Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2009
This is one of Heinlein's better books. It's still filled with lots of details but moves faster than most of his books.
Altered Carbon was a better story but this one takes a good strong second. The Morgan and McLaren team work well together. Yes, this has the same gritty telling of a time in the future where humans can live as long as they like ... except Catholics.
This story is more about war, Kovac's own war against whatever he sees as evil. That is the evil against others he feels are on the right side, whether they are or not.
There were several stories in this book. The first story was interesting more than the others. In most of the stories I didn't feel much of a connection. The stories were OK but didn't have enough meat to carry them thru.
I wanted to like this book but it had so many emphasis on poop and other related vomit wrenchers that I started to feel like this guy decided to see if he could survive living in a toilet. Frankly, I have seen these scenes and I never want to visit them again. I didn't find this story endearing at all, but just one toilet scene after another.
If you've ever seen film of the poor sections of India, this book is just about that gross.
You're a strange one, Mr. Jillette.
This book give you an insight to Penn's psyche. I don't agree with everything Penn believes but I don't think you have to for this book. Strange beliefs on one hand but with a twist while telling them. Sometimes he's self-deprecating about his own beliefs and leaves the door open for other explorations of the same beliefs. This is like science - reaching an open conclusion ... until a better open conclusion comes along.
He has odd observations which make you think about your own observations and how shallow you might be thinking about your own surroundings. It's not Grand Central, but the individual scenes inside.
Sorry Penn, I won't be looking you up on YouTube to see you riding the Vomit Comet naked! I think I'd be scarred for life. Well ... I would if I could block you out and just see the girl you talked about.
I know the whole newspaper and media story of the Eisner era. I have many friends that worked at Disney during that time and told me some of the stories. But this gives you an insight from inside the offices point of view.
Talk about Pirates of the Caribbean, WOW! The whole network of people created by the influx of Hollywood deal riders injected into the Disney head by Eisner was like a pirate movie gone bad ... for the pirates! Nobody trusted one another especially true of Eisner himself. He would hire his friends and colleagues and after a certain period of time he'd start feeling like they were out for his job. The amount of lies and deceit on his part alone is staggering. Eisner couldn't tell the truth to save his black soul. I'm amazed Disney survived the Eisner era, maybe it was in spite of him.
The amount of arrogance displayed by Eisner and his recruitments towards each other launched infighting comparable to a third world nations' rebel coup of it's government. Everyone suspicious of everyone else in the coup. The leader constantly expecting that knife in the back from the dark corners of his regime, a product of his own paranoia.
The reason I've given this a lower rating is - the book was recorded without editing out the mistakes and rereads. In fact I don't think any of it was edited at all. So you end up with the same lines being read over again here and there thru out the book. I thought I was hitting the rewind button.
Another reason is this book was finished before Eisner was fired from Disney. I still want to hear how that all came down right up to, "Clear out your desk, dick head!" I felt short changed.
I will say this, it moved along and was as fascinating as any fictional story of this type. I didn't expect it to be. I think that it really happened makes it even more compelling. There are sharks in the water and they eat each other.
This was great! Todd McLaren is a great narrator. He gives this story a Mike Hammer flavor reading from first person. Lot's of twists and turns in the story.
SEX, oh yeah and graphic too. So if you're put off by really bad and VERY descriptive language concerning sex, this might not be the book for you. But the scenes are few. So if you get the book and you're offended by this, fast forward!
My only complaint is the descriptive nature of the story. It sometimes gets in the way of the action and the story, bogging it down. it's almost about the descriptions more than the story at times. In places it's fine if the story is at a bit of a stand still. I've found that some authors get overly descriptive right in the middle of an action or fast moving scene causing the scene to 'get lost' in describing every minute detail to the point of losing the thread of attention that should be taking place to keep the pace.
Very fast moving. So fast you don't really warm up to any of the characters that well. It's a somewhat interesting story about the reaper bizz. I think my favorite characters out of the whole book were Minty Fresh and the hell hounds.
WOW, this is the back alley of history in the US. You'll learn things in here that nobody would dare teach in a classroom. This is tabloid type history lesson where nothing is held back. This is the greasy sh*t you want to know about and not the whitewashed facade we got in school.
Looong on paperwork and letters. There were certain sections that chased interest with long, dull reading of his every letter that he wrote in between. I guess if you need to read a full history of the man then this is it. But if you'd like a brief history of Ben then this isn't what you're looking for.
Not his best work. I think you'd have to be an office worker to get behind this one. I kept losing track since I couldn't stay interested in it.
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