Swords, sex, and subterfuge
Both St. Vier and Alec were interesting characters and an equally matched pair. Alec was a bit irritating at first and seemed irrational, but once you began to understand more of his psychology and the reasons for his odd, self-destructive behavior, he became quite likable. Of course, everyone in this story is ethically gray, but that works within the context of the book's world. I don't necessarily need characters to be likable, just three-dimensional and with realistic motivations.
This was the first of Kushner's books that I had experienced and the first time hearing her narration. It was fantastic. I wish that every writer was this good at reading their own work (many aren't). I definitely want to listen to more.
I didn't really have an extreme reaction, but I enjoyed slipping back into the atmosphere of the world and its various locations (taverns, mansions, theaters, and courtrooms). The setting and the recording itself were wonderfully engrossing.
Thank you, Neil Gaiman. I wish every book received this quality of production. The music, the sound effects, the background noise, the voice actors, everything greatly enhanced the listening experience and brought the whole thing to life.
It depends on the friend. There's a ridiculous amount going on in this novel, but most open minded people should be able to appreciate the boldness, the originality, and diversity of this novel. Every emotion in the world is touched on, which is admirable even if occasionally disorienting. .
Sol Weintraub was the easiest to identify with. Brawne Lamia had probably my favorite of the individual stories. But really they all have their interesting qualities.
Father Paul Dure, because I thought the narrator did I really good job making you empathize with this complex character as he experienced a living nightmare.
The Priest's Tale. My god, what a powerful, captivating, revolting, disturbing, haunting piece. That part of the book will stick with me for a long time. The Soldier's Tale was also memorable, but not really in a good way. The explicit sex seemed to serve a narrative purpose, but wasn't terribly tasteful. I don't normally have a problem with this sort of thing, when done right. I don't feel like this was.
This definitely felt like one of the those books that anyone remotely interested in science fiction or literature must experience. Even if you ultimately decide that it's not your cup of tea, I don't see how you could regret reading (or listening to) Hyperion. I can promise you'll find something in the book you have an opinion on, which, to me is (whether that opinion is good or bad), much better than a book that leaves no impression at all.
Absolutely. Anyone who gets the joke behind the title of the book will appreciate the narrative. I would have to warn them, however, that the humor tapers off a lot as the later parts of the story get quite serious. The change in tone may be a bit off-putting and unexpected.
Lose the codas, or at least shorten them a great deal. It's a clever idea, but is less effective in reality. They just don't really fit with the rest of the book, and kill the pacing. If there were a way to make the whole book as incredibly hilarious as the first few chapter, it would have been nearly perfect.
His comic timing is faultless (as I've come to expect from Mr. Wheaton). I was laughing so hard at points I had to stop the audio because I couldn't hear it anymore. While I expect reading the book would have been really funny, the narration and his delivery enhance things considerably.
Boldly going where no one...really wants to go because Borgovian Land Worms will eat your face!
I'd like a sequel, please. NOW!
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