Card has given us a view of the opening of the first Formic War by introducing compelling characters and telling a moving story. There was nothing shallow about the relationships between the members of the different ship crews, or the main point of view characters on each ship. The journey each character made from the beginning to the end of the book was rich and individual and authenticly human. It was great to see what may prove to be the origins of the DR Device that was so important in the end of Ender's Game. It was also great to explore the limitaions the absence of the Ancible placed on comunications abilities.
This was a wonderful story, masterfully told, and I believe absolutely properly named. The entire point of the multiple protagonists struggles were that these characters knew something that Earth did not. When one amazingly brave young man puts himself through a 7 month torturous journey to get the warning to Earth only to find himself arrested for breaching typical burocratic noncence, it is only right that the book end with the final act to let the planet know what is coming. Yes, there obviously MUST be a sequal. After all, this was the beginning of the First Formic War and Ender won the Third.
I listened to this in one sitting. I was deeply emotionally engaged, and as key point of view characters gave their last full measure I cried. I truely hope I can live up to the nobility of spirit portrayed in Mr. Card's world.
I love this series. The reader comes close to killing it, unfortunately. I survive it by turning up the speed to 1.25% which renders the performance survivable.
I read this series over and over again. It never gets old. Most people know a "Roger". It's. highly satisfying to see the character development in this one.
Dak and Darvi are fun. The spiritual growth they experience in dealing with eachother as they learn to live their lives in a more Christ-centered way in insightful and pure Wick. The characters surounding them also make the story's magic more real.
A fun inspiring read that will make you think about those around you and how you interact with them.
I really enjoy this series. The narator is a little suprising at first, because male narators seldom get romance gigs. I think Sala did just fine. Liberty is a suprising woman in a suprising role for the time and place of the story. How everyone in her life responds to her acting in that role is pivital to her grouth in the story, and part of Lori Wick's magic.
Enjoy, and read on in book 2 A Texas Sky.
This is a heartwarming story that starts in a London ballroom and ends in a cabin on a Montana Teritory homestead outside a middle-of-nowhere town. It has historical elements that really make this one unique, with constant quotes from Shakespere(sp), glamorization of Daniel Boon and Davey Crocket, "Mountain Men", and the eronious belief that if something has been published in a book it has to be true.
Another great element about this book is the low smut level. The main characters of the story are maried before they even meet on the pages, though they do not know eachother at all, and there is no actual sex until almost half way through the very large book. In an industry that seems to think that a good romance has to have sex by page 90, this is beyond refreshing.
This book has better developed suporting characters than many of Garwood's other books. All of them are well rounded, completely dynamic, and non-2dimentional.
The narator does a good job of getting the character tones right too.
I had this book almost as soon as it was available for download. I have now listened to it twice and it has not been out quite two days yet.
I love the group dynamics in this one. Usually there is only three people to keep track of. This time we get to experience the tension and drama of combining the two teams from the first two books. Jason and Percy are fun to watch too. Who is leading this group anyway?
And then the ending!!! And I have to wait another year? That is part of what makes Mr. Riordan such an amazing writer. He leaves my family with a desperate thirst for the next instalment in the adventure.
I love these characters for my kids because every one of them makes mistakes, has problems, has insecurities, and does the right thing anyway.
I have been a big fan of Heinlein's Juveniles for many years. I first read "Space Cadet," "Tunnel In The Sky," "Have Space Suite, Will Travel" and "Farmer in the Sky" in the 80's when I was JH and HS age. It was only five or so years ago that I learned that all these books were part of Heinlein's Jumeniles and that there were more of them. Well! I had to read them!
The Rolling Stones is now by far my favorite of these books, and yes I have read all the others. Who can not relate to twin boys who are far too smart for their own good and ready and able to cause mayhem at any turn? Or the outspoken, colorful and often controversial resident grandma? Or the passive-resistant true guiding force of the family in a mother that mostly just says "yes, dear?" Or the big, anoying sister? Or the pain in the neck, demanding little brother? And lets not forget the Man of the family.
It does not matter how many times I read this book, I smile and laugh all the way through.
You even get introduced to a martian creature called a "flat cat" that has an alarming similarity to the Star Trek universe "Tribble." Having been published in 1952, I think I can figure out who had THAT idea first....
Heinlein pokes fun at seriels, literary conventions and cheats, and invokes the classics enough to make an inquisitive reader want to research literary references. The character names even lead to some of that. So...
Full Cast Audio does the story up well, and cut them some slack about the music. It is corny and dated, but the story is corny (deliberately) and dated too. I always have to explain to the other readers I introduce to this just what a slide-rule is because one has not been needed in my lifetime. It does not detract from a very fun, witty, independance inspiring story.
Just think what Hazle's cough drop despencer would cause in our world today!
You'll just have to read it to know what I'm talking about.
I first read this book when I was in seventh grade. I remeber walking through the halls of my school with the book and being teased for being a "Space Cadet" for reading a book titled "Space Cadet." It did not matter. I still loved the story.
Now, I know lots more about life the universe and everything, and I still love this book! Heinlein's juveniles are anything but jubenile. Heinlein never talked down to his reader. His science is all wrong in some cases, and of course it is dated, but those are not the key to great science fiction writing. It is the Story.
This one presents a 'coming of age' story based in a peace-keeping force that has sucessfully prevented war for a century. It is based in an institution with traditions of sacrifice, service and constant self improvement. It ends with the message that doing your best should not be something special. It should be what you do all the time because that is who you are. Not a bad message for any generation.
Remember that this book was published in 1949, and it becomes even more trail-blazing. These books set the path for modern Science Fiction writers.
This second book in the Heros of Olympus series tells the witty, exciting and flamboyant continuing story of Percy Jackson, the primary character in the five book Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. This book brings back some characters from that origional series and introduces new ones from Jason Grace's Roman world breifly introduced in The Lost Hero, book one of this series.
This is a great read. It is fast paced, exciting and funny enough to entertain my entire family, which is very hard for a book to do. If a three girls, 9, 11 and 13 can all agree that they want to read this book at the same time, it says a great deal to their mom about the skills of the author. Hey, I enjoy these books too.
They even learn about Greek and Roman mythology this way too. I see Rick Riordan's books as gateway books that spark my kids interest in other, more esoteric topics. The two older girls have checked out books at the library about the above mentioned mythology because of their budding interest.
Check it out. You will not be disapointed.
I love this series for the same reasons mentioned by many other reviewers. I have re-read them several times. Unfortunatly, the performance on this series is, in a word, pedantic. I am sure that there are people who love Mr. Bevine's reading, and I begrudge no-one a job. I just have a hard time listening to him. I am dyslexic, and I listen to audiobooks so I can get through them faster than reading them on my own, but this series I prefer to read.
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