Lima, Ohio, United States | Member Since 2012
This is only my second Scalzi novel and although not as good as "Redshirts"-in my own opinion-its still pretty awesome and is making Scalzi rise pretty fast in my list of favorite author.
The Yherajk are...put simply, ugly and smell like burnt garbage juice and human feet. They are huge clear "jello-like" blobs that need a way to get humans to like them. Enter Tom Stein, the Hollywood agent and eventual heroic-medium through which the Yherajk plan to use to gain the humans favor. Through scent-conversations and opaque space travelling cubes the plan comes into formation and a "Special" Yherajk is born. An amazing story that definitely makes you laugh, and Wil Wheaton just brings it home...Literally.
No, that statement has no connection with defecation. Its what the soldiers say when a comrade dies. If you were stuck in the horrors of war, just what would you do to "escape". Maybe have a joke like this to put some sort of band-aid on the open and festering wound of the reality that your in.
All Quiet on the Western Front follows a soldier that comes to realize war changes a man. The soldiers believe that the only way to cope with the realities of war is to endure it by simply avoiding thinking about it rather than reminiscing on the inhumane/numerous deaths and horrible conditions of trench warfare. Also they need to avoid thinking about the mindless/emotionless animal they have become.
A quote from when the main protagonist is in the hospital and his descriptions and experiences there sums up a good portion of the book.
"A hospital alone, shows what war really is"
I am one who enjoys books such as this. Its sci-fi with meaning. Underlying messages everywhere and protagonist driven.
After death where do we go? its something humans want to and have striven to know for quite a time, and this tale is quite the rendition of what might happen after. Hunger is no longer a problem, Death...is not really death. Its "travel"
Shadowy figures, confrontation, and human tendencies revealed along with so much more when you delve into this series.
I have never listened to something like this, and now that I have im kinda kicking myself in the rear for just NOW finding something like this. Absolutely amazing performance even though it was on the radio Halloween eve 1938. Alot of people during that time actually got scared because they thought it was real! Let me tell you if I was a youngling and i just came across this I would have too.
Short and so bittersweet. Such a horrifying tale, perfect for the eve of ghosts, goblins and well ALIENS!!!
The tittle of the book does it justice. Nate Overbay is a survivor, but he survives more than mere mortal extinction (be it by his own hand or another). Nate is a professional crisis responder. This job entails that he deliver the unfortunate news of a persons death tot he family be it due to car crash, homicidal gunman, etc. But a certain experience he survives in war, defines his being and haunts/nags him in everyday life.
A story that will make you get goosebumps and bask in the good that humanity can do and what lengths a father/husband with a purpose and unyielding love will do to secure a safe future for his family. If that doesn't get you interested, the simple fact that Scott Brick narrates the story should. We all know he is one of the best.
Wikipedia? IMDb? and what are the redshirts? Well think of Star Trek. A fictional character that has a semi-useful part in the story and is expendable, gets labeled by said shirts colored red and eventually gets killed off. But that's just a show right? The story John Scalzi has here has been one of my favorite listens. The plot twist is so crazy its just too impossible to imagine and I promise it will hit you like a ton of bricks. It has everything you need: Time and space travel, advanced weapons, mysterious creatures from different planets impaling/clawing/mutilating its victims, etc. etc.
I literally laughed out loud at some of the moments in this audiobook and its replay value is worth more than what I paid. Also Scalzi gives you more than you bargained for! The end of the book comes with 3 CODAS. Think of them as...mini stories. They give the reader/listener closure, and the stories are chock full of emotion, personal enlightenment and happy endings.
Wil Wheaton narrates this story perfectly and not in giving different characters different voices, but giving them different tones that gives you a good idea of their personalities. That being said this IS my first Scalzi novel and I will definitely be getting more in the near future. For fans of...well anything, this book is for you. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
The first one was amazing, just as this one was. Picks up RIGHT where BLACK SITE left off and were once again with "Racer" on a world wide hunt.
Daoud al Amriki has gained access to 60 SAM's (surface to air missles:Russian IGLA-S systems to be precise) that have been stolen, sold and smuggled to end up being the hopeful cause for and american infrastructure terrorist attack.
Dalton Fury never ceases to amaze in the second of the delta force novels giving a brief-and very detailed-summary of people, weapons, places, organizations and many others throughout the novel
With action and suspence happening almost every chapter and Ari Fliakos in your earbuds, your in for one wild ride as Kolt Raynor is in a life and death race to catch up with the infamous David to foil his plans and save not only the "POTUS" but also America.
The film adaptation that became famous in 1997 is one of my favorites but the novel goes so much deeper. Differences are apparent and play a major role in the book (Dizzy is a guy in the novel, but a woman in the movie. In the novel they are separated from women and by the time Rico comes in contact with them he has completely forgotten how to act around them.). There are many other differences but I don't want to make this too long.
Some of the discussions that Rico has in his "History and Moral Philosophy" class are mind-probingly interesting. For example they have a discussion about Juvenile delinquents and go into a discussion comparing their rash behavior to that of raising a puppy. This all of course is a discussion about the books "past" which is technically our time, but was written over 50 years ago.
Keep in mind that Heinlein wrote this book basically in response to his views on nuclear weapons testing in his time. He received alot of heat from different people but his views on military and political actions were brilliantly defined by the novel.
There is just too much to say about the book, and not enough time to say it. "The forever war" is definitely a polar opposite and its my recommendation that if you do not have a firm stance on the described issues and want to see both sides of the field, to read these in succession.
"...war is controlled violence for a purpose. The purpose of war is to support your governments decision by force."
Will Robie is good at what he does; Sanctioned Assassinations. When Robie fails to pull off a hit, the repercussions are fierce.
When the 14 year old Julie-living with her drunk drug addicted foster parents-sneaks off to run away with her real parents, there is someone already there.
An army squads members hold the answers. But the knight and pawn game played by the masterminds seem to keep them one step ahead.
A bus trip meeting, explosions, revelations, attempted assassinations, romance, betrayal and action scenes that give you a real "TV drama" feel with the added sound effects and music take you on one wild ride as Robie, who is not so innocent protects those who are.
"Back in the 20th century they had established-to everyone's satisfaction-that "I was just following orders" was an inadequate excuse for inhuman conduct". But what can you do when the orders come from deep down in that puppet master of the unconscious?"
A story that goes beyond stories. Is what Forever War is.
Homosexuality is used as a means of birth control. Currency takes the form of "Kilo-calories" (K) as the world-at that time-has become dependent upon food consumption and inadequate regulation. Frivolous excursions with accumulated capital. Injury and regeneration. Loss of love. The last campaign of the over 1300 year Forever War; successful due to a "stasis field".
Understandably, there are some very strong insinuations in the novel. But the writing and story are one, how do you say...for the books. I highly recommend this novel, no matter your stance on military actions.
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