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Or, just give it a try, maybe one of the other characters will draw you in. Jun 02, Michael E. Which has surprisingly grown more addicting and more "grown" up with each successful novel. As I stated in my review of "How to Be Death" each of the previous four novels had a different feel to them, a different theme and style.

In each case the audience is shown a more mature version of Calliope and Ms Benson. As she continues to write, her characters seem more comfortable with their sexuality and motives. Which is delightful. There is a sense of confidence that comes through more and more with each novel.

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The book begins off for the races right off the bat and you get sucked in for the ride. There is very little exposition to introduce the recurring characters as they come in; as it should be since this is book five. One of the things I actually disliked about Mike Carey's Felix Castor novels were the pages of exposition that occurred in each book to reintroduce everything; which is one of the same reasons I avoid Chris Claremont's classic X-Men run. The expositions are understandable since any new reader can just pick up the novel and go; Ms Benson's novels on the other hand are more for die hard fans of a show; by now the "previously on Yes she does some reintroductions when she needs to but they feel organic; instead of forced.

But where this book and her writing really shines is that she not only seamlessly introduces new characters to the mix, but she mixes genres as well. She brings back the adventures of the two novels and mixes in the mysteries of the last two to create a very unique and fun experiences.

Though it is by far no means perfect; the end seems a little rushed and anti climatic Not that I minded either because the epilogue makes up for that. You know that just by the last few sentences that the next book if there is going to be a next one will be an absolute emotional roller coaster. That being said, if you have enjoyed the previous novels you will like this one; if you haven't you definitely need to read the others to know what is going on.

As for me, I can't wait and hope there is even more Calliope in my future. Nov 07, Kirsten rated it liked it. Not something that most people go to business school to do, but nonetheless, Callie is learning on the job. The real issue is that without somebody acting as the head of Death, Inc. And that never goes well for anybody. Benson has a firm grasp on Callie and her friends, but the rotating points of view are a little tiresome.

Giving readers insight into the characters via body language and other subtle clues would be better than telling us that somebody is trying to figure out how to react to something, and so on. But, once the plot comes together, things start to move more smoothly. With so many plotlines and issues from the previous books to deal with, Benson has to bring them all together, and is mostly successful in getting everything to a good stopping point. Aug 09, Ash rated it did not like it Shelves: why-did-i-read-this , ridiculously-fast-reads.

Whew, I'm glad that's over. No more subjugating myself to a book series with oodles of potential but no payoff in the end. The mysterious Man in Gray has an insidious plan to destroy humanity by merging two universes together. One where Callie is not Death Whew, I'm glad that's over. One where Callie is not Death because she doesn't exist and instead her arch nemesis, Frank, is Death.

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The story itself sounds all right but the execution was poor. The different POVs was very disorienting and undercut the action at times. Personally, I would have liked it if Callie's POV was nixed throught the book and would have appeared like two bookends: one at the beginning and one at the end. I know she's the main character but I never cared much for Callie. I always found her too oversexed and immature. I think she's in her mid 20's but acted like a girl in her mid teens.

Another disappointment of Golden Age was that I never felt the stakes were truly high enough. Once again, this is probably to due my complete apathy to Callie's fate. She's going to wipe out from existence. Then, Benson tries to display the real gotcha but it was too little, too late. Another thing, how do build up a fight between Callie and Marcel, the Ender of Death, and backpedal so damn hard away from it? The character death wasn't really shocking.

Again, although better than Callie, I never like them that much anyway and the inside scoop to their thoughts was not enlightening.

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It really is a shame because Benson had such a great idea. I say this every review of hers but I really do think that Death as a corporation is an ingenious idea. But I felt like she was trying to do Buffy and all she ended up was with weaker version of it. Also, there are absolutely no zombies. The book blurb lied. Downright lied. Mar 10, Mary Brebner rated it really liked it. I've got to be honest with you, the first half of this book is a hot mess. There's way too much going on and between the flipping between points of view at the toss of a coin, random flashbacks and unfocused yet multiple directions this story was taking, I seriously considered DNFing it.

But I'm glad I didn't. One of the main reasons I didn't is because the first four books in this series are witty and compelling, following the story of Callie Reaper-Jones as she makes poor choices in her love li I've got to be honest with you, the first half of this book is a hot mess. One of the main reasons I didn't is because the first four books in this series are witty and compelling, following the story of Callie Reaper-Jones as she makes poor choices in her love life and tries to navigate the world of Death.

With this fifth book which I believe is the final book in this series , all plot arcs merge and snarl before finally smoothing out into a cohesive story that rather neatly ties it all up in a bow not the happiest-ever-after bow but a bow nonetheless. The Man in Gray is out to merge worlds and, in doing so, destroy not only Callie but all of humanity and Callie has to figure out a way to stop him before she disappears forever. There are other evil beings who also want a piece of Callie because it can't be as simple as just one guy wanting to end the world, right?

