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I skipped over "To Say Nothing of the Dog", and jumped right to Blackout & All Clear.
The novel is what I expected from Willis: Historical fiction masquerading as science fiction. I find that the bits that occur in Oxford of the Future don't interest me... mostly because they are tacked on as an afterthought. This would normally bother me, but I enjoy Willis's exploration of war-torn England, so I just let it go.
Willis does an adequate job keeping me interested, though as a I reflect on the book, I'm at a loss to say why. The sense of peril she's trying to create never quite solidifies. And she overplays one dramatic plot device over and over.... I won't say which one--but you'll know it when you see it, and see it again, and see it again...
I was invested and interested enough in the story to continue on to "All Clear", which I have made a dent in as off this writing. Regardless of how she wraps of the story, I can't deny that I did enjoy Blackout.
As always I'm surprised that Willis sucks me in. Doomsday Book felt like a bait and switch-- promising sci-fi and delivering historical fiction. I knew what I was getting into this time and opted in anyway. I don't regret it.
The book WOULD be stronger if Willis was ALSO interested in the nuances of time travel... but she is not. They are a device she uses to get the characters she wants WHERE she wants them, but the mechanics of time travel are never explored beyond wondering why the drops are always a bit wonky.
The book was funny. The prose were very good. The characters were interesting. Still, this book never really pulled me in. I suppose I just never cared about the central mystery.
This is not my usual genre of choice. I tend to lean towards sci-fi, fantasy, or thrillers. But, I'm always trying to expand my horizons, so I thought I'd try literary fiction for a change.
The well-written characters and dialog sucked me in. The plot lacked some of pizzazz that I generally prefer, but it was gripping, full of drama and danger. I was satisfied.
I would have given this book 4 stars across the board, but the incredible writing and narration of the old man in the nursing home was A+ work, and some of the best listening audible has shown me so far.
This was a fantastically interesting take on Peter Pan and where he came from. Unfortunately, the story didn't really want to go where it had to end up.
This felt like a less-funny, more American Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It was very interesting at times, very dated at times, and not quite funny enough most of the time.
Hodgman was well-paired as a narrator, and he did as much with it as he could.
The big reveal in this novel was not worth the time, and certainly didn't satisfy after the buildup.
I did appreciate the satire of academia and workplace bureaucracy. Parts of this book were very funny. Just, not enough to justify the read.
Smarter than I expected, but not terribly deep. I enjoyed this book, and I think it has real potential to be an interesting series. That being said, the story didn't really speak to me personally, and I'm not sure I'll be coming back to it.
This story is probably perfect for young girls who can identify with the main character.
An interesting idea, but not enough to justify an audiobook. We Are All Weird is basically done after the first chapter.
Garrison Keillor is great, in moderation. He doesn't have the energy to carry a novella, though. Let's be honest, even getting all the way through his radio show is a chore sometimes.
I knew what I was getting into when I picked this story up, and it delivered exactly what it promised. No more, and no less.
This sort of book isn't usually my cup of tea, but my wife told me to read it. I was very impressed by the substance of this book, and the fascinating research behind it.
I'm giving it a very high rating because, though the book has some flaws, it's contents should be read by everyone.
If I hadn't read the Mistborn trilogy, The Way of Kings, and tons of other Branden Sanderson books, I might have been more impressed with the Warded Man. But this really felt exactly like one of Sanderson's heroes' journeys.
I didn't find the premise interesting enough to warrant an entire series. I enjoyed the first book, but I didn't care enough about the story to want to read a sequel. Mostly this is because our main character becomes rather foreign to us near the end of the story. I stopped empathizing with him, and our other central characters were not enough to keep me emotionally involved in the plot.
All in all, a well constructed book... and had it been my first introduction to the genre, I'm sure I would have liked it a lot more.
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