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The ONLY thing that made this moderately palatable was the laugh-factor. The unintentional laugh-factor. Seriously, spend your money on something else. Perhaps Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde?
I happen to be both, which maybe isn't fair: ) But this book was a wonderful story about space travel and first contact and what that means for a civilization, but also about establishing communication and developing language. Damocles was a phenomenally fun book that I enjoyed every minute of. It doesn't delve too deep into the science -- astrophysics or linguistics -- needed for the book, but I'm actually glad because that would have bogged the story down. I recommend this book if you really wanted to like Ursula K. LeGuin books but could never make it past page 30, or if you took at least one physics, one philosophy, and one linguistics course in college.
...which is unfortunately pretty boring. The author does a really good job making you feel the isolation and despair and the joy in the really small, everyday things. The narration is also really slow, which probably aids in the feel that this book was going for? But I had to listen to it at 2x speed. Parts of this books were amazing, but for the most part the action felt cursory, the shocking grotesque scenes felt out of place, and the interesting authorial style seemed to dissipate as the story progressed. All told, though, it's an interesting story of the apocalypse that focuses not on fending off zombies or fighting the elements but just on living. I recommend this if you like pastoral novels or don't appreciate the fast-paced hollywood-style of story-telling.
This book, unfortunately, had a lot of hype. To a degree it lived up to it and delivered an unexpected story that made me, a child of the '90's, rethink some of the pop-culture I thought I knew (cough Matrix cough). That being said, I often felt like there was too much going on -- traditional sci-fi, cyberpunk, noir, etc.. -- and for the life of me couldn't shake a feeling of being disconnected from the story. Maybe that's part of the desired ambiance? I think that this is a must-listen if only to provide the appropriate pop-culture base for people who appreciate sci-fi, but, while this is a genre-defining story, keep your expectations reasonable going into it.
Generally I try to stick to SciFi/Fantasy, so this was not an expected choice for me. However, the book immediately grabbed me and I found myself inventing chores to do around the house so that I could keep listening. Only two thirds of the way through I found myself completely engrossed in the story such that I started bawling. On the bus. In public. It wasn't a pretty picture, but even then I couldn't stop listening. No book that I've listened to, save maybe the removal of the worm in The Ocean at the End of the Lane, has made me outwardly emote so much, and I have to credit John Green's writing for that. I recommend this book if you like reading at all or are invested in humanity.
Honestly well written and totally fun -- this was my first foray into the steampunk genre, and I was not disappointed. I'm not sure that it's totally MY genre? But this was a super fun story with some great language and interesting character dynamics. I wholeheartedly recommend this story!
Seriously. Ender's Game is a phenomenal book, but everything that made Ender an amazing character is negated by this "sequel". It's well written and an interesting story, and the performance is amazing, but it ruins Ender's Game. If you like the Ender universe and want to read more, read the other set of sequels (starting with Speaker for the Dead) instead.
This book is phenomenal -- a dry wit, coupled with great suspense and really awesome science! This is good, solid sci fi, not pulp space opera. A must read for any lovers of space, or those who appreciate science humour!
This book creates an entire compelling world in such a short amount of time. The story is interesting, the narration is perfect. Fforde is known for kind of meta-fiction, which this isn't, so it's a bit out of character. Nevertheless, I would recommend this book to ANYONE who has ever enjoyed a work of fantasy/sci-fi/dystopia -- it is a truly unique story that is worth your time.
I did not anticipate the ending at all -- despite the fact that this is a short listen, and probably geared toward teens, I found it completely enjoyable, moderately thought-provoking, and entirely worth it. I highly suggest this if you enjoy dystopic stories or any sort of technology.
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