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The critics love it. They say it is profound. They say it is beautiful. It explores the depths of human existence.It stands the test of time.
That is academia speak for it sucks big time. Someone a long time ago, who was high up in academia and who never read a Science Fiction novel in there life, deemed this a classic. All of his minions did not want to seem stupid, so they agreed.
Call me stupid, but I found this a long boring uninspired story. There were some interesting questions brought up, but nothing Heinlein or Asimov have not discussed. The difference being that Heinlein and Asimov are readable. If you are not into science fiction and you love the classics then you can read this love it and pretend you have read science fiction. If you are a true science fiction fan, who loves the wonder of Arthur C. Clarke's writing, you will be very disappointed. This can also be very frustrating. It is one of those books where the main character ask questions, but never gets answers. Everyone is always put off one hour. "Why do you pick your nose with your left hand". Answer "I can't tell you now come back in an hour." An hour later "I don't know why I pick my nose with my left hand, I must be crazy."
I am not trying to be mean, just feel it is my duty to warn others from wasting there money. This is my second and last Lem novel.
I put the narrator on fast play and he still sounded slow. He reads this whole thing in a somber whisper.
MEN WILL LIVE LIKE BILLY GOATS IF LEFT ALONE.
I did not think I was a fan of Westerns, but after listening to this and to Dusty Rhodes, I reckin I'll darn tootin be listening to more westerns. This is a classic, unlike the opinion of some reviewers. This is a great example of life in the early days of our history. This could be considered historical fiction. And it is told with much humor.
I WOULD NOT PUT A THIEF IN MY MOUTH TO STEAL MY BRAINS.
These types of stories also remind me of Farmers and small business owners of today. When faced with a problem a employee might say it can't be done, but a Farmer or business owner can't make excuses, he/she has to get R done. This takes a strong headedness and a Can Do attitude, I love to see and read about.
There is a long opinionated piece after the story is over that I could have done with out. It is all about the narrators love for this book and her dislike of the movie. I liked the book and the movie. Sure the movie is not as good as the book, they never are and we all know it. Get over it.
I GUESS WE SHOULD THINK SERIOUSLY ABOUT RATHER WE ARE RIGHT FOR EACH OTHER.
The above sentence was two cops talking to each other. They are partners. This is bad chick lit with morality speeches thrown in. There are long talks between the two cops were they pour out their life stories. There are long speeches on certain morality issues. There are several times that he mentions how great California is. There is very little horror or suspense. I once wrote about King, that he uses horror as a back ground to his character development. This might have been an attempt at that, but it was not even close. What made me the most upset, was I listened to the whole almost 19 hours, 1. due to a loyalty to Koontz, who I love and 2. He gave me just enough horror that I had to listen to find out the mystery behind the killer or killers.
THE DEAD ARE PEOPLE TOO.
This was published in 1980, but has an even earlier feel to it. Remember Charo, Mork and Mindy, Johnny Carson, Datsun, etc... I did like the last chapter, which is when most of the horror takes place and when everything is explained. I also liked the opposite multiple personality syndrome. This is considered a break out book for Koontz, so I guess in 1980 it was considered good. I am not sure why he bothered with chapters, there are only seven chapters in the whole book. If you have bought the book, I suggest you put it on fast play, that helped me a lot. You might also want to consider listening to the first two chapters and then skipping to the last chapter if you are losing patience.
The narrator kind of had a cartoon sound to him, making it hard to take any of this serious. It may just be me, but I did not care for his style.
Koontz is one of those few writers that gets better with age. If you have never read him, it is best to start with one of his latest books.
I SWEAR PARENTS CAN BE SUCH CHILDREN
NS is a unique writer, with a writing style that keeps your attention and he dreams up some of the strangest situations. This is a young adult novel without doubt. I thought that was all it was until chapter 23. If you are listening and losing interest you might want to skip to 23. I would have liked the novel to have been more in the Fantasy realm, but is more about the children and life as a teen. I have not been a teen in a while, so I was a little bored with those parts, yet they were written very well.
I also had trouble with the premise that all parents have boyfriends and girlfriends on the side. This may happen, but I really don't think it is the norm, nor do I think that once a parent gets caught that the affair continues and the marriage continues at the same time. Without giving the plot away, I will mention that there is a part of the story that is similar to taking performance enhancing drugs. The emphasis is on the person taking the drugs, there is no talk about the harm done to the player who works hard, trains hard, does his best, but is cheated out of the prize by the cheater.
