I'm not a big short story reader, but this collection -- with its common themes -- was an exception. I liked the fact that there were different voices and styles (including one I would classify as a comedy). My favorite was definitely the last one. I wished that story was a full-blown novel. I hated to leave its concepts explored only at a surface level. The anthology's editor conceded that the final story's author was the most prolific in the idea dept and you can definitely see that in his story.
This is for you if you like sci fi -- not the stories set in space, but the ones that really get you thinking about the sociology and the human condition. Plus it's got some good geek stuff in it too.
Not much else to say but as this review is titled. The narration was great, but most of the stories were difficult to really get into.
A longtime fan of science fiction, I was wary about a collaborative piece that brought together very different authors. I bought it because I liked the readers -- and they didn't disappoint.
I came to admire the authors for their incredible continuity throughout the stories, for the depth of these short stories, and for writing stories that have stayed with me long after I first listened (and I will listen again). I will definitely listen to more from each of these authors.
It is understandable why it was nominated for the Hugo.
This may be for people that like a gloom & doom book. The first story was way too far out there and just didn't grab your attention. The second was funny and I like the narrator but I just couldn't finish the book.
Kill Shot by Vince Flynn
They were OK
Enjoyed this very much each of these stories were eye opening, very well written and joined together. Even Scott Brick did a very good job and didn't over dramatize things, thanks Scott and to all of the authors who worked on this project for your inspiring minds.
It took me some time to get into the rythym of the storys, had to listen to each one more than once as I had trouble following the narrative but I have to say it was well worth it. I find I am still thinking about a whole range of ideas and concepts that came through the writing. Each narrator did a wonderful job and the writing was clever, engaging, unpredictable and very challenging. I for one am glad the writers did not compromise to the 'lowest common denominator' too much, and pull the punches on the storylines, which always leaves you open to 'preachy' and 'political' whining from the 'fraidy cats of course.
To clasify this collection as sci-fi is a travesty since it has far more in common with Pravda than actual literature.
Do your blood pressure a favor and skip the tedious 9 hour agony of preachy political moralizing dumbed down to the amoeba level (yet wrapped in a candy coating of smooth naration).
I would give 4.5 stars for the voice acting (as they did what they could), but the content rates a solid -1 at best.
I really liked this, and it goes well with thoughts of an open society, complementing work by Cory Doctorow, and continuing on the tangent of cultural progress seen in Make, Boing Boing, and slashDot.
Disappointing! The narration was great, but the stories are all about glorified eco-terrorist havens within normal cities, set in the near future. Literally. If you dream of lowering your carbon footprint and all your clothing is made of recycled organic hemp, this book is written just for you. But if you're really just looking for good science fiction -- this isn't it. There's no space ships, no cool new worlds or ideas. Just the same stuff you'll hear around any health-food store, writ in an urban setting about 50 or so years into the future. A couple of the stories have a few high-tech toys, but they aren't new concepts and are handled much better elsewhere (for example, the "virtual realities overlaying the real world" theme of the last story was done much better in the book "Rainbow's End"). If you like your sci-fi to be a lecture about sustainability and recycling, then this just might be for you. Otherwise, you might want to skip this one.
save your points and money. With the exception of one story, this was just really a collection of nowhere stories. The first is the absolute worst and so painful to listen to..both for the story and the horrible reader. DON'T BUY!!!