Well, the plot is really slow. Spock's mom dies. But it takes hours ... What I can only imagine as pages and pages. Also... Vulcans, if anyone can deal with it, they can. Get going!
Plot. Better dialogue. Enhanced lexicon. Using the term "higher ranks" four times in a paragraph is just lazy writing.
Mis pronounced "dilithium." I laughed thinking "they got the only guy on the planet who has never seen Star Trek to read the story.
Amanda Grayson. Peter Kirk.
Pacing issues. Like right now, I'm listening to the post death scene. Spock is moving through his parents house.... But it's like a void. What's it like? Lighting? Temp? Space? Art? Furniture? Earlier, a scene where Spock and Sarek are in the gardens, the light is at once "weary, ominous, oppressive, grim, heavy, quavering, twerking..." Ugh.Also, it just feels like the author is trying to make vulcans human. Where is the alieness? The strange esoteric Vulcan mysticism? The odd traditions in the red sand?
A good collection of lovecraftian tales. Well told shorts with a grim twist at the end. Wish there was more.
Fans of HPL will enjoy this clever blending of characters from his many short stories. The somewhat whiny voice of the main character is forgivable, as the story is told from various points of view. Worth reading.
On par with Frank Herbert's other work. Very enjoyable. Wish there were more stories about BuSab and Jorge x. McKee.
I've listened to the book three times. The story is layered and complex, filled with nuances of character and plot.
The plot instantly drew me in, conspired with my subconscious to tease out hundreds of questions and what-ifs.
If you haven't read this, do yourself a favor and pick it up:
Annihilation is book one, Authority is book two, both are terse and elegant, but richly layered. The plot duels constantly with the deep characters, splitting and returning again to unite in brilliant ways.
As an academic resource this is a great book. However, it lacks any real narrative and seeks to "debunk" each and eery aspect of the supernatural. Which is okay, but not as interesting as the social and cultural effects of "demons and witches."
The dry, non-committal description. The prose is lackluster and laden with opinion and attitude not story.
Confident and Competent
I expanded my research several degrees and was able to pinpoint a time period in which I was going to do more research.
Get the print version - this is a seek and cite book for academic purposes, not a story book for entertainment. I'd gladly add it to my shelves but the audio version is a bit harder to cite.
The pacing was great. Solid science.
The Ringworld itself took on an aspect of character, mysterious and consistent.
Exploration of the Ring World, the logic and dimensions of the thing made is surprisingly viable.
"We were never alone..."
Good science fiction, interesting characters that consistently reflect an evolved societies world view. Exploration and trial. A perfect example of the heroic journey without the heavy handed tropes of typical "space opera" or contemporary fiction.
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