Eden Prairie, MN, United States | Member Since 2010
I'm a big Roman history buff so this novel really appeal to me. Overall I enjoyed it. I learned more about people I already knew a lot about, so that was a rewarding. But it was a bit slow and dry in some points.
I read Brandon's mistborn series and loved it. Don't know if he can top it, but this book was an outstanding start. It's a huge book, but the world is so interesting and the characters so well developed that I burned through it. There were several points listening to this book I came to tears. Not really tears of sadness, but emotion. The writing really created empathy with the main characters.
Just like in the mistborn books, the magic system is well defined. Magic can't do everything. I used to avoid fantasy books. Sanderson has changed that for me.
Best way to describe this book is Mistborn combined with Game of Thrones. It has that huge epic world building feel, with all the great trappings of Brandon Sanderson's writing and creativity.
Can't wait for book 2. And since Sanderson writes fast, it's nice to know we won't have to wait too long.
As with anything with multiple authors, this book is disjointed and inconsistent. Some of the styles of the authors clash, but the overall premised and setting is very entertaining. Even with the inconsistencies, there wasn't a clunker in this mix of short stories that ranged from good to great.
It's easy to find stuff copied from Wild Cards that went into a few of the similar themed TV shows (heros, alphas, etc..). Now that all those shows have failed, they should really make a Wild Cards show.
There's some fake articles in collection. One imitates Hunter S. Thompson and is worth the price of admission.
The mistborn trilogy is one of my all time favorites. I didn't really realize he had planned to continue with the setting. The background of how this book came to be published made me worried, but I wasn't disappointed. The characters are just as interesting and fun as the ones in the original trilogy. The plot, while not as epic as the previous books, was just as engrossing. I also really like the way it ended. I'm happy to know that the author is planning a sequel to this story as well as a new trilogy (in modern times).
Definitely don't read as a stand alone book, but if you've already read original mistborn trilogy, this will remind you how good that was and make you excited for future books.
I was worried to listen to this book, realizing it was written like 30 years after the first 3. But if I had not known that fact before hand, I would have never guessed it. The book doesn't miss a beat and feels consistent with the previous 3. I really enjoyed it. It was as good as the originals and in some ways better. The narrgator is top notch. It's a good mystery and kept me totally engaged. I was a little disappointed how it ended. Not that it was poorly done. It just sort of waterdowns the importance of the 2 foundations. But it was still interesting and well done. Looking forward to the next book. Sadly, it has a different narrator.
This is a hard book to review objectively. I'm was born in the 70s so I grew up in the 80s and 90s. I'm a software developer by trade, and also do game design, mostly RPGs, on the side. I'm also a huge gamer (both tabletop and video).
It felt as if it the writer had written the book for me personally. So if you're not any of the above, maybe much of this book would be lost on you, but for me, it was a fantastic read. The references and themes are outstanding. The puzzles and riddles were a joy. The book always kept my interested and I couldn't stop listening.
If you're anything like me, get this book. You won't be disappointed.
Bonus points for the narrator Wil Wheaton of Star Trek: The Next Generation fame. He does a great job and it's pretty funny to her him reference himself in the book.
I read the first Dresdon book and liked it barely enough to read book 2. I like the premise. It's not unlike all the supernatural stuff that is hot on TV/Movies now (true blood, being human, grim, etc..), but is more interesting and a little less silly than most. It has a hard boiled detective element to it and it takes place in Chicago, which I like.
This book has to do with Werewolves. I feared this as I'm totally sick of werewolves and vampires (and zombies for that matter), but Butcher's take on them is clever. There are several types, each with it's own origins and features, and Butcher does a good job of integrating them into the plot. These details make it stand out from the standard werewolf fair.
The climax was a little unsatisfying, but a bulk of the story keep me reading. I will read book 3 eventually.
I really enjoyed the first two parts and the third installment didn't disappoint. I love how they defeated the mule and how the book ended. I wish I had read this ages ago. Sure the science is outdated, but it doesn't distract from the overall story. Also, I can see the influences this series has had on so many other novels I have listend too. It really is the grand daddy morden science fiction.
I enjoyed the Foundation more than this sequel (part 2 of the trilogy). It's basically two storys, the first one dealing with the last battle with the fading Empire and the second dealing the new enemy, the Mule. I enjoyed the first one more. The latter is sort of a long winded setup for part 3 (Second Foundation). There was a mystery too the second story that I figured out quickly so that made it less enjoyable.
Still, the writing is great and I'm excited for part 3.
I've always been scared of reading the Asimov classics for fear the outdated science would ruin the experience.
There is outdated science and technology of course, but it's not prevalent and you quickly adjust. But most of the concepts and story are timeless and it's amazing that they were written in 1950. After reading the Foundation, I downloaded I, Robot and the Foundation and Empire, which were equally as good.
In short, it's a classic for a reason. Don't be be afraid that it was written over 60 years ago. It will still make you think.
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