opelika, AL, United States
This is one of the first books I bought on my own when I was let loose in the book store at the impressionable age of 13. Just a mere ten years after the publish date.
This though had the added benefit of having most of the series published already so I could read them without having to wait for the writer to create the next one. If you get into the characters and story line as I do, and you know if you do by the frantic searching for realease dates and waiting in lines for your ordered book.
You are now in my readers quandary...Do you page through the book as fast as you can or savior it slowly to limit the torrment of having to wait generally a year or longer, but in the end you simply can't put it down. You tell yourself that you will read just one more chapter, at which point you barter with yourself just one more and then you will stop, until you wind up reading the last page. Now the bliss of knowing the story and the agony of knowing it will generally be another year or so till the next book fight with each other to be the dominant feeling.
And now for the review. The use of acronyms quite relevant to myself as I worked for one for many years. IBM at AT&T, NSA, DoD, and about another one hundred. It is also quite relevant to the story. Readers will learn about different types of government. Stasheff;s lessons are shrouded in pun-based acronyms (SCENT, DDT, PEST, FCC, etc.), but are still very much lecture-based.
I learned a lot about my own government and other forms of government by reading this. I’m all for democracy but, unfortunately, Stasheff’s treatment of different types of governments is rather juvenile. DEMOCRACY=good, ALL ELSE=bad ...without any in-depth intellectual explanation about what makes this so. At least in this book, remember this was published in 1969 and it was also his first book, they do get more in depth and entertaining through out the series.
The audio version of The Warlock in Spite of Himself was produced by a full cast. Unfortunately, there are bad sound effects, inconsistent volume levels, and though the narrator, Dennis F. Regan, was fine , some of the other voices were either difficult to understand,or sounded like they were spliced in without normalizing the volume. I couldn’t even understand most of what Fess the computer said, and he is nearly as important to the story line as Rod himself.
This is a good way to get started on a great Science/Fantasy blended series. Older teens and 20-somethings will generally enjoy the light hearted treatment of teaching the reader of the differnt forms of governments. The 40+ crowd may either find this book reminiscent of their teenage years if they were into SciFi/Fantasy, or simply too juvenile. The Series does get better as it goes along, with more character developement, Hopefully the Audio version will improve as well, (if there will be any more). As a final note the sexual inuendo and point blank frankness may not be approprate for younger teens or older prudes. .........PJH
PS. I just listened to the audiobook again to make certain of my review and I really wanted to give this 5 stars for the story, but that was based on my remeberance of it as a young teen in the early 80's. After 30 years of avid reading/listening I really am hard pressed to give it 4 stars. so call it regretfully 3.5 stars. I am also fighting with myself about the Performances rating. Dennis Regan's was fairly solid 3 or 4, but the splicing of the other voices was poorly done. And I as simply angry over the voice of Fess, so much so that I would like to give the performance a Zero.
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