Not really. It's a bit tiresome, touches again on a lot of regular Powers themes...immortality, a shared self, strangely intricate methods for combatting magical creatures, playing cards. It's new in that he jumps around time periods and gives a lot of backstory for the three main characters, but it's sometimes very difficult to tell what time period you're in.
This is nearly the same as the above question... No I wouldn't. As a spy novel goes, it's not as cool as say a James Bond tale...and although he gets into some backstory for the characters this time, he doesn't get us inside their heads. That's what he needs to do. We need to feel their anxiety and joy, see their thought processes. Maybe he should try a novel in the first person.
He's as good as ever.
With some major editing it seems like it might make a good movie or mini-series. I think the way the angels are represented in the book is a bit difficult to picture but having seen "Noah" I suppose he was thinking something like that (which reminded me of those spirits or whatever they were at the beginning of "The Ocarina of Time").
Hale's reactivation in the beginning, Elena and Hale's early time together ("Do you want to see a monkey?"), and Elena's brainwashing were all great portions. Some things just seem too contrived (arbitrarily confusedly contrived) in Powers' books. The beats for rendering themselves invisible and the doctored bullets for killing angels were mainly what bothered me on that front this time around.I haven't read all of his books yet but so far I think the only must read is "On Stranger Tides." That one is brilliant. But even in there he nearly falls completely into that contrived trap with the blood/iron magical method of defeating the enemy at the end. I think that would have been fine if he hadn't insisted on making it more complicated by charging the blood magnetically or whatever it was with the compass needle. He's got to K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid). I don't remember exactly how he over-thought that but if he had made it so they just had to slice open an arm, bleed on the sword and then cut the bastard that would have flowed and been acceptable. Once it starts getting overly convoluted the reader loses faith in the story, he's lucky he only put that in the very end of "On Stranger Tides."If we look at "The Secret of Monkey Island," all Guybrush Threepwood had to do was spray the ghosts with root beer. For some reason that was easily to believe, I think because it was simple! And that game was based on "On Stranger Tides." Ron Gilbert I think noticed the problem and compensated for it (he made it simple), it was just too convoluted with Powers' MacGuffin solution.
If someone was looking for a pirate book I'd send them this way...but Tim Powers' "On Stranger Tides" feels more piratey and is just plain a way better book.
The relationships between Captain Hunter and the various women were always exciting. The least interesting aspect of the story...hmm...I think the epilogue kind of ruined the story, showed us that their lives weren't going anywhere interesting.
The long ship battle was probably the most intense part, had me glued to my headphones.
I'm not sure. I heard Steven Spielberg is making it, if he leaves out the epilogue it might be awesome. He could ramp up the sea monster and cannibal parts I suppose.
I welcomed the sea monster parts but they didn't really go anywhere. It seemed like after the ship battle he tried to make the book longer by hitting all the typical pirate adventure things you might expect but didn't do much with them unfortunately. Because the kraken story line didn't go anywhere it feels out of place but it made for a good joke during Hunter's trial.
The idea was appealing.
Probably the setting out on the mission paired with the wonder of what they might find.
Bad Thrawn voice.
When you find out the bad aliens are using live shields.
If they sub in Marc Thompson's voice for all the Thrawn lines, and add-in the parts that were abridged...maybe they'll start to have something here. The time spent on the actual mission is very short, and the quickness with which the main character learns Thrawn's language is unbelievable.
The beginning was great. The middle sucked. The end nearly saved it but it wasn't enough.
The reveal of what that final message was, taken to the ends of the universe, was a pleasant surprise.
Probably the above-mentioned one .
There was a lack of imagination in most of the book (after the excellent beginning). With his near omnipotence, his shifting between space and time, and his removed attitude, Winston Niles Rumfoord is definitely whom Alan Moore based Dr. Manhattan on.
Bronson Pinchot has to be the best reader I've encountered yet. The story was very exciting but like with the prior Tim Powers books I've read, the narrative seems to not know how to end.
It does share common themes with Tim Powers' other novels. It's got to do with inhabiting another's body just like how Lord Byron and Michael were sharing each other's in "The Stress of her Regard." And there's a whole magical system setup for communicating with certain magical creatures like in "On Stranger Tides."
He's got a great way of making each character's attitude and reactions seem totally natural. I think he should start using sound effects though (like for gunfire).
I laughed a bit.
Some of the characters don't get fleshed out enough and are added in around halfway through the book.
I really liked "The Rise of Darth Vader," so yes I would try another from James Luceno. It might have been better in book form. I'm not so sure about Daniel Davis, his reading voice was good.
Once the events start to intercede with those of "The Phantom Menace." it feels like our story's events are just playing catch up.
