There was a horrible twist at the end, and then it just trails off without any resolution.
No, just made me more wary of Neil's list. I love Neil Gaiman's work, but I'm now questioning his list.
The author of this book only extrapolates on a few select parts of the whole into the future; the rest of tech, culture, psychology, science, everything is taken straight from the late 1970's as they are, and it shows. I'm sure for its time it was genius, but the author's sever lack of thoroughness (or just laziness) in his world-building made this novel dated by even the 1990's, and by 2014 (as I write this) it's constant throwing of anachronisms in your face while pretending to be a good bit into the future makes the suspension of disbelief difficult at best. Even the science gets several things that were reasonably-well-known back then obviously wrong. There are numerous other examples from within the prior 10 years that got this right and are hardly dated at all, even now, so it wasn't just the time.
My other complaint about this book is that it is seriously anticlimactic. It almost feels like the author believes that what he's writing near the end is a good climax, but not only has it been thrown in our face from nearly the beginning what was going to happen, the way it plays out makes you feel like, about a third of the way into an action movie's climax, everyone just stops, shrugs, says something like, "Whatever. I'm bored," and walks away to eat some potatoes. There's a little bit of (expected) emotional build-up, but then it just sputters out and the author ends it.
It's a bit cheesy at times, but it's a bunch of fun, and if you like Glen Cook's Garrett P.I. series and Steven J McHugh's Hellequin series, you'll love this one.
This is a sweet, meandering story of a few weeks in the life of the immortal Minotaur. Very well written, very well performed.
The plot was decent but slow at many points, and the characters were shallow and hard to relate to. They felt more puppets, jerking without consistency to the pre-determined plot.
The story is decent, typical Eddings fare - middle-grade to YA, simplistic dialog, obvious plot (thrown in your face some times), but still mostly fun. It's a good "fill-in-the-blanks" backstory for the Belgariad / Mallorean universe. My only real problem with it was the narrator, who was severely distracting in his constant "smarmy-used-car-salesman-meets-movie-trailer-narrator" voice, and often his inflections on things conveyed a very different emotion from what the story at that point was trying to convey.
Excellent story, typical of Peter F Hamilton - thoroughly detailed, with every aspect of life well thought-through, down to the individual life stories, views, and personalities of even the minor characters. He is one of the premier world-builders in sci-fi, and even in this short story his attention to detail is amazing.
Everything. The way Peter pulls in every aspect of life, and then
His over-acting exceeded even Shatner's, and covered nearly every character, going completely over-the-top for many, making them crude caricatures of their written selves. Further, between every scene there is nearly 30 seconds of distracting
No, because it fits into an existing series by the same author.
It's too bad this story was ruined by the horrible voice acting and production.
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