Does that excuse it for being a thinly veiled ideological message piece, with lashings of cloyingly childish romance and FAR too much boring internal monologue?
Demonizing intelligence and honesty, lionizing brave (read:holy) warmongery and religiosity (yes, Roth calls it selflessness but it is a version of Christianity thinly disguised); it could be called A Fundamentalist Manifesto. Except for the fact that the ideological message was so badly written and poorly developed that it is consumed by the sickening personal story of a rather pathetic, whiny and stupid young girl who is, in her words, "afraid of intimacy" (purity ring generation I'd assume). I can only imagine that this pro-fundy cheer leading will be further developed in future books (which I will be skipping).
Just to show how ridiculous the ideology underpinning this series is I will give an example. When was the last time an intelligent scientist or even a science popularizer ran for public office? When was the last time you saw one with a hunger for power or a want to destroy the disenfranchised? Yet early in the book with an obviously Christian-parallel faction in sole control of the government facing a hostile takeover from the erudite faction one of the reigning evangelical...oops i mean abnegation...government ministers (and father of the protagonist) says:
"Valuing knowledge above all else results in a lust for power, and that leads men into dark and empty places"
This comment is so obviously opposite to reality (just look at Neil de Grasse Tyson or Richard Dawkins to see the absurdity of it) that I was forced to listen to the whole wretched book just to make sure it wasn't a parody piece that made the opposite point at the end.
Blech...it was horrible! Quickly, must read Hyperion again to get this thing out of my head!!
(Oh, and for FSM's sake it's NOT pronounced eh-ree-ya-dite.)
Yes, it is mostly a good read though it tails off in the last half.
Mike. But it is unfortunate that he fades out of frame in the last half of the book and so much of the unique character that Heinlein imagined is left unexplored.
Harsh Russian accent
He should have skipped the whole first part of the book and instead fleshed out just the last section of the last chapter (was it an epilogue?) into a full story; perhaps make the actual book into a short prologue.
The best potential parts of the book were in the Evolvarium on Mars as well as the underwater colony, but unfortunately both were extremely underdeveloped and all the action I was imagining coming stayed mostly over the horizon. Really disappointing.
Still an engaging writer in terms of style though.
I have read everything Reynolds has written so far and unfortunately, after two misses in a row, I'm starting to doubt that he will ever get back to his best.
Some very soft writing in Blue Remembered Earth makes me think Reynolds is tiring of the Hard Sci-Fi that endeared me to his stories. Hopefully he can get back to his best with the next one.
Very well read by Kobna, accents were impressive and differentiation between male and female voices was mostly well handled. Production value of the title was very good overall with small amounts of theme music placed strategically.
Buy into an African multi-national company...nah not really.
It's a great idea for a story, and fairly original, but it suffers from too much contrivance in order to make the goals of the author work (which I won't detail due to spoilers) and suit a younger audience.
Resolutions are all fairly obvious, but it's a quick enjoyable read and definitely good for the youth audience.
I would (at least I'd recommend starting the series with the first book). Starts off rather slow and never quite reaches the heights of the first book of the series, but all in all a good continuation of the Mistborn saga. The final chapters of Well of Ascension point to an even more compelling storyline to come in the last book, but it stands well on its own too.
OreSeur - The growth of the relationship between Vin and OreSeur is quite interesting and provides much of the early to middle part of the book's interest.
The previous novel in the series; both of them are very good performances.
Yes. Unable to do so for the initial half (a little too slow), but the last half I read in one sitting.
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