Okay..so far Blake is back in form. No ridiculous sex scene after sex scene... However I have not been able to make it through the entire book yet.. It was so bored that I backed out to listen to Mean Streets about half way through. While seeming to get back to pre-sex-obsessed Blake novel theme, thus far, the story is putting me to sleep. After a the past six month diet of Peter F. Hamilton and Brandon Sanderson..not to mention the latest Harry Dresden novel, I find myself not caring much about this book. The story, thus far, is pretty much interchangeable with any of the earlier Blake novels. OooooOoOOoo...Marme Noir is doing something new! Wilikers! Pardon me while I yawn. Oooo..more sexual tension and crazy powers manifesting. Sorry, but this, so far, is just hack work. I had to put this down half way through when I found myself looking for an excuse to listen to something else. Hard core Anita fans will like this book, hands down. But anyone looking for some kind of serious story progression will be sadly disappointed. There's way too much talk and explaining of EVERYTHING. She infodumps in such a way that make it nearly like listening to a technical manual, a dry boring one at that. I may edit this review if I can manage to listen to the rest of the book but when I find myself able to listen to an Audio book while doing other things, not caring if I miss parts of the 'story', that is a bad sign. I can't say this a BAD Blake novel. It's probably the best one since before she got so wrapped up in the ridiculous sex infatuation, but it's just..boring. I find myself not caring much and wishing for something with a bit more meat to it.
All of it? I got up to book 4 but just could not finish it. It's hard to put a finger on it but I think it boils down to unbelievable characters, villains, and this alien nano-tech that might as well be magic. The whole story feels hollow and like a badly written episode of Star Trek. I've probably just been spoiled by likes of Peter F. Hamilton and Alastair Reynolds as they set the bar way up there and Larson isn't jumping nearly high enough. Popcorn sci-fi.
I loved this series back in the 80s when I was a teenager, but like so much Sci Fi from then it does not hold up well against the works of modern writers like Peter F. Hamilton, Alastair Reynolds, etc.. The world/universe is almost cartoonish and the villains rather laughable and some of the characters actions are inconsistent or unbelievable. I would call this more Science Fantasy than Science Fiction.
I'm actually listening to Exiles at Well of Souls to see if it gets any better...so far it has not.
Deep, deep, and deep!
Best Series EVER.
Minor Spoliers! Cherryh's Foreigner series has a lot similarities to Chanur - Lone human surrounded by strange aliens he only somewhat understands, although in Chanur you never are from the PoV of Tully and are very much so in Bren in the Foreigner series. Also the Lone human and Alien female romance, although it's not much delved into or explored in Chanur between HIlfy and Tully.
Well...she was good...various voices and accents for the characters. Overall she was very good except in ONE glaring aspect that annoyed me every time she did it. The character voices are always delivered in the same way. For example, there's one crew member,Chur, who is badly hurt and during her recovery she's often noted as speaking in a whisper or other pained voice...but Pearlman reads it like they were just standing there with nothing wrong. Other than that she did an excellent job, I especially liked her portrayal of Jik and Goldtooth.
The aborted romance between Tully and HIlfy (In later books in the series)
Hard not to rave about this series. I've read the hardbacks at least 5 times over the years and I am thrilled Audible is going through the backlog of older series like this and putting them up. Like I said in the review title, it's like seeing old friends after being long absent..the kind of story that makes your heart ache when it's all over because you want so badly for the story to continue.
Great book. I'm not quite finished with it, another couple of hours to go, but it's typically great Sanderson with plot twists that have you arching your eyebrows. HOWEVER...the narrator...well..it's not that he's bad. Overall he does a fine job EXCEPT for one of the main characters...it sounds like he's channeling Bill and Ted and I found his voice for this character annoying to the point of distraction. Other than that, excellent listen.
I love the Kovacs novels, great high sci-fi/cyber punk feel but I had to knock a star off for the sex scenes- which are in all of his books it seems. It's not that there is a lot of it or that I'm a prude, far from it, but he goes into way too much unnecessary detail which just makes it seem pornographic and distasteful and out of place given the rest of the book. I don't really see the need to put that detail into the story, it would have been better off glazed over instead of blow by blow graphic descriptions.
Written 10 years after Ringworld it's better but still showing it's age and I find Niven's use of sex in this novel rather odd, bordering on creepy and nonsensical. Still, a good read if you've nothing else and it's fun going back to books I read when I was a kid.
I read this back in the 80s and loved it then, not so much now but it's still a good book, a classic. Considering it was written in 1970 (And later revised some) it's age shows with references to "Tapes", lack of HUD displays etc. et al. It's especially glaring when 40 years later when compared next to books by Peter F. Hamilton or Alastair Reynolds which I expect will hold up better to the test of time.
The book was great. While, yes, James Marsters is the defacto voice of Harry Dresden, John Glover does a great job of filling in and even has a similar voice to Marsters, so quit your belly aching. Anybody who is hesitant or on the fence about it, don't be.
Joe loves to stick it to his characters. Series leaves you with "Well..there must be another coming...there just has to be." But there is not. One of the other books mentions some of the characters and his latest book apparently mentions Black Dow, but in general you come out of this series feeling like you've been punched in the stomach. While I loved the books I don't think I'll be reading anything else of his.
I did not think Sanderson could top Mistborn, but he has proven me wrong. He is turning out to be one of the greatest modern Sci-Fi/Fantasy authors of our time. Fantastic story with fresh ideas and compelling characters. My only gripe is that I have to wait of the next instalment!
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