I especially liked the last story (not Carl Schraeder's), that worked in the story of a priest's deconversion along with strong central women characters, that leaves the Bechdel test way in the rear. Heck, ALL the stories are very good, and I enjoy seeing continuing character arcs over multiple story lines.
can't beat Audible on a long drive through the West!
all the tech arrangements, environmental changes, and the characters. They all fit together
The old woman whose husband was on a secret mission. She was pretty badass in the 3rd installment of the series.
The literally give a voice to the characters. Each narrator seems to imbue a different vibe to the characters, making them fit into the story so well.
I'd have to think about that one a bit more.
If I found out there was a 4th installment to the series, I'd buy it without hesitation.
Ironically, Tiger Tiger was my last favorite story from the original METAtropolois. I really liked Jay Lake's contribution to this book. And the collection was far more cohesive, I believe all bringing up Basher, Tiger, and/or Cascadiopolis. But I admit to having thoughts questioning if his editing was heavy handed, pushing his particular setting.
Overall narration was great with a glaring exception: Jonathan Frakes was so bad that I contemplated skipping the story and tried to find a print version, so I wouldn't have to listen to him butcher Deodand. I'd love Schroeder's contribution to METAtropolis. My sense is that Deodand isn't that good a piece, but it's hard to separate the sorry from the awful narration. Overall, I was surprised that I didn't find the narration more distracting. Kate Mulgrew was especially good, and I'm looking to see what else she narrates. and I'm already a huge fan of Wil Weaton's narration (though, blasphemy though it seems to me, I think I'd prefer that the character's voice hadn't changed.)
I spent a happy 12 hours with this, but I'm not certain if I'll continue.
A great follow up and some excellent additions to this fascinating world. The all star cast does a credible job with each one yet Lavar Burton remains my favorite.
I listened to this because I thought that the first METAtropolis was fresh and interesting, and I hoped that this one would take it further.
On the contrary, although a couple of the stories were intriguing, most were bland and flat. They did not really take the take the METAtropolis forward, but instead seemed to take it back.
Characters longed for the the good old days of the 20th century, drove "antique pickups", listened to old time rock, and even fired an "antique revolver." Who now listens to music that is 70-80 years old? The authors seemed to have a difficult time dragging themselves into the future world.
The authors also used trite and stale ideas, bashing Christianity while stealing from it the things that are powerful: Tyger as the new Messiah with a new "Gospel". It was all a bit tired.
While this is a great sequel for the METAtropolis series, 2 stories seem to have missed the discussion of when the stories were to take place. In the intro, Jay Lake says that, "though no particular date was given in the first book, most of the stories take place around the date 2030."... "METAtropolis: Cascadia picks up the threads about 4 decades later." With this in mind, the stories "Byways" and "Deodand" take place in what is roughly guessed as a year or two after the origin stories in METAtropolis.
For someone who is paying attention (Read: OCD), this causes a minor head scratch.
If this much time has based, how in the world is Gennady in "Deodand" still be stuck in immigration limbo after the events in "To Hie from Far Cilenia"?
"Byways" doesn't blatantly tell you that the origin story was just a few years ago.
This small, and only noticeable because I have listened through this and the first anthology more times than I feel comfortable admitting to, does not diminish the works in this anthology.
Yep! After the inital METAtropolis book, I slammed through 'Cascadia' at the same speed. I love how the authors take time to set up the cities and places that these stories take places in. I guess that is a big selling point for me: literature that takes the time to create a descriptive setting for the characters to interact with and exist in.
Definitely the setting. I have never lived anywhere near the pacific northwest, and so the sum total of my conceptual experiences stem from Twin Peaks. I enjoyed the rich portrayals of what I assume to be a beautiful part of the US. And as always the characters and plots are outstanding.
The narration was good. The cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation characters did a good job an was a fun touch.
I hadn't read the original METAtropolis. I do want to go back and read those now, but I think that I would have gotten more out of these if I was read that first. Still, a solid read, interesting take on a possible future. Some stories really held back the overall impression of the collection.