I only do reviews if the book is extraordinarily good or really bad. This book was extraordinary great. The characters were well portrayed with lots of personality. Just when you think you know what's around the next bend, your jaw drops. The ending does not leave you having but does beg for a sequel.
This was a great sci-fi story: alien/human - not quite Ursula Le Guin, but interesting from start to finish!
If you are the type of person who is ok with a few killings and some violence in books or films but is easily offended by swearing just skip this book.
I loved this book. The writers made me love the main character who is completely unlovable. And he can be so ugly inside that it is a major feat that they are able to make anyone care about him and that he is able to find any redemption and any sense of a moral backbone in the end.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
There is a lot of swearing/adult content (i.e. domestic violence is normalized) which makes it unsuitable for younger people, but the lack of sophistication through the middle part of the story makes it too young for most adult readers (i.e. any reasonable adult would not keep trying to solve every problem with violence).
If you've read C.S. Lewis' Out of the Silent Planet you'll definitely see in the middle part of the story where at least one of these authors was influenced by that with his "describe the alien and every event in which it is involved with the highest conceivable level of detail" In this 4 hour segment, the descriptions of urination, laughter, or "being a man" is excessive and makes for very tedious listening.
The first couple and the last few hours show there is a decent story line in here with some surprises and an interesting premise. Excluding the middle part, it has a tone similar to Richard Morgan's Market Forces or Thirteen.
If it had consisted of only the first 3 hours and the last 3 hours, I'd have given this story a 4 or 4.5.
The futurist setting is somewhat believable, which makes the set up of the plot easier on the reader. Character development is typical of a George RR Martin novel - slow but steady. However, the main character is difficult to like. He is very nearly an anti-hero with few redeemable qualities. Even in the end when he attempts to do a good deed, it is not without personal gain. The reader is good and did very well with accents in the book, giving the characters the gritty, new-world type of "down and out" underpinnings necessary to suspend your belief system. However, if you are not a fan of sci-fi, don't purchase it.
I would buy another book by the authors based upon the strength of George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones series of novels. They were excellent. This... was okay.
This one lacked the excitement of the novels I had read by Martin. I haven't read books by the other two authors. The story was rather dry but it did have a few exciting moments. The cause is primarily because this was a story focused on character development. In that vein, it succeeded; however, I prefer more action.
My favorite scene was actually the last scene -- because of the potential (promise) it offered.
Not for me, primarily because I prefer books that are action or emotion oriented (romance) and this was more of a character study. I can't see how a follow-up would interest me.
If you like stories that focus on character development, give the book a try. You'll likely enjoy it. If you're looking for a lot of action, look somewhere else.
It wasn't the height of science fiction, but I enjoyed the story of the book and the messages it was trying to relay. The voice acting was very enjoyable with the narrator immitated accents very well. I would recommend it for a light read!
Tediously detailed, unnecessarily vulgar with too much crude language even for me. I'm a long time sci fi fan, and while sci fi is often far over on the blue-language scale, this one uses the F word and every other form of profanity in practically every paragraph. When he's not swearing in English, he's swearing in Spanish. It got completely old and tiresome very quickly. The plot is a plodding, plodding slow mover. Might have made a good short story.
I expect nothing will disappoint me more in 2011 than this book. I bought it because GRRM was an author, but there is no way that a writer of his caliber was involved in this book. It was a B-/C+ murder mystery that I spent the whole book waiting for that big moment when it became awesome, and then it ended. If you like $5 paperback murder mysteries, this is what you are looking for, but if you are looking for the amazing writing of George RR Martin, this is not it!