There are so many interesting future-tech ideas in this book, it is a shame that there is no story to tie them together. There is excellent character development, but unfortunately that is all there is. You keep wondering, "Where is he going with this?". The poor storyline is coupled with a terrible narrator. The womens voices are so poor, it is almost laughable. He does a great job with the men's voices, but can't seem to master the women. It would have been better if he did not give them any kind of accent at all instead of trying to come up with a Eastern European and Chinese accents that sound totally fake.
I just can't seem to get enough of the Dresden series. With each book, Butcher takes it to a new level, so it never gets boring. Lots of action, very rich supernatural universe, and some good love stories to boot. This one in particular has some great plot twists. What's not to like?
This is very typical Suarez stuff if you have read any of his other books. And like the other books it is very entertaining. In this case Suarez has woven a "world within our world" where the true state of technology is actively suppressed by a government group so powerful even our own government can't stop it. When one scientist refuses to play along, the stage is set for a technological David vs Goliath story. Put in a nice love story, some secret resistance group stuff and an AI who can't decide which side to support and you have a great yarn.
It is nice when someone comes up with a totally new description of the world, as in "here is what is really going on and most of the world does not even realize it!" Whether you want to classify the items in the story as "magic" or "advanced science" does not really matter. What does matter is the seamless way that Larson has taken the worn-out pulp private eye genre and imbued new life into it by setting it in a place where all is not what it seems. Definitely room for some more books if it becomes a series!
I have mixed feelings about this story. It is definitely unique in the genre. In this case the title should be taken literally, as most of the story revolves around religion's role in the post-apocalyptic world. The story is a bit slow at times, but it is a good read and easily deserves its Hugo award. There is also ample sprinkling of humor throughout, most of it of the tongue-in-cheek variety. It helps if you know some Latin, as many of the phrases go by pretty quick and you can miss some subtle humor based on the religious interpretation of events!
This is somewhat of a crowded genre, especially with some of the movies out recently, but the author does a great job of making the creation of an AI very believeable while at the same time keeping up the excitement level as each phase of the AI's evolution unfolds.
I thought this was going to be a fluff type of book, and in a sense it is. But I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It is a great combination of underdog story, love story,and mercenary story overlaid with a rich supernatural tapestry. I guarantee this is one book that you will have a hard time putting down.
Oh, and if you like guns, this book is for you! The author knows his stuff and there are lots of descriptions of the firepower1
This books starts out bad, with a dystopian future, bad family life, and gets worse as the book continues. There are no likeable characters, the plot line is a bit of a stretch in places as the author struggles to get the main characters together. The overall story is almost non-existent, as it can be summed up in a couple of sentences. The narrator delivers the entire story in a monotone, coming off whiny and immature. I made it through the book because I really thought it would eventually get better, but it never did. The ending is also disappointing, as it leaves you hanging with the introduction of new critical characters but no resolution. Surely this is not a setup for a sequel, as I can't believe the author would come up with another book full of the same boring monologue.
Brett has a very narrow concept. I don't really think the concept is capable of supporting an entire series of books. Book one seemed pretty slow after a while. I was not able to go on to book 2.
The story seems a bit slow. I understand character development and so forth, but it seems like Sanderson went into this with the idea of writing a really, really long series and is having trouble finding enough interesting ideas to fill the pages. It might pick up in the second book, but for the time being I'm exhausted just trying to get through this one so I'm going to sit out for a while.
If you have not read Sanderson before I would recommend the Mistborn series over this one.
Will Patton was the perfect narrator for this story. His voice is easy to listen to, but he has several great "character" voices too. The narration is done by the main character, and Patton's natural voice is perfect for the part. Somehow he manages to be both endearing and a little creepy at the same time.
King has successfully provided some closure to the Shining, as well as add a whole new sub-plot. This is not a nostalgia-fest but instead a whole new creepy story with enough ties to the old story to be both familiar and suspenseful at the same time.
All of King's books have been top-notch in both performance and story, and Doctor Sleep is no different. One of my new favorites. Oh, and yes there is enough loose ends for a follow up... (Please?)
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