked it Shelves: erotica , romance-modern , z-own-for-ipad , series-unfinished , erotica-menage-or-group-sex , i-lol-moments , c-rockstars-and-musicians. Book two of Sinners on Tour placed focus on Lead Singer Sed and his old flame Jessica - Their up and down love story was only acceptable if you consider that they both have huge egos and it must be really difficult for an ego to date itself. Readers were already familiar with Sed's broken heart from the previous book, and we probably were predisposed to take his side if not for the opportunity to see things from the other side.
Wrong to think of her as an object instead of a person. A person he supposedly loved enough to be his wife. She waited. Wanting him. God, she always wanted him. As overbearing and arrogant as he was, she wanted him. She did not, however, need him. Some of the best parts about the book were actually about Trey Mills rather than the main characters Can't wait for Trey to get his own book.
Having some very non-fictional feelings about the fictional character. Stuffy von Stickinthemud. He supposed that made him the maid of honor. If ever a woman had said the right thing at exactly the right moment, that was it. She was strong. She could get through this.
She could always become a hermit and make pinecone wreaths in the sequoia forests. If there were a Jessica Chase instruction manual, it would be written backwards in Arabic Pig Latin and twelve thousand pages long with random pages missing. If you're a fan of the series its definitely worth checking out. Feb 10, Jacqueline's Reads rated it really liked it Shelves: 4-star-books.
Sed is the lead singer who is notorious for having multiple girls at the same time. Two years later, both meet up and never really got over each other, but both are very hurt from the breakup and there are plenty of issues coming in between them. The beginning was top notch for me. I really liked reading how Sed and Jessica had their fall out. It kind of showed me where they stood two years ago and when they run into each other later, well it was too funny and I laughed out loud. This one would be public sex. Overall, Rock Hard was an enjoyable steamy read.
I enjoyed the characters and there was plenty that went on to keep me interested. View all 10 comments. I didn't want to like him, but I love HIM!!!! Jessica doesn't take his crap and stands up to him, but she is so into not being taken care of by a man that she doesn't realize he is not trying to rule her life, he's just trying to show her how he feels.
For all Sed's ASSlike ways this book takes you through all the emotions he and Jess go through trying to figure out their relationship. I wanted to cry with Jess at one point, a Sed I wanted to cry with Jess at one point, at the same time my heart was breaking for Sed.
Trey, what a sexy sweetie Eric is still mischeivously sexy. In Rock Hard you get to see more interactions of the Sinners and Myrna, not to mention Trey's brother Dare I really hope he gets a story somewhere down the line. There are a couple of bands introduced in Rock Hard, hopefully we will see more of them in the future.
Word of Warning - have a fan, ice cold water and your partner or BOB close by for this one View 1 comment. Dec 01, Riverina Romantics rated it really liked it Shelves: on-blog , xxxx-extremely-steamy. Holey, holey moley. How sexy are the Sinners??? You all know what i'm talking about. Whilst reading this book I stalked the Sinners website often I am in love with them all - but Jace's sexy picture just won't stop flashing in my mind Olivia if u make Jace's love interest someone called Jodie, I swear I will love u forever.
This story was very similar to Backstage Pass, so anyone that loved the first instal Holey, holey moley. This story was very similar to Backstage Pass, so anyone that loved the first installment will definately love this one. It was hot, it was sexy and although at times u want to bitch slap Sed because he is being a tool or Jessica because she is an orgasm whore - it is still a really fantastic read.
I can't wait for the next installment!! I'll definitely be sitting in the front row pre-ordering the next one, that way it will deliver to my Kindle with a quickness! Sed - He was written so perfectly! Ladies, how often do we come across a male who, more often than not, s The more I read this series, the more I abso-freaking-lutely LOVE it!!! Ladies, how often do we come across a male who, more often than not, says the wrong things at the wrong time and ultimately sticks his foot so hard in his mouth it tickles his ass.
That was Sed. Sed always meant well but the words got screwed up going from his brain to his mouth. I loved that though he was not always perfect, his actions showed that he honestly loved Jessica with all his heart. This absolutely endeared him to me. So much growth occured within him from the first time we met him to the end of this book. Jessica - I really liked Jessica and the fact that she stood her ground when faced with ultimatums that were unacceptable to her. By doing that, she really brought home to Sed that if he didn't change his tactics and ways, he was going to lose her.
Which he did for 2 years. She was such an independent woman and so focused on making it on her own, without any help, that I think it sometimes it hurt her more than helped her. I think as women, we sometimes feel this over-powering need to handle everything on our own because we think that shows our true strength - I for one am guilty of that. Finding that balance is the key and Jessica eventually was able to do that. I find it SO refreshing to read about a heroine in a story that is not perfect.
So often we are given these perfect examples of females in novels and it's nice to see this completely real woman, with issues no less, work through and attain a wonderful relationship with the man she loves! I love The Sinners and can't wait to read everyone of their books. Hopefully we'll also get a taste of Exodus End as well. Mar 15, Nicole rated it it was amazing. I admit it, I enjoy a good erotica now and then. The problem with that is that it's hard to find a GOOD erotica.
Most are bad, some are just okay and the percentage of erotica that's actually good is extremely small. In most cases, the characters are thin and the plot is almost nonexistent. I've been asked why I don't just give up on the genre altogether and this author, this book, is the perfect reason why. I admit it, I discovered this author about a week ago. When I read Backstage Pass, I was in awe. The instant I finished it, I wanted to read it all over again. I moaned and groaned because I hated to wait almost a month for Rock Hard to be released.
When I saw that it was shipping early from Amazon, I jumped on it so fast my head spun. And when it came in the mail, I picked it up and didn't put it back down until I'd finished it. Rock Hard is, in a word, amazing. Not just amazing for an erotica book, but amazing for the romance genre as a whole.
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It drags you in from the first sentence and it just doesn't let you go. The entire book is a roller coaster of emotions and the drama factor is extremely high. I feel like I know these characters, they're so three dimensional for me that they're practically tangible.
I left the book feeling utterly satisfied and yet still yearning for more. I loved Sed and Jessica, I felt like I was a cheerleader on the sidelines, cheering them on. They both had their problems and had their faults, but they were just perfect for each other. I'm glad that their book was one of the first in the series, so that I'm sure I can expect a lot more of the two of them in the future.
Olivia Cunning has a serious talent, something that's extremely rare in a fairly new author. She's going to be someone big. I'm just happy that I've discovered her so early on so that I can share the love. It might be a long wait until we finally get the next book, but at least I have this book to read over and over again while I wait.