Pathfinder: Book 1 was entertaining and Orson Scott Card is rich and famous because he is a good author. Ruins: Pathfinder Book 2 was less interesting because the characters were constantly arguing with each other. I can visit my Brother and Sister if I want to hear screaming, pouting and lying. No need to use a credit when the real thing is free.
I have a weakness for parodies and other laugh out loud Sci-Fi books. A few of my favorites are "Jane Carver of Waar", "Redshirts" and "Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy". The "Willful Child" will not be joining this esteemed list of classic literature. I liked the high-tech gadgets and that the ship’s crew was selected based on their photographs. But, this book seems more like a novel about Zapp Brannigan (Futurama) than a parody of James T Kirk from the original Star Trek series. The Willful Child’s captain is arrogant, condescending, racist, sexist and stupid. Hard to like someone who reminds me of a US Senator.
In the distant future, Humans have reached the golden age. Many have relocated to a distant solar system and built 10,000 artificial habitats which are designed to fulfill a fantasy or provide access to a unique lifestyle. An innocuous computer program error sets events in motion that, if unchecked, will lead to the genocide of humanity in this futuristic Garden of Eden. A detective (prefect) with the single minded purpose to bring justice to those who break the law is determined to track down those who are responsible. But can he succeed against a mind that is vastly more intelligent?
Published in 2007, this was one of my favorite books of 2014. There is action, intrigue, twists and a villain who is meant to be hated. And, as always with Alastair Reynolds, technology that I wish I could purchase at Amazon. While part of the “Revelation Space” series, it is a stand-alone book and covers events that precede other books in the series.
The “Abyss Beyond Dreams” reminds me why I listen to Science Fiction. When faced with the certain destruction of their civilization and the Milky-Way Galaxy, the Commonwealth quickly clones one of their two most influential leaders and ships him off to save the day. (The other person was too busy to help.) Does the intrepid hero succeed? The outcome may or may not end as planned, but the listener is guaranteed a good story.
If I was interested in listening to this book, but had not heard the 100+ hours of the previous novels, I would not hesitate. Yes, the other books provide background, but are not a requirement for enjoying a well told story by a Science Fiction heavy weight.
Published in 1938 and continues to be excellent entertainment. Later, the author became the editor for several famous Sci Fi writers; most notably Isaac Asimov.
The key players from the previous 2 books gather for the series finale and everyone is rushing to finish their story. The book moves fast. The narrative rushes at you and the futuristic concepts left me with my mouth open. Despite the sub-plots and infighting among the characters, the overriding plot line is the continued existence of the Galaxy. Will it be destroyed or saved. I was not certain until the end and could see it go either way.
The Void Trilogy is one of the very few series I have ever completed. Usually, I start a series, but then see that a new book has been released and I never return. I am easily manipulated by marketers because I love the new and the shiny. This series kept my attention.
A Military Sci-Fi book that features furious battles with an unrelenting enemy. The officers are arrogant but incompetent. The soldiers are highly trained and their repartee is witty. The only one with common sense is the Sergeant.
The second book in the series and much more fun.
A Dwarf, a Battle Mage and a Halfling gather in the Hereafter and swear a pact to be reincarnated on earth to come to the aid of an Elf friend. Before they part ways, the group decides to reconvene in 21 years on the first day of spring at a remote mountaintop. Little do they know that this will be no simple feat. They have forgotten that their world is a dangerous place with much uncertainty, and each will face many grave perils as they mature from infant to adult.
While the beginning is difficult to follow, the three stores are ultimately fun tales.
Earth is in trouble. Aliens are attacking Human colonies on distant planets, the North Americans and the Chinese – Russians are fighting each other and in the major cities, the motto is steal first and worry about it later.
Most of the book is non-stop military sci-fi action and the narrator is very engaging. This is Book II of the series and can stand alone. But I found that listening to “Terms of Enlistment” before “Lines of Departure” increased the entertainment value.
The best part of “Valor’s Choice” was the witty dialog which I plan to use my friends. Otherwise, an easily forgettable book. But not for me, because I purchased this book and the sequel as part of an Audible special offer.
In the distant future, humans are locked in a desperate civil war for control of the Universe. Ah, but there is a third entity who is lurking in the outer realms of space with plans of hunting down and killing all humans. They are ruthless, relentless and should be feared.
I enjoyed Alastair Reynolds’ “Chasm City” and decided to listen to his Revelation Space Series. I hated book one, “Revelation Space”, and quickly abandoned my plan. After several months of healing from the bad listen, I decided to fire up “Redemption Ark” and learned that resistance is futile. I will lower my shields and be assimilated by this Hard Sci-Fi series.
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