A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!
Despite what some other reviewers said, I enjoyed this book! It has humor, it has interesting subplots, and kept me interested. The science was plausible, for the most part, but that isn't a huge thing for me - after all Star Trek science isn't plausible, but I still enjoy it! The blending of sci-fi and detective story was appealing.
This is the kind of styles I like: good pace, cerebral, well-documented, meaty, mind-bending.
I'm a fan of Sawyer's books and I love how he is able to mix modern sci-fi and detective stories, as the true successor to Asimov. Sawyer's new novel has a lot going for it, Mars, a tight intrigue, and immortality. It's a great homage to the Robots of Asimov, to film noir, to Bradbury as well to standard Sawyer novels.
Unfortunately, the book is fine but not great. The environment is well-done and the story flows but there are a few problems that break with typical Sawyer's greatness. First, the characters are cartoonish, in a bad way. It is very difficult to stick to a stereotype that not only lacks substance but seems to have been pulled out of from a different author (i.e., Casablanca); other characters come and go with style but nothing behind it. Second, the intrigue is broken in two pieces, as if there wasn't enough material for one book and Sawyer added No.2 to this one. Not a great manner to create a rich enthralling intrigue. Third, the denouement is just not that surprising or great and there are few mysteries to discover.
It's still entertaining enough and the narrator is amazing at voice-acting. But nothing memorable.
I'm 66. I've read Audiobooks now for 6 years. After an assault, I had minor brain damage and couldn't read. Audible got me back to books
Yes. I have read others that I enjoyed. I bought and recommended "Calculating God".
create more likable characters. update the job of main character. present fossil plot in the beginning. give more attention to the world of future Mars. remove references to past ideas in earlier books. delete accents; doesn't work for future.
fossils on Mars idea.
book was not up to sawyer's best work.
OK so we're on Mars, the planet. Once you believe this here's your likeable flawed charming babe chasing guy trying to do right for his clients. The writing is classic light noir, so prepare to chuckle a bit. Easy reading
The narration was clear and entertaining. Very good character voice and emotion.
It ain't Tolstoy but it isn't trashy either. A good romp on Mars in a good guys (gum) shoes.
The narrator saved this story in my opinion. Without his strong voice creating interest in this story I'd never have gotten past the first hour. The characters lacked dimension. Even the main character remained relatively unknown to me as I got further within the story. While the story had strong potential it failed to deliver.
My first book by this author. Terrific! Sam Spade goes to Mars and lives in Dodge City: a wonderful send-up of 3 genres AND a great story. The author has a wonderful imagination; the narrator is fabulous and switches accents flawlessly. Hard to pull it off but author and narrator together did it. Highly recommended.
Robert Sawyer is always finding creative ways to present tough moral/scientific issues. In this case, he writes a good old-fashioned private eye story that delves into the question of what really makes a person valid. In this case, he extends a previous story's concept of a "transfer": a human who transfers memories and experiences to a mechanical (and superior) body, then has the human body destroyed to preserve uniqueness.
Those people who are fascinated by the idea of colonizing Mars (Kim Stanley Robinson fans, et.al) may be disappointed: Mars is simply a setting (although there's a fair amount of detail that I'm sure Sawyer researched well, as he does everything). What Sawyer has always focused on is identifying the rough edges between science and faith / morality / humanity. And it's not always raw science that wins, or at least not easily.
So expect tough futuristic moral questions to confront characters - and expect your own beliefs to be challenged, too.
26, in the Army. I'll read just about anything
I would love it if squeal were to be made!
I realize a lot of people didn't like this book.. I'm not sure why, I guess most people are just too jaded? Either way, I loved it.. it's hard to find a hard boiled PI nior in space! Hahaha The story in this book has been told before, many times.. just not in space. I thought it was pretty well done.
This is one of the most entertaining books I've listened to. The story is full of different things to keep you wanting to listen to just one more chapter...then maybe one more.
Dr Pickover. Sort of the C3PO of the book but with a little more spine, intelligence, and strength.
He is the best. Accents were very well done and he can perform female characters without sounding silly.
Very interesting questions are raised on the nature of life and consciousness. Also the ultimate fate of biological humanity. Lots of cool scifi gadgets and technology but still very much grounded in reality and believable. Great book.
I love the BBC and British mysteries, but my tastes are very eclectic. I live with my husband and menagerie of rescued cats and dogs.
I enjoy sci-fi, and I like detective novels, so this novel was right up my alley. To top it off, I enjoy Robert Sawyer's writing, and this novel did not disappoint. The ideas in this book were very interesting. I don't want to give too much away, but the idea of consciousness transference is really well-explored in this novel. The mystery is also interesting and the suspense kept me listening when I needed to be doing other things.