I recently discovered Sheckley and instantly fell in love with his writing style. I finished Mindswap in less than a day. I couldn't stop listening to it.
The characters are well developed, original, funny, and weird (in the best sense of the word). The story is wildly unique and switches genres like nothing I've read before. It is a fast paced. humorous, and strange story that will keep you listening.
How many times do I need to read about the "never ending rape" of an 8 year old girl. How many times do I need to I need to hear about the way poop smells? How many times do I need to listen to how Caine wishes he was dead?
I really enjoyed the first book ion this series. I thought it was original,exciting, and provocative. Which is way I am so disappointed with this book. his book drags on and on. It reputes itself over and over, beating you over the head with how bad things are. It just gets old after awhile. I stopped caring about any of the character after the 100th time I had to hear about how sorry they felt for themselves.
This is one of the stupidest books I've ever read. Some of the ideas aren't even bad ideas, and none of the are the "worst ideas ever". At some points the author even provides arguments for why the ideas wasn't a bad idea at all.
DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS BOOK
This fourth installment os more or less on par with the pervious three but it is getting kinda carried away. One of the main reasons I loved the first three books as much as I did was because while there were wildly powerful characters in the story, many more were normal people in the midst of extraordinary situations. In House of Chains most of the characters have near god-like powers and I think it is getting a touch extreme.
As has been noted in other reviews the new narrator leaves a lot to be desired. The new voices for old characters is pretty jarring, Quick-Ben, for example, sounds nothing like he did in the first three book and it is distracting. There are other voices as well that have been dramatically altered.
Yes. In fact, I already have. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the race and class divide that exists in the Untied States.There are som hard topics here that are presented in a thoughtful and, sometimes, funny way.
I did. Actually. I had several. There were a couple of times where I laughed out loud. Doug Merlino does a wonderful job of portraying his friends on the page. It also made me cry. Therre are very few books that can do that, Bridge to Terabithia and the Dark Tower XI being two of them, and this one did. It is an emotional journey finding out what happened to some of those kids after the team fell apart.
As someone who lives in Seattle, where the events of this book take place, I was fascinated to learn of the city's history. Having lived here for over 10 years now I have seen Seattle' weirdly passive brand of racism first hand. The Hustle does a terrific job of exploring many of the causes and effects of discrimination in the Pacific Northwest.
Originally, I was assigned this book as an extra credit project for a class I am taking, but as soon as I started listening to it I couldn't put it down. If you are at all interested in the class structure that dominates the USA check this book out. It is the best non-academic source I have ever read. It is funny, emotional, and eye-opwning.
I will most certainly listen to this book again. There are so many inter connections and characters that I am sure I missed something here or there, Also, I love this series and Audible only has the first 3 so far, so when the fourth one comes out, I'll listen to the entire series over again.
I can't think of another long series in which the third book changes so many things. I was shocked and cannot wait to dive into the fourth book. I won't spoil anything, but I was totally surprised by some of the things that happen in Memories of Ice.
His voices bring a richness and life to each and every character and his pacing is superb.
IF I COULD HAVE, I WOULD HAVE.
Hurry up and get the rest of these, Audible. There are all available on Amazon, and they own you. Please hurry!!
It is rare that I read a book that makes me angry because it so good. I'm reading this, thinking to myself "I wish I could write like this. I could NEVER write like this."
I am not even halfway finished and I already love this book. Everything about it is beautifully done; the characters, the story, the plot, the prose, everything. It is a tragedy that David Foster Wallace took his own life and left the world bereft of any more of his work. It is clear that the man had many demons of his own to deal with and that those demons finally were too much to handle.
I have to thank the author Michael Chabon for introducing this book to me in CHabon's "Manhood For Amateurs". I have no idea how I never had read any Wallace before now, but I plan on devouring any of his work I can get my hands on.
There are a lot of reviews on here that say that there aren't endnotes. There are, they are just in a PDF that you download separately. Unfortunately, they are not in audio, but they are there.
This is an amazing and beautiful piece of literature, and I don't use that word very often, that is both humorous and poignant. It evoked so many different emotions from me as I listened that at times I was a little breathless.
It's a fun, made for TV story, much like "Legion" (which I was also unimpressed with), but I wish that Sanderson would stop wasting time with these half hearted attempts at screen okays and concentrate on the Stormlight series. I don't understand how he can write something as fresh and amazing as The Way of Kings, and then write this stuff. I mean, if this book was from someone I had never heard of, I would be sort of impressed, but for Brandon Sanderson...? He is capable of so much more.
This bok is fantastic. I literally didn't put it down. I listened to it straight through and will undoubtably listen to it again very soon. Do yourselves a favor and check it out.
ot only would I listen to it again, I WILL listen to it again. Maybe even right now!
This is the most original book I have a]\read in a long time. While some people may be turned off by the religious overtones, the story of Between Two Fires is compelling whether or not you are religious. It is like Stephen King's "The Stand" Martin's "Song of Ice and Fire" and Brown's "Da Vinci Code" all got together and had a baby with a history bool about the Dark Ages. I have never read anything quite like it. The characters are fascinating and flawed, the plot is riveting and surprising, and the writing is superb. If you like fantasy or christian literature, or both, or neither, check this book out!
I enjoyed the first book in this series very much. I thought it was fun and original. This book is pretty good too, don't get me wrong. It seems to me though that as the story goes along it starts borrowing more and more from the Wheel of Time series. Male mages that have to be bounded or go insane? I think I've heard that one already. Othe than that, and they say that immitation is the highest form of flattery, it is a pretty good book. I just picked up the third one and am curious enough about it to get started. If you're loing for something not too heavy with some pretty decent humor scattered throughout, check it out.
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