This is the best kind of non-fiction. It is human-focused, so it organizes the story around a few key people, but it is about wide-scale events of world-changing importance. There are many non-fiction books that seek to deliver information and to do so in an accessible way. Most of these don't figure out how to deliver the information in a compelling way. Still more of these are interesting if you're already interested in the topic, but not otherwise. This book is compelling, and should be interesting to anyone who wants to know something of critical importance to the world. I am a fairly well-read person who is generally scientifically and historically literate, and I have no idea why I knew basically nothing of the subject of this book. So many facts about the first two world wars come into focus thanks to the information in this book. Bravo.
That's hard to say. I like the book so far, but since the narrative just keeps going and going seemingly without end, I don't know if I would be on the hook if it just starts to drag on and on and on and eventually sucks.
No spoilers possible. There isn't an ending yet. None of the books sufficiently wraps things up, it's just one long story that is still going.
As always, Dufris has a good feel for his characters and puts a great deal of energy into his reading.
My sincere hope is that this series, though it started very well does not just continue until all of the magic is gone (like American TV, the goal is to stay on until it sucks bad enough to cancel).
Everyone should listen to this book. (I kinda thought this field would limit me to three words given the prompt, but I guess I beat the system on this one.)
Oddly enough, a great companion book to this one is Kurt Vonnegut's "Breakfast of Champions". I found this book something of an uplifting and beautiful answer to the bleakly despondent outcome of "Breakfast of Champions" It's easier just to say listen to both of these excellent examples of literature and the connection between them becomes clear.
"It gets worse...I don't think it's a very good show." - Jenkins
Most of this novel is as described in the plot summary, and is Scalzi doing the things he does best. His characters are sardonic and immediately lovable, his dialog sharp, and the way that he ruthlessly skewers every foible of the television sci-fi formula will leave you chuckling more or less constantly for the first several hours of the book, provided you have ever seen any television sci-fi (star trek included, but they're pretty much all that way). But just when you think the story is done with you and that it was amusing and really fun, the codas take the story to an entirely new and unexpected level, and turn the story from a must-read comedy into an important work of literature. I am sincerely grateful to Scalzi for writing this beautiful work.
I was glad to see WIl Wheaton reading this story, also. He's very good at audio narration and I hope to hear more from him in this field. Also, it's perfectly apropos for a Star Trek cast member to be reading this one.
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