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The Wind Singer is an amazing children's book that doesn't have to be just for children. It is emotional and unique, not a rehashed story that's already been told. It is a fantasy story, though I think it falls more in the realm of dystopic fiction, without the harsh, futuristicness that is so often encountered in that genre. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever enjoyed YA lit at any point in their lives.
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.
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 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.
This is my favourite Vonnegut novel -- very classic Sci-Fi, though that's not what Vonnegut always did. The story is compelling and wacky and thought-provoking and uniquely unexpected. The narration isn't phenomenal, but it doesn't detract from the story. I would totally recommend this book for any Vonnegut fans, any Sci-Fi fans, or any mid 20th century lit fans.
Variant is a solid story with interesting characters. It's nothing exceedingly noteworthy, but a good way to pass a few hours. If you like teen-dystopic-fiction, this should be right up your alley.
This story goes on forever and reaches climaxes on many occasion, though knowing that you still have 20 more hours lessens the excitement somewhat. There's plenty of action, but it feels more than a little shark-jumpy. If you like Stephenson, you'll probably enjoy this, but if this is your first foray into Stephenson start with something else.
Sure, she had a hard life, but the way she made herself the martyr-hero in this story made me want to punch the narrator/protagonist as much as her dead-beat parents. The prose was not inventive or lively, the story barely kept my attention, and Jeannette's accent get more southern with each chapter. I cannot recommend this book to anyone.
Firesong is a brilliant ending to a brilliant story, in which I cried and laughed and never stopped wishing there was more! That's cliched, I know, but really this is just an amazing series that doesn't deserve to only be read by young adults. I highly recommend it if you've ever enjoyed fantasy literature or dystopian/utopian fiction -- this is a truly top-of-the-class book.
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