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I enjoyed this book a lot. The fact that the characters were so different from most quasi-type Evil Vs Good. Tomas was interesting and you could really get a sense of how he thought what changed him and why. The female lead was also very different from most 'touched by angels' characters. Yes, it's a book of demons vs God in a battle for men's souls,,seemingly a God who has forgotten earth and his creation. Demons who always remember His creation. But they are different in this story and I enjoyed it. The Author's second book I think, but certainly with a lot of promise.I would definitely read another book by Buehlman. And I really liked the unexpected ending, what a nice surprise.This book isn't over religious and I don't want to give that impression. It's more about how we interact with and treat others and some of the consequences that result. It is a novel and not written as "This is the way it is" feeling one gets from reading an Author who is trying to state that his point of view is the only one, the true one. That sort of judging is not in this book. If you like a good story that has really scary parts, really gruesome parts, really endearing parts that span the continuum then get this book. You won't be disappointed.
At the beginning I thought I knew where it 'might' be going---I was wrong. At first I wasn't sure I liked the path Bear took the novel and was disappointed. Having a strong science background I liked the science part and thought his departure from where I might have taken the book, if I could write that is...disappointing, but I finally came around to appreciate it was written by a different perspective than say hard core sci-fi, or hard core scientific influence.
Having segued into that mind set I enjoyed the last part. It was kind of like having two books, once separate then conjoined, sort of juxtaposed unity. Sorry don't mean to be glib but it's the only way I know to decribe my perception of Darwin's Children.
The first book had more scientific overlays which contributed to my conflicting views: I like it, I don't like it, maybe I will like it, not bad.
All told it is a different book then I normally listen to (although I didn't know that at the onset), being a Robert Hamilton, Sanderson, Stephen King kind of sci-fi reader/listener, but I have to say I came to enjoy the different path that Bear took, at least this once. Hmm I think I'm rambling so just get the book, put aside any self-perceived notions at the start and enjoy going somewhere you might not have bought a ticket for. The scenery will be enjoyable if not spectacular. Good doesn't mean mediocre.
Only 4 stars for performance because it was difficult to get past the woman's voice. It, to me, just didn't seem to match the character at all. However the story is good enough to overcome that slight.
Does end abruptly but that's not unusual for a first (or more sometimes), book in a series.
Totally different, throughly enjoyable!
You don't want to miss this if you're into seriously great science and fiction.
With many sci-fi/fantasy books it's hard to take them seriously, not so with 'most' of Hamilton's and especially this one. You need to pay attention if you want to have a grasp on what's happening with the different names of people, planets, technology (sort of could it , maybe it could be in our future type thing), and the physics. Not too many steamy scenes but enough to be realistically transported to that person/time. I mean really people, adults do have sex in their daily lives so to get a real sense of the story and immerse yourself into their lives it just makes them more realistic and brings the story into "life." So if you hate to read about normal things like that (er uh sex), skip the parts or leave the book alone.
I'm looking forward to the next book. Have characters you can really care about which in itself is a feat when we're talking some strange....aliens hey? If you've read Hamilton you'll really like this 1st book in the Void Trilogy, if you've never tried him NOW is the time!
By the way I read Pandoras Star & Judas Unchained first so I don't think it matters how they're read. I'm glad I read them in this sequence tho so I knew little bit about the characters in this one and to be a bit familiar with the now almost outdated technology of Pandoras Duo.
Yes it takes a long time to introduce characters but if you want to know them and understand why they do the things they do, it's a must. So much of the first part of first book makes you at times want to say, ok already just get on with it, but I didn't write it so I had to be patient. I am very glad I had the patience, the book is worth it. It has about everything one could ask for in a sci-fi/fantasy. Lots of technical stuff that isn't always understandable but makes sense anyway; the good guys and the really bad, nasty guy..struggles by the under-dogs over the rich and powerful. If you can just give it your time you will be happy with where Hamilton takes you: On an interstellar space ride that sounds like way more fun than the best roller coaster made! Where do I sign up?I'm definitely ready for the second part!
BTW, don't know what problem people have with John Lee. He is one of the best narrators I've heard in my 3+/- yrs. as a member of Audible, and I'm not alone thinking this. I believe the main problem is that the recording quality isn't the best, Audible or Author?? I don't know, but Lee is spot on as always. The sound seems to lose volume in parts that make it difficult. I'm hoping the second book has a better quality, but happy Lee is narrating.
I can't say this book was as good as the first cause they are both great. I sincerely hate Corelings! Who is the Deliverer? Anyone, no-one? Beats me, but can't wait to find out if there is one or not.This 2nd book of the Trilogy took some surprising turns. I thought I knew who Arlen (sp?) would choose. Don't know if I know yet. Also thought I knew who/what he was. Again, don't think I do yet. It's a pleasure to 'listen' to a book where the author can turn the tables on you before you can guess what's going on. The people could certainly be real along with the demons, well almost anyway. The dichotomization of the major regions in the book to our East and West world culture is totally believable. How can you dislike a character so much while really liking him/her? No, I don't know either but if you have read the Warded Man & The Desert Spear, continuing on to The Daylight War, you probably already have this conundrum, but what a pleasant one to have.I know that I'm going to be sad when I finish Book 3, but I can't wait to do just that. Then maybe I'll read/listen again. The big war is coming up. I hope my heart can take it. Most of the time I want to tattoo myself all over and go fight in it, the other half of the time I want to hide under my bed and never....go out at night. What a world this would be if we had to contend with the wood, fire, clay, et al demons every night. No, huh uh no way.Great series y'all so go for it is you're still trying to decide on your next series.