Many of his politicians' voices sounded exactly like his Palpatine voice. It was right-on, but once he used it for other characters it ruined the effect. The young Palpatine voice was really good and his voice for Plagueis was inspired. Once Plagueis is gravely wounded, the change that occurs to his voice was spectacular. Dooku's voice didn't sound like Christopher Lee, and it sounded as if Davis didn't even try with Valorum. Maul's voice was superb. A big no-no was using Palpatine's regular voice for when he was communicating with others as Darth Sidious. He should have used the slimy hateful voice we know from the movies. They would have been able to recognize him as Palpatine if he had kept it the same.
Yes, it made me really want to watch the prequels over again.
Sometimes it was very boring. Plagueis or Palpatine goes to some kind of a meeting and then my mind would wander. I'd give the story a 3-star rating but the Maul side story was interesting, although sparse, and the way it led up to Episode 1 was exciting.
Some of the voices and acting were enjoyable (a bit campy). The story wasn't all that great but I was surprised to get to hear about the outcome of those Jedi and Sith that were trapped in the thought bomb during the Bane trilogy. "Dark Forces" was the first big cross-media Star Wars event that began with a video game (followed by "Shadows of the Empire"). I think it should have stayed closer to the game and been a little darker in tone. The voices for characters that appear in the movies were awful.
Sure, the first section was pretty alright.
Kyle and his best bud's voice at the academy were great. So was the annoying guy who was their silly classmate.
I think Dark Forces needs a remake. Maybe get Marc Thompson to do Thrawn in his little cameo and flesh out the story a little more in terms of the writing. Jerec is a well-envisioned bad guy but his lines and his slimy sexual voice weren't that catching. The last book needs to be updated to match the descriptions of the thought bomb area in the Bane books a little better.
Not a Star Wars must read but of the three parts the first was rather entertaining.
Yes, by the end you want nothing more than to be able to pop in on Lord Byron and see what's happening.
When they're in the Alps shedding the attention of the Nephilim and time becomes altered and slowed down so that it's like they're swimming through the air, that was a very vivid picture.
I think probably near the beginning when he first puts the ring on the statue, and the following dilemma that occurs. It was all very exciting. Other than that, Michael's repeated descriptions of the three moments in his life that haunt him. A broken boat, a burning building, a bloody bed.
I did laugh a few times. When Michael has to bite off his pinky at one point the ensuing conversation with Byron was really hilarious.
Simon Vance did a great job on Lord Byron's voice but the other characters didn't really stand out. I thought the beginning scene with Shelley and him was a bit too fast a reveal of the magical elements. Also when the characters part ways and then are reunited later we aren't treated to their reactions of surprise or warm welcomes. I wonder if in the universe of this novel there are non-Nephilim vampires.
Yes, it's exciting zombie fiction and it's Star Wars!
I liked the plant and the main girl. I hadn't encountered a talking plant since Bushroot in "Darkwing Duck," although I guess he was a duck-plant hybrid. The plant was cute and refreshing, and so was his voice.
The plant voice for one thing is something I think I couldn't have gotten from just reading it myself. Also John Glover's natural reading voice seems to have some kind of horror feeling to it, it just really fits with the subject matter. His voices and the sound effects really bring life to the terrifying daily happenings at the ancient Sith Academy as well.
Sometimes, the dead come back...with light sabers.
This book was a great improvement over "Death Troopers" in terms of quality of writing, but I get the feeling that Joe Schreiber too often allows turns of the story to take place just because he's writing a horror story. I think he needs to learn to allow the story to take him where it wants to go. By the end of this book it is obvious that the girl and her once would-be killer have gotten on to the point where we want them to become lovers--and the characters seem to want it as well. Schreiber just kind of throws it all away to try and give you one last shock, but by this point another horrific moment doesn't really work anymore because the story was already over and it wasn't where the story was pulling naturally. It reminds me of a Bram Stoker book I read in high school called "The Jewel of Seven Stars." Bram threw in a horrific ending just because it was suppose to be a scary story, and then realized his mistake and later released an alternate happy ending.
Yeah, I haven't read the print version but with Marc Thompson's acting this must be better. He gets every single character spot-on. Plus the voices he created for Thrawn and Pellaeon are instantly classic and unchangeable. I liked Thrawn so much because of Thompson's portrayal that I went ahead and got the "Outbound Flight" audio book after these. Unfortunately compared to Thompson's Thrawn voice, Jonathan Davis' attempt in "Outbound Flight" falls flat on its face. To be fair, Thompson's Thrawn trilogy was released after, so had Jonathan Davis heard Thompson's Thrawn voice before recording, perhaps he would have impersonated it expertly.
I listened to all three of his renditions of the Thrawn trilogy and I'm listening to his "Escape to Witch Mountain" at the moment. He seems to be great all the time.
Well it's pretty long so no, but in a few sittings.
The first and second books in this trilogy are grand. The third is good too but the whole Luuke thing flies out from left field and just plain could have been done better. And just when you figure out what's happening the fight is already over, with some lack-luster fumbling intervention by Mara Jade. Most people would probably say that the Luuke idea was ridiculous, but I for one will say it could have gone over great if more attention was given to it rather than just rushing it out as an odd end to the series. An otherwise spotless 3-book masterpiece.
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