Not a mainstream reader.
Base on the first book, The Mongolid series is tightly written and I cannot wait to start the next book. One would think because of so many authors contributing in the writing process, the story would had been very frustrating and loose, but it is well written, as if all of the collaborators agreed to limit themselves and stay on the plot.
The best way that I can describe this series is a Chinese film maker, making their debut in the States, like Ang Lee and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, or more like Yimou Zhang and Hero.
The Mongoliad feels like an ancient Chinese' tale that have been handed down for centuries.
The pace of the storytelling is a bit slow, but it really works. It would be interesting to have all of the authors for an interview to know who wrote which parts and how they put the project together.
Deals with a period of history that I knew little about - when the mogols were overrunning western Asia and even parts of Europe. From various points of view including the mongol as well as a small group of christian warriors.
As a first book in a series, The Mongoliad packs in quite a lot, while still just hinting at the story ahead. Multiple plot lines probably suited the multiple authors and, luckily, makes for some good reading. The plot, however, isn't very inventive or even creative so far. The whole enterprise feels like a rehash of so many historical or fantasy novels already on the bookstore shelves. If not for the amazing talents of the authors in their other pursuits I probably would never have picked this up, but may very well continue listening to each book in the series. I would say the one creative and somewhat unique twist this book has is to tell the story from both the "good guys'" and the "bad guys'" points of view, which also makes those labels rather relative.
Wow, grabs you from the start and keeps hold of you. I honestly couldn't stop listening.
The book is fun and informative, great characters and break-neck pace. You won't be sorry you listened,
New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.
Too many cooks spoil the soup. An old and true cliche that fits both the kitchen and writing books. Matter of fact few duets work well, with Preston and Child being the exception.
I am fascinated by all things Chinese. As a Sci-Fi fan and a fantasy fan, I find the Chinese past and present to be the fantasy for real. The are real, but so different from western society. I loved Conn Iggulden's Khan series and was hoping this would be a continuation of that. I am also a big fan of the game Romance of the Three Kingdoms. This seems to fit the time period between Ghengis and Romance.
This started out alright, but by the end I was bored out of my gord. There are some fight scenes in this that take hours to play out. There is no character development. There are no George R. R. Martin surprises.
I hope that one good writer takes up this project, cause I would like to hear the story and then I would really like to see a modern writer rewrite Romance of The Three Kingdoms. There are lots of exciting material that a writer could make a career out of it.
Narrator had a tough job with lots of characters to portray. He did make each one distinct although I doubt that the Khan spoke through his teeth 24 hours a day. The narration which is the biggest part of the book was very lack luster.
Douglas P Wickert
Big fan of Neal Stephenson's work, so no surprise that I found this a compelling and epic tale. Ready for the release of the next book.
I like to listen to books. In the car, while drinking Bourbon.
The interplay between characters and scenes was great. Neal Stephenson has some great writers working with him here.
Yes I love lukes performances and I got lost a little in the story
The enter tangled characters an events
Everything not many can give each character such life to the point u develops honest emotiomal connections to every person in the story. Truthfully his performances in other books is the reason I finally chose this story but I became hooked to the story
I loved so many too many to list