Neither is truly a problem with the book, as they are both fully intended by the authors.
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It just wasn't my kind of writing. At least it was a cheap look at the series, as it's all free online, and the Kindle version of the first book was a mere dollar. While it wasn't my cup of tea, I can't really complain about the cheap opportunity to explore a new series. Try it only if you like the elements mentioned above. Nov 14, James rated it liked it. Shadow Unit is an online series of stories, called "episodes," gathered into seasons involving a team of FBI agents who investigate supernatural incidents.
This collection is the first four episodes of the first season the season has eight episodes. Like many TV shows, these first episodes feel like a lot of establishment of character and background, but they are still Shadow Unit is an online series of stories, called "episodes," gathered into seasons involving a team of FBI agents who investigate supernatural incidents. Like many TV shows, these first episodes feel like a lot of establishment of character and background, but they are still entertaining and fun with an intriguing set-up.
I expect to read more of them in the future. Jun 24, Danielle rated it it was ok. You get what you pay for. The concept is interesting and familiar: an FBI task force assigned to entities called "anomalies," a type of supernatural possession causing people to commit crimes, mostly murder. Sarah Monette and Will Shetterly saved this from being a one-star experience.
I love everything Sarah has written - it was what brought me to this book - and Will's writing was a pleasant surprise, though that might have been because the other parts of the story were so difficult to get through. Slogging through Emma Bull and Elizabeth Bear's clumsy prose and lifeless, stereotypical characters, I was ready to abandon this book before I got to Sarah's section, which was itself enjoyable, but ultimately not worth the frustration.
I'm willing to concede that things probably got lost in translation when story was put into ebook form, but that doesn't motivate me to want to read any more of it. If it hadn't been so cheap, I would want my money back. Jul 31, Deb Van iderstine rated it really liked it. Way better than average "fan fiction" This series has been described as "Criminal Minds" fan fiction, but while some of the roots do show, the writers go far above and beyond that descriptor.
This first collection of "episodes" presents an intriguing cast of regular characters in the trail of Unsubs under the control of an or are there many? Anomalous being s. Little is known r understood about the Anomalies beyond their causing a significant boost to the metabolism of their host, such that Way better than average "fan fiction" This series has been described as "Criminal Minds" fan fiction, but while some of the roots do show, the writers go far above and beyond that descriptor.
I will definitely check out the next collection. Apr 09, Maria Elmvang rated it really liked it Shelves: short-stories , suspense , , 4-stars , owned-ebook. Fortunately it lived up to my expectations. It's well written, and while I did originally try to match all Shadow Unit members to their Criminal Minds counterparts Chaz is obviously Spencer Reid! While there are overreaching arcs, each I love the TV series "Criminal Minds", so of course I had to read this fanfic paranormal take on it.
While there are overreaching arcs, each episode can more or less stand on its own. This book takes you half-way through "season 1". Jul 14, Bobby Corry rated it really liked it. I liked this book. At the beginning it was hard to remember who was who but by the end of the book it was easy to remember who was who. It will make the next book an easy read.
Also the book was comprised of 4 stories. Since I was moving while reading this book, it allowed me to put it down for several days and pick it back up while not being in the middle of a story. I will definitely read the next book. Oct 18, Nikii rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery , spooky. I read this series when it first came out, and it's holding up to re-reading very well. Actually, it may be better the second time around, with the characters and the concepts already so familiar, the stories really shine.
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Feb 01, Kate rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , to-read-sequels , I'm mostly reading through on their site, but I'll mark the books finished as I pass them. My only complaint is that sometimes they seem to solve the cases absurdly quickly. Since that's literally my only complaint, 5 stars. Oct 14, Michelle Douglas rated it really liked it. I enjoyed this collection of stories about a team of people who work within the FBI who work the unusual cases.
Each story was written by a different member of the project behind the book. I couldn't help but compare it to Criminal Minds. May 12, Karl rated it really liked it. Will definitely keep reading the series! Oct 12, Barry rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , Good ensemble "cast" for this book, which is basically, as noted in the preface, a kind of sci-fi tv show only in books. Mar 20, Natalie added it Shelves: I have no idea how to rate any of these, because I found Shadow Unit hypnotic and mainlined all of the episodes in the space of several weeks, but I also found them enragingly homophobic and racist, even though they were clearly trying to be the opposite.
Nov 18, Larou added it. Sarah Monette!
Amanda Downum! The problem used to be that I do not much like to read on the computer, so except for the occasional, wistful-sigh-accompanied visits to the web site nothing ever came of the fascination. And you know what? It is quite a varied and fascinating cast of characters presented here, all of which, is being hinted at in varying degrees of explicitness, come with their own backstories and secrets which am expecting will be elucidated in due course. The episodes are suspenseful, moving, funny though I have to admit that some of the banter went rather over my head, probably due to me not being an USian and as soaked in their popular culture as the writers are.
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Oct 26, Aimee rated it liked it. This book First, it's written in the narrative tone of a novel, but is explicitly aping the format of a TV show. I'm not sure whether I like it, even though I like both formats in their original places. I'm not certain even whether I enjoyed that part of it or not. You get the general outline of a TV show, in that there are several acts that are clearly separated by "commercial breaks" thank god there are no actual written commercials , but you get This book You get the general outline of a TV show, in that there are several acts that are clearly separated by "commercial breaks" thank god there are no actual written commercials , but you get the close third-person viewpoint and tone of a novel.
I'm glad these were lumped together as a novel, since I'm not sure I would have found the serialization interesting. I would have had to wait too long. Now, to address the actual stories and characters as much as I can taking those things into consideration: Good fun. I like the nods to the X-Files and Criminal Minds aka "down the hall".
There's an interesting plot arc that moves through all the stories while still making for engaging one-off stories. The characters are The technical analyst is especially transparent - a quirky, snarky, caring tech geek with a Latino last name. Details like that made it really hard for me to get into the stories, since I kept getting thrown out of the narrative by the weird parallels.
May 21, Ryan rated it liked it. Just as addicting I can get a lot of shirts ironed E - but written, not on TV. As the first, this introduces the actors - and I appreciate that I don't really recognize any of them as the actors who a writer has decided should play the role.go to link
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Its possible I am horribly out of touch with pop culture and a safe bet , possible I don't watch enough TV yet another one you'd want to put money on , but the characters live in the pages and not in some actual show. And I don't want to know if they are supposed to be real people please. Happier that they live in someone's - or a few someones - brain.
It also provides the story foundation - why are all these people hanging out, after all? They are FBI agents who work in a somewhat shadowy unit of the behavioral analysis unit.
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Here is where its a bit Not the FBI part, but the shadow unit's purpose I enjoyed the 'human interest' parts best - interactions between people. Internal monologues, thoughts Also enjoy what seems to be a creative collaboration process unfolding - numerous writers coming up with ideas, taking a character and doing new things Shelves: supernatural , crime.
These guy's deal with serial killers with special abilities. The Gamma's never know they are one, kind of like how a serial killer doesn't know they The Shadow Unit is part of the BAU, however they don't deal with normal serial killers. The Gamma's never know they are one, kind of like how a serial killer doesn't know they are a serial killer until they commit the act, and it the Shadow Unit who go out and find them, and stop them. I found it more Criminal Mind like in certain parts, mainly I found one of the character's to reflect another from the show, which annoyed me some what, because it was as though the author's couldn't come up with a brilliant idea of there own.