At first I found the old world names hard to remember and I had a tough time keeping the wizards and thief characters straight. With each new story (each chapter is a story) I found myself more curious about these characters though. By the final tale, I was fully vested and was sad it was done. Raffalon is kind of hard to care about but by the end I was rooting for him.
I read this with Audible so I have to say that the narration was great at setting the tone of the characters. The very old English accent went far to bring to me the picture of muddy streets filled with beggars, thieves and homeless urchins.
Even though the book cover does not beg reading, for me, after finishing this book, it feels just right for the kind of stories “9 Tales of Raffalon” are about.
I think that people who like stories along the lines of A Tale Of Two Cities would find this read very entertaining.
All in all, I enjoyed this book and would be pleased to read another story of Raffalon just to see what he’s up to next!
I could relate to the hostess in many ways. All Char wanted was to have an enjoyable Thanksgiving with her family and friends. Hosting a large dinner, especially one with the expectations set upon it like Thanksgiving, is always stressful, but when you add in a werewolf attack, that takes things to a whole other level.
There were some deeply dysfunctional characters who I had a hard time liking. That makes the story more realistic because every family or gathering has people who are just unlikeable. There were even a few characters who I hoped would get eaten by the werewolf and found it deeply satisfying when they did get eaten! I really enjoyed how the family could set aside petty squabbles and work together in the face of trauma.
I think I would have enjoyed the book a bit more if it had been scary. It was definitely tense, at times, but it never really achieved the fright I’d anticipated from its “horror” label. Still, the book was solidly entertaining and there were a few scenes that really made me laugh.
I very much empathized with the bewilderment of the protagonist, Carla Thompson, as she realized she’d died in her sleep and the confusion she felt meeting people who were in a similar situation. When Carla realized her new role in the afterlife was as a Dream walker, I thought she handled it (and everything else) rather well. I couldn’t imagine being told I have a job to do after my death, but she fully embraced her new role. I’m not saying that she didn’t whine about it a little, but who wouldn’t?
The characters Carla met were dynamic, and each one was completely unique, dealing with their lot in life differently. They all kept me wanting more, but a particular favorite was the protagonist’s interactions with Brunel. The author did a great job capturing the essence and repute of Hemmingway. Just when I’d think he had no redeeming qualities, he’d say something that made him more personable.
One thing I enjoyed about Suspension was that your beliefs, as far as if there is an afterlife or what it entails, won’t really affect your enjoyment of the story. Whether or not you believe in an afterlife, the storyline will be relatable and make sense.
There were a few places where the story seemed to drag. The flow in those parts kept pulling me from the story and is the reason I didn’t rate Suspension higher. However, I do recommend reading it. I, also, plan to read the next book in the series because Suspension left a lot of unanswered questions and I’d really like to learn more about Carla’s family history as Dream walkers not to mention Brunel’s connection to her family line.