A better story
Neil Gaiman often tells stories which have a new idea or two within them, beautifully presented like chocolates in a fancy box. I'm afraid that this is just not one of them. A man reminiscing about something mystical that happened to him a long time ago that he never really understood and won't remember after he leaves.... it just didn't keep me interested.
The one scene where the youngest fate forces an ocean into a bucket and brings it to the main character's location sticks in my mind, but only vaguely.
His prose and performance were as wonderful as always, but it was a bit like opening a beautiful chocolate box to find nothing within it.
"An Abundance of Katherines" by John Green had some of the best teen dialogue I've ever read and the story was interesting and fresh, so yes, I'd read more by John Green.
It was very well written, wonderfully performed and excellent in every way, except it was depressing. Dying teenagers finding love and adventure might be uplifting for some people, but I was just depressed by the story material itself.
The tour of Ann Frank's house.
I'm sure it could be made into a movie, but I have no idea who would star in it.
Idea tourist's guidebook
Neal Stephenson wins in the end
I've always enjoyed Neal Stephenson's insights into the greater supporting structure of the internet, thoughts on the future in general and wild dips into cyber punk nerd humor. This series of short essays by Neal provides lovely little bites of intelligence for those who consider themselves "action nerds", folks who can crawl through mud with a laptop in their teeth, have a nice discussion over tea with Richard Feynman and then restart a data center taken over by terrorists.
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance is a light, easy read. The reader can predict what's going to happen next, but the writing is funny and cute enough in places that you don't really mind.
I've never listened to any books by Lois McMaster Bujold, but I've read a few and am a little disappointed. Her writing is as clever as always, but this story is just so-so. I'm not the romantic type, so perhaps this story would appeal to other readers more.
He's got a wonderful way of reading in a smart-ass, likable way that makes you hang on every word he speaks as if the next thing he says is going to be a real zinger. I recognized his voice from "Play Dead" by David Rosenfelt, and he was the perfect narrator for that book's main character, a smart ass little lawyer.
This was a pleasant book, it didn't cause any extreme emotions.
I probably wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who hasn't already read the Vorsokian saga.
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