I am writing this review with 3 hours left to go in the book. I wanted to write this to say to those who are reluctant to finish a series they may have spent upwards of two decades reading, it is OK to finish. I wrote this review without completing the last few hours so I could write this without my bias toward the ending showing up when I say, this is a good book. Many things are wrapped up, it does not feel overly hurried, which is good as this is the 14th book of a 20,000 page series.
The book is not without it's faults, sometimes the reading of some of the characters can sound a bit similar, but with such a large number of characters and only two readers I expect that was inevitable.
The story was exciting and I felt like most of what I needed from the final book has been delivered.
Sit back and enjoy and remember, there are neither beginnings nor endings to the Wheel of Time, but this is an ending..... Sorry I could not help it.
Brandon Sanderson builds worlds, his career has been built on creating vibrant world populated by fully realized characters with unique takes on magic and power. Steelheart is his answer to the superhero genre, starkly different than the traditional super power creations of other authors.
If you enjoy superhero fiction and character driven Scifi/fantasy this is the book for you.
I also suggest, "Soon I Will Be Invincible" and "Confessions of a D List Supervillan"
This book did not work for me, it feels like one of those books written years later by the talentless sons of a great author, similar to the Dune books being put out by Brian Hubert.
Some of the plot points simply feel like a check list bring drawn from a list titles "Things that must happen for Ender's Game to make sense."
Instead of making a great book Card has made a book that simply "Fits" in the Ender's Universe.
John Scalzi tells stories you simply would not expect to hear, the premise of an alien race enlisting an agent to smooth their image before introducing themselves to earthlings simply is not your normal science fiction tale.
If you are a fan of Terry Pratchett or other Scalzi books I strongly recommend giving this a read.
Do be aware that Wil Wheaton was the kid from Star-trek Next Gen, if you cannot handle hearing him as a reader you may want to skip.
I assume by the time most people make it to the 4th installment of a series they are invested and are going to give it a 4-5 star rating, for myself this is also true; however, this book was just not good enough to bring me back. A good series should be like a chain, each link needs to be strong enough to draw me further into an ever expanding story and world.
The characters in this series never made me feel anything more then "meh", bland tough guy nonsense and little else.
Skip it and read something by Dresden Files or Iron Druid instead.
When I ordered this book I thought "Hey 3 hours of Iron Druid is better than 10 hours of something less fun." What I got was closer to two hours of Iron Druid and an hour of a random chapter of an upcoming Iron Druid I will buy when it comes out.
If two hours of a book are worth a credit to you go for it and enjoy!
The story of this novel offers great food for thought, how would humans deal with the discovery of a new intelligent species, how would corporate interests weigh when placed on the scales against the sanctity of a species right to grow in their own world?
This book provides an excellent opportunity to think about these questions and Scalzi's hero leaves you with an impression of truly weighing these questions for himself in the novel without ever simply spelling it out, this balance keeps the book from devolving into simple preaching about the expansion of a more powerful culture into the territory of a less powerful one.
I would also suggest reading Old Man's War by Scalzi.
This book is pretty standard story quality for a Star Wars book. I cannot make it through this performance because of the constant background noise. I don't think it adds atmosphere so much as it distracts from the listening quality.
I don't know about anyone else but I would pay two credits for an Audible Frontiers rerecord by James Marsters. I have no idea how much it costs to record an audiobook but I would happily pay the extra $12 and pay two credits for a book series that I enjoy read by the same narrator I have listened to for years.
I have to throw my hat in with those who felt the reading of this was too poor to continue.
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