the conceptual intricacy
there were several narrators and the juxtaposition worked well
I really like the more philosophical fiction (as long as it doesn't get too didactic or preachy), and this is one of the best I've come across. I enjoyed the 2nd book a great deal, but this is another league entirely. really quite brilliant.
Very interesting setup and playing out of the implications of cloning. However, it seemed to me that it was too committed to making a quite engaging story into some fundamental question about life and the universe and so became way too grandiose.
The basic framework of the novel is pretty trite: america is constituted as a war between the old gods (those that came over with immigrant populations) and the new gods (tv, new media, etc). But there are so many fascinating digressions and character histories within this basic plot line that i ended up liking the book a fair amount. But a classic? not to me.
Not sure how to review this book. Part of me thinks that this is the kind of book Philip K Dick would write today (in the best sense) and part of me thinks it was just outrageously convoluted. There are only so many shocking revelations a book can have before they cease being shocking and become banal. I think i would've like the book version better, as it might have been easier to follow the techno-futuristic intricacies. But the narrator sounds like Willem Defoe and that was fun.
Contrary to many other reviews, I just found this novel largely uninspired (despite the potentially interesting cocktail of styles). It's part spy-novel, part occult/magic powers, part math techno-geek. the 2nd quality means that any time that part 1 gets you into a sticky situation, you can invent some (mathematically justified) magical way out. oh, and of course, there are Nazis. unless i get really desperate, I'm not even going to pursue the other books in the series (and that is saying something).
If you like Murakami's style of fusing reality with a dream-like fugue state, you will love this book. And its exceptionally good to listen to, once you get used to the at times caricatured voices.
Sawyer explains in an interview that Planet of the Apes was the inspiration for this trilogy, insofar as it used sic-fi to investigate then contemporary moral and political issues. I can definitely see the connection, but this investigation ends up being too didactic and simplistic for my taste. Pretty clear sense of good and bad and all that comes with that.
too many to count
A brilliant, speculative, and very densely written work. I had to re-listen to the first several hours twice - but it was entirely worth it.
The scope of the story is massive; the character list alone is hard to keep track of. And while everything ties together a little too neatly at the end, there are a couple really compelling story lines (and characters). Also, a very fine performance by Longworth makes listening to this quite enjoyable.
Suarez basically writes contemporary political thrillers that use cutting edge computer and military technology as the engine for page-turning action adventure. In the case of kill decision, its the prospect of autonomous drones with swarming behavior. No deep characters or compelling speculation here (one of the 2 main characters here is annoyingly simple). But lots of fun techno-action. I preferred his "Daemon" and would recommend it as a better place to start with Suarez.
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