Herndon, VA, United States | Member Since 2011
This book I tried to read but it took a long time to get going and I was not getting through it very quickly. I bought the audio book and it really came to life. Even the slow parts were done well. It is a long story about an alternative history of England - one where magic played a major part, was forgotten, and is making a comeback. The story telling by Simon Prebble was very good - its British so it had to have the appropriate mannerism and accents. Its a pretty entertaining book in the end although a little weak on the ending. Overall, very worth the effort.
This is a fascinating story if a bit unbelievable. It is a traditional Greg Bear SCI-FI story about a future of Mars that is different then any others I have read. This is the fourth Mars book that won an award in the 1990s I guess as a result of all the Mars Lander activity during that decade. The characters are well developed story very engaging.
The audio performance is very good with alot of effort to emulate voices in suits, remote communications,etc. Overall, I really enjoyed this story.
This book covers many disparate topics from religion (existence of a soul) to determination of when someone is actually dead - for organ donation purposes. The technology discussed moves between things long gone (technologically speaking) to things that have not been done. The concept that one could record one's self and store in on the internet, turn it on and have a discussion with your self is kind of interesting. The fact that there are limitations to that recording vs the physical experience is not surprising.
The story carries well although a little weak on the ending. The reading is good and captured my attention. Overall a great performance.
I am not sure why this won a Nebula Award - it has nothing to do with Sci-Fi. It is an interesting story about humans who live in the water - mermaids. It takes place around the 1600s in our time, but with a twist regarding the mermaids. It has the catholic church (the Pope is the King's Cousin), woman in there place (barefoot and pregnant - well at least quite and permissive), the King's Court, and a disturbing story about the mermaid. The story kept me pretty irritated - did a very good job of portraying gender roles of the time.
The performance is excellent and well read. Worth the listen.
What is most disturbing about this story is how it is not that far out of the range of possibility. If the current economic situation crashed, this is entirely possible. And I found that quite distrubing. The idea is interesting (forming a new religion based on science) and the terrible things that the person went through to get the new idea moving makes the story compelling. I am not a fan of the ending - I found the weakness of the brother/sister bonds very disturbing and how the author kind of forgets that the main character saved the brother from slavery - never seems to come back up.
But the performance is good and the story compelling. worth the listen.
This book is one in a series of books by Jack McDevitt that are sort of like a long miniseries, but each book has a definite, independent story. This one has several fascinating twists. I think that the author does not follow through with all the story ends, but it is still a fun story and the ending, while somewhat predictable, is still a bit surprising.
Worth the read.
This book is one of those where you will have to suspend your beliefs to enjoy it. The idea of two immortals that end up on earth a very long time ago and as humanity evolves decides to partake in society (one brutal, one less so) and how the two entities find each other....an engaging story. Its sort of disturbing that you know that the humans can do nothing about the situation - only the two entities. It leaves you feeling a bit helpless.
But I liked the story. It is a quick read will keep you entertained.
The story is pretty much like a soap opera. There are the steamy scenes with the a young woman and an older man. There is treachery, betrayal, and conflict. Its a quick book and the performance is very good. The book name and the name of all the characters is pretty interesting once you figure it out. I was somewhat disappointed that this was a Nebula award winner, but it was a quick read and kept my attention.
This is a pretty interesting story, told from the point of view of a functioning autistic adult in a time when autism has been cured for those treated early enough. It is very well written and very well read. The performance does a great job with the various personalities in the book making it very enjoyable. The ending feels like the author was trying to get finished (but it still is interesting). While it is still a good ending, to many things are left undone. But overall, I really liked the story.
This is the second of three books by the author, all suffering the same issues. The SCI-FI concepts are pretty interesting - teraforming, robots, vision of the future of colonization of the solar system. There are some very fun concepts in the book. Unfortunately, the author seems bent on displaying his knowledge of just about any topic that comes to mind and this consistently distracts from the story. I was tired when the book was finally done.
The performance is good - kept the story interesting.
This is a very wordy author who goes off on tangents that are barely relevant to the story. There are many interesting SCI-FI hooks - interesting weapon, nano-computing, cool space drives, and a fun vision of the future. But getting through all the rhetoric is very hard.
The audio book is well performed (I think the reader gets bored at times) and it can be mono-tomic at times. But overall a good performance.
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