In terms of sheer writing skill, and the ability to portray the raw tragedy, loneliness, and emptiness of being a soldier, Joe Haldeman is without equal. This book is melancholy, depressing, and despairing. It is not, however, as good as The Forever War, and in fact has no relation to that epochal work.
This is good stuff - space opera that's smart but not TOO smart, fun archetypical characters, standard Doc Smith style tropes. The drawback to this book is that its climax is cut short, since the second volume in the 2-volume series has most of the action.
Extremely epic space opera here, very reminiscent of E.E. Doc Smith, but with more humor and sex. Titanic space battles, species ascending to godhood, space marines, alien menaces, and all your favorite stuff! Contrary to many people's opinion, this one is better than the first volume in the 2-book sequence. Still, the ending is a bit rushed and contrived...welcome to the world of Peter F. Hamilton.
I was expecting a somewhat dry recounting of names and places and dates; what I got was an explosively exciting, richly detailed, superbly vivid tale of adventure, desperation, and glory on the not-so-high seas. I am running out of adjectives to describe how gripping this book was. I usually listen to audiobooks for less than an hour a day; with this one, I couldn't take my headphones off until I had finished.
This is a very good survey of the hidden costs of cheap Chinese manufacturing. The anecdotes are poignant and powerful. The prose is a little dry.
With his fictional city of Camorr, Scott Lynch has created arguably the most interesting, original city in modern fantasy (yes, even better than China Mieville's cities!). It's a mix of 1400s Venice, 1700s London, and a Final Fantasy magic/steampunk metropolis. But this book has more going for it than just the setting - the characters in this book are wonderfully vivid and seem to leap right off the page. The story is extremely unpredictable, though things seem to take a teensy bit too long to happen. The action is bloody, realistic, and heart-poundingly exciting.
The narrator is awesome, and his accent (a kind of Cockney, I think) is perfect for the setting.
Buy this book!!
Professor Timothy B. Shutt has perhaps the most entertaining voice in all of audiobook history. Just listening to him is pure entertainment. His lectures are also very engaging, full of fun historical details that really bring the past to life.
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