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Since you can get these five books for one credit, go ahead and get it, instead of one book at a time. Believe me if you buy the first book, you are going to want the second and if you buy the second, etc. Since this is five books I will go over each, in case you buy one at a time. I will try an be brief. I mean if if takes you as long to read the review as the book, why not just get the book.
1, The Sword and The Stone (1938). This is the best of the five and is mostly a fantasy. Wart/Arthur is turned into several animals to learn about life. There is also an interesting part on boar hunting. Did you know on a boar spear there is a cross piece to keep the animal from running up the spear to get to you.
2.The Witch In the Wood (1939) This is shorter, darker and not as funny, nor as good as the book before and after, but necessary as it explains the origin of the Round Table.
3. The Ill-Made Knight (1940) This is all about Lancelot. You really get to know his character, matter of fact there is more character building in this book then the others. This is the longest of the books and actually goes on about three hours longer then it should have. Did you know that Lancelot was extremely ugly? This is one of the reasons he became such a great Knight. It is such a big part of his character I can't believe so many movies chose to make him some stupid Handsome Hunk. He is a lot more complicated as an Ugly Man. You are introduced to the tragic character Elaine, who starts out as a trickster, but who you end up feeling strongly sorry for. Guinvere turns out to be one horny queen.
4. The Candle in The Wind (1958) Does Might Mean Right is the common theme in all these books. It is especially in this one and the book has several long speeches. I myself as a child never understood why John Wayne won ever fight he was in. Until True Grit, John Wayne strongly believed he should never be killed in a movie. Heroes don't die and never lose fights. King Arthur's mother dies at the age of 70, in bed with a young man she seduced. In the original "Once and Future King" this was the last book, as it should have stayed.
5.The Book of Merlyn (1977) This was published after T.H. White's death. He wanted it in the original (Once and Future King), but the editor would not allow it. That was one smart editor. This book brought the whole series down from Five stars to Four. This book has no plot and is 97% anti-war speeches. There is a part where the King is turned into a ant and then into a goose. Those parts and the end which explains what finally happens to everybody are the only good parts to the book. This is mostly a debate where White argues both sides. I also am aniti-war, but no explanation is given about what to do about people like Hitler. White seems to say let him keep murdering Jews.
All in all this is very well written, is very entertaining and if you are a fan of the Legend of Arthur, then it is a must read.
The narrator is excellent.
AND YOU DON'T WANT TO BE DEAD.
First, read the Publishers Summary for the list of stories. Many of these are sold separately and you may already own them. I had bought one, but still bought the collection anyways. It saves money to buy the collection, instead of one at a time. HE KNEW MY VIEW ON HESITATION, DON'T.
These stories range from good to excellent and are all about Joe Ledger. If you have not read Maberry this is a good place to start and if you have read him, you will love these even more.
The first story may be confusing, as it is more of an excerpt, then a story. Most of it is actually chapter three of Patient Zero and stops just before the best chapter in the book. One story even connects Ledger to the Pine Deep trilogy.
Ray Porter and Jonathan Maberry go together like John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton, a perfect match.
THAT'S WHAT CONVESATION IS.
This is entertaining and it is smartly written. It starts out similar to Wool Or Silo. One reason this appeals to most people is the, can do attitude, of the main characters. The book starts with The Reds, who are the most oppressed group in the Universe, a Universe they do not even know exist. Once they do realize that they have been lied to all their lives, the odds against them seem unsurmountable. Many times I thought the author had really gotten his characters in so deep, he surly was not going to be able to get them out. It has been a long time since an author has been able to make me wonder how in the world things were going to turn out.
RULERS HAVE A TENDENCY TO DISLIKE THOSE WHO BREAK RULES.
Then the book turns a 180 degrees. What was a story about a primitive, downtrodden people changes to high tech. In the past when an author has done this to me they lose me. This time I stayed with it and enjoyed the ride.
The last half of the book is similar to Hunger Games with Greek Gods. I liked it a lot better and there where no whinny characters. This part of the book reminded me of the writing of Robert Reed. The only complaint I have is that I did think this section of the book went on a little too long. It was very entertaining for the most part, but I was ready for them to finish the game, long before they did. When they do finish, it is a grand finale that you don't want to miss. I will be getting the sequel.
The narrator is excellent
CHEAT OR BE CHEATED.
WE HAVE TO BE CONSISTENT OR WE WILL BREAK YOUR BRAIN
I have dreaded this review more then any review I have ever written. I am a huge fan of Sanderson. I have been telling people for the last two years that Brandon Sanderson is going to be the biggest thing in Fantasy. I loved, The Way of Kings and bought copies for my grown kids, for Christmas a couple of years ago. I was excited about this book.
