this was an incredible biography of a multifaceted genius. i came to this from old curiosity but also from recent listen to Pynchon's Against the Day in which Tesla is an element of the story. i became more interested in learning about Tesla and I did not regret the time. in fact a friend who also listened to Pynchon is following up Tesla. it is mind boggling to imagine the world we could have today if only a key turn in history or in Tesla's fortunes or temperament had gone differently. we literally could have leap-frogged the 20th century and have cleaner energy etc. the list of items and technologies he created or envisioned is ridiculous. i chose this bio because it appeared to be the most comprehensive and i'm glad i did. i highly recommend this one if you are curious in Tesla, but also in early 20th century, late 19th, history: the list of people and events connected even tangentially with Tesla is also staggering. and the narration is fine, just at times he does a couple voices that are similar and can confuse who's speaking a little, not major.
I like this sort of thing now and then and especially in regards to Shakespeare when you can get a new slant that takes you back to wanting to reread/listen/watch the plays again. Truly bottomless works. Kott has some very good insight and ideas. This may not be for everyone, but if you're even looking at it then it will probably be of interest to you. I recently listened to all of the plays and poems again and so had much of them in my head and enjoyed this. I will return to it again and even got the paperback after listening.
Robots are a bit like zombies, they're everywhere. So if you're not going to do something completely different you should be careful. As a short story this is fine and entertaining if not overly surprising and retreads some familiar ground. In essence a robot finding humanity type story which has been done countless times. A bit of a blend of Matheson and Asimov and others. As a short fine, but if expanded to a novel, I'd be hesitant.
At least I would laugh if it were in any way funny. Best part is the irony of these guys/writers writing a story taking shots at critics who must have in the past slighted them for bad writing, but in which the writing is so poor that it actually corroborates the critics.
This is terrible and even as a short piece I stopped midway. The references to a couple classic novels only make me want to return to those novels for the better writing for 1, and for a better story for 2.
Looked forward to this as either a funny novel or a serious philosophical SF, but unfortunately the author decides to go for the Hollywood cliche extended chase scene through several related episodes.
It is not all that funny though it has moments, and I was surprised at some rather offensive moments. Not that I'm a prude, but there is some really poor taste that caught me off guard and felt totally unnecessary.
The story started well, and seemed like a good set-up and I liked throughout the novel different aspects of the world revolving around the characters, but I think too much is lost by taking her out of the novel so early and returning her so late, basically last page. I think the more interesting take would have been to reconstruct her more quickly (you're not surprised he succeeds are you?) and then show them living in the world of the novel.
And the end is rather hack.
Many nods to Bladerunner etc. but golden opportunity lost and rather run of the mill story produced. Got bored with the obligatory chase/race against time/quirky characters/strange episodes etc, and there's even a showdown on a train. Very few cliches missed by the end.
again I am a little disappointed with PKD. This is apparently an early work and though it begins to show some of his later style it also shows some of his later disjointedness. The story involves a bit of time travel and there is at least a story to follow but there are some key points left unexplained. It is okay, not the trippy surrealistic stuff of some later works and there are several PKD that I like, but overall the percentage is dropping.
I don't want to give anything away story wise since it does involve time travel and some of the paradoxes etc and there are some moments that I did like, but I can't recommend you spend $ on it.
I love time travel books and movies and so want to give it a better rating based purely on that element but there are better ones out there, like To Say Nothing of the Dog which is masterful.
sorry, but though i am a sherlock fan i didn't think this was worth worrying about. It is so slight a piece there's not much else to say, except that it was a freebie at the time.
A well produced radio play with effects etc. Not great literature but along the lines of a Twilight Zone episode. Author tries a little too hard in a couple of points but though you may see the end coming it is entertaining for a short diversion.
I'm sorry but I can't finish it. Looked forward to a big space opera and listening with a friend but neither of us can finish it. Bored. Poor writing. Slow moving when not actually stagnant. The description and reviews by others sound like a fun fast moving novel full of ideas etc., but I don't know where that book is; it's not here.
I don't even know what to say I'm so disappointed. There were a few interesting ideas presented in first 4 & 1/2 hours, but none of them were sufficiently followed up and showed no signs of being what the writer was interested in pursuing. After 4+ hours shouldn't there be something compelling or fascinating enough to warrant sticking it out for the 21 hour total?
There is a lot of poor description, non-description, clunky writing.
I am increasingly disgusted by what passes for writing and I will give one example of the type of thing that occurs far too often: "Johanna was out by one of the sound projectors when the ambush happened." Seems fine right? Wrong, and here's why: 1. the writer then backs up for a paragraph to tell you what occurs immediately prior to this ambush, so "temporally" speaking he has jumped the gun; 2. whatever "suspense" might have been building has just been completely diluted by telling us what is going to happen instead of 3. springing the action upon us unawares and surprising us and creating a suspenseful situation. It is a bit like someone sitting behind you in the movie and telling you what's coming next, I wouldn't tolerate it in the theater and I hate it in a novel. Very few authors have the skill to "pre-reveal" something important and then still make it work. For a plethora of examples of this type of bad writing read/listen to Stephen King who ruins almost all of his own novels of suspense.
That is in general a pet peeve and not specific to this novel I grant you, but I could go on with more examples specific to this one of various types of questionable writing already in the first 4+ hours. Not going to subject myself to any more of this one. Good luck; I need to listen/read someone skillful and clean this drudgery out. Does no one edit any thing anymore? This occurs in so many novels in the past few years.
I came to this just after Will In The World an excellent biography and well known and then this novel is a perfect "continuation" if you will. It is hilarious at times and bawdy and plays with the WS mythology and history and is obviously as well researched and knowledgable concerning WS as a straight bio. If you can and you're a big WS fan/buff I'd say do the 2 together as I did.
this was a very well researched and scientifically based exploration of what first contact might mean and the possibility of a "creator", but it's not the silly biblical mythology but a much more thought provoking debate about evidence and purpose on a universal scale, not a tiny earthly point of view. 2 other friends really liked that aspect as well and I've recommended it to a 3rd and will others. nice to think about these things intelligently and not superstitiously.
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