After reading everything Koontz has written and not to happy about the last couple I was delighted that he is back in form.
He continues to show us insight into the human condition. At the ending I found the appearance of one of the main characters a complete surprise. All thru the book I was racking my brain to figure out what the deformity might be and missed it by maybe not a mile but a few country blocks!
This book runs the gamut of emotions. I felt anger, remorse, sadness, joy, tenderness, and shock. Amazingly all at the same time.
A definite "ear" turner [as opposed to page :) ].
I would recommend that you listen to this when you have time to spare as you won't want to stop listening.
It's difficult to really say what the book is about without being a spoiler. I can say that it makes you rethink what is ugly as we perceive it in other people. You will not be able to pass anyone with some type of deformity again without remembering 'Innocence.' One can't help but admire the main character who is IMHO a Saint. It's akin to a fairy tale sort of like Beauty and the Beast.
The book will definitely make you think and take a good look at yourself and how you treat others you deem different.
Best thing, BUY IT. For sure you won't be disappointed. This book is for everyone really not only those of the Sci/fi genre. I think Mr. Koontz really tapped into our psyche through the years and he is spot on.
This is what I was waiting for after finishing Game of Thrones. At least it is starting out to be a great series. I'm off to #2 now.The character development in the beginning was worth it. The time period exact. I like the take on the "Creator vs Demons" especially right after listening to 'Between Two Fires' by Christopher Buehlman which was pretty good! Unexpectedly good as a matter of fact. Even tho this book deals with demons as well and a 'creator' they are very different.If you like fantasy, and I didn't use to....this is the series!Some twists in the book were completely unanticipated which I really like. The 3 main characters at least up to this point are easy to care about and their trials are similar but different at the same time. I think Arlen rocks and I would love to meet Allessa(?) anytime..Can't tell you enough how much I enjoyed it. But warning.....no, not a spoiler..BUT....it does drag a bit in the beginning, so much so that I almost gave up. Lucky my wife has more sense than I. She made me keep listening and I am more the fortunate for it. So wait it out, you won't be sorry!
I thought Corrie was much different than in past appearances in the series. At times she was bloody rude, ungrateful, selfish, and almost disdainful of Pendergast. If it had been me I would have told her to, er, "take a hike" more than once. Then towards the end Pendergast himself gets silly. Too much explaining the obvious, way too tolerant of Corrie. His character just didn't seem all that Pendergast....and I love these books, waited with bated breath for this sequel. Was also glad as others that the attentions was not focused on his wife, although I enjoyed those books thoroughly.
Would I have read this book knowing what I do now? YUP. As I said it is still Pendergast. I do hope that the next in the series will go back to Constance and D'Agosta who I find much more enjoyable than this...Corrie. Or at least change her back to the character she was...that one had promise.
Sorry people, but in good conscience I just couldn't let this one by without expressing my disappointment.
I don't write reviews on every book although I read many reviews before I choose. Hmm, guess I should write more? However, after reading Brandon Sanderson's "The Way Of Kings" and finding I'll have to wait ?? For Book 2, I stumbled on to Wheel of Time series. Having only finished Book 1 I'm not as impressed with it as WoK, but it's only one out of 12, 13+/- so I'll reserve judgement. The reviews tell me it's worth it though so I've already bought Book 2 in the series.
The world Jordan builds is much like most in the sci-fi fantasy genre no big surprise, but his characters are coming from a different POV, IMHO. Having listened to an interview with him at the end of Book 1, I now understand that. It's refreshing to find a 'Hero' who really only wants to be back home with his father tending their sheep. If I had to face some of the trials he and his friends faced I'd be packing now to find a lonely country lane myself!
I've only recently started reading Sci-Fi/Fantasy. I'm more of a Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Adam Johnson fan and so many others in the Horror/sci-fi genre, Elizabeth Peters, Preston & Child, Ken Follett, Martin Cruz Smith to name only a few in the Fiction Genre. Only a smattering of authors and books in my vast Audible library from Great Courses to Classics, History, Science/Medicine......But, I read George R. R. Martins Game of Thrones and got hooked. So far, so good! I'm not sorry about any of them I've spent a credit on.I believe that the Wheel series is going to be a good ride down Fantasy Lane but I'm worried about saddle sores by Book 5/6 maybe. Don't know yet.
This first book seems to be laying the foundation for future books (at least I hope so), so wasn't knee deep in substance. If Jordan can deliver the goods since the main characters have now been solidly introduced then it will be a fascinating ride....if he can't lets just say I'll be eagerly awaiting Sanderson's Book 2 WoK, ha, who am I kidding, I'm already waiting with baited breath for it regardless of intermissions! Still uncertain rather I should have picked Mistborn series before this one but I'll get to it eventually and won't have to wait for the dang sequel(s)! Still Jordan is a great interlude and who knows I might be pleasantly surprised and hunger after every book in the series as much as I am for Sanderson's . Have nothing to lose since Sanderson is having to "unfortunately" write the last(?) in the Wheel series since the untimely death (aren't they all?), of Jordan.
Long and short of it.....if you like this genre I think you'll be glad you got this one. In fact my wife who normally IS NOT a Fantasy/myth fan type, loved the book and can't wait to start listening to Book 2. Go figure...
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