This has always been one of my favorite Heinlein books. The philosophy and mathematics discussed in it are very interesting and many issues are discussed about human nature and human motivation. I love the different timelines he outlines in the book and often get a chuckle out of the "what if" factor in the differences between the timelines.
The different characters having different readers gave the book a personal feel that just reading the book does not. Each character is filled out by their narrator and the interaction between the characters really comes alive.
Definitely recommend this book to other Heinlein fans.
Tone of the book is very different than that of the movie and I am sorry I saw the movie before reading the book. Book characters are very one dimensional, quite the ideal of the little old men and women. Much criticism of the British health system, which is true, but no positives about it at all. Cynicism everwhere and just not the type of book I prefer to read. Really had to buckle down and force myself to finish the book. Good ending, however, despite the negativity of the book as a whole.
Well written story with great characters and insights in different points of view. Love the well fleshed out story line and the unique outlook from both the aliens and the humans. Definitely recommended to all my friends.
Author follows up the relationship begun in Shards of Honor and spins a wonderful tale of family building, politics and political intregue. Cordelia is a one woman tour de force dedicated to her family and finishing problems she did not start but impact her life and her family.
Bujold delivers -- again.
All new characters, set in the time of King Kiril of Valdemar; quite a while before the Arrows of the Queen happenings. Talks about the building of all three collegiums, the new classroom base for training Heralds. Great character and world building with wonderful characters from all three collegia and a continuing story of how Mags, an orphan, becomes a trainee Herald.
Very good voice and character narration and quite entertraining.
The war between the Protectorate and the rest of the other factions finally comes to a head and Mike Havel and Norman Arminger finally settle their scores.
This one one of my favorite Heinlein books and the audible version did not disappoint. Great narration of a sci fi classic.
Lackey has once again written a very believable and gripping Elemental Masters book. Her use of prior characters as grown women and her introduction of new characters keep the story both feeling like an old friend and giving us new friends as well. Use of the Selk stories and myth give the story an old world flavor while contrasting it against the "modern" London and UK of turn of the century England.
I was glad to see she did not create a new occult boogeyman/nemesis, but instead allowed the complications in the story to be created by greedy, suspicious humans and jealous, power hungry Selks. A refreshing and different change from her previous books with their good vs evil themes and this time allowing a believable and creative solution to the problems the new Elemental Master faced.
Well done and as satisfying as usual.
Again and again and again as I do with all Heinlein books except one or two. I am a patent Heinlein. I have only ever read two of his books I did not like.
The most memorable was the ending. Loved it. However, there were many high points. Many of her discussions with her father were very stimulating and interesting with multiple themes. Her tale about breaking up with Brian Smith, her first husband, and how she handled his instinctive greediness toward his new family was wonderful. Dealing with her last two children and their incest was also great. As was her reintroduction to Woodrow.
There are many, many moments which are memorable in this book.
Maureen Johnson Smith herself.
When Brian left her for another woman. When Maureen was reintroduced to Woodrow.
I have always believed at least part of this book was polished and finished by his wife, Virginia Heinlein. Robert probably had written a draft of the book, but there is a feminine outlook in this book no other of his books has; and could not have because Robert was so patently MALE.
It has always been one of my favorite Heinlein books, along with Time Enough for Love, Stranger in a Strange Land and (I can't remember the title) the one where 'his' brain was transplanted into a female body. (Darn! I hate those brain farts!)
Theme is very dark and desperate; supposed to be a mystery why no help returns to help those left behind, but instead comes across as disorganized plot writing with very little believable plot twists.
The mix of dragons and riders left behind is the most interesting aspect: leading to the one in charge being a blue ridden by a very inexperienced woman. It is never clear who all is available to 'take over' and the plot twists to allow the blue rider as the most experienced rider to take charge are confusing and overblown. The reasons for her leading the dragons could have been much better engineered. And that is what is least interesting, the plot twists piling one over the other in a "bad day" cascade. Better explanations were needed or better plot ideas.
First time I heard this narrator. I was not real impressed by her skill, but I do like her voice. I spent so much time relistening to plot twists trying to understand the progression of events that the narrator got lost in my attention.
No way. Probably the poorest of all the dragonrider plots and stories. Do not use this one as an introduction of moviegoers to the Dragonrider/Pern world. The movie would flop.
I was patently disappointed in this book. I figured it being the last book Anne had input in would make it quite good, as her input usually does for Todd's work; but I was wrong. I usually like Todd's writing; but he writes more about plot twists, happenings and technical outcomes. Anne also wrote about the feelings of the characters, made them more human than Todd does. His books are OK, but not superlative like Anne's were.
I will continue reading Dragonrider books by Todd. He did real good on the ones about Fiona and Kindan, etc. This book was an unusual disappointment from him.
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