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Only old farts like me will probably get the title, a reference to a classic B Movie called Warriors. Probably the only Warriors not included in this collection would be gang bangers.
It is hard for an anthology to get a high rating as it usually only takes one bad story to bring the whole rating down. If you are looking for that one good story, then this is an excellent collection. Most of these stories are over an hour long. There are twenty stories and the book is over 31 hours long. Some are shorter and the one by Martin is three and a half hours long. I was a little worried when I started the book, as usually anthologies start with one of there best stories, and this started with one of it's weakest stories. I would suggest that after ten minutes you are not enjoying the story, fast forward, there will be some great stories later. I also like this type of collection, as I got to hear from authors I have never heard from before. The Best story was from Lawrence Block and he writes in a genre a rarely read in. He has a new fan now and I will be seeking his writings out.
By the reviews a lot of people got this book for many different authors. I can only speak to my own tastes. I really liked the stories by Lawrence Block, Joe R. Lansdale, Robert Silverberg, Tad Williams and Joe Haldeman. The stories by Novik, Rollins, Ball, and Vaughn are pretty good. Stories by Hobb, Saylor, Weber, Morrell and Martin are okay.
Block's story is the most unique and scary in today's world. Lansdale's story is very funny. Williams and Haldeman's stories are furturistic, with Haldeman revisiting Forever Peace and focusing on sex. Rollins' story is about dog fighting. Martin continues the adventures of the Hedge Knight, which he started in Silverberg's Legend series.
If you like anthologies and Fantasy, then you will love Silverberg's Legend stories.
I first heard the narrator Lawlor, doing Jack Vance's Dying Earth book. He was good in that, as it involved elves, wizards and fairies. Whoever thought his little boy scout voice would be good doing Vikings or any tough guy, needs to find a new career. By reading the reviews you can tell he ruined it for many. I found it distracting and do believe I would have enjoyed reading the book better. The problem being it would have taken me months to read it, audible, even bad audible works so much better for me, especially long works like this.
Buried in the overly descriptive writing and the disjointed happenings, I believe there is possibly a good story here. I am sure there are those who love this style of writing, but since Carol Berg is not a household name, not a whole lot. I think Berg has lots of talent in storytelling and if she quits trying to be so poetic, the story would have a chance to shine.
I really did not care too much for the narrator. He reads in a sing song fashion and uses a lilt in his voice to show emotion. It reminded me of a junior high kid forced to read a poem in front of class.
WHAT WAS IT ABOUT ME, THAT MADE PEOPLE WANT TO F ME?
I really enjoyed Wade's Viking series. I felt they were high quality writing and that Wade could have written the stories with out the erotica and they would still have been good stories. This story is based only on erotica and is full of some things I just don't enjoy. This story could have been good if drawn out a little more. The basic story had some real possibilities, but the whole book felt a bit rushed. I like dirty talk, but it was done so often that it lost it's shock value.
I WAS HELD TO A BODY OF PLIABLE STEEL
Tarzan has a couple of bit parts, but is barely in this book. In erotic, tastes vary so widely that I am sure plenty will like this book. Wade has made lots of money writing erotica, but I hope some day she writes longer, more in depth novels, it seems such a waste of talent, to not.
TELL ME HOW BAD I AM
DAMN IT JIM, I'M A BOTANIST
Lots and lots of science. Lots and Lots of funny. MacGyver on Mars. I Love Clarke, but even he could not write this well. He would be proud. Who'd Thunk, talking about Night Soil, Math, Chemistry, Biology, and so much more could be so entertaining. Get this book for your teenagers and they will be inspired. Give it to your friends and they will be entertained.
R.C. Bray just jumped to the top of every bodies favorite narrator list.
YES, OF COURSE DUCT TAPE WORKS IN A NEAR-VACUUM. DUCT TAPE WORKS ANYWHERE! DUCT TAPE IS MAGIC AND SHOULD BE WORSHIPED!!
MORALITY DOESN'T COME IN SHADES OF GRAY
I got this book for two reasons: 1. Bova's book Venus had a scene in it that actually made me feel that I was in the atmosphere of Venus. 2. Mercury seems to be the forgotten planet, few people ever write about it, so I wanted to learn more about it. As it turns out this book is a soap opera and only about 1% of the story takes place on Mercury. Instead it is a story about a space elevator built on Earth. I guess Bova did not believe Clarke (several times), Robinson, Benford, Fortschen, Reynolds, Steele, McDevitt, Niven, Sawyer, Heinlein, Baxter and many others had done a good enough job writing about space elevators, he had to spend the majority of his book, supposedly about Mercury, writing about a space elevator on Earth. He could not even do like Robinson did and build it on the planet in question.
