Truthfully, I got so tired of the constant and overwhelming beating of one point (God is a doesn't exist, religion is futile, all religious people are hypocrites and evil) that I thought this writer must have gotten all her instructions from Philip Pulman (His Dark Materials). The proselytizing of the Humanist Manifesto here almost overwhelms the potential of the plot and the cooler sci-fi elements of the story. And, she also almost kills a few good points she was making (zealotry and ignorance - no matter what their purpose) combined always make for bad results.
Once I was able to get past that, I was able to enjoy the very humanness of the main character and the quirkiness of her accompanying party. There is humor and some good observations of human nature in the book - as well as lots of thoughts being seeded for the later novels. The actual writing itself is well done, provides plenty of context and illustration without being overdone.
If it's available, it would be the next book - Sky Coyote. Alas, it seems like this author loves to put herself into heavily religious contexts, with that in mind, I may just read the summary on wikipedia and move on to the later novels.
Janan's performance was one of the saving graces of the book. She's good (though there was a bit of a problem with some of the accents - in fairness - there were lots) and her voice is melodic and believable and she can pull off the male voices and give them more subtlety than many a male reader provide for the female characters.
Yes. It inspired me to try and understand why wonderful writers and people with such vast imaginations can't imagine the possibility of God in the universe. It doesn't make sense to me that people that can contemplate the vast possibilities of the future, technology and so forth can somehow not consider the fact that God may exist. This staggers me considering that we don't know more than 4% of what the universe is made up of (though who even knows what we really don't know?) that smart people can out of hand reject the possibility.
I'd look for the reader again, not sure I'll look for the author again.
Yes indeed! There was no way to get all the information from one listen. I need to listen to several areas again.
The moment when I realized that my eating "healthy whole grains" was killing me in more ways than one.
He just narrated - but his reading of the phrase "healthy whole grains" was awesome every time.
I wanted all the information, but it was to dense to try to absorb all at once.
Stop eating wheat!
Yes, I would, but not until I'm done with the entire series :-) Why? It's one of my favorite books to date. I love the tie in to O Jerusalem, the old characters are rich, the new characters are intriguing and the end and even where the whole story goes from the start is unexpected.
Not so much on the edge of my seat as firmly planted in it because I didn't want to stop reading. It was enthralling.
I've listened to her in all the other Mary Russell books. Believe it or not, out of all the readings of Holmes that I've heard - hers is my favorite. I love her voice work and I'm surprised at her range with characterizing male voices.
My only extreme reaction was enjoyment :-D
Read the next book too - it's just as good!
I would if they're a sci-fi fantasy person. It's worth the read, but I wouldn't rave about it and say "You MUST read this." It's fills time and it has an interesting universe.
There are times when the author needs to establish parts of the universe, alas he drones on in seemingly more than sufficient detail to establish his point. He should get there faster and explain more on the fly. He gets better at it later in the book - then he suddenly bogs down.
The escape in the ship at the start. It was a brief glimpse into what I was hoping would be a little cooler stuff. Alas, it didn't all pan out that way. I also liked the development of the characters and relationships.
No. No possible way. Too many subtleties that made the book worth it that without it would just make it another sci-fi shoot-em-up.
I thought the performance was OK, but it may be that a different reader may have been more beneficial. This readers particular tone seemed to flatten out emotional responses and exciting scenes a bit for me.
50/50. I liked the intro to philosophy and concepts but I just felt like the book was written by a bunch of college frat boys who associate everything with some kind of sexual reference as if it was the only thing people could relate to.
Change their jokes!
If they were going to delve deeper into the content, sure. If not, no.
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