When I put the book down (shut my ipod off) I was disappointed. Sure, I read a great detective book with all the plot changes, surprises and tension you would expect, but I guess I expected a different kind of book.
The City and the City has an original setting, that takes a while to understand. A nice change from the usual sci fi, fantasy books I've been reading lately. Character development was my biggest issue, we learn nothing about the main character's personal life, or about his colleagues' for that matter. It's like a stand alone episode of CSI. Also, I'm not a big fan of the narrator. Different characters can hardly be distinguished.
Though it's entertaining, the author could've done more with the great setting, two doppelganger cities, he put out there.
Great story that takes place in early 20th century, about an alcoholic that comes back to his hometown he left so long ago. A reunion with ghosts, memories and family. The characters and town really come alive, William Kennedy is an awesome story teller.
I personally love the narrator, one of the reasons I chose to get this book. The other reason was that this book was on critics' lists, and for good reason. You're safe spending your credit on this one.
It's been a long time since I've read a story as moving as this one. Great storyline and believable characters. The story is set in a grim world, where it's not just a matter of good versus evil, all characters have their good and bad sides. This book has themes likes suffering, revenge and redemption.
The narrator has a pleasant voice, and I could just imagine myself being part of the story. A must read!
First of all, this is not the Stand, and no post apocalyptic horror story. To be honest, I was kind of hoping Earth Abides would be like that, but when I started the book I realized this book is not comparable to the Stand.
Humanity is wiped out except for a few, and the story is about Ish and some other survivors who start a new civilization. To me, the story is realistic and sometimes harsh, and I was really curious how it all would end. The narrator has a pleasant voice, and I wasn't bored once throughout the book. At the end I was left with awe, and I'm sure I'll never forget this book.
I enjoyed reading/listening to Ender's Game. The story is fast paced and original. The narrators are pleasant to listen to.
At the end of the book I did not feel having read one of the best sci fi books out there. The story only focuses on the kid Ender, while I prefer much bigger and epic stories about new worlds and societies.
Ender's Game is a good read, but did not leave me in awe like some stories do.
Dune is the best sci-fi book ever written if you ask me. Nowhere else do you find and author that did so much research before writing the story. Herbert combines ecology, religion, and science fiction into an epic tale of survival on a desert planet called Dune.
My favorite aspect of the books are the different characters. I love all of them, even when they play only a minor part in the book. They will grow on you, though Herbert is no afraid of discarding them throughout the book. Also, there is great character development. Paul Atreides is a changed man near the end of the book, both positively and negatively.
To fully experience Dune you should get this audio book. I was somewhat disappointed with the narrators as they go from several narrators to one after a few chapters.
In conclusion, this is a great book, and a must read for anyone that loves books
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