I loved "The Forgery of Venus" and this book is just as good but with a different flavor. "Shadows..." has multi-faceted characters who laugh at the obviousness of the plot they're in, which is not very obvious at all. Think "DaVinci Code" with MUCH better writing and character development, slyly referential to all of our favorite movies. Excellent narrative performance.
After reading it in print, was so happy to listen to the audio version. The story is dense with details and concepts, some passages merit a second listen. Excellent narration.
I'm only partway through this book, which has an interesting premise and likeable characters. However, the narrator's voice for certain characters is so annoying it is difficult to continue the book. Perhaps it's meant to be geared toward the juvenile.
Well written, moves at a brisk pace, great observations of human behavior and earthly culture, and very similar to the way I would handle things if I were put in charge of the e.t.'s debut at the earthly ball.
I enjoy the non-fiction writings of Graham Hancock, and the ideas explored in this work of fiction are similarly interesting: time entanglement, targeted genetic mutation in the distant past giving rise to current humans, and the use of psychedelics to contact extra-dimensional life. Unfortunately, this book contained not one but many extended and detailed rape scenes, as well as graphic descriptions of torture and violence, which made this audiobook more something to be endured than to be enjoyed. Leaves it hanging at the end for a sequel, but I won't be listening.
I highly recommend "Edenborn" but first read it's excellent predecessor "Idlewild". Involving ideas of virtual reality and artificial people, these books do an excellent job of painting very heartfelt pictures of humans and their very real frailties. Great cast reading. Worth it.
This book was an enjoyable listen once I allowed myself to relax into its nonlinear mentality, however, the pacing of the novel needs work. The book is too long, and feels like it should have ended when the killer moth is killed, but instead, three new (and presumably disposable) characters are introduced and the hunt drags on. Lynn, the lover introduced early in the book, with much care and description, languishes the whole book and only appears briefly (and unsatisfyingly) in the end. Another character, wingless and morose throughout, starts to narrate and describe his own sudden inner change into an active and expressive person and it feels as if this is a tacked-on explanation because otherwise the story would become totally unclear. I enjoyed "The City and The City" better.
I listen to this book for a few minutes as a natural soporific. It should be titled "A Short History of the People Who Invented Science", as opposed to "A Short History of The Concepts Involved in Science."
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