Confession: I'm an Honorverse fan. If you'r reading this, chances are you are too. This is not the first book I would recommend to someone I'm trying to introduce to the Honorverse. It is however a GREAT companion to the first several Honor books. We hear the back story to Honor's distant relative who settled on Sphinx. We also get a primer on the physics and math behind the methods of travel used in the books. In short, if you're already a fan of Honorverse books - this is a great book that will fill in many of the holes in the back story. The performance, is as good as the writing, but in spots can drag.
Like a lot of people my first exposure to James Bond was via the movies produced over the years featuring that famous character in a variety of scenarios. Over 50 years worth of movies have been produced and they have produced their own definition of what Bond is and how he came to be. Casino Royale is the original Bond novel and bares very little resemblance to the modern Casino Royale movie or the original made for TV one of the same title. In a word - Better. Go into this book with an open mind and be prepared to forget some of the details that you think you know about Bond - and get the whole story instead.
I have all three of the Metatropolis books - and I happened to listen to all three of them in order. There is good and bad about this book - one aspect I liked from the original Metatropolis was the geographic variety - unlike the second book which was located all in one area. Like any anthology read by different people, you'll find that some voices you like and some you don't. This is the case here. The mix of authors is also unique - some from previous Metatropolis books some new. Overall, the book is very good - hence the 4 stars. I do not think it has the appeal of the first book, but it is very well written and very well read. If you have the other two, this is a natural book to buy and it is worth the price. You'll be taken to places you haven't been before in this world, and some that you'll see from a different view. Some characters are old, some are new. Its a good read, but I don't think its as good as the first book.
Historical fiction is a difficult genre - play too close to Historical fact and people will accuse you of straying from the facts. Play too loose with facts and people will accuse you of not paying attention at all. This book strikes the balance - fictional characters that are period appropriate, that happen to be in some historically significant places at the correct (or incorrect) time. It cannot be an easy balance to strike, but Mr. Jakes has done so and as a result has produced a book that is both entertaining and mostly factual. By using fictional characters, one is liberated from any one particular person and what they said or did not say and can instead set up the possibility of a pair of families that symbolize the struggle of North vs. South in the era leading up to the Civil War. This book is an excellent read and is very well read. For anyone interested in the Civil War, Historical fiction, or just plain good fiction - this book has something for you. I already bought the second one!
Earth Unaware is the first in the First Formic War series - as a result this is like a very distant prequel to Ender's Game. I can honestly say that Ender's Game and the subsequent books following it was the first Sci-Fi series that I latched onto when I was a kid. I've since heard the audio version - and I can say that these books are wonderfully performed and Orson Scott Card's writing style, by his own admission, translates extremely well when read aloud. The production decision to jump from reader to reader as the story changes point of view in each chapter is a good one- and all of these readers are excellent. This book ends in a cliff hanger and as a result I immediately downloaded the second book - see my review of that - Earth Afire - also here on Audible.
Earth Afire is the second in the First Formic War series - and like the first book, it ends on a cliff hanger, this one even sharper (and therefore more annoying!) than the first. I really really hope that there is another book in this series, because this cliff hanger is killing me. I want to know what happens! The performance is excellent - no notes from the author at the end this time, but a well read, well written book. Mr. Card has stated many times that he writes as if for the stage, or to be read out loud - as a result, the words take on a life of their own and are better when read to you. If you're a fan of futuristic military fiction, if you're a fan of Orson Scott Card, if you're a fan of Ender's Game - there is something for you in this book.
If you take a look at my other reviews, you'll find that I generally read Sci-Fi and military fiction books. I grabbed this book based upon its title - without doing any research or reading any reviews about it. I have been utterly surprised. This book is soft sci-fi, we accept things because that is the way they are presented. Henry's time traveling is never fully explained, in my opinion, but it doesn't matter. This book is less about the time traveling and more about the effects of it and how it affects thelives and marriage of the two main characters. Well read, well written and I would buy it again even knowing that it wasn't in its strictest sense my preferred genre.
Only one thing detracts from the otherwise great story that David Weber weaves here - and that is that the first chapter (more or less) also appears in one of the short story anthologies that is written within the Honorverse. This story has none of the 'space opera' type story lines other Honorverse books have, but that isn't a problem so much as it is something to be aware of. Its a great story of Stephanie Harrington and many background questions are answered within the Honorverse. This is a great read, but not one that would appeal to someone looking for military combat within Sci-Fi as so many of the other Honorverse books are known for.
This book, the conclusion to the trilogy that starts with Leviathan continues with Behemoth and ends with this book. This series is well written, well read and an excellent series in the historical fiction genre. This series weaves historical events, steam punk, a wee bit of science fiction and a serious amount of imagination into a wonderful tapestry of fiction. This series is recommended highly.
Leviathan left me with baited breath- wondering what the Barking Spiders was going to happen! Behemoth is a great follow up - and I'm about to start the third book now! In short - if you like well written historical fiction - this is a great series.
Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan is a wonderful book. I have read many books with alternative histories and 'Historical Fiction' - this one is one of the better ones. Throw in the steam (and diesel) punk alternative methods of powering technology and I find this book to be fascinating. I'm so excited by this that I'm already downloading the second book! The detail level is just right - believable but not over done. The performance, great. In short - if you like historical fiction, steam punk, or both, get this book!
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