it took a break from the naval action of the previous books in the series. it was a change of pace that keeps the formula from getting stale.
sure. if you need to pass time, and you'd like to be entertained, but you absolutely can't stand the idea of reading something helps you grow as a person or presents an insight worth pondering on any subject whatsoever... why would you read anything else?
i like that we got to follow franks around, instead of MHI or Harbinger. not only did i get the correia fix i so badly needed, but i got to mix it up a bit, and play for one of the other teams for a while.
what's not to like? it was adequate. in fact, it was better than adequate. it was adequate plus 7 percent.
no. are you serious?
I don't know why i see this being classified as cyberpunk in places. It seems to be missing most of the requisite elements. If that's what you're looking for, this probably won't fit the bill. Still, if you aren't dead set on cyberpunk, you'll probably enjoy it. It's not cerebral at all but the humor has a darker tone beyond the superficial running gags and the hard boiled noiresque nature of the protagonist and the regular sprinkling of action would probably carry you through even if you don't get the jokes.
It's entertaining enough that the fact that it's not terribly cerebral is irrelevant.
I can't fault Liam Owen's narration, itself, but the audio seems a bit rushed. The delivery of some lines comes off as if it were recorded off the cuff, on the first read through, without much attention to how they would be spoken, in context, in a real life conversation. In addition, at numerous points, clear mispronunciations were left in, rather than given a second take (contaminant pronounced as containment, for example, or an instance where a word - judiciously, maybe?- lost a syllable or two in the middle). Such instances were frequent enough that they began to take me out of the story for a moment, each time. The gaps between chapters were also so long that I was often checking my devices to see if they'd crashed. There's nothing wrong with Liam Owen, but the whole thing could have used some more production attention.
I didn't learn anything from this book. I did not move me in any way. It did, however, keep me happily entertained from beginning to end. It was well worth the price of admission.
imagine if you could squish a robert rankin, a terry pratchett, and a douglas adams book together and squeeze out the juices. that's what this is.
I enjoyed the first 2 books and glad to see that, once again, we were tackling a different kind of story with the same protagonist.
It was nice to get to explore Harlan's World and to have Virginia as a full character, rather than just a memory.
There were some moments, especially with neo-quellist surfers, where I thought to myself "really? that's the read you went with on this line?" It, quite possibly, isn't Dufris fault. Who knows what direction he was getting. Initially the audio effects annoyed me but once I was used to them I thought they were tolerable. There were a lot of moments where I had to stop, go back, and listen again to see if he seriously pronounced a word "that way." Not just for proper names, either. There was a voice about halfway through the 2nd file reminding me to change discs. Throughout the entire novel Dufris pronounces Kovacs with a cks instead of a ch at the end. After how the pronunciation point was made in the first two books that was really grating.
I wish this whole series were movies, so long as michael bay doesn't direct.
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