This is one of the most powerful short stories that I have ever read. Brandon Sanderson was already one of my favorite authors, but this story blew even me away.
Some of the things that were interesting to me:
The hints of the main character's back story.
The exploration of multiple personalities in one person.
The interaction between faith and science.
The last one of these is the most fascination to me. As a man of faith myself I have read books that tackle the seeming discrepancy between science and faith, but none which do it so powerfully.
And, since this book is free, You should definitely get it.
It will not be a waste of your time.
I just finished The Remaining and am in the process of downloading the second one as I write this. I was almost turned it off during the first forth of this book because of how dark the situation the main character finds himself in was and how real and impactful the violence felt.
However, I couldn't get the story out of my head and so I had to go back.
This is a really powerful story about a post apocalyptic world that is much more realistic and detail oriented then many others I've read.
If you don't mind some harsh language, and fighting and pain that is so real that you almost feel like it is happening to you, then I highly recommend that you read this book.
It was gruesomely awesome.
I throughly enjoyed The Martian, telling my friends that it was Robinson Caruso on Mars. It has a well developed plot, memorable characters, near death experiences (as you might expect from an astronaut trapped on Mars) and fun action (more then you might expect).
Through the well developed science and the detailed sensory description of the setting, I felt at times as if I was really on Mars. It was fun.
My only complaint is that the language was a little bit harsh through some of it, but I could see that just form the description, I guess I shouldn't complain. And really I've see much worse.
All in all a great listening experience, and the narrator just made it better. :)
I had read other books by Mercedes Lacky and enjoyed them, but this book disappointed me. The writing was not bad, and the narration was good.
If you want to read more you will have to be spoiled, so scroll down.
The problem that I had with the book was that the main character turns out to be very homosexual. This is not a fatal flaw in a book and I would not tell other people it is terrible or anything, but I did not like reading a book and finding out that the main character who I had grown to like and feel for had feeling that were so foreign form mine and which I don't have any desire to explore. I also don't like reading books in which the characters enjoy feeling pain or where then lust after children or where they have self harm issues among other things.
So all that to say, If you dont want to read a book where the main character is very gay, dont read this one.
Ever since I stumbled upon Ex-Heros I have loved the world that Peter Clines created. He takes al of the troops of Superheros, turns them on their heads, and then throws zombies in for good measure. The result? Awesomeness!
Ex-Communication continued the story left off in Ex-Patoriate by continuing the struggle with Legion and with the super soldiers joining the mount, and by introducing a new threat based on an older character. The story is fast and the characters convincing, I just wish there was more.
I hope that Clines explores more of the outside world in later books, since it seems that there are many other possible stories outside of the mount.
I heard that Jim Butcher wrote this book after he boasted that he could write anything and someone dared him to write a book that mixed Pokemon and Rome.
I think that Jim won the dare. Awesome book.
The Change novels as a whole have been an idea that has fascinated me since the first time I stumbled across them while looking for a good new series. A Meeting at Corvallis is good end to first trilogy of the series. I was left satisfied with the story, and looking forward to what would come later.
What I like most about this series is that it is what would have happened if Tolkien had written a post apocalyptic book.
This is a great story set in the Mistborn world that takes all of the qualities of that series and places them in a Industrializing world with guns and trains and electricity. Brandon Sanderson and outdone himself again. The only complaint that I have about this book is the fact that it is so short. I listened to it in less then two days of casual listening and was thirsty for more.
Another thing that I liked about this was that it reminded me of a Sherlock Holmes story, but with a Sanderson twist.
I like, and I want more!
The headline for this review says it all. This is the best book I have read since Tolkien at age 12, and that says a lot.
You should definitely read it.
Protectors war is the second in the series by S. M. Stirling and it continues the great story that Dies the Fire began. 5 stars to Performance, and 4 to story, simply because it is a little different then what I usually read and I found a few parts to be a little strange. But 5 overall stars because it is a great book that I would highly recommend.
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