Springfield, MO, United States | Member Since 2010
David's review of run, don't read is a great review, only a little long.
I am a Heinlein fan. I loved The Green Hills of Earth, Starship Troopers, Starman Jones, Have Spacesuit Will Travel and Double Star. This book is crap.
I did not like Friday or Stranger in A Strange Land. This book is in that category.
This 90 year old man gets his brain transplanted into a 20 something hot chick's body. As a man he was a man's man and loved women. Once he is in a female body, he becomes a airhead. He wants to sleep with everybody including his best friend. He is so pretty he makes gay men want to go straight. I am pretty sure that if tomorrow my best friend's brain ends up in Beyonce's body, I am going to be too weirded out to have sex with him/she. Heinlein believes that a change in body will change our gender, yet studies show that it is the brain that determines the sex.
The worst part is that this is 19 hours long. I could handle eight to ten hours of it, but not 19. After the surgery is over, the book reads like a cheap romance. Lots and lots of girl talk. Hours of girl talk. Mind numbing middle school girl talk with adult situations thrown in.
Please do not let this be your first Heinlein.
This is enjoyable in parts, it is not great and not one of Hadleman's best. I felt it could have been better had it not been so disjointed. Joe has some good concepts about aliens and how they may differ from us and why. The lack of flow and the parts of the story that go off on weird boring tangents, keeps me form recommending the book. It is also one of those books where a week after you read it, you will have trouble remembering it.
YOU CAN ONLY FIND OZ WITHOUT A MAP
Most of these stories are about Dorothy or Dot as she is called in a lot of the stories. There are a couple of stories that don't include Dorothy but most have her in one form or another. Oz is in most stories and usually he is the bad guy. Here are just some of the many faces of Dorothy you will meet. Gay Dorothy, General Dorothy, Nursing Home Dorothy, Sim Dorothy, Techno Mage Dorothy, Dorothy the Witch, Dorothy of the Mental Ward, Chinese Dorothy, Contestant Dorothy, Savior Dorothy, Murderer Dorothy and A Dorothy to end all Dorothys. STORIES ARE MADE UP, EXCEPT WHEN THEY ARE NOT.
In the fashion of the Bug Eyed Monster, here are the table of Contents, but with the grade I felt they deserved.
Oz and Ourselves by Gregory Maguire (B-)
There's No Place Like Oz by John Joseph Adam and Douglas Cohen (B)
The Great Zeppelin Heist of Oz by Rae Carson and C.C. Finlay (B)
Emeralds To Emeralds, Dust to Dust by Seanan McGuire (C)
Lost Girls of Oz by Theodora Goss (C+)
The Boy Detective of Oz, An Otherland Story by Tad Williams (C+)
Dorothy Dreams by Simon R. Green (B)
Dead Blue by David Farland (B+)
One Flew Over The Rainbow by Robin Wasserman (A)
The Veiled Shanghai by Ken Liu (B)
Beyond the Naked Eye by Rachel Swirsky (D)
A Tornado of Dorthys by Kat Howard (B-)
Blown Away by Jane Yolen (B)
City So Bright by Dale Bailey (A-)
Off To See the Emperor by Orson Scott Card (B+)
A Meeting in Oz by Jeffrey Ford (B+)
The Cobbler of Oz by Jonathan Maberry (B)
The Narrators are good and the production is professional.
IT'S HARD WORK BEING OLD.
THE OLDER THE VIOLIN, THE SWEETER THE MUSIC
I have not been looking forward to this review. This will effect my standings and maybe lose some followers. I loved the first three hours of this book, because of the setting, characters and anecdotes. After three hours I realized that was it. There was not going to be a plot, goal, quest, hardship to overcome, etc... Oh, some could argue that going to Montana or the relationship between the whore and cowboy would fit the bill, but not for me. I also did not understand why it was okay to steal 100 horses, plus cattle from the Mexicans, when it was a hanging offense in Texas. I love cowboy witticisms, such as in True Grit or Dusty Rhodes books, but I require a story to go with it or at least limit it to 8 to 10 hours. I listened to 10 hours, but could not see going on another 26+. McMurtry can write characters and includes lots of cool sounding cowboy talk and it is one credit for one book, so if that is all you want, you could not go wrong with this book. If your looking for a plot, try Rhodes or Portis.
PIGS ON THE PORCH JUST MAKES IT HOTTER
BEETS, THE HAVE NOT EATEN IN A WEEK, STARVING TO DEATH FOOD.
An action packed thrill ride, a mystery, and very entertaining. It is kind of a Zombie book without the Zombies. After seeing some lights in the sky (Day of the Triffids) most of the population become murdering monsters. They don't become dumb easy to out run, falling apart zombies, they still have their brains, they just want to kill anyone who has not seen the light.
JUST DO WHAT I BLANKING TELL YOU
It is also about a family that was dysfunctional, that comes together in tragedy. Those reviewers who concentrated on the gore, seemed to ignored this large part of the book. Is there a lot of gore, well yea!!, it is a horror book, not a romance. I did get tired of the kids always asking why, in the middle of a crisis, but that is how we raise them these days. Finally toward the end of the story the dad, tells them " Just do what I F tell you." When I was a kid my dad said to do it because he said so and he was the boss. We learned early in life not to question dad. This is a good entertaining book and well written.
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.
TRUTH IS, HE IS EVIL THROUGH AND THROUGH
This book is like a mini epic, following a couple of families from childhood to old age, from rags to riches, from riches to rags. If your in a mood for an epic, but don't have the time for three books 20+ hours long a piece, then this may be your answer. It is not great literature, but it kept my attention for 16+ hours. It was predictable, but like a car wreck, I could not quit listening. The evil characters are evil through and through. I like the way they are mostly plotting and conniving. I like how they insult people without making it obvious. I used to work with a woman who would do that all the time. If you called her on it, she would act all innocent, as if she did not know what you where talking about.
"DO YOU THINK ABOUT FINANCES ALL THE TIME?" NO, HUGH THOUGHT, I THINK ABOUT YOUR BREASTS ALL THE TIME.
This is only my second novel by Follett, but what I notice is that he does not ignore sex in everyday life. He does not make it the over whelming part or get that explicit, but there is lots of it. Maybe with women it is different, but men think about sex, once every so many seconds (based on age). It is a big part of life and effects a lot of what we do, so to ignore it is to ignore life as it really is. YOU ALWAYS GET PREGNANT FROM ONE F.
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.
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