A BELLY THAT STRETCHED TO NEXT WEEK
I could not get into this book at all. It may have started with the talking pattern. The pattern that Sanderson could not describe. Let me get this straight BS, you think this up on your own, you are a writer and you can not describe it to the reader. Why would you not come up with something you could describe. Then this pattern starts talking. It was just lame. I got tired of the Sea of Spheres. I got tired of the Dark Eyes whining about the Light Eyes. Someone said that it picked up in the last 25%, so I have to listen to 38 hours before it starts to get good?? Someone said he is now writing like Robert Jordan. I think trying to write like Jordan, has ruined him. I like Sanderson, bring him back. Actually I think he hired a ghost writer, cause this is not Sanderson.
Narrators: I have always been a fan of Michael Kramer. His deep rich voice makes chills run up my spine. The jury is still out for me on Kate Reading. Her voice is unique and I even recognized her in the commercial she did a few years ago because of that unique voice. I put her on 1.25 speed a few times and liked the result. I don't know maybe I need them to say Aes Sedai every other line?
If I wanted to be popular I would join the crowd and say I love this, but what few followers I have depend on the truth from me. I got through ten hours and called it quits. If they offer this for free, that is 48 hours of your life you will never get back. At least my belly aching only lasts a couple of minutes.
GOOD WORRING IS NEVER WASTED
As mentioned by another reviewer this is written in a 60ish style. Early on we have several lectures by a guy who thinks he is God's gift to intelligence. The lectures are very political, long and boring. He spends quite a bit of time telling his students how mean and tough he is. I find that real tough guys don't have to announce there toughness. When he asks a student a question, you know whatever the answer is, it will be wrong. The student will also be humiliated in the process, such as the girl he calls a whore. A reviewer mentions that this is straight out of Heinlein's Starship Troopers Universe. In the hard back copy, he acknowledges Robert and Ginny Heinlein among others.
Our hero, as mentioned by another reviewer , is stupid. He survives because of his stupidness.
I will not continue this series. When Harlie was One, is Gerrold's most famous novel. That one I will try.
AH, YOUR WIT IS SO VERY SHARP, I HARDLY NOTICED I WAS EVER CUT.
This is book three and to really enjoy this series you need to start at book one. The best fantasy writers build their stories around the characters, not the story and Abercrombie is one of the best fantasy writers. I enjoyed book one the best, then book two and then this book, but all three are great books. Superior Glokta is my favorite character. You have to be a good writer to make a man who makes his living torturing people, a favorite character that you rout for. There has been a lot of talk about the ending. I believe he left it open ended so he could return to it, if he wanted. Nobody's story ends until they die, so the only why for a final, final, would be to kill off everyone.
YOU CAN'T REALLY HATE A MAN, WITHOUT LOVING HIM FIRST.
If this book would have ended about four hours earlier, I could have given it five stars. Towards the end of the book, The Seed takes over. For over twenty hours I listened to some of the best writing I have ever listened to, and then it was like a light went off in JA's brain, Oh Yeah, this is a fantasy. Everything to do with The Seed was just a distraction and just did not seem to fit in with the rest of the story. Also, even though Glokta was my favorite character, he was getting too predictable toward the end. He constantly talks to himself and it got to where I knew what he was going to mumble to himself before he did. These are small complaints, but it was enough to rank the story itself at four instead of five stars.
Narrator was excellent
Now let me leave you with a few of the powerful lessons of life, I learned.
LIFE IS A SERIES OF THINGS WE RATHER NOT DO.
LIFE IS FULL OF DISAPPOINTMENT.
LIFE IS MEAT.
LIFE IS THE MISERY WE ENDURE BETWEEN DISAPPOINTMENTS.
THAT IS WHAT LIFE IS, A BUNCH OF ERRANDS.
IT IS BETTER TO DO IT, THEN LIVE WITH THE FEAR OF IT.
SOMETIMES IT CAN BE BETTER TO LIVE WITH THE FEAR OF IT, THEN TO DIE DOING IT.
IT'S NOT HOW YOU DIE, BUT HOW YOU LIVE THAT COUNTS.
FRIENDS ARE THE ONES WE PRETEND TO LIKE IN ORDER TO MAKE LIFE MORE BEARABLE.
SOMETIMES LOSING AN ENEMY, CAN BE WORSE THEN LOSING A FRIEND.
POWERFUL MEN CAN AFFORD NO FRIENDS.
YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY KNIVES.
IT'S ALWAYS THE BLADE YOU DON'T SEE THAT CUTS YOU THE DEEPEST.
SOME MEN ALWAYS WANT MORE.
GREAT JOURNEYS START WITH SMALL STEPS.
FREEDOM IS FAR OVER RATED.
HOPING FOR A THING, DON'T MAKE IT HAPPEN.
AMAZING, THE RUBBISH IDIOTS WILL BELIEVE, IF YOU SHOUT IT LOUD ENOUGH.
DOES THE DEVIL, KNOW HE IS THE DEVIL?
THAT'S THE PROBLEM WITH ANSWERS, THEY ARE NEVER AS EXCITING AS THE QUESTION.
WHEN IN DOUBT SHIT IT OUT
If only school could have been this exciting. Number one priority for me is to be entertained. Number two is to hear or learn something I have never heard or learned before. Number three is for the story to be believable. By believable it is something that could happen, not necessarily something that would most likely happen. If everything you read was what would most likely happen then it would probably be boring. Brown scores five stars on all accounts. Arctic comes from the Greek, arktos, which means bear and Antarctic means no bear. Just one of those things I will always remember that I would not have remembered in a school setting.
