I don't even care if you buy it from Audible!!! Get a braille copy of the book, have a friend email you one word per day, just read it!!!
When this book brought up the game [spoilers], the first game I ever, ever remember playing, I collapsed onto the hood of my car and wanted nothing more than to lay there for an hour, just being happy. The end of this book goddamn compelled me to walk out into the middle of a grassy lot and gaze up at the stars. The characters in this book helped me to beat back the social anxiety I've been locked behind for a decade.
The premise of a vast, imaginative virtual world fused with a pop culture obsession are explored in a mountain of ways; right up until the very end I was impressed with how inventive Cline got figuring out different aspects of his own universe. The characters walking through this world are vibrant, struggling, flawed, and creepy and I want to know more and more about every one of them. Cline weaves his plot out of uncountable threads but neither fails to wrap up the ones that need closure nor provides needless answers to questions designed to make us wonder.
I don't know if this book will inspire you. I know that it inspired and still inspires me - and that I want all of you to read it for yourselves.
This is a simple story which is made victim of an unholy union with horrors from the inconceivable void, built up with either a genuine knowledge of advanced mathematics or a knack for smooth-flowing technobabble and then coated with all the dry jokes about government bureaucracy; all of them.
I recommend it.
The scenery, so to speak, is the best part of this book. Pratchett's put a lot of interesting things in a world whose inherent mechanics are funny, but this is just a tour rather than an exploration of any part of the world in particular.
the fact that Mr. Wheaton does not do different voices for the characters (beyond very slightly pitching his voice on occasion). Really, you do - though it may not be imaginable at the beginning when (phonetically) "Dall" and "Duvall" are talking to each-other.
The story, on the other hand -- dang those three codas were enjoyable. Just, dang.
was pretty fantastic.
I'm not sure I agree with my friends who say that this is a fantastic, life-changing book. I do agree with Mr. Gaiman that it is a strange, meandering book and I add that it is very relaxing and endearing.
I got this because I was looking for horror. Turns out it's really more interested in exploring what happens when you live for your art rather than living for actual life.
Fans of metaphor and hyperbole will love this book. See, the way Jonathan Carroll rolls is to describe things using biting quips that echo what pops into our heads day-to-day -- for example, your lover doesn't "cling so tightly to you that you have to peel yourself away in the morning"; instead, she "scotch-tapes herself to you".
As for the narrator, Ballerini does a great job with the male leads but it gets hard to tell the voices of the main female leads apart.
The stories didn't particularly *scare* me, but I believe the narrator gave the characters a quite natural feel and the writing was clever enough to keep me entertained.
The sub-plot with the younger brother.
If you're looking to get a feel for what it meant to strike out on your own in the old west, definitely read this book. I came to it while doing research for writing a piece set in the west and it more than fulfilled my hopes.
Ah yes, and it also tells a marvelous and bittersweet story about how minds fare when their owners are always working the land, or always sitting at home, or always upset, or perpetually rootless.
Do you guys know? English sailors from way back when were the best of the best. They mourned and were constant and made very good tenants and broke barriers of class and appreciated the underappreciated.
It's a decent listen for the side-characters (many of them sailors) and all the things that go on in Jane Austen's world, but the main romantic tension seems to go largely unexplored.
It still falls below The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Road, but I'd put it on the same level as O Pioneers in terms of enjoyment (if not meaning).
Max Brand's short story
The doctor. The accent O'Shaughnessy used seemed perfect for the character.
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