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Decent followup to first book. Performance was solid. Story was good, but it felt like in the final chapters, the writer came up against a deadline and just ended the book as quick as possible. It left me with many questions about things that happened in the first book. Not "maybe there will be a third book", kind of questions, but "well, that makes no sense" kind of questions. The old multiple timeline/timeline paradox thing is kind of tired and I thought the writer used a variation of that theme to explain away some of the characters motivations and actions that should have been explained by good storytelling. Still, I enjoyed the premise of the books and found them both worth listening to.
The story starts bad and goes downhill from there.
Not his fiction
I think Rummel did the best with what he had to work with. He is a great narrator.
OK, lets get this out of the way, Strieber's claim to fame is he was abducted by aliens. His book " Contact" was made into a major motion picture yada ,yada, yada. With that being said, I have listened to his weird radio show (which is similar to Coast to Coast) and thought that he was intelligent, entertaining and had interesting guests, so I took a chance on this book. Writing fiction is not easy, Lord knows I have tried, but I would not wish this book upon my worst enemy.
Where do I start? For one thing, this is not a book co written by both the authors mentioned, as I mistakenly believed. This is for the most part an "interview style" recording. Bauval relates his Egyptian discoveries and personal anecdotes and opinions to an interviewer who is mostly silent. Semi-interesting, but no really new info, if you are into the "lost history of human civilization" kind of thing as I am. The second part of this recording by Gardiner is much more interesting but really has nothing to do with Bauval's work. It is as if the production company had two unrelated recordings around and combined them with the "conspiracy" label to try to make a buck. I was, however, fascinated with Gardiners knowledge and conclusions concerning ancient serpent worship. The information he provides is marred by the horribly done production. The first three quarters of the Gardiner segment is again "interview style", which consists of a badly overdubbed "interviewer" asking questions that are obviously post production, with horribly clunky and obvious edits and an overloud new age background music thing playing in the background. The last part of the Gardiner segment is a strange kind of New Age/Death rock music infused historical dissertation on what he believes the wisdom of the ancient snake cult has discovered and hidden in metaphor for the purpose of teaching humanity the true goal of being human. It is like listening to a bad youtube video, although the information is interesting. If you are a very religious person (Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, etc.), you may be uncomfortable with his opinions on the serpent worship basis of all faiths. Be warned.
I like Bauval's work. Gardiner's work is interesting. I really do not know how they could collaborate.
Please...... Read above.
It would be two movies and I would have to be either extremely bored, or extremely high.
If this comes on special for like $4.95, and you are into the lost history of man thing, you might find it interesting enough to overlook the production faults. But don't waste a credit.
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