Classic Pratchett with all the wit, charm & inventiveness we've come to expect. And Nigel Planer is, as always, in top form. It certainly helps to have read the first few Diiscworld books to get the most out of this one (#22 in the series) but if you have, you'll find this one a pure joy. I've read over 20 Discworld books thus far and this is undoubtedly one of my favorites, along with Small Gods and Making Money. Buy, listen, enjoy and appreciate the verbal & creative genius that is Terry Pratchett.
Understand that I'm a rabid Discworld fan but this book was massively disappointing. I wasn't expecting much because I'm not a big fan of stories involving the manipulation of time but this book failed to meet even my low expectations. The story is confusing. I had trouble following much of it. Even the usually stellar Stephen Briggs had me gnashing my teeth by having one of the major characters (Liu Tse) speaking alternately in Chinese & Cockney accents. It was infuriating. I suppose you could argue that this was intended and part of the story (for reasons I won't discuss here) but even if that was the case, it really added nothing to the story and was a constant source of irritation. When placed next to some of my favorite Discworld books such as "Making Money" or "Going Postal", "Thief of Time" is just plain bad. Thank goodness I didn't listen to this one early in my Discworld readings because it would have soured me on the entire series. That would have been a shame because I generally consider both Pratchett & Briggs to be brilliant as evidenced by the fact that I am mourning that there are only a handful of Discworld books left for me to read. I am at a complete loss to understand all the rave reviews for this book.
Although I've been reading SF on & off for over 50 years, this is the first "cyber" sci fi I've ever read. I've read other Stephenson books and enjoyed them so much that I though I should give this one a try. It sat in my library for a year before I finally got around to it. I was a little leery because of reviews that suggest that the first part was dull or hard to get into. Although the first part necessarily lacks the constant, fast paced action of the rest of the book, I found it by no means dull. It was interesting. Then it gets exciting. Spiced with typical "Stephensonian" amusing observations & insights on modern life I was thoroughly captivated. I was a bit put off by the fact that the story takes place in (roughly) our present while including technologies far beyond us now but the story was so captivating & original that decided to suspend disbelief and just enjoy myself. That's clearly what Stephenson wants us to do I urge you to do that as well. Great book! (The narration is also quite good.)
An enjoyable story well told. However, Scalzi has a writing quirk that drives me nuts. It seems that every other sentence is followed by "Sullivan said" or "Evelyn said" or "Holloway said.." Interestingly, I had the same objections (magnified 10 fold) to Scalzi's "Redshirt." But in that book, the bad writing was intentional and served a purpose in the plot. In this book it's just plain annoying.. It occurs where no attribution is needed because it's obvious which character is speaking. It occurs where alternative phrases would serve better, e.g., "he mused" or "she blurted out" or any of a thousand other words. It just makes it all sound so sophomoric. Too bad because it's an excellent story despite that irritating quirk and other than that, Scalzi tells it well. I really did enjoy the book. Wil Wheaton's narration is adequate although he does speak a bit too rapidly and, except for the voice of the alien, does not try to provide different voices for the various characters. But I don't know that one can fault him for that. It's just another style. .
I've been a Brin fan for many years so this book was a major disappointment. The multiple narrators were very good. The book had an interesting story & interesting science, but little else. There was no character with whom the reader could really identify. And there were numerous subplots that never really contributed very much to the overall story. What this book needed was a good editor who was ready to cut it's 30+ hour length by 30-50%. It could have been done with little or no impact on the larger story. Very disappointing.
Delightful entry in the Discworld series. One of Pratchett's best with wit, adventure, & a wonderful, imaginative plot.
A disappointing experience. This is a novella, not a novel and it s a profoundly disappointing entry in Card's otherwise storied career.
A long and complex plot line that's not always easy to follow but it's well worth the trouble.
All of the Discworld novels are amusing but one is more amusing than most. Heartily recommended.
A must read for all devotees of the Discworld series. Likeable chracters and engaging plot liine
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