I loved Altered Carbon's take on sci-fi noir, and the way that it explored the stack system (where people's minds can be transferred to different bodies. Broken Angels ditches the noir/mystery feel, doesn't do much with the concept of stacks, and instead goes for an ultra-violent military thriller with a little "Alien" thrown in. The story didn't make a lot of sense to me, and I got turned off by the frequent graphic sex and violence. Granted, Altered Carbon also had a lot of sex and violence, but at least it was held together with a good story. Also, Kovacs, who was a bit of an anti-hero in "Altered Carbon" comes off as pretty much unlikeable in this.
The genre, no, but the author, yes.
I enjoyed the scene where they were exploring the Martian space ship.
The Martians were interesting.
I enjoyed most of the book, but the last 1/3 lost me.
Less repetition in the storytelling - the same events are covered twice by both narrators. The section describing Rupert Angier's trick was overlong - I get that we needed to know how it worked, but there was too much.
The faux 19th century dialogue was sometimes too florid for my tastes. Vance is a fine narrator, though.
It's not clear what exactly happens at the end. I'm not sure what a follow up book would document, but it would be interesting to hear what happens to the ancestors after the last page of this book.
I liked the Japanese setting, which was a nice change of pace from your typical medieval European setting. I'm not sure if I would recommend it. I enjoyed it, but after it ended I had no desire to listen to the other books in the series. The story was perhaps too simplistic, or maybe I was annoyed by the star crossed lover angle.
I thought Kevin Gray was excellent - quiet and reserved, much like the protagonist. Aiko Nakasone was not as good. She tended to over annunciate and was reading the story rather than performing it.
I wish it had included the other two volumes that make up the print/ebook edition of "Quicksilver." As it is, it is only the first third of the book.
This ends after the first third of the book, so there isn't a real ending. I found the ending to the book a bit disappointing, in that after 927 pages not much had actually been resolved. I found it interesting enough to immediately buy "The Confusion," which is the sequel to this book.
This is a fast, entertaining book. The narrators were good, but it is probably best enjoyed in print form so that you can quickly skim through the parts where Stephenson goes on a long tangent totally unrelated to the story.
It was really hard for me to follow what was going on. Gibson is a good writer, but his habit of telling stories from three or four different perspectives without given much backstory or exposition makes it tough to track what is happening. I was lost the first seven hours, and it was only until the second half of the book that I finally started to understand how the threads intertwined.
Gibson is a gifted writer, and Jonathan Davis captured the dark mood of the story. Even when I didn't know what was going on or where Count Zero was going, I kept listening.
Ross McDonald is one of my favorite author's and Grover Gardner did his creation Lew Archer justice. The plot is strong, and the narrator captures Archer's world-weariness. Highly recommended.
The narrator perfectly capture the goofy charm of the book.
This book was the perfect combination of goofy humor, surreal imagery, and horror. It made fun of a lot of horror cliches while still being terrifying in places. The only knock I can give it is that its origins as a blog serial are evident in the slightly disjointed nature of the story.
The performance was excellent, and really brought the story to life.
I loved Bond's superspy workout: Run a mile, swim half a mile, sunbathe for an hour, and drink four drinks. I also loved that he had three or four drinks when he was on his missions. Maybe it helped him stay sharp.
Yes, Dr. No is sexist and racist, and the action is ridiculous. However, if you can look past the dated attitudes, it's a fun period piece.
If the author had edited it down by about half. This could have been a great 200-300 page book. Instead, it is needlessly padded to over 600 pages, killing the pacing. Twelve hours in I had to stop listening to it because the uneven pacing was driving me crazy.
Podehl is pretty good as a narrator, although his voice sometimes had a whiney quality, but maybe that fits Kvothe.
Rothfuss is a good writer who has created an interesting world and characters. He just needs some discipline in editing down his prose into something more concise.
It's written by the lead writer for the Dragon Age series, so I liked that it explored that world. There were moments where it got too video-gamey - where it became too obvious that Gaider was trying to novelize gameplay elements.
As with Dragon Age Origins, there was WAY too much time spent in the Fade. Did we need to rescue EVERY character?
He did a good job of dramatizing the action and making it seem engaging and not goofy.
Fun fantasy, well-written for a novelization, but I'm not sure it would appeal to people not invested in the story through the games.
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