I have not read a lot of OSC, but after this book I will definitely be reading more. Fans of the Dune series will love the beginning for its political intrigues. Fans of Tolkien will love the middle for the mingling of different humanoid species. Fans of Pullman will love the ending for its religious implications.
Without giving away too much, OSC has done an excellent job of imagining totally new theories of evolution, life, and racial memory. The characters are well-developed and continue to change throughout the novel in suprising ways. There is a good balance of "hard" SciFi and "soft" philosophy.
Emily Card does an excellent job at narration. I was skeptical, knowing that family may have trumped talent, but not so -- Emily does as good a job as any narrator I have heard. Her voices are interesting and varied, with accents appropriate to the characters.
This book would make an excellent movie (hint hint to Hollywood!). I rank this audiobook with the best of the best.
I was hoping for another witty series about the supernatural like the Dresden Files. While the Dresden Files are admittedly detective novels with a thick layer of supernatural, this series is 90% romance novel with a very thin layer of supernatural. Most of the dialogue revolves around comments concerning which man is more "hunky", fashion, makeup, and other things only women can relate to. While Elisabeth Rodgers gives a fair reading, most of the men come off sounding like teenagers going through puberty. Maybe the series redeems itself later on with more action, but I couldn't get there because I kept gagging at all the flirting scenes. The main character is very unbelievable as a succubus, but comes off more as a confused woman who makes a vow "not to date" and then wonders why her social life is so bad. Bottom line: teenage girls will probably love this series, men will hate it.
I don't normally listen to zombie stories but I am glad I have this one a try. Lots of plot twists, good likable heroes and a great villain. In fact, the plot twists are such an integral part of the story that the zombies are really secondary. Of course there is plenty of zombie gore but that is not what will keep you listening.
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.
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