I love the premise of the book, but just couldn't manage to make my way through it. The performance was fine, but gave up after repeated attempts.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
A terrific premise. I'm still curious about other works by Kim Newman.
I didn't know what I was in for. Sure, the title promised a humorous look at the life of a Star Trek-style "redshirt," and it delivered on that account.
But REDSHIRTS is also a wonderful look at the tropes of genre TV production. It's easy to get snarky in metafiction like this, but REDSHIRTS maintains its affectionate tone throughout.
Most surprising was how much heart the book had. With such an overtly funny title and premise, the emotional weight of the book snuck up on me.
And the choice of Wil Wheaton as narrator added another level of meta to the production!
Seth Grahame-Smith delivers a fun thrill-ride that effortlessly merges historical fact with supernatural fiction.
But the real star here is the production. Period music is inserted as a backdrop for chapter intros, making the audiobook feel like the soundtrack to a Ken Burns Civil War documentary from an alternate earth.
Forget about the movie adaptation. The audiobook of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a wonderfully immersive experience!
I remember enjoying Atlas Shrugged years ago, but I must have overlooked the logorrheic speeches at every turn. The story was compelling, and even when one agrees with Rand's ideas, the repetitive, overwrought nature of the monologues brings the book to a crashing halt—and not just the crashing halt that happens within the narrative...
Possibly. Anthem or the Fountainhead appear to be of more manageable length (and hopefully are more concise in monologues).
Yes. It's hard to enjoy anyone's performance when they're tasked with so much dense and redundant verbiage.
No characters...just wishing editorial had managed to trim/prune about 30–40% of the speeches.
Absolutely. I have a number of friends who grew up on superhero stories, and Soon I Will Be Invincible does a great job of paying homage to the genre while poking at some of the tropes, as well. A smart, sharply-written love letter to the idiom
Not a book, but SIWBI has a lot in common with Joss Whedon's "Doctor Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog" (sans the singing). Both came out around the same time, so it's definitely a case of parallel development.
Paul Boehmer was terrific. Coleen Marlo's take was a bit over the top for my taste. However, that's merely a preference issue, I'm sure.
The World. The 5th Wave built an exciting world that was a blast to watch unfold.
Watching the separate points-of-view careen toward one another!
It's always nice to read different POVs, but hearing them brings an added level of depth.
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