It's a light book.
Lots of humor, both from interesting characters and humorous pop references. It occasionally approaches absurd but never actually gets there. Lots of suspense too. I was really surprised how well the two worked together. A little romance, social commentary, and Lovecraftian horror rounds it out.
Excellent momentum. The story moves quickly without seeming rushed. You get a good sense of the setting and characters without drowning in superfluous details.
The foreshadowing was nicely done -- not everything was given away but it didn't seem like plot devices were constantly popping out of nowhere. That kept the surprises and expected events nicely balanced. No real misdirection.
The narrator was great as well. He really fit with the main character. The other characters were clearly voiced as well, there was no confusion on who was speaking when several characters were talking.
My overall impression is fun, fast-past, and engrossing.
Yes, it's a terrific story. Totally different and odd, but I loved it!
I didn't know much about the book when I started, and I really thought it was going to move towards horror or supernatural, so I didn't see the sci-fi angle coming. That was a great surprise. Loved the historical tie-ins also.
The narration was just ok. I read on my Kindle at night and listen when commuting. Porter's voices for several characters didn't match what I had in my head, especially Veek and Tim.
Nitpicking here... but I wished there had been some tie-in with the mutant cockroaches in the building and their relation to the creeps in the later part of the book. I really wanted Clines to tie that up with a nice bow, but it never happened. Also, all the writing about Nate's job and his boss just seemed to go nowhere and never really tied into the story either.
The beginning was OK.
Frustration and disappointment.
I will listen to any genre as long as it is good book. This book started out good. But when it flew off into outer space it just became rediculous.
Absolutely! This is one of those reads that has you thinking in one direction while it's sneaking up on you from a completely different direction. Great characters, some intriguing subplots and even a good old red herring or two.
The ability of the author to gently guide the listener/reader along while building a solid mythos that comes at you from multiple directions at one time.
Amazing performance! Really easy to differentiate characters, moods and feelings. This narrator is one I would follow, no matter what the book he was narrating. He is THAT good.
I laughed out loud several times, but I do not want to give anything away here.
I had a big grin of satisfaction when I finished listening. Likable characters, good story, well read.
KEpt me at the edge of my seat. Believable yet, not....
Voices and intonation, kept me engaged. Flowed easily
Kept listening each night till I fell asleep
Linguist, translator, addicted to Audible.
I don't understand why people seem to like this book so much. I found it absolutely ridiculous. The characters, the "mystery", the whole thing is just ludicrous. I kept listening because I couldn't believe a book this bad could have elicited such great reviews.
Probably not. It was built on surprise and intrigue.
All the twists and turns
You think you know...but you have no idea....
Its worth it.
Don't miss this one, great story, character development and narration. A little sci-fi mixed with murder mystery and fantasy. Kind of like a mixture of The Outer Limits and Scoopy Doo, most of the characters were actually given Scoopie Doo character nick names. The characters were very realistic and interesting.
Weird, Intriguing, Exciting
I really enjoyed the book - I could see it as a good movie. But, it was a little too far fetched for my taste. There were several times that I was questioning why I continued to read...but, I couldn't put it down!