This is the third and last book in the "Colonization" series. After the World War series, this left me utterly disappointed. It feels like Turtledove got a contract for writing three books as a sequel for WW, but fell short on thinking up an interesting storyline. As with the previous series, the story revolves around the lives of several key characters, some new, some old acquaintances from the previous series.
The most interesting aspect of THIS series is the insight into the impact in culture, society and politics of living with the lizards for 40 years. But that's where it ends. All throughout the 3 books there are only 3 truly interesting events, that could have been condensed into a single book. All the rest is endless dribble about mostly irrelevant and boring every day stuff about the main characters.
Entire chapters seem to be dedicated to mundane dinner-time conversations that lead absolutely nowhere. I can't grasp why Turtledove dedicates so many paragraphs to the absolutely boring storyline of Rance Hourback and Penny Summers. The almost senseless yakking of the Russie's (don't know the spelling), Goldfarbs, even some of the lizard characters are utterly meaningless in the overall story. As it is, and on the third book already, I'm continuing just because I want to know what happens in the end, while being aware it's going to be horribly painful and boring getting there.
The narrator doesn't do very well either. I can't understand why they didn't keep the same narrator as in the first novel. Yet, after the first 2 books I got used to this narrator in every aspect except the way in which he portrays Jonathan Yeager. It just doesn't work. He makes him sound like some idiot surfer kid from the 90's and it just feels out of place.It would've rated 4 overall stars if the story was a little more interesting.
Lost fleet series
The lizard voices!
No, a miniseries would be better
Stopped reading by chapter 2. Burt Reynolds does a terrible job of reading this book. He speaks in a perpetual raspy whisper, which makes it super hard to understand sometimes. During conversations between male characters, he doesn't even try to do different voices for the different participants, so it's sometimes a chore figurint out who is saying what. And last: He seems to stereotype black people as all coming from Louisiana or something. Every black woman he portrays speaks like she lives in New Orleans or MIssisipi, and not LA. Connelly books and Harry Bosch stories in general are superb but this narrator made it unbearable. Stay away.
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