Like the Saga of Seven Suns, Anderson proves he is a sadist. Writing interminable sagas. My misfortune was coming in on the beginning of this one. Now in my mid-sixties, I hope I live long enough to hear "the rest of the story."
Anderson throws in enough human interest sub-plots to keep one yearning to find out what happens next. For one, I wanted a little more juice in the Cleoparia finale. It would be a spoiler to say any more.
Sagas have a way of stretching your attention span. My wife, ha ha, thought we would die before the end of The Saga of Seven Suns. This saga is so different, set in a medieval world. I think this is a commentary on Earth's world religions. It takes awhile to figure out which group represents Christians, Muslims, secularists, and various sects. Don't rush to judgment. That's part of the fun in this opening salvo, figuring out who's who in this saga. I hope Anderson doesn't trash the Christian-like group, the cheap shot so many journalists and novelists take whenever portraying Christians. It's boring in its predictability. Sagan was kind to religionists in Contact, making the evangelist compassionate and human rather than a bizarre abberation so many writers make of Christians. (I am a Christian in case you were wondering, and happy to be one.)
The religious aspects of this saga are not spelled out as Muslim, Christian, and secular. Kevin doesn't throw it in your face. He doesn't vilify one group and exalt the other, yet he does keep the religious conflict high in the order of things--the interactions between Urabins(Muslims) and the Aidenists (Christian) is scary, bloody, and pitiless for the most part.
I noticed people are bad-mouthing Scott Brick. No way. Scott does a wonderful job, as he always does. He's a great reader and worth whatever small fortune they pay him.
Have fun, and take your time with this book. It's not great literature, but it sure is worth listening to.
Humanization of changeling
The changeling went through many lives before it discovered what love is. It, the changeling, began the story by killing a human as it came out of the sea, where it had been living as a great white shark, a killer whale, and other denizens of the deep for a million years. It was immortal and unkillable but vulnerable. It could be seriously injured, but its nature was immortality.It spent so much time roaming the oceans that it had forgotten its past and didn’t know where it came from.After killing its first human and taking over the persona of its victim, it began learning the meaning of being a human. At one point, it had a graphic sexual encounter with its nurse, then injured another woman while attempting forced anal intercourse, and then took an active part in a homosexual incident. Later, it decided to carry on as a woman.Finally, while trying to uncovered the mystery of a million-year-old relic that had amazing physical properties, it befriended a man while it was in the guise of a woman, and fell in love.
When there are two many cooks in the kitchen, what happens? I listened to two other stories that had multiple authors, and they too were bland, tasteless things. I have read or listened to many stories with two authors, and they do very well.
Calculating God. The author warned the listener than zealot evolutionists and creationists will not be happy about this story. As a young-earth creationist, I understand what he means, but so far I've liked the story.
There are at least two narrators, and both of them are good.
Most of them. There are too many. It kills the flow.
Touching, sweet, special.
The one that came to mind is in a completely different genre, Dragon Tears by Dean Koontz. In it there is a dog and the dog expresses itself in human speech. The dog doesn't speak, but the author allows us to see what the dog is thinking. War Horse is written in first person from the horse's viewpoint.
He was great with the Brittish, German, and French accents and used some different intonations to indicate different speakers.
It is a sweet, tender book that will undoubtedly make some cry. I nearly did. It also made me angry at times about the heartlessness of men.. A friend has a horse she is always talking about and she made a dumb approach to him a couple weeks ago and he fearfully kicked at her and broke her wrist. While she's mending, she would no doubt love to hear or read this story.
Short book I wish had been longer. I seldom write reviews, but this was a very special book.
I didn't like the flippant humor and the long boring sections. My first attempt got me through about 4 hours of listening. A month or two later, I continued where I left of thinking that maybe things would get better. I almost made it through part 1 when I decided I didn't want to torture myself any more.
The narrator tried to keep in line with the flippant style of the book, but it didn't help.
All of them. Rewrite the whole book.
Only if they aren't offended by foul language and blasphemy.
I liked his way of making the main characters recognizable by use of his voice. Great reader.
Get rid of the tongue-in-cheek tone.
I listened to the first 2 hours. Most of it could have been cut. Getting Wells drunk seemed dumb, and that seemed to be the point of the whole section.
Once you get past the first 5 hours of yada yada yada, it becomes a captivating story. I almost turned it off and started another book.
The book would be much better if the first 5 hours were condensed to about 1/2 hr.
Some of the adventures of Shel and Dave were interesting. Never once did the two want to visit with people who changed the world such as Jesus Christ, Mohammed, Moses, Ghandi, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Solomon. They did visit with some of the great philosophers, playwrights, authors, and other significant historical figures, and some who were of little importance.
The story became repetitious, even boring. Traveling back to meet this philosopher, that painter or scientist. At times, I couldn't wait until the book ended.
Some people will like this story regardless. I'm wondering how my wife will view it.
Not if it's going to be more of the same.
Something that didn't include irrational killing of innocent animals
King's performance is never as good as those of professional readers. He lacks the depth needed. Great writer, but lousy reader.
King is a fascinating writer, but sometimes he steps over boundaries for readers who don't want to deal with murder, especially killing of innocent animals that serve only to paint a darker picture of a story..
A very captivating story, a nine out of ten. One which I couldn't wait to continue listening to. Often, I barely listen to a novel, because they are usually humdrum. Often I get tired of the profanity used by the authors. This has none of that, or very little.
The development of the characters. Some others introduce too many characters, so that one loses sight of who is who.
Good changes in voices. An excellent reader.
Not everyone who lives among us is a monster.
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