Chesterville, ON, Canada | Member Since 2010
ok, so I write this after listening to the whole DT series.... and it suffers because of that.
The characters and their development, the performance and production are first rate and I listened to all of the books in sequence. But in the end, and all things must come to an end, I found myself back at the beginning. And no better for the journey. The Beams, the Rose and the sidgles I will accept, but what of the residual technologies and elder peoples in the worlds we traveled through..... I am left empty and wanting, but I think not for more.
This book is very good and will naturally lead you to want the next book, but the flight path of the series ends suddenly when it eventually collides with the appearance of the Dark Tower. If the journey takes 1000 years to complete, will the next cycle (representing a century ?) have the tower being 20 stories tall, with each flight of stairs being 20 long....
Future worlds, political intrigue, ambition and most of all psychological genetic manipulation. If you can fit all of these things under your hat, then you will need to strap-in for this entertaining listen. I was willing to accept the transfer of personality traits from donor to next iteration host (we are still talking Sci-Fi right.....). All you need is a master plan and the time to make it happen, oh yeah, a bio-mass recycler and no one else smarter than you to get into your way.
I was lov'n the book and the series, ... until we walked into the tower. I even think that meeting Steven King (in the book) was a neat literary trick, although I initially bemoaned the ploy.
The characters and their development, the performance and production are first rate and I listened to all of the books in sequence. But in the end, and all things must come to an end, I found myself back at the beginning.
This book is very good, but the flight path of the series ends suddenly when it eventually collides with the appearance of the Dark Tower. There is potential to continue the story, but the investment in all of the characters and settings would be lost to everyone but Rolland.
Superb listen. Well developed characters. Just enough interwoven plots, with plausible reality. Contemporary fiction (I hope) that made it VERY difficult to put down. The limiting factor being that it is nearly impossible to listen to all of it in one sitting. Another excellent piece from Stephenson, possibly better that cyber-punk.
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