This book is not necessarily an easy read. While I found feudal Japanese politics much too complicated, the rest of the book was very enjoyable, I say the tv series and the movie (a cut down version of the series) and loved both. While they are great and both worth watching (the movie is great to watch with someone who isn't familiar at all with ancient japan, the series may be too much at once) the book added a much deeper perspective. Definitely a must have.
In case you are wondering, this series of books can be read in any order really since they are all independent, self contained stories. In case you want to follow the publication dates, here's the list:
- King Rat (1962): Set in a Japanese POW camp, 1945
- Tai-Pan (1966): Set in Hong Kong, 1841
- Shogun (1975): Set in feudal Japan, 1600
- Noble House (1981): Set in Hong Kong, 1963
- Whirlwind (1986): Set in Iran, 1979
- Gai-Jin (1993): Set in Japan, 1862
This book uses language that is probably more familiar to younger audiences, I thought that added to its appeal actually. Lots of sarcasm (the good kind) and wit (also the good kind) can be found here. It's worth picking up for a fun, quick read.
Good lord no, it's the literary equivalent of valium.
Medicus takes place in ancient Rome and gives you a mild feeling of ambiance during the first couple of pages. If you want strong ambiance, that is historically accurate, consider reading “SPQR I: the king’s gambit”.
The fact of the story is, “nothing happens”. It’s pretty boring. The exceptional narration lends it enough ‘oomph’ for you to manage to finish listening to the book but honestly you could skip about 50% of this story and nothing would be missed.
This book was clearly written by a woman which isn’t, of course, a bad thing but shows obvious bias. At least one of the main characters doesn’t act her class at all and is a large let down.
It's a book that you don't want to put down.
This book was very enjoyable and nonstop, although it did reach a patch where it was a little repetitive near the end it was still very good.
He could have made it a short story.
I’m trying to spare you without including any spoilers:
This book is slow, repetitive and boring. Nothing interesting happens, just the same boring routine over and over again. They could easily have taken out 10 hours from the middle of the book and it would only make the book better. Somewhere among the repetitive happenings there are elements that could make it a halfway passable story but for some reason, they never make it into the main storyline. If you listen to this all the way through get ready for some disappointment. I’m a fan of the author, but this time he totally missed his mark.
Not written it.
This book is the narration about the life of an unsuccessful woman.
Nothing of interest really happens, it’s not funny. She talks a lot about babies.
Do you really want to read something like this?
This book was amazingly hard to put down, one of the best I have listened to all year!
There is a sequel called "Tandia"
The movie is great, but it is so different from the book that you can enjoy them both as if they were separate works, plus it has great actors in it!
You can't go wrong with this series! Very hard to put down. One of the very few decent cyberpunk series out there. You really won't regret it!
Even though it is a romance (can I say, chick novel?), I found it very enjoyable. Not having ever experienced the unabridged version, this version seems just fine to me. I’m sure it would be a lot better with more detail, but I liked it nonetheless. Sometimes you just need to take a break from heavy reading and this is just the thing!
This book isn’t anything original; it’s just a transcript of jokes and stories that everyone in the world has already seen on the internet before at least a dozen times. The problem is that you are not only getting the rehashed jokes and stories, you are getting annoying chain letters and preachy emails in addition to home cure remedies that may or may not work, etc. Amazingly, they even tried to include in this audio version one of those letters where everything is written with numbers but is still possible to read. It comes as no surprise that that one makes little sense if you can’t see it printed in front of you. The most irritating part for me was the inclusion of those stories whose sole purpose is to make you feel bad about something.
I think the author just got every pile of junk mail he received over the past 2 years and printed them out in this book without filtering them first.
Some of these jokes were at least funny once in a far distant past so I’ll give the book a 3, but I’m going to have to take one star off for preachiness.
Is it my impression or is Terry P. not really trying anymore? I also get the feeling that they published the book without editing it.
This is one of TP's worse books, sadly I have to admit that his worse book is still worth at least 4 stars compared to others. His stories always flow well and you really want to keep on reading, even the not-so-good ones.
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