Robert J Sawyer has his flaws as a writer. His books are not exactly breathtakingly thrillers and his characters are often simple. I can understand why some people is annoyed by his liberal world view and morals. Even for a progressiv Scandinavian as me, it can get a bit to politically correct. People just aren't that nice, I find myself thinking while reading his books. And in this one especially the autistic father is a bit to much a construction for me to believe in him, Sawyers research about autism shines through the description of him.
But i really like his books. The Neanderthal trilogy and now this one are very entertaining and impossible to put down when you've started reading them. They are classic science fiction stories, driven by ideas, rather than plot and characters and as a reader you shouldn't expect more. Or less.
I am really looking forward to the last book in the series.
A stupid, unnecessary book. I really can't understand the fuzz over it. I stopped listening to it after an hour. I may give it another shot later. If I get really, really bored.
I just loved this book. As I've loved every book by Murakami I've read so far. He has a style of writing that is his own. And it suits me perfect.
There are two major ways to tell a story. The first asks "what will happen?". It's typical for thrillers and dramas. Will the hero survive? Will the young lovers get together?
The second asks "what is happening?". Murakami is a master of this technique. He is not interested in moving fast forward, rather in taking a situation and letting the reader slowly understand what the situation is. And Kafka on the Shore is another of his books that follows that recipe.
After reading a lot of his books i have realized that Murakami really believes in the good in people, believes that people are good. Bad people are often just good people in bad situations. And sometimes there aren't any bad people at all.
This is a truly good book, in the same tradition as Fjodor Dostojevskij, Emile Zola or Salman Rushdie, three of my favorite writers.
The idea of introvert and extrovert personalities wasn't new to me, but in the scientific tradition I've been schooled that idea have little or no importance. So I've never really thought about it. This book made me do that. It's not very well written, some of the chapters are actually boring and gave me nothing. But on the whole the book gave me a new perspective on what I already known, some new ways to handle my own life. And that is worth much.
The narration is okay. No more. No less. A book of this kind needs that. So I am glad I listened to it.
As a food nerd I really enjoyed listening to this one. It was full of new knowledge and perspectives on cooking that apart from just being entertaining already has improved my food. Most people don't really know what they are doing in the kitchen and it's not necessary to be honest, but knowledge makes the time you spend in their much more meaningful and this book is a good help.
I would have given it five stars overall if it had been a bit better edited. As the texts comes from a newspaper column, I can understand that the same themes have come up often, but when making a book you should edit out the retakes.
Not funny enough to be good comedy, not exciting enough to be a good criminal story. There is something unengaging about the book. It's like it was written by an unwilling author and after a while I got unengaged too.
Every nice thing people has written about the book is true. It's one of Irvings best so far. I have nothing to add on that matter.
But as a radio producer who has worked a lot with radio theater and narrations I just have to say that this is one of the best audio book narrations I have ever heard! Genious. Barrett makes every word count, paints all the caracters in full color. It has been pure joy to walk around with his voice in my head. I miss it so much that I will probably choose my next book from the other ones he has narrated.
Brown has an tendency to seem uninspired, like he is writing a cooking recipe, not a suspens novel. I actually liked the first two movies much better than the books.
Other mystery writers has a tendency to include tedious descriptions of the heros personal life, mostly long descriptions of their shortcomings. I think it is fantastic how Brown throws the reader straight into the story, but sometimes I feel like I would like to know a bit more about Robert Langdon. A more evident problem is that the stories are built around the same dramatic skeleton, which is not that evident in the movies.
The movies are also relatively free from the half chewed sexual tension that Brown tries to charge his stories with.
But, it was nice listening to it. Well read.
A Strange Valley is a very strange book. It starts off with a nice sci-fi-idea, a nice what-if, but never lifts from the ground. Instead of trying to build suspense the writer spends most of the novel to quasiliberal sexual fantasies that with time get tiresomely lecherous. Quite a disapointment.
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