Lush writing draws you into the characters mind, life and emotions. This makes a great ride for fans of strong, sympathetic characters with cheeky, yet believeable, personality.
The prison sequence.
A bit predictable if you've read his first outing, Gone Away World. Seems to have a very specific pattern to his themes and storytelling.
Yes. Wil Wheaten's voice acting is charming and engaging. The story is a classic trope of hope and youth against cynicism and greed. Fundamentally this is Star Wars with a ton of fun, geeky references to 80's pop tropes designed to please people in their 30's and early 40's with nostalgia laden winks.If nostalgia and geeky reminiscence are not your cup of tea then you should look elsewhere. However, if those things excite you then you are in for a pretty great ride through a pulpy future.
He is charming and engaging with all the right energy for this story.
Yes. There is a great deal of condensed military history that is easy to forget but deserving remembering.
An inside look at a culture most of us never consider even existing: The US military.
There are no scenes.Once the author passes World War 2 he reveals a lot of history and politics that are rarely thought of or discussed.
Concise, prepared and backed with as much evidence as you are likely to find. The author seriously critiques the strengths and weaknesses of military culture while taking us along its development for the last 60 years. He supplements solid fact with anecdote and information that we know about human sociology in general to form a compelling tapestry explaining political and military struggles from the 60's onward.
The story features a classic scenario of outcast heroes on their way to free their society from tyranny. However, this story is not the point of the book. The book is about memories, self and identity. What composes these things? Choices and how the effect the world around us.
There are some similarities to the Game of Thrones series in style, but Guy Gavriel Kay writes in a unique manner that I haven't seen reproduced by any other author. There are a dozen similar plot lines, but few go beyond the swashbuckling aspect like Kay chooses to. The closest similar series I can recall are Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow and Thorn.
The tone and atmosphere of the book is a perfect match for dark, unpleasant subject. You live inside the tragic, claustrophobic mind of Luther during his chapters, creating an unbearable tension similar to what Luther himself must feel.
It is similar to the Millennium series by Stieg Larsen. Both are crime series and both feature bleak worlds, both feature smart and iconoclastic protagonists.
There is little to laugh about in this book. There is a lot to cry about if a person is given to it.
This book is based on the British show of the same title, written by the man who created the drama originally. It is just as good as the excellent program whose namesake it shares.
A thorough, easy to understand biography of one of the most important figures in history. Not really very much information on the 'Making of the modern world' part. The ideals the author credits Temujin and his successors with are abstractions that come from a very idealized view of the culture.While the Mongols have an excessive reputation for brutality, they were not the noble and fair-minded people the author would have you believe either.
No. The writing is drab and he shows incredible bias in his opinions.
The biography is very lop-sided and presents an incredibly biased view of all the positive things about the Mongol culture. It ignores or minimizes many of the negative aspects of their way of life.
This is one of the better overall studies of history.
Challenging thoughts and theories that support his conclusions and play to my personal bias in many areas.
Perhaps a better narrator than he is an author. In reading his own work we know that the tone is perfect.
The story is one of the deepest and most engrossing pieces I have ever read. It has tremendous power throughout with exquisite character, carefully studied academics and sharp timing. His 2nd best work in a line of excellent work.
Quality voice acting and proper sense of emotion.
Jad near the end, in the space station.
The author presents a smart, insightful look at the challenges of an integrated world. The writing is not dry or bland, but engaging and human.
There is no story.
Steady and stable.
The challenges we are facing today in an integrated world.
Excellent performance by the narrator. A clear predecessor to some of the great modern authors, such as Pratchett and Adams.
Smart, insightful and cutting.
The finale, where Arthur talks to Mallory.
The subject matter may feel dated. The book occasionally veers into silliness that I found unnecessary.
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