Personally, I would have liked the story to stay focused on Callie. She's a fun character -- goofy and awkward and totally not prepared for the responsibility thrust upon her when her father died. She does the best she can with what she's got but so many people have tried to sabotage along the way that she still doesn't have confidence in her abilities.

But the story is fractured into multiple shards told by characters I liked but didn't really care all that much about, especially when all I really wanted to know was what was going on with Callie. If this truly the end of the series as I suspect, it did well tying everything together and I look forward seeing what Amber Benson produces next.

Dec 19, Rachel rated it really liked it. Ahh, so. I started this back in January, read about pages, and then stopped. I feel like my inability to read books quickly has nothing to do with how I like them; it's a personal flaw. My reviews almost always include an explanation like this one about why it takes me so long to read these books.

Anyway, this past week I felt more motivated to read, and because this is the one I've been putting off for over a year, I made myself read until I was finished. So, I believe this is the last one o Ahh, so. So, I believe this is the last one of this series, and it was really good. I LOVED how she changed the structure, with the rotating perspectives and the Calliope chapters and the flashbacks and the converging timelines.

It made the story so exciting to read! I've been really impressed with how Amber Benson has improved as a writer with each book, and I'm tempted to say this one is her best-written yet. The plot was complicated, but easy enough to follow, and I thought it was really unique and interesting. I was really glad that it ended with Callie really owning her position as Death, since that's been her huge struggle throughout the series. But I was really unsatisfied with Daniel's death, and the last line being "She just wishes it were enough. I didn't think it was executed very well, with it happening so quickly and with very little reflection on Callie's part.

It should have been given more consideration that made it seem like it was truly important for the story overall, rather than a last-ditch effort to make the ending of the series really dramatic.

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Besides that, I thought this book was great and I'm sad that it doesn't seem like there are going to be any more. But whatever else Amber comes out with, you can bet I'm going to be reading it! Jan 07, Angela rated it liked it Shelves: supernatural. Benson is a good author; I really like how creative the series has been, and some of the characters and plots she's created. When I first discovered the series, I read whatever books are available and was impatient for the next. So why did it take me so long to finish this one?

It's not like I read it off and on since May. I started it in May, couldn't get into it, and only finished it due to wanting to clean up my "unread books" shelf. I think the way it started out, so I hatehatehate reading about war and the possibility of characters I like dying. I was in tears almost the entirety of Deathly Hallows, and I avoid movies about or that take place during war. I love blood and guts and gruesome stuff; war and people dying in mass groups I sometimes can't handle. It's weird. This book doesnt really maintain it's lighthearted moments from earlier in the series.

I think the only time I was amused was when it was revealed what The Pit looks like, and that's because I remember those from when I was younger. So much fun. Runt is as adorable than ever, and I continue to love Benson's description of Cerberus as having one snarly head, and two dumb. I never really took to their relationship, and definitely not Daniel, which meant his actions in this book just really irritated me. Overall, it's not the best in the series, or the worst. I liked seeing Freezay more, but other than that, a very "meh" addition to the series.

I think it should have ended a different way, so it could act as the final book. All these different people trying to take over Hell or kill Calliope is getting old, and Benson either needs to find a different plot, or end the series before it drags on too long. Mar 24, Matt Randall rated it really liked it. I love Amber Benson's writing, but I have to say, this book and the one before it weren't quite as amazing as the first three.

I think this may be the final Calliope book, and if it is, the series ends on a pretty down note. As for The Golden Age of Death itself, it's a good read. There is a lot of POV shifts, though, especially at the beginning. I don't know that we needed to spend so much time learning about the people who died since only Bernadette played any real role in the story.

While I r I love Amber Benson's writing, but I have to say, this book and the one before it weren't quite as amazing as the first three. While I really liked the character of Noh, I have to wonder how much of her background with Callie was just made up and might contradict what was established it's been a while since I read book 1. Wouldn't Callie have forgotten all about her when she made herself forget the supernatural world? But even though they would have gone a number of years without speaking, suddenly they're best friends again?

It seemed like we were missing a little bit of the history between the two. If you're a fan of Buffy, you'll love how Benson works Tara's last line of dialogue into the story. One of the things I didn't like about How to Be Death was the large number of characters introduced. Well, many of them are back, and it took me a bit to remember exactly who they were or what their part in the Death world was.

Of course, a few new characters were introduced to make it even more confusing. All in all, this is a good book, even though it drags in places and moves too quickly in others. I'd like to see one more book in the series to wrap things up a bit better, but I hope it's placed and plotted out a little bit better. Feb 20, Libra rated it really liked it Shelves: twentyfirst-century , magic , published-in There comes a time when every living thing must die.

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Even Death has to end its reign sometime. That's why the Ender of Death exists-to maintain a balance in the world. It's the checks and balance rules of life and death. No one can have too much power. Otherwise, the world can be destroyed.

In this fifth and final part in the Calliope Reaper-Jones series, we see just how far all the good and evil characters we have come to know will go to save the or ruin the world. Even Callie seems to surprise There comes a time when every living thing must die. Even Callie seems to surprise herself along with her sister Clio.

