Springfield, MO, United States
If you read my review on Target One, sorry but this is the story I thought I was talking about. Target One was actual not very good. This is the one you want it is a classic
This is the most stilted thing I have listened to since, first grade with Dick, Jane, Sally, Spot and that damn Ball.
I have been in and around trucking for almost 40 years and I can say Ing gets it correct when he talks about the trucking industry. To combine Science Fiction and truck driving sounded like the ultimate to me. Alas, the writing of everything else is not good. I really wanted to like this, but after the prequel and first chapter, it became a chore to listen to. The Narrator is also bad, he sounds like he should be reading Dick And Jane.
I prefer Historical Fiction over History, but with Philbrick I make an exception. This is my fifth book by Philbrick and they all have been very readable and informative. This book would make a great companion to Moby Dick. NP always picks interesting topics. I started with Mayflower which gave me a complete new outlook on the history of New Amsterdam, I'm sorry I mean New York. My favorite is The Last Stand, which is about Custer.
This is a history on Sperm Whaling and on Nantucket. Among other things I was surprised to find out that a lot of captains of whaling ships were in their mid twenties. Through years of tv watching, I figured them to be old white haired men. I believe that I felt more in the boat with the whalers in this book, then I did in Moby Dick and I really liked Moby Dick. I think NP does a great job of explaining just how dangerous this type of job was and how terrifying these huge beast could be. It becomes obvious that the main reason most whaling captains were young, was cause they did not live long enough to get old.
One indirect sad truth that NP really does not talk about that much, was how many whales there were back in those days. Nantucket got into whaling, because of the of amount whales they could see from shore. In the beginning they could go out and catch one and still be insight of the island. Later they were traveling all the way to the pacific.
If the subject interest you at all, you will enjoy this.
Do not worry about FOSB, fear of Scott Brick, he does well in this. The production was a little weird. At times he sounds like he is talking through a cheerleaders megaphone. Sometimes the change from one paragraph to another is extreme and sounds like they squashed the recording to make the recording shorter, like some radio stations do to programs, so they can get in more commercials, but it is not bad enough to detract.
WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU?
I have found that most of the reviewers that like this, start by saying they read it when they were teenagers. I can see a teenager liking this, especially one new to Sci/Fantasy. They aspect of meeting new creatures such as Cousin Bat, would seem interesting to the novice listener or this could bring back good memories. To the well read in this field this is STAGNATION. The bulk of the book is running around a built world meeting strange creatures, such as human plants, centaurs, batmen, half snake and half walrus, etc... The first few that you meet are interesting and done well by Chalker. I found the human plants and the episode of the twining to be pretty cool. I really liked the Kafka moment of the man turned into a female insect. The problem is that this all gets old and redundant.
Another reviewer remarked that this is science fantasy and I feel that is a perfect description. It started out pretty interesting, with an archeological dig on a unpopulated planet of an extinct race. This starts one of our first Introductions. We also meet some interesting characters. The planet had been run by a brain that was the world itself. I was soaking all of this up. I also enjoyed the space truck driver and the introduction to his world. It all seemed pure Science Fiction. Then they fell into the well and the story went strictly fantasy. At first it seemed even this would be worth listening to, but about five hours in, it becomes monotonous. I hung on for two more hours hoping it would return to the well written story it started as, then Jim the Impatient called it quits.
World of Tiers
This is very similar to Farmers, World of Tiers. It is also reminiscent of Anthony's, Split Infinity. The book is dedicated to Roger Zelzany and his style is evident. You will find most of Chalker's work in the paperback section of you used book store and it seems their is a reason you will not find him in hardback. I have one more of his books on my wish list, hopefully that will be better, as it seems he has lots of talent.
Pines reminded many, including myself, of The Twilight Zone. This reminded me a lot of The Prisoner. For you younger readers, the Prisoner was a great sixties series, involving a similar town as Wayward and lots of paranoia. I thought this was almost as good as book 1 and certainly better then the middle book in most trilogies. You learn more in this book about what it is like to live in a paranoid society, such as North Korea. This book has it's own separate mystery from book one and there was not a boring chapter, paragraph or sentence.
There has been a lot of talk about the ending to this book. Yes, it does end with a dilemma, but it is a new problem. It is not a problem at anytime earlier in the book, it is a new situation. This is a stand alone book, except I would suggest reading Pines first, only cause it is so good.
I will be getting book 3 and reading more Crouch.
CRAP YOUR PANTS IN 31 SECONDS
I was a little slow to get into this. Then I got into it big time and thought it was great. Then it turned into some type of super hero comic book. The intelligence and thought that went into creating the story got dropped by the way side. I got over half way through the book and called it quits.
What made things worse is I have a bad case of FOSB. Another reviewer came up with this term to describe the fear of Scott Brick. Ray Chase is not quite as bad as SB, but he is close. Everything he says should be written in capital letters. He screams most of the sentences. It is a good voice for announcing movies, but not reading a whole book. I think some narrators such as the two mentioned do not read the book ahead of time and feel that if they read every sentence dramatically it works, this way they can also read more books, since no prep time is necessary. They make more money or they are cheaper, I don't know which. Writers should take a bigger interest in production. Rarely will Stephen King let his books be butchered like this.
