My taste vary. I love a good, blood stained horror, but also a well written kids story. Lots of Sci-Fi, but also Hist. Fiction. No boring!!!
So many books are written about aliens visiting us, but Cherryh turns the tables and writes about a human who is the alien or is he? This about Thorn who is raised in seclusion. He thinks he is some sort of mutant, but is he? He is taught to be a warrior. His teacher is furred, has long pointy ears with dog like hearing, and talons or claws for weapons. It is a paranoid world where you can not trust anyone, not even your teacher.
Back in the 80's you could not walk into a used or new bookstore without finding several CC books on the shelves. The first book I read of hers was Rimrunner, which I liked, so I bought several more. I am a slow reader and in those days I only read about 10 to 15 books a year, but I loved buying books, so my shelves are full of CC books. The next three books of CC I did not like so well, so I quit reading her. Thanks to Audible I have been able to catch up on authors who are not exactly my favorites. I am glad I did, as this is a very good book.
I got a little lost in some of the alien politics, but the rest was good to excellent. The relationship between Thorn and his teacher was good, but could have been better, this is where I have have a problem with CC, in that I have trouble getting strong feelings for her characters. The Alien world is perfect and I had no problem picturing what it looked like to live there. It is a little slow in places and the constant not knowing where Thorn came from became irritating. At the end when you do find out, it is an excellent explanation, which showed lots of creativity on CC's part and good science. If you get bored, then put on fast play and then slow back down for chapter 12 and the final chapter 15.
I am now looking forward to listening to some more CC books and maybe listening again to some I did not get into years ago.
I ATE LIKE IT WAS THANKSGIVING
If you buy this and you know you will, then you have to stick with it. It had it's ups and downs and some very low downs, but toward the end, you will start to get it. This is a thinking person's vampire series. I AM A VEMPIRE, VEM PIE RR. It gets a little political and at first I wanted to flee, but despite my A.D.D., my brain started to churn. People start turning into vampires and at first, I thought what is the problem, kill them all. As you will learn, vampires come in all different types and many do not kill. In reality you could replace vampire with Muslim. Some Muslims are terrorist, but most are not. Add to this dilemma, the randomness in which certain people change. Your wife, husband, children or parents could become vampires. It becomes a lot more complicated then you would originally expect. HE LOOKED LIKE HE COULD BENCH PRESS NEW JERSEY.
Here is another reason you want to listen to this: a sequel is coming out in September and the list of authors include; Kevin J. Anderson, Scott Sigler, Larry Corriea, and Joe McKinney among others.
Below is a list of the different stories and parts and the grade I felt they deserved:
Introduction by Dacre Stoker, A-
Junk Part 1, by Jonathan Maberry, A
Roadkill Part 1, by Nancy Holder, D+
Junk Part 2, B
Love Less, Part 1, John Everson, A-
Junk Part 3, B
Epiphany Part 1, by Yvonne Navarro, B
Junk Part 4, B
Love Less, Part 2, Concluded, A
The Ballad of Big Charlie, Part 1, by Keith R.A. DeCandido, C-
Junk Part 5, B+
Heartsick by Scott Nicholson, B-
Junk Part 6, Concluded, B+
Roadkill, Part 2, Concluded, D+
Vulpes Part 1 by Gregory Frost, C+
Escalation by Maberry, C (The rest of Maberry's stories are more chapters then stand alone stories. Which is okay, they serve to tie in the rest of the stories.)
Stalking Anna Lei, Part 1, by James A. Moore, B+
The Ballad of Big Charlie, Part 2. B+
Species Genocide by Maberry, A-
Stalking Anna Lei, Part 2, A
The Ballad Of Big Charlie, Part 3, Concluded, A-
Embedded by Maberry, B+
Vulpes, Part 2, Concluded A-
Epiphany, Part 2, Concluded A-
Last Bites by Jonathan Maberry, B+
The Narrators are all first class and help make this an overall 5 star experience.
HE MIGHT NOT BE THE SHARPEST KNIFE IN THE SILVERWARE DRAWER
Holly Cow, this is really good!!! This is the best book I have listened to all year. I have repeatedly said that Cell by King is my favorite Zombie book and I have read a ton, but now that has changed. This catches your attention right from the start and you might be a little worried that is going to become the same old same old and then the story takes an about face and becomes like no other Zombie book you have read. Such a unique take on the genre. The story continues to build, get better and get better as it goes along.
YOU APOLOGIZE A LOT
Warning, do not attempt to eat a meal, while listening. There are some gut wrenching gross moments in this book. It is not full of them, but the ones presented do the trick. Off hand I am thinking of a certain amputation scene. There are also others. They are included in order to further the story, they are not gore for gore sake. I'M SORRY
OF COURSE I CAN, I'M FROM TENNESSEE
Now for another very strange part of the listening experience. The narrator is extremely different. At first you may think he sounds a little YA or amateurist. Keep listening, I promise he will grow on you. The naïve voice he gives to the main character actually plays into the horror. The narrators' voice, often sounds like he has cotton in his mouth. I was convinced that he and the writer were from Australia or some British Colony. I figured he was talking weird to sound American Southern. It is like a cross between The Swedish Chef on Sesame Street and Forrest Gump. Instead of Arkcansaw, it is R-Kansas. His friends or not his buddies, but his chums. Rear lawn instead of Backyard. A Gain instead of again. I looked the author up and he is from Southern Illinois. Anyways, it works, it works very well.
This is a horror, and done well. My first Joseph Duncan, but not my last.