Perhaps I am spoiled by writers like Tad Williams and Stephen King, but when I pick up a book I don't want to feel like I'm slogging through unnecessary baggage to find the meat of the story. In the first chapter alone I was drowned by a clumsy list of character facts, and then fed the very same information again two paragraphs later through dialogue. Stirling's descriptions were all similes (i.e. "a blow like the world's biggest donkey kick" or "a verdant green like summer's grass"), which served less to draw me into a visualization of the book and more distract me with the effort required to suspend my disbelief.
Stirling could have told his tale with half of the words he printed and with virtually none of the inner monologue or adverbs. I was hoping for a rocket ship to another dimension. I found myself on a barge.
Absolutely not. Life is too short.
Todd read the book as I would have read it aloud -- stilted, halting in places, and largely monotone.
Stirling thought out the logistical requirements of a people caught in a global level catastrophe that completely destroys all electrical and digital power.
I like the concept, but as a writer myself I found the book an excellent study on what not to do. I will look elsewhere for an author who values the craft of writing as much as storytelling itself.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
Thought about reading a book from the series that inspired the new show Revolution. Well I am glad the producers did not stick to the plot SM Stirling presented in the novel. He was way to wicken/ren fest honoring. gesh, I can put up with a lot I don't agree with....every political season demonstrates that...but this one was a little overboard. But, if you can look past the wicken homage shown in each chapter some of the story line is interesting...I really liked the island in the sea of time series much more. His quality of writing shows through a lot better when he is not trying to convince the reader they should become part if some druidic tradition.
No more electricity? I can see it. Can we survive if suddenly were are thrown back in time to where we have to plant food by hand and fight off the gangs and thugs with swards and crossbows? I found myself in the struggle with them fighting off evil people and protecting the good ones. I enjoyed this and look forward to the next one.
THE BOOK IS GOOD FROM START TO FINISH, WAS EAGER TO GET TO THE NEXT ONE IN THE SERIES
THE BEAR AND JUNNIES MEETING
YOU FORGET THAT ONLY ONE PERSON IS READING THE BOOK, JUST AS WILL PATTON DOES IN JAMES LEE BURKE BOOKS
THE BEGINNING OF A GREAT SERIES
I'VE LISTENED TO IT 3 OR 4 TIMES IN THE YEARS I'VE HAD IT ON MY LIST
One of the better books i have listened to lately.
I liked the way the author developed the story around the characters journeys
The voice acting was solid
I an from the area of the country that the story revolves around so it was fun for me to follow the journey.
Yes and no. I think the story idea is great as a concept but didn't like the writing or performance very much. It jumps around too much with no transition. Even a pause at times or a chapter break would have told you that the story was going to change locations, characters or time. Many times the story would be at the height of action and then stop. Later on you might find out what happened but not fully.
Entertaining reader and good with different voices.
No. Could be continued but the highlights of the concept have been covered.
Overall the story and variety of interesting characters keep this book going for me. I would have rated it much higher, but could not get past the author's insistance on making some of the "good" characters pagan satan worshipping witches. I would have thought the author might have been intelligent enough to know that this type of plot line would not appeal to 99% of the readers. Other than that, seems like a pretty realistic view of how society would react and collapse following an EMP type of event with a interesting twist. Great perfomance by narrator.
This was a fun book. "something" happens to change the world and now humanity has to adjust to survive without modern conveniences. There have been other authors with the same concept, but I loved the way S.M. Sterling pulled it off. The characters are believable and likable. Groups splinter off and those who are clever and willing, adapt, survive and prosper. I can just see the cities and suburbs panicking and motionless with fear. Any book that can make me both wince and laugh out loud are more than worth the credits! Todd McLaren's voice is rich, talented and gripping!
An avid listener! My taste runs from Non-Fiction to Sci-Fi and everything in between. Only novel I could not get through . . . 50 SHADES. Terrible! Falling from the reading train due to a busy life made for a boring person and finding Audible in 2008 gave back so much life.
Yes, because it is well written characters are interesting and believeable. Interesting story line.
S.M Stirling has become one of my favorite authors.
The first of the Emberverse books by S.M. Stirling.
I'd originally read this novel a few years ago, but I'm re-reading/listening to them not just because of the story, the quality of the books, but because I'm part of the team working on the Emberverse RPG and any review might well be considered biased.
I love the premise of the series, the way all tech, and explosives, cease to work in the blink of an eye. No one knows why this occurs, though there are several stories about Alien Space Bats - where characters discuss possible ideas behind the change and name the power behind it 'Alien Space Bats'.
Trying to survive in a world where everything you relied on suddenly stops working, is a challenge. Some make it, some devolve into cannibals, and others use it as a means to grab power.
If you enjoy post-apocalyptic settings this is a must. It's a well written series with engaging characters. The balance of personality types and the research that has obviously gone into the series, all combine to make the book shine.