Astonishing story about Jenna's experience and escape from Scientology. I've always been told Scientology was a cult, but I never imagined how off the scale it is. I can't imagine the experiences Jenna had were true -- they all seem so outlandish. Based on some of Jenna's experiences, I could have mistaken this as account of being in the mafia. This is must read and highly recommend it.
The story is an excellent science fiction story set in the near future during humanity's third mission to Mars gets hit by a sandstorm and somehow someone is left behind. The story opens as that person realizes how "effed" he is. As you can imaging, there is a significant amount of profanity involved. It's kinda hard to not cuss up a storm when you have been stranded several million miles from Earth unsure if anyone even knows you are still alive (for now). So, yeah -- on a scale of 1-10 for family friendliness, it's in the negative 2 range.
I really like the twisted, ironic, and sarcastic sense of humor the main characters has -- it's the sorta screwed up personality I can relate to. The "hey, look, Mars is trying to %#$%ing kill me again" sorta thing. The narrator pulls this off perfectly. The non-American accents not so great, but that's a relatively small part of the book.
Oh yeah, did I mention the $%#$ profanity. Get some really @#$@# nice headphones for this one.
Yes, but only to those not easily offended by profanity.
The book is a collection of short stories, so there wasn't a grand finale.
Dick has a gruff voice that takes a little bit of time to start to enjoy -- however, he voice does grow on you. The reading has background sound effect and intro music -- which does help add to the performance.
Each of the stories had their own charms. The famous "leg lamp" story and the "Easter ham" are my favorites.
The stories are just a random collection of short recollections that have very little to do with Christmas, with the exception of the BB-gun story. I actually like the movie better -- it somehow takes most of these stories and puts them in a related order leading up to the climax of the BB-gun story finale. Also, the movie is family friendly -- but this book is laced with plenty of profanity.
Excellent classic sci-fi and it is difficult to tell it was translated from Polish -- it sounds like it was originally written in English (with the exception of some Polish sounding names). I would certainly recommend this book to anyone into sci-fi.
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