I first read this book over twenty years ago, I think. I was a teenager and all my friends loved it.
It was one of the staples of teenage sci-fi reading in the late eighties, such was Donaldson, Eddings and Fiest. Piers Anthony is the lesser of these four.
It is entertaining, and the story spans over several books. I started listening to book 4, which is new to me, and immediately felt it betrayed the first three.
I tried to watch the film after this, and I cannot. It feels like a completely different beast.
The story has its own nuances, though I it does feel drawn out in places. i have not read the short story,
Worth the read.
Philip K Dick is one of the most engaging sci-fi/fantasy writes i have ever read. I have yet to be disappointed.
I was completely drawn into the story, the characters are written with such faithful emotions and motivations.
One of my most favourite books in my collection. Great Story, and narrated perfectly by Paul Giamatti.
A better look at whole these companies competed in a very similar space, and how they choose not to compete.
It really defined what the companies products are, and why they launched what seemed like bad products.
The content drew me in as I am of the age where video games erupted in my youth. It was fascinating to listen to the story of the giants who brought me such joy as a young kid.
I do not think the book translates well into an audio book (an assumption without reading the written version). The continuous repetition as long quotes are mixed within the story, often only slightly paraphrased to which i could only guess was introductions into new sections?
The scope of the book was possibly too wide, as elements were often repeated when the author changed point of views.
I have been a fan of the Doom franchise since Wolfenstein on the 486.
The author brought life and energy to the story. After I finished the book I felt like i was part of the journey. It totally absorbed me; this book may be a niche?
I have tried to convince my friends to read it, and have failed. If you are reading this review then you accidentally came across it, or you were after feedback regarding the book. if it is the later then purchasing this book should be a 'no brainer'.
The overall theme of Lucas being constantly contradicted with evidence in regards to his planning of the movies does not cease. The book is enjoyable, however at times it read like my thesis (reasserting a single point of view over and over)
i was hoping to walk away with intricate knowledge of the process/filming, but I found far too much time was spent on the writing.
Fabulous. Great story telling. At first I thought he resented his RPG early days, but in the end... well, just listen to the book.
Thoroughly recommend to anyone who role played as a kid, or whose childhood had such an alternative view that you thought you were cool, but in reality you were just an eccentric twat.
This will not break the boundaries if you understand economics or have played a lot of MMOs.
That said, it is a great tale which I could relate too
A level of detail and philosophy that is absent from a lot of modern sci-fi
The book makes some good attempts at exploring both side of the argument, but other times the scientific argument is extremely biased and irrelevant. For example: it discusses the physiology of the cheetah, efficient lungs etc..., yet fails to explore how these constraints (of the Flash) would impact his performance. It also describes the energy required for a typical human to do a certain feat, but i would not refer to the Flash as a typical human. With all thee figures being spouted, surely the argument for 100% efficiency of food consumption be explored.
By the time I reached the creationist versus science argument I was on auto-pilot, waiting patiently to finish the book.
I doubt the writers have had any thesis or science experience: commonly misusing the terms theory, truth or fact.
I was expecting a fun lighthearted exploration of comic super-heroes; I received a few interesting tid-bits hidden behind an overwhelming amount of pointless exposition.
I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.
(oh gawd, there is another book too... )
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