Mornington, Australia | Member Since 2009
After listening to the Potato Factory, Tommo and Hawk were a natural next move and had it not been brought to life by the extra ordinary Humphrey Bower, it would have been a typical follow up book. It had the hallmarks of a Publisher 'pushing for the next great work' and while it is still rich, it lacks the subtlety of the Potato Factory. Now PF is about as subtle as a hammer in that it is so visually powerful but Tommo and Hawk boarders on the highly improbable which was not true of Potato.
I noted, before I listened, that some listeners were upset about the graphic description of sex which I thought was nonsense. However, there is some truth in their observation. The move into manhood I understand but the rest, well it was more or less unnecessary unless you needed a lesson in sex. Less is often more and these parts were labored.
Still on to the next Courtney, if the richness returns I will return with a passion but if there is that hint of Publisher Pressure, that sense of writing to a deadline, well he might have just lost me. I hope not.
Get them in sequence and buy them rather than use your credits as they are good value. His (theoretical and believable) grasp of the world of computers if fun. Not easy to put down
This book is like a giant layered cake with few surprises but at the end you know you have had a feast. It is not easy to get into and stick with but it is witty and pithy and if you have a long holiday coming up with long interludes of downtime, then try it.
Other listeners have raved about Outlander and I sort of get why that might be for the story structure is good and the Gaelic imagery excellent. However, there is little or no benefit in it being about time travel for this is where the imagery fails. If one was to time travel all of a sudden without knowledge or preparation there would be so much more going on regarding the challenge of the effect upon time and place. Our heroin is just too 'accepting' of the situation for the tale to work for me. It set up an expectation for me that was not fulfilled
Perfectly stitched together tales about the world's flying greatest 'transitioners' in that they started in string bags and finished just after the moon landing. Great read, super tales, excellently researched and well balanced. Well worth a credit in anyone's money.
In truth this is not everyone's cuppa because you had to have been there to really, and I mean really, 'get it'. I was, albeit before Fry Minor and at a different school but through his recollections and story telling I was reacquainted with senses, events and people I had long forgotten. It is a magical carpet ride, a parallel universe where everything was the same, only the names different (we even had our own Stephen Fry!). Be warned, expletives are therein aplenty but when used in Fry's context, in his delivery, they are an important part of the adjectival pallet. Thank you Stephen for your intellect and courage and supreme sense of humour and contriteness. Long may you continue to scribe.
The Book is great but please, please let the listener know the order in which a series needs to be listened to. Kent just writes books, great books if you like his genre but it is essential you listen to them in sequence. Would it be too hard to ask???
The Langdon Tale continues in more or less the same places he always seems to venture. Easy listening that does show that Brown seems to love to travel and does try to find issues that naturally polarize his audience. Not a 'must have' but fun for all of that.
What I mean by that is if you like books within books that come together then this is your genre. The tentacles start far apart and come together to form the body of the tale. I listened twice because it was easy and 'hopeful'.
I am sorry but I cannot think this was written by TC, it is misses everything that makes his work work. Either he is in his dotage and lost the plot or he is being 'played' by the publishers. Couldn't follow it, the names were all over the place and you lost track, it just made me think 'what is going on here?' This is the only bad report I have ever written for TC and if he DIDN'T actually write it but leant his name to it in some way well then it is a publishing ripoff. If he did write it then it is time to stop, sorry!
I like the McNab tales but they are not always relaible and this was one of those
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