This should be a series... fun premise, good characters... simply clever. I hope to see more!
The perfect "near to now" scifi castaway tale. Chalked full of lateral thinking, and excellent character development. All delivered by R. C. Bray in a superior performance. I have not enjoyed a piece of science fiction this much since I don't know when... If you enjoy NASA TV, Cast Away, Macgyver and have a general appreciation for duct tape... this is it.
nailed the characters. You can tell the narrator enjoyed reading this. One of those rare instances when you forget you are listening to someone read a story, and you find yourself in the story.
Have Duct Tape, will travel.
Don't pass this one up.
I would not waste another moment in this series.
Hyperion is simply one of the best works of science fiction I have ever read. That said, and without any spoilers I offer this:
Hyperion could have been concluded in 50 pages. The Fall of Hyperion is an exercise in verbosity and the majority of it is so unimportant that 90% of it should be a foot note. Simply, the space opera and the myriad new characters introduced could have effectively been stripped out to leave a simple, and elegant conclusion to a masterful tale.... but
...then again, it could not. Reading this felt like a task in futility. When I finally reached the end I found a clumsy and haphazardly constructed resolution that did no justice to the original tale and has led me with the conclusion that the two books were likely written by independent authors.
The incongruent tale spun here is so unlike its predecessor I found myself wishing I had never bothered. In fact, I want to pretend that Hyperion has instead a brilliant conclusion that was tragically lost. The Fall of Hyperion is such a far cry from the quality of the first novel that I recommend to anyone seeking absolution to the tale turn away now. Just imagine that the story ended as poetically as began, and move on.
I have no qualms with the narrator, but i must say it was a hard transition to move from a full cast performance to a single voice.
with few exceptions, all but those in the original tale, but even that could not save this.
If you loved Enders Game, and hated Speaker for the Dead, this review might be for you.
Of all of the Gaiman I have read, this was the least captivating. Not a bad story, but lacking the imagination and depth of characters and plot i have come to appreciate. Granted this was apparently written for a younger audience, it still felt academic in comparison to works like Neverwhere and Stardust. I listened to this 10 min after finishing American Gods, a masterwork of the author, and could not get over the shallow characters or tepid plot. Maybe im growing up, but I would argue this is the least successful work to date (avail here).
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