Escondido, CA, USA | Member Since 2004
Hold your breath
I first read this book back in 87 when it first came out, and it was my favorite book. I have read some great books since, but I still think this is my #1. I remember reading it, and it being a "can't put down page turner", until the big climax. Then I realized I was only 1/3 through the book. Again, the next big climax, and I was 2/3 through the book.I have always been a Niven fan, but not so much with Pournelle, and when Barnes joins in, I usually don't like the books much at all (Saturn Rising, no thanks), but in this book, they absolutely nailed it.I especially like the way the story gives voice to the thoughts of the Grendel. I almost made a spoiler there. I better stop now, before I let something slip.Just get this book, you'll love it!
At the end of the first book, I thought "Where can the author go from here". The protagonist was given god like powers. In the second book, it seems to be a liberals version of a war book. All conflict ends with the enemy not really being bad, but rather they just perceived the world in the wrong way. So show them the light, forgive them, make them your ally, and given them all your tech and weaponry. What?!?
The author treats the enemies like wayward children. If we can just explain to them how they really should be, then we can all get along just fine. Even entire races that are described as inherently war-like.
I can suspend my disbelief over technology and matters of physics, but I just can't believe what the author is asking us to swallow.
I loved "Oryx and Crake", but "The Year of the Flood" was only mildly interesting. I couldn't live with listening to 2/3 of the series, so while I wasn't expecting much, I gambled on "MaddAddam". While it lacked the novelty of "Oryx and Crake", it ended up being a great listen, and wrapped up the story nicely. I'm glad I stuck with it.
I guess it is very true about the second book in a trilogy being the weakest.
Don't give up, if your on the fence.
The reading by Wil Wheaton breathed more life into this book, than I ever could have by reading it in print. It was a pitch perfect performance, and he did all the characters justice. His timing was perfect in delivering the humor as well. Bravo!
You just gotta love Karl and Papa, but you are forced to respect Jack in the end. Why? I'm not going to drop a spoiler!
Kudos to H. Beam Piper for the original classic, but John Scalzi hit it out of the park with this re-write. You don't realize how much, until you listen to the original that is included in the download.
I am so grateful that the Piper Estate saw fit to let John Scalzi publish his book.
I would have been another person.
I listened to the words, and made it about half way through. But I couldn't find a reason to keep listening. It literally had no hold on me. I don't think anything was wrong with the book, it just fell flat. I was surprised, because it was referred to me by someone that I trusted before.
For everyone that is a parent, and understands how dramatically your perspective on life changed when you became one, I think this explains the 5 star ratings, and the zeroes. The content is as the other reviews describe it (Mormon, common life, etc) however, it struck such a chord with me, I struggled between being unable to turn it off, and it having it wreak havoc in my mind. It has to be one of the most powerful books I have ever read. I am not an emotional person, but tears were streaming down my face when it ended.
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