This story line has some interesting and unique ideas to it. I don't think it's as compelling as the Prince Roger series, and I also think the narration for Roger series was exceptional, while I think this is just OK. Far better for various Southern (US) accents than other parts of the US and the rest of the world.
In chapter 1 - the reference to "dogs and cats, living together; mass hysteria" from Ghostbusters was my first indication the book would have some good humor.
Yes, though reality gets in the way.
Yes. It brought up some interesting points.
Theories of what forms life could take after it evolves intelligence
Adequate, not exceptional.
Not at all. Maybe a discovery channel program.
A decent read. Lots of interesting thinking in the book, however some of the conclusions seem to be limited - not possible to make with the amount of evidence we have.
I've liked this series enough. This book is a low point - too much time spent on the South American psychology, not enough on the larger relationships with other species. The combat scenes are well-done, and those parts of the book that don't deal with the South Americans are fine.
I might like to see some exploration of the origin of the gates at some point.
I enjoyed this book. I'd read some negative reviews but wanted to know what happened next. The internal politics was similar in construct to previous books (and I have liked it, so no change there). The Enigma race and the investigations of it were slow, and clearly will go into another book or few, and the addition (spoiler alert) ........... of an additional sentient species throws a bit of a curve at you, and that's a good thing.
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I really liked Spin, and I was more drawn in to it than most books I've read. Axis wasn't all that great to me. I figured I had to get Vortex to figure out what it was all about.
It's a well-done story with typical Wilsonian bouncing from time and character to time and character. He goes farther out than I'd expected, to the eventual breakdown of subatomic particles in the very distant future.
I liked the characters and ideas, and generally enjoyed it. Narration is the same as for the previous 2 books.
I enjoyed this book roughly as much as Three Cups of Tea.
The narration is entirely different, but in contrast to some reviewers, I didn't mind it at all.
People such as those in this book are a credit to our species - it's too bad they're not more common.
I read Spin and Axis, and then A Bridge of Years.
Blind Lake isn't terrible, but it follows a similar formula - a big unknown happens which isn't understood by a population, people react, things slowly escalate, then a (in my opinion) somewhat under-satisfying conclusion is reached.
If you haven't read Spin yet, try it instead. I thought it was quite brilliant and I'm eagerly awaiting Vortex, the 3rd book of that series.
I really enjoyed this book. As a kid, growing up in California, you get the impression that the primary cause of the war was whether or not slavery would be permitted in the South.
In college, as I developed a healthy cynicism, I concluded that it was essentially about whether or not states would be allowed to secede, and that slavery didn't have much to do with it.
In truth, it was a key issue. The war wouldn't have happened without it, nor would it have happened without Southern pride, or a decay over time in Southern influence due to the addition of more free states than slave states, and population growth in the North being more rapid, resulting in more representatives in Congress.
I didn't know any of this pre-war detail: attempts to make a slave zone around the Carribean, lots of effort toward make Kansas a slave state, etc.
The author frequently lists things said by both sides regarding an issue, then states whether or not there is enough objective evidence to support either claim. Like most political issues, there's truth and deception to both sides.
Narrator is fine.
A friend recommended this book months ago. Its description didn't particularly excite me, so I didn't download it for quite some time. Finally, in a mood for some fiction, I got it.
It's a very good book, and the narration is absolutely brilliant. The woman's voice is very good with kid's voices, accents, etc.
I haven't read the physical version, but I'd wager that it's better to listen to it than read it.
As a flippant aside: the co-worker who recommended it and I discussed it over lunch. We've decided that an Ender/Nell showdown would make for great reading!
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