It was much more of a philosophical treatise than a sci-fi story. Even the action scenes were kind of banal. If you like philosophy and societal analysis, it's not bad.
Either Empire by Larson, or The Twelve by Cronin.
A touch more emotion in the reading would help a bit, but overall, I think he did well with what he had to read.
Some of the sex, which added little to the theme, and much of the non-alien interactive scenes. We all know the frustrations of bureacracy in our lives, shorter mention of it would suffice.
Given the age of the book, he did a good job with astronomics and possible habitats. It was ironic that he raised the question of how NASA could take something as exciting as the space program and make it dull, when he did the same.
It was like sitting in a high school physics class with a teacher that was kind of "out there." If you like an author to explain scientifically why his ideas would work in an unlikely setting, then he does a pretty good job. Unfortunately, there's not much interest in the story itself, at least for me.
I went to "Operation Oracle," which was much more fun to listen to. I think I've had too much study recently to enjoy the intensity of background needed to like Incandescence.
Did his best?
Seriously, with what he had to work with, he did well.
A stretching of the imagination for some, and some originality. It was well written for what he was conveying, but he made the physics course the primary, when I think it should have been secondary, realizing of course he is published, and I just listen to or read books.
Read the printed book, I've done both.
Several short stories, no favorite.
If you like plenty of time to think between sentences, this guy is for you. He takes periods seriously. Pause between almost all sentences as long as many pause between chapters. He is articulate, but ......... you ................ may ........... find............ the................ pauses............... a................ bit .............. much.
Not really, but I read these when they came out long ago.
Really good stories that are the predecessors of Terminators.
His use of characters and tech. He is still willing to present a heroic hero, rather than a part-time villain hero.
The fact that it keeps building in imaginative ways. It also remains true to the series.
I read well, so not much. That being said, he did a superlative job with both tone and mood. Very well read. I think the better compliment is that I lost nothing by listening to it rather than reading it.
I can't imagine having that much time, or indolence for that matter.
This was fun. Some insightful glimpses into human nature, but just plain fun. It isn't a life-changer, unless a distracting adventure is what you happen to need at the time. It is uplifting and well defined, in a time when we need both.
A truly different kind of battle, more cerebral and internal. I least like the lack of definition, overuse of superlatives, using the unexplainable to explain what is vaguely described or hinted at.
Try to put less philosphizing and internal angst and more concrete concepts. Internal struggles against the infinite are fine for a story arc, but not an entire story.
The voice matched the flavor of the story. There was little excitement, while in his defense, there was little to be excited about.
Yes. And I shudder. Probably the surviving members of the original Star Trek show. That way there would be some humor involved. "The Depends just can't take another maneuver like that Captain!"
Definitely not a favorite. If you like cerebral struggles, go for it. And if you like vague stretching of the imagination, again you'll like it. If you like sociopathic criminals in charge of the strongest weapons of mankind (and here it reflects reality?), then it really shines. It is well written for what it's trying to convey. I just never quite defined what that was.
Intriguing believable characters that weren't superhuman, but still effective.
As the ongoing internal joke goes, it resembles a Scooby-do mystery, but more adult oriented (no, not THAT kind of "Adult").
Good delivery, clear enunciation, consistent across characters.
No, but it kept me coming back. If you don't have a real life, you might be tempted, but real life is better, on average.
Good read or listen, fairly original conceptually, with "real" seeming characters. Sort of combines Sci-fi with mystery with a few other genres tossed in. Effective blend.
somewhere in the middle
humor, draconic attitudes and interactions.
Did the voices well, and conveyed the matter of fact attitudes written into the story.
Closer to laugh than cry. The characters aren't developed enough for the latter, but this style book doesn't require that kind of development.
This is more a romance than an adventure or fantasy. It is basically a romance between two strong-willed individuals from extremely dysfunctional families, and the dragons are sort of welded into it. Not what I expected from the descriptions, but still not bad. It is one you can set down for a while without chomping at the bit to return to, but you'll still probably want to return.
don't know, haven't read it.
the ending, or near it, and it needs to not be revealed.
excellent use of voice. remained in character.
power can be unexpected.
If you enjoy internal angst discussed in every conceivable fashion, with little action and endless discussion, this book is for you!
Length, repetition, lack of forward movement. I was actually able to skip the second half of the first 2 of 5 parts and still pick up on the story, never having that nagging feeling that I missed something important.
I'm sure there was one...
After thinking about it, the only one I came up with is a spoiler, and it gets ruined later.
Seriously, if you like exploring feelings and don't really need an interesting plot to go with it, you'd like it. The narrator does a good job with the various voices.
The author's fundamental view of mankind's fate. Might want to start taking Zoloft or another antidepressant.
No, I've read other dystopian novels with pleasure. This one is unrelenting in it's depressive views
Yes, and he's very good.
I hope not. Someone very attractive. I don't know why anyone would watch it otherwise.
It is a very well written book, and highly recopmmended by quite a few. I don't like unrelenting pessimism that really does not reflect reality. Could there be a genetic plague? Of course. But I think when the author describes his state in visiting this area of the world, he nails it: He was very ill. The story's tone reflects it. I wish I had read one rating that reflected this.
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