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Erich

Sheppard A F B, TX, USA

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  • 90 titles in library
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  • A Colder War

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Pat Bottino
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Here is a modern novelette in H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos. Imagine David Cronenberg directing Dr. Strangelove, based on a script by H. P. Lovecraft. Imagine an alternate history in which nuclear bombs are not the ultimate weapon, but instead are merely a stepping stone to eldritch technologies accessible through certain trans-dimensional forces first encountered in 1920s Antarctica, technologies that neither the United States nor the USSR can quite contain.

    Max Draco says: "Good story, Bad narration"
    "Really fun listen"
    Overall

    If you love HP Lovecraft, then you'll go crazy for this "modern", tongue-in-cheek alternative history.

    I have one phrase for you:

    We have a Weakly-God-Like-Entity Gap.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Steel Remains

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (285)

    In just a few short years, Richard K. Morgan has vaulted to the pinnacle of the science fiction world. Now he turns his iconoclastic talents to epic fantasy, crafting a darkly violent, tautly plotted adventure sure to thrill old fans and captivate new readers.

    Tizroc says: "This isn't your father's gay hero!"
    "A Master falters at last..."
    Overall

    This is Morgan's worst novel, except perhaps for Market Forces. I found it needlessly hyper-detailed (to the point of obscuring the plot itself).
    Both Morgan and Neal Stephenson need to brush up on Truman Capote's advice: go back through your novel 3 times and remove extraneous verbiage. Like Stephenson's "Anathem", this sounds like a rough first draft. Or, perhaps, the equivalent of a 4 hour long film. Editing please - for God's sake please!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Anathem

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2078)
    Performance
    (1060)
    Story
    (1071)

    In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

    Brandon Barton says: "All hail Oralow"
    "Incredibly tedious and pedantic"
    Overall

    With this novel, I officially give up on Stephenson. I keep waiting for something comparable to the amazing "Necronomicon". But instead we keep getting these long-winded diatribes with their excessive fascination with meaningless detail. Listening to this was simply painful. And pointless.

    I think a lot of reviewers are intimidated by Stephenson's formidable intellect, and simply decide that a book like this (or the equally atrocious Baroque Cycle) simply *must* be good.

    Wrong. This Emperor has no clothes. And hasn't for some time now.

    3 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1116)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (448)

    Marsalis is one of a new breed...literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth's distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back.

    L. says: "WOW, Morgan Does it again!"
    "Bible Thumpers need not apply"
    Overall

    This book will sink its teeth into you and challenge you long after you finish it. Morgan is the best at creating anti-heroes (and a plausible future corporatist dystopia to boot) I've ever read.

    If you're a Fill-In-The-Blank Fundamentalist of any stripe, you'll loathe this book.

    And that's the highest praise I can give.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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