IT'S ALWAYS BETTER TO BE LUCKY THEM SMART
To prove this saying, Bova has one of main characters have so many good luck consequences that have to happen to make the soap opera continue happen that it will make your head spin. He follows this up by making another main character be so stupid it is annoying and he has to be stupid for the so called plot to go forth. He gets an anonymous e-mail from someone about an important science discovery and he does not think twice about it be anonymous. He does not even think about why it was sent to him, a fairly unimportant scientist. His wife says she has gotten a lot of love letters from him, which he sent none, he does not question this either. Most Bova book reviews go on about his science credentials, yet he often writes soap operas instead. Usually there are lots of science to go with the poorly written drama. This book does not even do that. There is some science that is inserted like readings from a dictionary.
ABSENCE OF PROOF IS NOT PROOF OF ABSENCE
Having said all this, the book is not a total loss. I did listen all the way through. It has some interesting parts, such as the dictionary inserts and the discussions on science and it's consequences. I was also surprised by a small statement he made which is just glanced over. In his future earth, he has Israel eliminated and he says the Middle East is a lot more peaceful because of it. It is quick and he does not dwell on it, but a pretty brave statement. (Not saying I agree, but always happy to see an author take a chance and do the politically incorrect thing.)
So, if your interested in reading another book on the space elevator being built on Earth, you might enjoy this or if you like really bad soap opera, you will love this.
The first 85% of this book is intense. Everything that could go wrong to one guy happens. Starting when he is abandoned by his dad at age four. He is beat up in his foster home and things just never seem to go right. The book keeps your attention and never lets go. After about 85% of the book is over, the mystery is solved. It is not solved slowly, but all at once. Then I felt the book was not as good as it had been, yet it was still entertaining, The book as a whole is five stars, the first 85% could be six stars and the last 15% would be four stars. If you like dark stories, you will enjoy this.
Scott Brick does an excellent job. He is a little more laid back in his usual over the top drama narration and his high quality voice adds to the intensity and makes the book a better listen then a read.
Or Who Cusses The Most
This book is nothing like the first. First book had a cool concept (The government planned to rebuild society through trained men in bunkers). This book brought no new concepts. In the first book we had people we cared about(the little girl, the little boy, the dog}. No characters of interest in this book. The first book had tense moments, this book was just a shoot-em up.
I got this book because of the 4.5 rating and I got the third book cause of ratings and it was on sell. I am very disappointed. If you like the same old same old Zombie slaughter stuff, then go ahead. If your are looking for creativity or characters, stop at book one.
Rummel is great, but he doesn't write them.
THEY SELL TO BOTH SIDES
I am a big Sanderson fan, and I believe he is the hottest author at this time. I like Elantris, Mistborn and The Way of Kings is on my top ten list. This is meant for teens not an old man like me. I should like this, I am not into in superheroes and this is anti-superhero. Doing your homework is stressed throughout the book, as the main character has done a lot of research. I have read plenty of teen books and have enjoyed them. I believe that this has too much discussion. It is talk talk talk and I don't see how anyone could enjoy that. I think after you read this it will be better and better, because you will concentrate on the high points and forget the long boring discussions. I HATE IT WHEN GUNS ARE POINTED AT ME. I guess I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR PREFABRICATED THRILLS.
I put the narrator on fast forward. Other then the characters sounding like mickey mouse, the speed was more natural.
I HAD TO STUDY LIKE A HORSE
KNEES YOU SUCK AT METAPHORS
NOW YOUR COOKING WITH GAS
Well researched historical fiction, great romance, an old story done in a new way, teasers, small horror, action, but mostly a movie theatre experience is what you get in this long, but short book.
THE BEATINGS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL MORALE IMPROVES
Have you experienced a movie so good, so well done that you feel you are in it? When you walk out of the theatre it takes you a while to get your brain back to reality. This books is so well written and so well narrated, you will lose yourself in it. You will feel you are watching this on an I-max screen in 3D with surround sound. Compared to King most other authors are ALL HAT AND NO CATTLE. I DOUBLE DOG DARE YOU, to immerse yourself.
