Mornington, Australia | Member Since 2009
Having just worked my way through the Clancy epics I needed a change of reader. This was so predictable once the characters had been established, I became impatient to have my predictions verified. Thin is the best descriptor because it feels like a novel that has been ‘built’ rather than written with knowledge and passion. One gets the impression the Mr Bell travels as a tax write off so he can manufacture a tale or, worse still, just Googles everything for his research.
If this is what is now going to come out of the Clancy stable, this horse is bolting. It misses any of the rich characterization the TC sewed into his books of the past. If TC cannot write anymore do not fool the public to assume he is at the helm. If he is then he as asleep! TC you have just loss me as a customer. Good luck and let us know when you, yourself pen another piece of work.
That is possibly not fair, it is 'muddy' and it does 'drudge' but the subject is a molasses topic and so I guess it was always heading in that direction. It works but it deosn't grab.
It starts in the real world and slowly loses the plot. It is just another twist on the galloping 'Thrones' machine and it really doesn't get there.
An intergalactic tale of how to make a swiss army knife out of space junk, easy and almost believable!
How he does it I will never know, weaving all the threads into an audio Beyeux. I great pleasure.
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.
Report Inappropriate Content