Springfield, MO, United States | Member Since 2010
I DON'T KNOW WHY, BUT
Lots of different elements in this book make for an interesting concept. A western with vampires and aliens. Knight says this is the second book he wrote and the first to get published. I wanted to like it as the competing subjects matters, seem interesting when you think about it. I also like that the story takes place in the Ozarks, where I live. My town is even mentioned as a border town. Unfortunately, it does read like a first attempt. The above phrase happens often, a character knows something is going to happen, but he can not explain why he knows. This is a novice way of getting around difficult situations. The world building, which should have been the best part of the book, was done through lecture. It was like sitting in a college class listening to a professor describe Vampire Earth 101. I don't want to be told, I want to be shown.
THEIR BRAINS ARE AT THE TAIL END, KIND OF LIKE THINNER HERE.
In different places we see glimpses of Knight's imagination. He has the ideas to put together a top notch novel or series, it is just a shame a publisher or editor did not force him to work harder and longer to come up with it. Hopefully, like many other writers have done, he will get better and better through experience. Sometimes getting published or popular early in your career can be the worst thing to happen in the long run. It could stifle his growth as a writer.
As far as the narrator, I don't know if it was him or just the way it was written, but at the end of each sentence where these long pauses. The result was to make the book sound like a child's letter. Hi, how are you. I am good.
I CAN'T READ THAT FOR 12 HOURS
I like the whole concept of this story and I like what happens in the story. I do wish this had been 12 hours instead of 17+, for it really dragged the last five hours. The whole thing was written in a slow, taking for ever manner. It was not overly descriptive, nor was there flowery language, I think we just spent too much time in the minds of the characters, contemplating simple things. Though I am impatient, I was okay (not thrilled) with this, but toward the end it started to ware on me. I am a sucker for books about populations stuck in enclosed environments, generations ships, islands, or even Room by Donoghue.
LATERAL DIGS ARE FORBIDDEN
The whole book is a mystery and the mystery is compelling enough, that you want to listen. I am even going to break a long habit of mine of not continuing a series I can't give five stars too. The next series tells how the silos came about and then there is a third book in the series. A lot in the book is predictable but some things are not and the main mystery keeps you listening.
The narrator is not great, nor is she terrible. When she does voices, they do sound cartoonish or like anime. I have notice this same book is out with a different narrator, you may want check out the reviews on her. I also notice that book two is a different narrator then either of the two versions of one. Her male voices sound like a little girl trying to sound grown up. It was not enough to detract from the story for me and she did not read it slow, it was slow written.
THE OLD ACADEMIC BULLSHIT
This book reads like a diary and each day could start with the words, Oh Woe Is Me. The main character can read minds and this leads to all sorts of problems. For most of his life he knows no one else who can do this and he can not tell anyone else. As a small child, he reads the minds of his parents as they have sex, argue, lie to each other, etc. I had high hopes for this and thought it was going to make an interesting story. The story meandered and sometimes into meaningless side stories. David makes money by doing term papers for college students. In chapter 4 he does a paper on THE NOVELS OF KAFKA, and we get the entire paper in this book. Chapter 14 is THE "ELECTRA" THEME IN AESCHYLUS, SOPHOCLES, AND EURIPIDES and once again we get to read the entire paper.
Evidently there is no upside to reading minds and then when you lose the power that has haunted you all your life, there is no upside to that either. As they say were I live, this guy would bitch if they hung him with a new rope.
TIME FOR MIND MOVIES
HIS STOMACH LOOKED LIKE IT BELONGED TO A COMIC BOOK SUPER HERO.
I did listened to all of this, but I almost gave up several times. This is another book that suffers from Trilogyitists. It also suffers from not knowing what it wants to be. The author writes mostly a YA book and then throws in gory fight scenes. In one scene a guy is strangled with his own intestines. There are also some sexual innuendo's, but not much. All the gory scenes put together could probably fit on two pages, but they are there. The plot is so convoluted that it almost gets silly. Do we need another teenage super hero book? If I heard, I FORGOT TO BREATHE, once I heard it ten times. How original is it to have the cheerleaders and football players be mean and evil? The theme of the book has been done so many times it worn out. The book is not terrible, it is just very common and over done.
The narrator is so bad at voices, that at times I not only could not tell which character was speaking, but I could not tell what gender they were.
Pohl has written some great stuff: Space Merchants, The Tunnel Under The World, Alternation Currents, Man Plus, Gateway, Starburst, The Merchants War, The Coming of the Quantum Cats, and The Voice of Heaven, but this is not one of them, not even close. I already know at least seven people will disagree, as witness by the other reviewer. I Jim the Impatient have spent my money, so you don't have to and don't even download this for free.
This is about some future loser and reads like a travel guide, of some place you don't want to go to. Pohl has plenty of good writings, just pick from the list above.
ALL THE GI JOE'S
As with most King books you get a good flavor of the time it was written. This was written in 1987. Do you remember Art Linkletter, Dr. Hook, Pat Summeral, Allen Ludden (hint: Password), Gary Gilmore or Hill Street Blues? The cars of the time, such as a Valiant are mentioned. The story concept will appeal to Sci-Fi fans, Horror fans and Fantasy Fans. I am not giving away anything by telling you it involves a space ship buried near a small town in New England. You learn that pretty early. Towards the end it gets a lot more complicated then that and sort of has a paranormal aspect to it. It also has the flavor of Dome. A character even mentions at one time that there seems to be a bowl over the city. I also believe that King mentioned he had been working on the idea for Dome for over 20 years.