This is a four star story and a five star performance. The narrators improve the story.
HAPPILY EVERY AFTER IS ALWAYS A CURSE.
Soliloquy On Ducks?
There are some really good stories included in this collection and some really bad stories in my opinion. Having read some of the other reviews, this is a very subjective thing. Some of the stories I thought were horrible, others loved. This is an original anthology, which are never as good as a best of anthology. Don't get me wrong Dozois is the best editor out there and he is a great writer. My theory is when an editor does a original themed collection, then he contracts with writers and gives them the rules. He is not going to insult a popular writer by turning done his story, so he is stuck with whatever he gets. In a best of he choses among stories already written and published. There is one writer included who seems to get in all of these original collections, whose stories are always painful to listen to. I will not mention this writer by name as the last time I did someone, went into my history of reviews and sabotaged me. If you get the collection and you hear a story that includes a soliloquy on ducks in the middle of it, you will know who I am talking about.
One of the best things about anthologies his hearing from authors you have never heard of before. My favorite story was by Mary Robinette Kowal, who I have never heard of before. Her story "The Lady Astronaut of Mars" is a very touching story and is very believable. It touches on some very true subject matters that astronauts may be dealing with in the future. Allen Steele, Tad Williams and Mike Resnick write some very funny stories and these three stories are worth the price of the anthology.
ALMOST BLONDE ANNIE
The Big Whale by Steele is very funny and should by enjoyed by all, but will be especially enjoyable if you have read Moby Dick. HIS MISTAKE WAS, HE BROUGHT A GUN TO A HARPOON FIGHT.
Tad Williams does a rewrite of Genesis, involving God's daughter. Thanks to her trees are upside down, fish swim in the sea and not the ground, etc...
Mike Resnick has some huge LOL moments in his Noir story. In this story the names of the characters are hilarious by themselves. You will meet Almost Blonde Annie, Snake Hips Levine, Loose Lips Sally, Bodacious Belinda. and Bedroom Eyes Bernice just to name a few.
Robert Charles Wilson's story Fireborn is included in Dozois 30th Best of the Year Collection.
Most of the narrators are good, there were a couple I did not care for, but as a whole they were good.
GUNS ARE FOR LOSERS
DUDE, YOU READ WAY TO MANY ROMANCE NOVELS
Angel does care about her loserness and she is trying hard to become a better person or Zombie. As another reviewer has said, it is her self deprecating down to earth personality that draws you in. If you don't fall in love with this flat chested, barely 100 pound Zombie, then you need to go to surgery and have a heart put in your chest. OH SH#T, SORRY. Angel is also one tough lady, don't expect her to lay down and give up. I would like to see Rowland and Maberry do a book together, Angel just might kick Joe Ledger's butt. CARGO PANTS AND A MID DRIFT THAT SAYS REDNECK PRINCESS, ANGEL'S SIGNATURE LOOK.
JESUS, F##KING CHRIST, IT WAS A ZOMBIE SOAP OPERA.
This is book two and like most series that depend upon originality, the newness has warn off a little. This is not as good as book one and the plot is a little thin, but it is a good book, cause of Angel Crawford. I am hoping that the plot is better in the next two books, cause I know I will be listening. YOU NEED TO ACCEPT I'M RIGHT A LOT QUICKER IN THE FUTURE.
UNIVERSITY HELL, I JUST WANTED TO KEEP FROM GOING BACK TO JAIL.
Another reason, I like the book is its intelligent look at what we in America call White Trash. It is commonly accepted that this group of people are unintelligent and beneath the rest of society. This gives us a group of people we look down on, thus making us feel better, with out being called a racist. It is my feeling, just like any other group that is isolated, White Trash is a whole different society. I society that was formed by a group of people who fell between the cracks, who did not have the connections others had and who mostly lost hope in making it in the corporate world. In America, it is often not what you know, but who you know. I have had three main jobs in my adult life and I got my foot in the door at all three places, because I knew someone. I am middle class, I grew up middle class and my friends are middle class, it is what I know.