IF YOUR IN LOVE, SMALL POX SCARS ARE AS PRETTY AS DIMPLES.
At least one reviewer has put down the romance. I am not a fan of romance novels, but I could not help falling in love with the main female character and wishing her all the best. I wanted so much for there to be a happy ending and I will not tell you how it ends. It may have been ROMANCE AT SHORT NOTICE, but when she says HOW WE DANCED, I cried. I am a macho man, so I will deny this, DON'T ASK DON'T TELL. I HAVE POUND CAKE.
MY OLD MAN DRIVES A SUBMARINE
The book is thoroughly researched, down to the price of a root beer and the rhyming games of jump roping little girls. I love historical fiction and welcome King to the genre. A BLAST FROM THE PAST, A PLATTER THAT MATTERS.
YOU AIN'T FROM AROUND HERE.
In this 30 hours plus story that goes by too quickly, King also touches on several themes that are near and dear to my heart. He talks about cities or towns with personalities. I moved around a lot as a child of a military family. It is something I noticed even as a kid. Today I deliver to several grocery stories and I find they have personalities all their own, even chain stories. I find empathy varies greatly in different people and charm can go a long way in a persons career. Lots of times it is not how smart you are, it is how charming you are that gets you ahead in life. IN GOD WE TRUST, ALL OTHERS PAY CASH.
I did have a few issues, most of them minor. The book had a few teasers, I found annoying. This story is way over done. Grimwood has a great book called Replay, written in the 70's about when King was thinking about writing this story, that is pretty damn good. A lot of time travel books have been written and those written by authors of King's generation love to go back and try and save Kennedy. They seem to think that had he lived, life would be so much greater now. I also think that King took the 5th on this and did not answer the question. It seems to be the main question of the entire book and after thirty hours he does not answer it. I did not care for THE PAST HARMONIZES, aspect of the book and felt it detracted from the story. I also worry about glorifying the past. I remember when people in customer service type jobs totally sucked. I remember dreading going to the Dept. of Rev. cause of the mean hateful old ladies that worked there. You would stand in line for hours and when you got to the head of the line they would tell you, you needed to go to another line. When you walked into a hamburger joint the teenager behind the counter, would usually make it plain she rather be anywhere else then taking your order. Companies today have trained their people to be better in customer service and most seem to be happy to help. I remember bias ply tires and cars that broke down after 100,000 miles. In my day you better know how to change a tire. I have shopped at Western Auto stores, I much prefer Lowe's. I won't even go into civil rights, Women's rights, less freedom of speech and the cast system that was much more pronounced in the old days. We are better today then we were in the 60's. ASK ME NO QUESTIONS AND I'LL TELL YOU NO LIES.
YOU NEED TO DIG OUT YOUR EARS.
This narrator is excellent and I loved the secret voices he added. Listen carefully and tell me if you don't hear, Burt Lancaster, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart and John Houseman. Oh, they may not be perfect, but I liked them.
PUDDIN' TANE, ASK ME AGAIN AND I'LL TELL YOU THE SAME.
HIS EYES WERE AS HUGE AS A STALLIONS TESTICLES
BEARS NEED THE WOODS LIKE BIRDS NEED THE SKY
THE MAN IS SO CLEAN, IF YOU TOOK A BATH WITH HIM, YOU COULD USE HIM FOR SOAP.
IF SOMEONE LOOPED OFF YOUR HEAD, IT WOULD BE NO LOSS, YOUR GONADS WOULD DO ALL THE THINKING.
When this story starts out it, sounds like an amusing fantasy. It is funny and you meet some interesting characters, but before you get a chance to explore what seems to be an interesting world, we change worlds. The book goes from fantasy to Sci-Fi. The Science has lots of genetics, human sized insects, mind control, robots, etc..
Farland who wrote this book originally under the name Wolverton does not write Science Fiction as well as he writes fantasy. Though he has lots of gadgets and he explains them, it just does not come off as believable. He should have stuck to fantasy and explored the first world more completely before changing gears. It was an early novel and it reads like an early novel. Under the name Farland, he seems to write only fantasy and he sells more books. He is creative and has talent in writing fantasy. He also has plenty of cool one liners, as witness above.