AIR FORCE ONE, BIG DICK
Like most of Brown's books he hits the ground running. The entire book takes place in about two days. The book is very fast paced. It covers most of the sciences, Astronomy, geology, ocean, volcanoes, whirlpools, deep ocean, plate tectonics, ice cores, entomology, origin theories, bioluminescence, panspermia etc... Then there is all the politics and some things about the government you may not have known.
YOU WILL FIND PATIENCE, A VIRTUE
The book is not perfect, as the believability factor is stressed pretty hard in some places. I was also turned off by some of the teasers. In the beginning we are told of this great find in the Arctic, but we can't tell you, you must see it. It takes several chapters and about an hour to get to this great find, all the time being teased about it.
I thought the narrator was great.
I AM SURE THAT NOT HAVING A BRAIN IS FATAL.
I am not sure what the theme was for this collection. These stories cover the gambit for types of Sci-Fi, as well as quality. You will probably find a story in here that you like, but you are also certain to find some you don't like.
THERE ARE ALIEN GROUPIES?
My favorite story was After The Coup, by John Scalzi, but I had already read it, as it is part of The Human Division. Brit Mandelo wrote a really cool, yet haunting story called "The Finite Canvas" (also in Dozier's 30th annual). Scalzi had another good story called "The President's Brain is Missing". Ken MacLeod's "Earth Hour" was good and should appeal to techies. I was disappointed in Sanderson's "Firstborn". It was not bad, just not as good as what he usually writes. Charles Stross had two entries from his Laundry series. I am not a fan of British Humor, so I could not finish these long stories. Day, McCarron and Swirsky had paranormal chick lit stories that put me to sleep.
The narrators are top notch, everyone a professional.
SHOW ME THAT MULTIPLICATION TRICK AGAIN
If you are a fan of Asimov and you have never heard is voice, than this is a must. I have been a fan for decades, but never heard him speak. I was expecting an old man voice. Maybe like a college professor? I knew he was Jewish, but this was interesting. He sounds like the caricature of Brooklynn Jews you hear on TV and he sounds young. He also talks likes he writes, which I always suspected. Asimov has the knack of writing like he is a friend of yours sitting across from you talking about the weather.
All the stories are good, none are bad. The Ugly Little Boy was the greatest. I have read this story several times and read the book he wrote with Robert Silverberg and it is still a tear jerker. Asimov even cried when he read it. Satisfaction Guaranteed was my next favorite. This is a story which has Dr. Calvin in it and she is trying to perfect robots.
Asimov explains before each story, why he wrote it and says a few words after each story about the story. This adds a lot of charm to the listening. One interesting thing he said, was that if he had to take a college class on his writings, that he would probably flunk. When they go to analyzing his work, he would not understand all the deep underlining meanings he was suppose to have in his writings.
If your already a fan, this is a must or this is a good place to start, if you don't know him..
MAYBE HE'S RIGHT ABOUT THIS WORLD DOMINATION THING?
This is my seventh book by Konrath and the more of his stuff I read the more I like him. None of his writings will ever win any awards for being great literature, but I have never been a fan of great literature. The story is very far fetched and not too believable. It is escapism literature with lots of lol moments. Think more in terms of John Scalzi. I can't really mention the characters, as that is part of the story concept and could ruin your listening ahead of time.
This is a quick read that won't tax your mind much. If your up for a light funny read give it a shot.
One more thing. I usually don't comment on other reviews, as everyone has a right to their own likes and dislikes, but toward the bottom of the page one reviewer who seems to be some type of homophobe goes on about two characters being homosexuals. Number one, if there are homosexuals in the book, I don't see how that would detract from the entertainment value and fun there is in listening to this book. Number two, if there are homosexuals in the book, I totally missed it. There are two guys in the book, Roy and Bert, who start out hating each other and who end up best buds and there antics are some of the funniest parts of the book. I am not giving anything away here, it is pretty obvious from the start how this relationship is going to turn out. Parts of the book are predictable, but that is part of the fun and there are parts that will surprise you and that is fun too. If joking around with a friend of the same gender makes you gay, then call me queer.
Bill: How's if feel to get your ass kicked by William Shakespeare?
Tom: It's better then reading your plays.
person two: IT'S GOOD YOU HAVE SUCH AN UNDEMANDING AUDIENCE.
When I was young I thought I had to read Douglas Adams, since he was so popular. I read every single book in the Hitch Hiker's series. To be honest, I never became a fan. I have found that when books are written with the sole purpose of being funny, that they are usually not funny. I love a book with funny parts in it, when you don't know they are coming and they are part of the story, but when every line is expected to get a laugh, I get bored.
I like dramatized books and thought I would give this a try, but even in this form I did not become a fan.
YOU MUST TELL ME THIS AGAIN, WHEN I'M INTERESTED
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