LOS ANGELES, CA, United States | Member Since 2012
I'm a fan of time travel sci fi but this particular story is one of first of that genre that didn't grab me. Although the science is well explained, the characters ultimately fall flat. Unlikely love in an emotionless, timeless world serves as the catalist for all of the conflicts that ensue, but this love never feels real. This book's strength lies in its well thought out paradoxical speculations and I'm sure there are plenty of Sci Fi buffs who will get something out of it.
I thought the ending was actually the best part. It had a good twist that oriented us back into the time contueum that we currently understand as reality. But, unfortunately, it was too little too late.
The reader was acceptable. There wouldn't be much else Mr. Boehmer could do to spice this one up. I ended up listening to the second half of the book at 3x speed once I realized that emotional cadence played a very small role in this story.
I wouldn't necessarily exclude any scenes, but the story could benefit from exploring a smaller scope of time. The biggest scientific leap of faith in this book is the assumption that humanity will last over 100,000 centuries. That phenomenal span of time makes it difficult recognize or relate to the majority of the events intended to drive the story.
This novel was written in the mid fifties, at the dawn of the cold war, when sensibilities were certainly different from today's. For those readers who'd like to explore sci fi written during this era, novels by Ray Bradbury and Arthur C. Clarke might serve them better.
Different but equal. The writing is so engaging and econimical and the character of old man so real that it's difficult to separate the message from the medium.
As the Old Man sat alone in his boat struggling with pain, thirst, weakness and nausea, he recalled a time from his younger days when he engaged a sailer in a 20 hour arm wrestling match. This moment in the story defined raw endurance and determination more effectively than anything else I've ever read.
Donald Southerland reads with great clarity and just enough expression to let the writing tell the story. After listening to the book, I can't imagine anyone else doing a better job than he. His voice, I'm sure, is far superior than my inner reading voice would be.
I was moved by the Old Man's respect for the fish. He never belittled or underestimated his opponent, which lended a fresh perspective to his trade.
What can be said about one of the greatest stories ever told? Read it, cherish it, learn from it.
Larsson was a master of detail. He takes the mundane process of investigative journalism and puts a poignant and relevant spin on it. His characters are unusual but plausible. It is rare to find a book this lengthy to be such a quick and easy read.
The action scenes are few and far between but certainly worth the wait. The rape and retaliation chapters are the most memorable. The climactic confrontation between the murderer and investigators wraps the central story up with a great payoff.
Lizbeth's quirky genius is the glue that holds the reader. All of the best scenes of the story include her.
The overall message that honesty and integrity wins in the end is inspirational. That said, Larrson certainly dipped deep into several moral grey areas to get that message across.
The sometimes dark and gloomy nature of this story is offset by an optimistic message.
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