I'm a big fan of the Dream Park series, so I was ecstatic when I heard a new one was coming out. Unfortunately I felt let down this book. There wasn't as much 'Dream Park' action as I hoped there would be & the fictional backdrop of the 'game' was not very intriguing. There were some interesting scenes, but overall I was bored in places. The narrator's performance was also not too inspiring. Glad I listened to it instead of reading, but was hoping for more after my long wait for another "Dream Park" novel.
Samuel Sattin's League of Somebodies starts off as what appears to be a superhero origin story of the first true superhero. But what unfolds is a multi-layered analysis of the male machismo and tearing down the commonly held myths of what it means to be macho. Sattin's uses three pivotal characters to deconstruct these myths to redefine what it means to be brave, strong, and fearless. John Keating's narration could have been better as he seems to think all Jews sound like they're from Brooklyn and he does a poor job of accentuating pivotal moments in the book. However, Sattin's story overcomes this minor shortcoming and delivers a subversive story that at first seems like your standard superhero story, but ends up turning commonly held ideals on its ear. Great first novel from Samuel Sattin!
Much better than I thought it was going to be. I was led to believe that it was very dark, gory, and creepy, but I didn't find those qualities at all. I truly enjoyed learning about Blomquist & Salander and can't wait to read the other books in the trilogy and see the original Swedish films. Simon Vance's narration was superb as well, truly capturing the different characters personalities.
Just not a big fan of this book. Kept hoping it would get better but I was unfortunately disappoointed. Keeps feeling like an adult Harry Potter without the fantastical world and great dialog. Was more like Harry Potter meets Wicked and I felt the same way about Wicked. Most of the book was narrator exposition with little actual dialog and when there was, it was boring and lacked dramatic tension. The protagonist, Quentin, was annoying at best, and there was nothing sympathetic about him to care about.
Quickly one of my favorite books of all time. Listened to the audiobook version w/ Wil Wheaton narrating (appropriate choice for the demographic/subject matter), who surprisingly gave a great performance. Loved all the contextual use of 70s/80s pop cultural references; even found myself guessing references as they were hinted at. In some ways it felt like Snow Crash...more mainstream but the writing was not nearly as weighty. I'm just bummed the book is over already. May come back to this one again soon to read instead of listening.
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