The narrator does not help, his voice is too sweet and sounds like he is reading Dr. Seuss.
GOD, BE WITH YOU, FOR I SHALL NOT.
I have listened to 22+ ours of this, so you don't have to. If you are a huge Science Fiction Fan like myself, then you think you must buy this. If you are willing to listen so long to get about four or five good hours of listening and learn a little bit, then go ahead, but if I knew then what I know now, I would have passed. I did find a couple of gems, but not enough to warrant treading through all the rest. Before I start let me say thank you to the bug eyed reviewer who listed the table of contents and in order, something Audible should have done.
I will take this section at a time.
Harlan Ellison's Introduction: Lofty Ambitions.
With the exception of the dig to modern editors such as Dozois, this seems like a good intro. It certainly gets you excited to listen to all 22 hours of the book. After listening you will be upset at being sold such a bill of goods. Ellison, also in his old age, should have learned by now how to praise a person without putting down another. He claims there has not been a good editor of science fiction since Groff Conklin. Groff Conklin was a great editor, especially for his time, the fifties. Gardner Dozois puts out an annual anthology of the best of Science Fiction and has now for over 30 years. In each book he summaries the year in Science Fiction. His summary covers the health of the previous sf year, book publishers, magazines (including actual numbers of magazines published, prices, addresses, web sites, etc...), semiprozines, online only magazines, original anthologies, fantasy anthologies, horror anthologies, novels, first novels, novella chapbooks, Novel omnibuses, out of print books that came back, short story collections, art, movies, television, list of all the award winners, obituary, and more. It goes on for pages and pages. If you are a science fiction nerd like myself, you read and absorb, if you just want good stories, you skip it and go on to an excellent collection of stories. The copyright of this book is 2004, so it may have been to early to recognize John Joseph Adams, who has been coming out with some really good original collections.
We are also told by Harlan that Rudnicki is the worlds greatest editor because he has read thousands of books and speaks various languages. I read and listen to hundreds of books a year, does that make me a candidate for a editor of an anthology? I know I could have come up with a more entertaining collection of material. This collection did not even include Gilgamesh, the worlds oldest book, and a very good book at that. I do not blame Rudnicki, although he did allow this to be published about him. Ellison has a history of mouthing off and he is always hot or cold, never between.
MYTHS WE LIVE BY
About nine entries, of which only one is good (Robert Silverberg's After the Myth). Two more are okay and the rest are painful to listen to.
MYTHS THAT BITE
About six entries, of which one is great (Barry Pain's, Dairy Of a God.), two okay, three painful.
About six entries, of which one is most excellent (Fritz Leiber's, A Pail of Air), one excerpt is good, four painful.
The best section, including works from Card, Asimov, Stoker, and Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti. Although I don't see how Card's entry is a progenitor to anything. It is an excellent story, but does not keep with the theme of the collection.
REST IN PIECES
Starts with the Hearse song, which is hilarious, has an except from Revelations, which is extremely scary, a great old story by W.E.B Dubois, and a great story by Clarke. Mixed in are about six painful listens.
This starts with a pretty good piece by Bova. He basically defines what science fiction is. He does not like the term Sci-Fi and he hates Hollywood, probably cause they have never turned any of his hundreds of books into a movie, mostly cause they are not that good. I like some of his books and I know he is a scientist, but that does not mean he is a good writer. His characters are usually card board cut outs and he usually has a lot of dull spots. He says in his essay that science is often boring and he often proves that in his writings. Not sure why Rudnicki included this commentary as it goes totally against what he gives us, as most of his Science Fiction does not include any science. SR even comments that Dante's Inferno is as much science fiction as Verne or Clarke's work. I have read Inferno and I never noticed any science. It was good fantasy and it is an insult to Verne and Clarke to have their thoroughly researched writings be compared to Fantasy.
Do not miss Elliot Engel's biography on Edgar Allen Poe. It is a fascinating story and almost made listening for 22 hours worth it, almost.
I agreed with Card's commentary and I think I have heard him harp on it before. He is a great writer and he gets tired of academia looking down their noses at Science Fiction. He has mentioned before that if kids in school could read some good science fiction instead of the boring English Literature, they are forced to read now, they would be better readers as adults. This commentary did get a little technical.
Rudnicki does the majority of reading and the rest are professionals. There is one gravely voiced narrator I did not love, but that is a personal thing.
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