Seriously! Freaking awesome! I can totally understand why it won a Hugo award. I would have driveway moments just as I got home from work listening to the book in my parked car. It is a good sci-fi book because it focuses on the characters and their interaction to the technology. The sci-fi part itself is spectacular and raises a bunch of what-if questions. It is the kinda sci-fi where it seems like it could almost happen, that it is not so much of a stretch. Another great thing about it, is that the storyline is episodic, so you almost get several stories at once. My next Audible purchase is going to be the next book in this series. I might actually put this up there with Ender's Game, and Starship Troopers, as one of my favorite books.
I really enjoyed the genre mixing aspect of this book. On one hand you have historical information, and on the other hand you have vampires. I didn't really care for the style the book was written in. It had a mix of first person and third person narrative, which was ok 'cept for the monotone nature of the narrator. I'd find myself drifting off and not really caring to to rewind.
I would have made the book less episodic, and focused more on the protagonist. I really did not connect with the main character. A good example of genre mixing is Ken Follett's work. Even though it's based on historical events, you can really connect with the fictional characters and feel all of their humanity. This was not the case for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. It felt kinda ridged.
I had a few problems with the production of this audio book. Every once in a while there would be background music to emphasize an important part. If I'm reading this book, there is no music to go with it, that is what my imagination is for. I could understand some music at the beginning, or at the very very end of the book, but not at random locations. Also the performance was just ok. Perhaps that is the fault of the directors/producers, but I felt the near monotone narration made the book more of a drudgery than a delight.
I don't know. You can say to your friends "ya I read that." But there were no profound moments of interest for me while listening to the book. It was more of something to pass the time. I really didn't take anything away from the book, and it's not going to leave a lasting impression.
This is a chick flick book if I've ever seen one. Don't get me wrong. It a good story with excellent writing (I need a dictionary when I'm listening to this). But honestly, it is a romance novel with time travel.
The main reason I love Morgan's work is because he uses filthy dirty language, has explicit sex scenes, awesome smashing-peoples-faces in scenes, and generally has kick-ass character dialog. Sometimes I get bored with goody two shoeses authors like Orson Scott Card or Stephenie Meyer. I think bashing him because he has his own style is a little unfair. Not everything in SciFi is squeaky clean. And to that point, I honestly don't care what Morgan writes about. He could write about cooking breakfast for all I care, it is his style that is refreshing. I chuckle each time I hear Simon Vance's voice speaking down to someone. I mean, that is one of the best parts of Morgan's style, especially when Vance calls someone a "Mother F-cker." And if you think Morgan objectifies women... well he does, thats the whole point. But in his other book The Steel Remains, he has some pretty explicit gay sex scenes. So he objectifies everyone :)
If you want a change of pace, and are not offended by strong language, or graphic sex, and fighting, then give Richard K. Morgan's work a listen.
You might also enjoy Neal Stephenson's Diamond Age, Snow Crash. There is a rape scene in Snow Crash.
Hunter's Run by By George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois, Daniel Abraham, lots of Spanish cursing in that one.
Nothing really new in this book. Just a repeat of everything we know so far. I don't think I'm gonna get the next book in the series. There are some interesting parts that foreshadow possible stuff to come, but I'm not going to hold my breath.
My god! I just finished the book and I can wait for the next in the series. It is such an engrossing story! I've become seriously involved with the characters. I cheer and get worried about their fate. Just when you think everything is gonna work out... BAM! epic disaster. And you wonder "how will the spiral arm ever recover?" How in the world is Anderson going to make things ok? Or is he?!?! There are just so many new and amazing things that happen in this book.
As for the narration. It is different, but you get used to it as with book 4. I do find it weird that the roamers have a southern accent, I always imagined them as Japanese and Italian/European.
man... written in 1980. It is hard to listen to, just kinda goofy with the notion of what the future of science is. I mean "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" was written in 1968 and that was awesome. I could not force myself to pay attention to this book. It's just that it does not seem like its gonna pay off to listen to the full 10+ hours.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. It had really good character development, and a really good storyline. It was more focused on the characters then the sci-fi part, but the sci-fi part was awesome. The sci-fi part seemed almost plausible, which in turn brought up some interesting questions about the future of human beings, and our place in world/universe.
just wanted to say the echo is not in the entire book, once you get past that and the "Kovacks" it's a pretty good listen.
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