Through the first two chapters, I was not sure if I was going to like this or not. Although when the young lady says to the young ensign," I think my ass looks great in this dress, what do you think?" I perked up.
I am a big fan of sarcastic humor and chapter 3 is chocked full of it. There are several more laugh out loud parts in the rest of the book and the action is non-stop once it gets started. Some are calling this Military Sci-Fi, yet the die hard fans of this genre don't seem too happy. I have tried several Military Sci-Fi and I just can't get into them. They are usually filled with long chapters on guns and ammunition etc. I liked the Lost Fleet: Dauntless, but I did not love it. This I love. If this is Military Sci-Fi, then I have found an author that can make it breath for me. I also like that most of the book takes place in space. It surprising how little Science Fiction actually takes place in space.
This did bring back thoughts of Voyager and of Captain James T. Kirk and of Spock. The Russian Engineer is also a great character (can't believe he is not a Scott.) The story is more complicated then some give it credit. How to figure out who to trust is intriguing. It is short, but I rather pay for a small amount of quality, then for a whole lot of details on how to put together a future gun.
Narrator is good and adds to the experience.
I GOT A FUNNY FEELING ABOUT THE TWO OF YOU
If you are a fan of McCaffrey, Brooks or Glen Cook, you will love this, and you don't need to read any further.
1. This is most definitely written for pre-teens.
2.With the exception of the prologue the Dragons might as well be wall paper.
3. Our hero, disobeys his grandmother and gets her killed.
4. The grief the kid feels over his grandmothers' death, that he caused is about as much as I had over the last spider I killed.
5. Very little happens in real time. Most everything is something remembered in the past.
6. The Emperor is evil, everybody says so. Unless I snoozed through it, we never hear from the evil, evil Emperor.
I AM MUCH OLDER THEN I LOOK
I love Dragon stories, but the dragon stories I love involve Dragons with Personality. Robin Hobb has a great series called The Rain Wilds Chronicles, in which the dragons each have distinct personalities. Dragons are suppose to be intelligent and arrogant. The Dragons in this book and some others are domesticated or genetically engineered. These domesticated Dragons could be replaced with Unicorns, Pegasus, or dogs and the story would read the same. I will not continue this series.
DOGS DO WHAT THEY DO TO SAVE US OR TO PLEASE US.
I am a dog person and that is what held my attention in this book. This is about a damaged human and a damaged dog. Having owned a couple of dogs who had been damaged by previous owners, I know the love it takes to help a dog and the love received in return is something special I can not put into words. In this case the human may be more damaged then the dog. I have been a dog owner for over 30 years, but I was still able to learn something in this book to help with my dogs. If you are a dog lover, then you want this book. YOU ARE A DOG MAN.
The mystery that needs solved in this story is good and should hold the attention of the non dog lovers. And as another reviewer has mentioned this is a feel good type story. As Paul McCartney would say, What's Wrong With That?
You get the perspective of a Zombie, of a military grunt (way in the future, once the military and society in general have pretty much broken down.) and you get the perspective of a seventh grader. I was real disappointed in the Zombie, he had no control and was really just an observer of what his body was doing. If they could have made the Zombie more in control of his body, but have strong urges and the willingness to eat people this would have been so much better, something like Tufo's "Timothy". Although some gore was thrown in, for the most part, this sounded like a seventh grader wrote it. I got impatient after 8 chapters. I have been learning lately that just because a story has Zombies in it, does not make it exciting or interesting. You still need good writers.
COLD AS BALLS
THAT WAS JUST A PILL HE WOULD HAVE TO SWALLOW
Better then book 2, but no where near as book 1. If I didn't like book 2, you are wondering why I bought book 3. I loved book 1 and before I had a chance to listen to book 2, book 3 went on sale. The reviews were good so I bought it, a mistake I shall never make again. There were some tense times, finally toward the middle of the book and there was a new development, but all in all the book is boring and not much different then all the other Zombie books.
TOMLIN DIDN'T SEEM TO WANT TO ANSWER THE QUESTION DIRECTLY.
I HAVE TO TELL YOU SOMETHING.
This book is big on the cheap ploys, made to stretch a story out to book length. Our main character is told he needs to come to camp so and so right away, a stranger is asking for him. No, we don't know his name, no we don't know what he wants to talk to you about, but he knows your name. After a long drawn out process to find out who the guy is and why he wants our hero (a long drawn out melodramatic process.)Our hero asks did you kill so and so, the answer is finally yes, we the reader know why, but our hero who seems to be all brawn and no brain, is clueless. In this book all liberals are far left, all conservatives our super patriotic and far right, all bad guys are super evil, and all good guys are super sweet. No body is in the middle and there are no gray areas. If you loved book 2, you will love this. If you did not like book 2, you will not like this. That was helpful, right.
This narrator reads every line like it is the title to a movie. This makes the sentences drawn out and slow. I put him on 2x and once I got use to the mickey mouse voice the tempo was much to my satisfaction.
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