All the excitement of danger was thrilling. These paragraphs are littered throughout the whole series.

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They were something I just had to bite my teeth and grin through. It was a drag, but the action after action scenes made up for it. There were some things I was left wanting to know. Those are some things I'd want to ask Amber if I ever got the chance to ask her. May 04, Ashley rated it really liked it. This one started rough but ends solid. You just have to shift through the 3rd person narration for characters you've never met and don't care for. Yet some of these characters you end up liking and caring for in the end while some you still don't care for in the end.

As the story progresses you can see how these different characters factor in and make sense to the plot but I think the story would have been fine had some of these sections been cut out. When you had characters you are invested in This one started rough but ends solid. When you had characters you are invested in the writting was it's signature Benson flair and I read it with delight. When there were characters I didn't much care for as the main focus the flavor and flare felt flat.

Benson chose the perfect ending for her series, she factors in the sad but there is the promise of a very bright future in the end. Started reading May 10th, As I liked all other books in the series this being the fifth and having read one other book by Amber Benson, I am looking forward to it. Read a few reviews here on goodreads and after finishing it, I have to disagree with them.

Wether this is the final book or not, it is the best in the series. Daniel is a douchebag and was a bad choice from the heroine as a boyfriend, here he also comes over es being overly dependent on his girl and slightly whiney. Without spoil Started reading May 10th, Without spoiling the story, I cannot say more, but imho if there are more books she can stay single for all I care or chose a better one.

This book was also better than a few of the ones before, as we where not constantly treated with styling choices or shopping-sprees. If this is the last one I am not so sure of it , it was very good ending to the 5-book-series. Therefore, for me, it is 5 stars. Unfortunately this book ended up in a bad time during my life as I was reading it before I had to say goodbye to the best part of my life, my heart dog.

So the stress before and after that horrible day really affected how much enjoyment I really got out of the story. Overall it seemed a bit tame compared to the previous books in the series. The one thing I really liked about how this story was set up, was how we weren't just seeing it from Callie's point of view. The story progressed at a good p Unfortunately this book ended up in a bad time during my life as I was reading it before I had to say goodbye to the best part of my life, my heart dog. The story progressed at a good pace, but in the end it seemed to be lacking a bit of imagination.

But like I said that may just be "me" and what I've had going on that is influencing how I interpreted the book. Overall I would still be willing to read another book in this series. Especially with the way things turned out in the end of this book. Feb 06, Michelle Leah Olson marked it as to-read Shelves: literal-addiction-books , pub-arc , reviewed.

Due to the untimely death of her father murdered , Callie must now run the family business, Death, Inc. The Golden Age Of Death is a wonderful mix of macabre humor, witty dialogue, horror and hairpin twists and turns. I enjoyed this book very much. Dec 08, Esther rated it it was ok Shelves: fantasy. Too bad, not as good an ending as I had hoped. I read this book in short little increments instead of one go, which did not help matters. It was quite chaotic. Mars was the Morning Star, son of Saturn and viewed as the archetype rebellious hero. Earth, the last in this string of planets, was now the humble abode of mere mortals.

It was during these times that the Ancients witnessed the beginnings of discord between these godlike planets and began to fear destructive visitations by these celestial bodies. The planet Mars, the dark pupil in the All-Seeing Eye that was Saturn, made close approaches to Earth along the length of the visible yet translucent plasma current joining the string of planets. Looming large it would bombard the Earth with its martian rocks and thunderbolts before re-ascending to its position under Venus which would itself flare and stream light in awesome displays of cosmic lightening and beauty.

At least one full-on thunderbolt-laden battle was waged between Venus and Mars during which Mars suffered a great scarring injury that we now see today on its surface as the huge chasm called Valles Marineris. The warrior god with the scared face had earned his battle honours! The giant scar of the Valles Marineris on the face of Mars, the result of extreme inter-planetay electrical arcing between a newborn Venus and Mars. Seen from Earth, these terrifying celestial battles have been etched onto the collective memories of mankind in their depictions of Mars as a scarred warrior hero and god of war.

Deserts began to appear and the oceans started to rise.

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More and more distant stars could be seen at night and the various constellations began to take shape. Saturn and the Axis Mundi at the height of the Golden Age midday.

Auroral activity at he base of the Axis Mundi would have created the illusion of a mountain from which the ladder to heaven ascended. This would be known as the mountain of the gods to most cultures and most famously as Mount Olympus to the Greeks. Massive fissures and cracks would have appeared on Earth as a result with correspondingly dramatic increases in volcanic and earthquake activity. Eventually Saturn and its family of planets were permanently captured by the Sun with the result that the Sun began to make a closer, yet stable and more regular passage across the sky from east to west.

The legendary ladder to heaven that was the Birkeland current connection between Earth and Saturn started to buckle and itself oscillate giving the appearance of a decrepid figure now ruling the northern sky. You must be logged in to post a comment. Out now on Amazon Kindle! This is the Kindle version of the Saturn Death Cult website, but with extra material. Available Now on Amazon. See below. Saturn Death Cult.