The author's view of people and marriage is depressing and, for me, inaccurate. The book really needed a character that was reasonably likeable. I forced myself to finish it, in hopes it would improve. The end is a bit interesting, but not enough to rescue the remainder. I agree with another reviewer that a stronger editor might have helped the cohesiveness of the novel. It felt rambling at times; I found myself thinking
The narration was fine.
Yes, I have read good things about Gun Machine and will give it a try. But, if it is equally bad, I won't try any others.
There did not seem to be much point to the story other than a series of descriptions of intended-to-shock sexual practices. I don't know which are intended to be truthful, and therefore legitimate food for thoughts, and which are intended to be so outrageous as to be shocking within the story. But, a bigger issue is the factual errors. I don't know the facts on much of what he describes, but when he describes accessing an office building by cutting through the floor of a room from the room below, using a kitchen knife, I had to laugh. This is so utterly ridiculous that it makes me question absolutely everything else about the book.
In the end, I found the book a waste of time. I am not easily shocked, and like authors that attempt to shock (Richard K. Morgan for one), but this book seemed to have no point beyond trying to shock. These attempts seemed laughable.
I saw the reference to Naked Lunch. If this is supposed to be hallucinatory, it just does not pull it off. Skip it.
It is good that the "hero" is seriously flawed, but then so is the book
I suggest skipping this one. If you want to feel like you are flaunting the prudes, there are plenty of other books better worth your time.
The author comes up with premise that is very imaginative, and therefore thought provoking
The double voices were a nice touch
The plot was not believable and the writing relied on cliches and exaggeration. Everything described was over the top. How many times could he say
If you are going to promote it as science fiction, it should have some science that justifies the action. In this case, the
I would have toned down the language and the repetition.
The description lists it as winning an award. It appears that the award is from the publisher, so is meaningless. Audible should not list this.
Not my type of book, and gave up after a few hours. dwells too much on the negatives of human nature.
I did not realize this was for "grade 6 and up" when I downloaded it. It is an okay story, but some of the "science" shows that the author has no understanding of science. In good science fiction, something seemingly magical is given a plausible explanation. Here, there are some very basic physics laws that are not respected. The racing scene is one example. If books like this win awards, it is no wonder that the average level of understanding of basic science among children and adults is so poor. The story line could have been maintained without these flaws.
Creates a complete future world that was thought provoking.
I write very few reviews, but felt compelled to do so on this book. I really enjoy Gibson's writing, even if this work is not as "out there" as some of his earlier cyberpunk.
I agree with Rusty. If you like the other books by this author, you will like this one too. His characters are complex mixtures of good and bad.
I have been a fan of Crighton in the past, but Next and State of Fear have both been very disappointing. In both books he seems more interested in preaching his opinions than story telling. Also, his opinions are highly questionable. I don't have enough personal knowledge on some topics he opines on to judge his credibility. But, in Next, and especially in the authors note at the end, he shows his ignorance and lack of judgement. He touches on a couple topics I am very familiar with, including the Bayh-Dole law, which he strongly argues should be repealed. There have been a number of intensive studies of this law and, while it is not perfect, overall it has paid enormous dividends. His criticism are based on a limited understanding and is essentially a knee jerk reaction. This makes me question his conclusions and opinions on areas where I don't have personal knowledge. Read or listen to this one only with a big grain of salt!
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