We really enjoyed the book and my kids, 9 & 13, have listened to it over and over. Wil Weaton does a great job with the characters bringing them each to life.
The story was fun. It's not deep and meaningful, but it was fun. I liked the fact that the book was not destroyed with profanity or gory blood. There is some swearing but it goes with the story and is not simply gratuitous.
My favorite character was Roland.
The book exceeded our expectations and was enjoyed by the whole family. I have already recommended it to friends.
I only review my more favorites here.
Clever, funny, imaginative. A winner. Every bit about the Yherjak species leaves you wanting more. I hope Scalzi has more like this.
I came to this novel after being very impressed by Wil Wheaton's narration of another book (he's one of the greats, in my opinion). Scalzi drew me in with his fun characters and a plot that reads like a wittier My Favorite Martian meets Elmore Leonard's less dark fare. I will definitely be returning to the Scalzi well, especially the books with Wil Wheaton narration.
Sure, but not because of this work. I heard Android's dream first and it was a much better book.
Yes. Android's dream was a much better book. I realized later that this is his first book. I am so glad I did not hear this first, otherwise I would not have given Scalzi a second chance. The problem is not that the book is boring - it's not. The problem is that it is unbelievably cliche'd. As the scenes unfold, you realise that inspite of an interesting premise, there is nothing here that you haven't seen already. For instance the scene where Michelle visits Tom's grandmother and her reaction after the visit could have been from any forgettable Hollywood flick.
I don't much care for him. He's not bad, but he's not excellent either. He has a way of chewing the words that begins to get on my nerves. And I am never able to forget that this is Wheaton.
No. See above.
Give Scalzi a chance. He is good. I find him entertaining, but his writings lack the depth which makes you want to listen to or read a book twice.