Although it was first published in 1961, this novel resembles the "disaster movies" of the 1970s, such as "Poseidon Adventure," "Towering Inferno," and "Earthquake." Except for the distressed vehicle being a "moon bus," this could easily be a submarine trapped under the sea, an airplane unable to land, a speeding train without brakes, or any of a number of other Earth vehicles in distress.
While I stand in awe of Arthur C. Clarke as a writer and a futurist, this novel just simply does not come close to the greatness of "2001: A Space Odyssey," "Rendezvous with Rama," and "Childhood's End," three of the best SF novels ever written. The writing is good, Clarke's hard SF approach is present, but the story suffers from stilted characters, predictable situations, and one too many "cliffhanger" plot twists at the end.
Having discovered Edmond Hamilton's wonderful novel "The City at World's End," I decided to give his other works a try. "The Haunted Stars" is considered one of his best novels, and I was not disappointed. The story revolves around the discovery on the moon of hard evidence of an extraterrestrial civilization that may have had a hand in the shaping of human society. It's engaging and well written, although the ending is somewhat abrupt and unsatisfying. Overall, a worthwhile investment of one's time.
This extended Doc Savage novel is like a compilation of some of his greatest pulp-era adventures. It is well-written, well-paced, and features a super narration by Michael McConnohie. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it to all Doc fans.
Many of the pulp-era Doc Savage stories are rather formulaic, poorly edited, and generally fall short of expectations. Will Murray's "White Eyes," written in the 1990s based on a concept by Lester Dent, does a masterful job of emulating the pulps but offers an exciting, fresh, well-written story involving a mysterious power that turns mens' eyes white, boils their brains, and eventually kills them. It reads like the Doc of the 1940s but is much better written, much better paced, and overall much superior. Richard Epcar's narration is also very, very good.
I've read about half of all the Doc Savage books written, and I absolutely love this story, which was put together by Will Murray in 1992 based upon Lester Dent's original concept. It is extremely exciting, fast-paced, and very well written. In the story, a mysterious force is wreaking havoc on large segments of the world's fish population, and World War III might be the result! Doc Savage works to unravel a complicated mystery that holds connections to a couple of his previous adventures. Extreme kudos to Will Murray for lovingly putting together this sizzling Doc tale from Dent's notes. The audio narration by Michael McConnohie is top notch -- a complex performance in which he does a great job of switching voices and doing voices with Japanese and Russian accents. I heartily recommend this audio book for all Doc fans and lovers of thrilling adventure.
I was intrigued by the concept that H. G. Wells might have based his novel "War of the Worlds" on real events. I expected a sort of re-telling of the story from a different viewpoint but remaining faithful to the original novel. The author surprised me, though, as he borrows from all of Wells' novels to build an entirely new story that actually has little to do with the novel (other than the characteristics of the Martians and their technology). Borrowing characters from "Island of Dr. Moreau," "Invisible Man," "First Men in the Moon," and other Wells stories, this novel, although not what I expected, was well-written and quite engaging. Also, Graeme Malcolm's narration was absolutely fabulous. Highly recommended for all fans of H. G. Wells.
Not every good novel is been written in our lifetime, obviously. Here is one of the most enjoyable science fiction novels ever written, and it was written in the early 1930s! Other reviewers have mentioned that its science is bad and that it is a bit too "Buck Rogers" or "Flash Gordon." Regardless, allowing for when it was written, this wonderful book shines through with a remarkable, enduring story that is full of suspense and adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which also benefits from an excellent narration by Peter Ganim. The story is the thing - even in an age when readers and viewers demand cutting edge science and technology even from their fiction. This story, though dated, excels. It is, without a doubt, one of the best end-of-the-world novels ever written.
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