The narrator is excellent and makes the book better to listen to then to read.
WHEN YOU GOING TO PUT SOME MEAT ON YOUR BONES?
WHEN YOU MAKE ME A SANDWICH, B**CH.
It is extremely rare that I give a five star rating to an anthology. It usually only takes one bad story to bring the review of the collection down. Matter of fact I believe this is a first for me. Card explains that Fables are hard to write. That may be so, but I believe Card is at his best writing Fables and Fantasies. There is not one story in this collection I would give less then four stars. These were written in the late 70's and early 80's when Card was at the top of his game. They are also short stories, so he is not allowed to waste words. Although I will admit there are two stories that did meander a little and went a tad to long, still good stories though.
This is the third book in the huge book, Maps in A Mirror. They can be read in any order, I have read the first two and will go on to read the rest. If you are a fan of the Alvin series you may want to start here. The first two were good and have some great stories. If you are a fan of Ender's Game or any of Card's other works, but have not read his short stories, then you are missing out.
The narration is perfect and made listening better then reading.
IF YOU GO TO AMBUSH SOMEONE DON'T MAKE A SPEECH FIRST.
Keep in mind that as I criticize this book that I have already given it four stars for story and overall. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME SOMEONE FALLING IN LOVE LISTENED TO REASON. This is book number three and it is not as good as book number two, which was no where near as good as book number one "Patient Zero". Though this is not a comic book it does come dangerously close. The bad guys are Chaos (the same bad guys in Get Smart). At over 16 hours I thought the book was too long. The same thing that happens to most popular authors, seems to be happening to Maberry. His writing is getting longer as he says less. Editors keep their mouths shut, so as not to get fired. This would have been a little better at ten or twelve hours. There are places that go extremely flat and even Ray Porter sounds bored.
UGLY WINDS BLEW ACROSS THE DARKNESS OF MY INNER LANDSCAPE.
Keep in mind the above sentence was said in total seriousness. Joe Ledger is becoming a real softy. He is even more touchie feelie and introspective in this book then number 2. Diane Rowland's Zombie character Angel has a bigger set of balls then Joe now. Don't get me started on how Maberry is trying to turn this into a super politically correct novel. The speeches on how there are lots of good Moslems etc... are endless. The series has been optioned for a TV series, so Joe has to clean up his act. The mileage they get out of Joe's girlfriend's death in book two is unbelievable, even while they set up his next girlfriend.
WHAT IS EVIL?
IT IS WHAT THE LOSERS CALL THE WINNERS.
Having said all I have said this book is worth your credit. It is still better then most books out there. It has some good action and plenty of great macho lines. I enjoyed it and will be getting the next book in the series.
Ray Porter, may be the best narrator on the planet.
THE ONLY THING THAT FITS IN A PIGEON HOLE IS A PIGEON.
It is a great story, maybe a little Pollyanna for some. I am a sucker for misfit children happy ending stories. This book flew by, warmed my heart and was just plain fun to listen to.
I did not realize it when I listened, but do see now how the author glorified himself. This is to be expected when written in first person, plus it is an author. To be a writer, you have to believe you have something so important to say that people will pay money to hear you say it. I also thought that for most of the book things went a little too smoothly. I know several parents who have adopted and there are always problems, especially with special needs children or trouble children. I was also not crazy about the direction the story went when the parent started questioning the Martian child part of the story. It is still a really good book, and I will be checking out Gerrold's Science Fiction Books now.
Brick did an excellent job.
Boy meets girl, boy is impressed with girl's large breasts, girl and boy along with girl's father and his girlfriend fly to Las Vegas to get married, the same night they first meet. Next morning girl and girl's step mother decide to parade around the house topless. Girl admits to step mother that she would have slept with her dad if he wanted, she loved him so, what was the problem. Step mother admits to admiring step daughter's husband.
Do I need to continue, cause there is more?
Forster predicts facebook in 1909. Only this is more high brow, discussing music, literature, etc. People live underground and only communicate through this sort of face book. They sit and sit and sit and discuss and discuss. Hey, I know some people like that!
Yet, it would not be a story without a rebel.
Action packed lovers may be bored with this, while deep thinkers may love it. This was considered the top Science Fiction Story by some until 1965.
Guess, I am half action seeker and half deep thinker.
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