Except for everybody smoking cigarettes, and the use of microfilm, this book is absolutely modern. As with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club by the Beatles, I marveled at the inventive skillfulness throughout.
A very interesting story with compelling characters. The images suggest to me what an acid trip must be like. Really bizarre.
and I remembered really loving the book when I read it almost 20 years ago.
The work is absolutely masterful, the performance is really superb.
I really don't want to give anything away. I suggest, if you enjoy fiction, science fiction, military history, politics, or psychology, that you read this book. Wholeheartedly.
This book starts out as a stupid cartoon, and that is intentional. It is funny and bizarre, and wonderfully read by Wheaton, who was absolutely the right choice for this. Using the cartoon as a hook, Scalzi gets down to his usual business of writing about serious existentialism in a fun way. Super book!
This book is quite a ride! Scalzi writes as both a very knowledgeable scientist and a very thoughtful existential philosopher. The ideas are totally believable and entirely fantastic. The characters are rich and interesting, and the character development is fascinating, more rich than even the very inventive plot. I loved it!
Great performance, too. Well directed and acted, really quite transparent. Almost as if a brain-pal unpacked the story in my mind.
Fun, engaging, and even thought provoking. Scalzi writes as a combination of scientist and existentialist philosopher. He writes strong characters with interesting personalities, and makes the story engaging through character development, even more so than event development.
Some people have complained about Scalzi's use of "he/she said." in basic dialogue construction. I have had this complaint in other books, particularly the later books in the Honor Harrington series by David Weber. I have no such complaint about this book. The performance was very good, so good that I did not once notice a "he/she said" standing out.
Simply a fun and interesting read. I've never come out of a fiction book wanting to be a vegan before. Read and find out what I mean.
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