I would listen to a few of the stories again because I enjoyed the unique flavor of Bacigalupi's future world and his organic technology. His characters are often so removed from the builders of their society that technology, religion and philosophy are a single concept to them. I like that part a lot. Nothing beats a good-hearted stoic faced with an unsolvable dilemma for character building.
Other stories are too violent for me, and I would not listen to them again.
The freshness of the writing combined with his mix of fun-and-new scientific concepts.
The gore and violence grossed me out at times. Some passages seemed like they were from a writing workshop to explore trauma rather than written for publication.
Fun, rough, new. Definitely of a voice and style which is his own.
This is an inspiring book for an old man to read! John Scalzi's light handed and humorous handling of some popular scifi concepts combined with his original and well-thought-through ideas make this well written book an easy joy to listen to.
John Perry, the protagonist. He is a perfect accidental hero with qualities that create a bond of human experience between him and the reader.
His voice interpretations of the characters were spot-on. His voices are their voices to me now. Great inflection; it is easy to hear the punctuation in his reading.
It is laugh out loud funny in places.
Fun stuff. Good writer and clean editing.
Typical Heinlein: dynamic concepts buried under mountains of passive writing. If you're in the mood for hours of dialogue with no description or attribution, then this is the book for you. I plowed through this behemoth in a week, but the entire story line would fit neatly in an actively written two hours.
If only the readers were paid by the word as well as the writer.
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