ALL THIS SH## HAS BECOME ONE BIG DULL BORE
I could not give this five stars, as I have with many King books. I usually like King's long books with character development and little horror thrown in. This one seemed more like a bunch of short stories that were connected. Some stories were real good and some not so good. In part one there is very little scary and we have the development of a character who is an alcoholic. This guy is okay, a little pathetic, but not really someone I grew to care for. I know it is a sickness and I should care, but I have never had much sympathy for alcoholics.
TOMMYKNOCKERS WEREN'T MUCH INTO METAPHORS
In Part 2, we totally forget about the two characters in part one. Each chapter is usually about one person. We get their entire history (rather you want it or not) and usually by the end of the chapter they are done away with and never appear again. We also start getting a ton of metaphors, more then any other book King has written. I often think that over use of metaphors is a writers way of covering up the lack of a plot. King also seems to be preoccupied with semen. MAYONAISE THE COLOR OF BULL SEMEN and WIZARD OF OZ SEMEN.
HER BRAIN HIT THE CURRY AND IVES WALL CALENDAR WITH A SPLAT
Part three is the action packed grand finale. I like the concept that Aliens would not be friendly. In the 80's Carl Sagan and several scientist tried to convince us that any civilization who had conquered space travel will have had to learn to cooperate and get along with each other. A view that still persists today. Yet the only reason we went to the moon, was to show the Russians how much fire power we had. Since the end of the Cold War, we and no nation have done much in the way of space travel. Stephen Hawking has put out the warning that announcing our presence to the Universe, might not be the smartest thing. Competition is what motivates and often that is military.
King uses this book to preach against nuclear reactors, giving some very alarming stats and paints some fairly gross results of nuclear accidents. I agreed with a lot of what he says, but one must be careful, a writer who manipulates both sides of a debate in a book to get the results he wants is not much different then Rush Limbaugh preaching on the radio with no one to keep him accountable.
The narrator has an excellent voice. He is also a fairly accomplished actor. Look him up on the web, you will recognize him. I am not sure, but I believe he was one of the early readers for books on tape. His voice took me back to my beginning days when I first experience listening to books through my car radio. His voice is a treat in it's self and when he reads, ALL THE GI JOE'S, if you don't tear up, you are a robot. I am about to tear up just thinking about it.
King fans will enjoy this book, but it does move pretty slow at times and it is not as good as most of his books. The Shinning, Cujo, Misery, Different Seasons, It, Gerald's Game, Rose Madder, Desperation, The Green Mile, Everything Eventual, Thinner, The Running Man and Cell are all much better books.
WHATS XXXXX XYOUR GAMEX XXXXX
The first time I tried listening to this I did not realize it was four short stories. The first story Gulf, is pretty long and pretty silly. I listened for two hours and deleted it from my player. Later, I found out it was four stories, so I started over. I tried again for over two hours on the first story and ended up skipping to the next story.
This story is better, but not by much. This involves time travel to alternate earths and the different concepts on different societies is interesting. The moral of the story seems to be that you have to believe.
I liked this story, and it seemed to be quite deep. It also seemed a bit liberal for Heinlein, a lot different from the man who wrote Starship Troopers. This group of people try to change the world to make it more peaceful. They use telepathy, immortal god like people and the Boys Scouts. I thought it would make a great comic book.
Jerry Was A Man
This story was excellent. It was a sort of satire on Intelligence, slavery and what it means to be human. It may have been one of the best things I have ever read from RAH.
I am not crazy about the narrator, nothing I can but my finger on, and not bad enough to keep me from enjoying the book, he just ain't my favorite.
Melodramatic, swarmy, silly, not well written. Half way decent concept, just needs a good writer to do justice to it.
NEVER KID A KIDDER, KIDO
I love Stephen King and most of his books, and Jim the Impatient, listened to this whole thing, so it is not boring. It is not horror, it's kind of a cheap imitation of Water For Elephants. As much as I love King, I will advise you to read Water for Elephants instead. It is better written, more involved, scarier, and a better look at circus life then this is a look at Carney life.
WHEN IT COMES TO THE PAST, EVERYONE WRITES FICTION.
If this had been a true story, it might have been a tear jerker, if we had been more invested in the characters, it would have been less cheesy. Like Howard Stern says on America's Got Talent," Mr. King, I believe you fell a little flat tonight, I loved what you did in previous nights, but tonight something was missing." Bachman's version of this story would be more to my taste.
MAKE IT JOB ONE
I also wonder if the mother had not been drop dead gorgeous if our hero would have befriended the cripple. Sorry kid, your mother's too plain looking.
I'M AS DRY AS TEN YEAR DOG SH@@
Simps, Biots,holograms, spaceguard,aerobatic flyer,a tenth planet, women in space, marriage contracts, a man with a wife on two different planets, a woman with two husbands, generation ships, etc... You may say you have heard it all before, but with the exception of marriage contracts (Robert Heinlein) you heard it here first. Clarke writes in a conservative matter, but he has sees the future better then anyone. I've mentioned it before, but when Clarke writes, it is like you are there or your watching it on the news. His writing is not as sensational as some of today's writing, but his writing is more realistic. The whole idea of a spaceship like this was amazing to begin with, but if it was to happen, my money is Clarke will have pictured it more accurately then anybody else. You can not consider yourself knowledgeable in Science fiction literature if you have not read this book. This is my third time to read or listen to it. Maybe I am a Raman, they do everything in three's.
The narrator does suck, but the story still comes through, due to strong writing. I suggest you read the book and listen to the book and then do one of them once more, be a Raman.
WHEN IN DOUBT, SAY NOTHING AND MOVE ON.
No surprises in the plot, as the summary tells the whole story. The production is top notch and I liked the story and I will be getting more of these. I also thought it was an interesting concept. Next time your in a late night rip and run, take notice of the cashier, he might not be all there.
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