The premise of this book is way more interesting than the book itself. Basically, the entire book has only one real character(who can see the future), and the story hooks you into wanting to know what her plan is. Expect no resolution to any significant plot points. The other characters are cardboard.
Ultimately this is just a hook to a trilogy, but it gives no indication if it's worth reading the other two(as of yet unpublished) volumes.
I've been reading science-fiction and fantasy for 25 years now, and this is the 2nd worst book i've ever finished.
The target audience for this book is likely women between the ages of 25-40. I assume this based on the fact that all the women are empowered, the protagonist is able to beat up most men but can still cry from time to time. Combine this with the fact that every male character is flawed in at least one major way.
I just looked up the author on wikipedia and am shocked that the author is not a romance novelist. Her writing convention seems to be from a genre like romance. For example, in one scene a character's eyes widen 3 times as they are shocked by a variety of things. By the end of the scene I imagine that the character's eyes being the size of dinner plates.
The plot revolves around an alternate earth where gm foods have killed enough humans that all the fringe creatures like werewolves, witches and vampires now have a comparative population to man.
The protagonist works for a police force that will hire assassins if any of their operatives try to get out of their 20 year contracts without paying it off first. Some police force huh? The plot seemed to be created using some random plot generator, and it ends in a clunky "I really want to extend this crappy book into a big series I can milk for a few years" sort of way.
Really, it's just feminist drivel under the guise of a bad fantasy noir story.
Don't believe the hype. I'm sure if you read twilight and harlequins this will be enjoyable I guess. I'd recommend Jim Butcher, Robert Asprin, Terry Pratchett and Spider Robinson if you're looking for lite fantasy fare.
Snow Crash is one of the definitive novels of the "cyberpunk" genre. This audiobook version is very well produced and engrossing. The beginning of the novel is incredibly campy, and I found it almost too silly to listen to. It's worth it by the end though. This book is very non-stop action, so is good for long roadtrips.
The idea of this book is excellent. Unfortunately, the pompous "satire" that is used to present it is poorly executed.
If you love your satire dry and pompous, perhaps this book is for you. Otherwise: stay clear.
For so fantastical a setting the problems and characters in this novel are mundane to the extreme. It is not in the least engaging.
Other than the concept, the only positive thing to be said about this book is the narator, who does a fabulous job despite the material.
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