A frustrating mix of genuinely fascinating, tangible material - Bosnian pyramids, copper mining in N. America, a prehistoric road network in France - and credulous silliness (conversations with crystal skulls, Atlantis, etc).
No, on balance.
The cardboard ex-milltary-hero saves his boring family using his survivalist foresight and fortuitous status as a flu-vaccine salesman. I liked the probably-realistic early days of the pandemic, massive denial all round. Once everyone hunkered down in their bunkers, the narrative lost interest, predictably.
The writer takes us back to the early 60s for a caper novel with the usual cast of petty criminals. I've never met a more one-dimensional crew. The dialog-heavy style (the novel must be a first draft of a hoped-for-Hollywood screenplay) just highlights the weak writing.
The plot is preposterous, and the world-building - "add a steam engine to ever VIctorian artifact and throw in some rotors" - is unimaginative. If you want to see that done right, try The Windup Girl.
Concise, clearly-expressed analysis of current economic conditions. A very convincing argument by a credible commentator.
I've listened to three books in this seies. While there are moments of real creativity, I think I'm done. It's a comic-book approach to subjects that could support much better stories. Jesus Christ shows up and stops a bar brawl. A vampire kills Thor (spoiler). Writing this, I regret listening to it..
Great capture of time and place and character. I felt like I was there, for better or worse.
I'm pretty sure I won't remember any of these stories next week. As opposed to other stories I read thirty years ago and still remember.
I begin to think that anthologies of "original" stories are anthologies of stories that couldn't be sold elsewhere. In future, I'll concentrate on collections of Hugo/Nebula award winning stories.
I kept listening, waiting for a tiny spark of originality. I gave up after a few hours. This is generic Star Trek fan fiction, complete with aliens-who-look-like-lovely-earth-women, generic ethnic crew members, generic technology, lantern-jawed captain, etc. Ouch.
I enjoyed the first book in this series, but this second book was a real let down. It feels like the author is settling in for a nice long lucrative series. Much like an episode of a TV series, in this book stuff happens, regular characters banter with each other, there's some preposterous sex, but nothing fundamental changes.
I'm done with this series. Since when do druids fire RPGs and bonk goddesses?
Selecting events in the 17th century that were actually *interesting*.
This is a fascinating time period but the focus was on endless tedious detail on the global trade tobacco, china and other consumerist concepts. I guess I should have researched the book b4 buying.
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