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This is abridged, which means you get exactly half of the stories that are in the printed version. There are five, 5 star stories, eight, 4 stars, six, 3 stars and the rest or 1-2 star stories. There are 23 different authors, Cat Rambo has two stories.
My favorite was by John R. Fultz, The Taste of Starlight. This is about a man who wakes up early from Cryo, and is a long way from the final destination and he can not re-enter Cryo. He feels he is too important to the mission to die, so he starts eating his companions. It is graphic and not for everyone. Haldeman, Lansdale, and Gregory have good stories. Robert Reed always has good stories and this is no exception. Card has a good story, The Elephants of Poznan, which is a repeat story he has printed several times. If you have not read Card's short stuff this is a good example of his quality writing in short stories.
THE LANGUAGE OF KNOWING SOMETHING
Carrie Vaughn has a four star story, which really shows her excellent writing and world creating style. I read her first Kitty book, but it is Paranormal Romance (Chick Lit) and I did not like it. I am rediscovering her in short story form. She wrote a story called, Astrophilia, which is included in Gardner Dozois's, The Year's Best Science Fiction, Thirtieth Annual Collection, which is in the same universe as this story called Amaryllis. Both stories are pretty good and Vaughn knows how to put you in the story. She also has one of the better stories in George R.R. Martin's, Warriors, anthology. All her stories have very strong female leads. Maybe after she has written her 50th Kitty book, if she is interested in the other half of the population (and she may not really care) she could write a novel from this Amaryllis universe, I would buy it.
THE PROBLEM IS, I DON'T WANT A LIFE.
As mentioned by some other reviewers, these stories are very dark, bleak, depressing. Just as it is easier to complain, then compliment, it is easier to seem intelligent when you write about Orwellian futures, instead of Constructive futures. I challenge today's writers to come up with good stories about a future we can look forward to. John Joseph Adams mentions his web site in the introduction, in which you can subscribe and get two stories a month. If this is an example of the stories picked each month, then I have to decline, not due to the quality, but to the overwhelming sadness.
If The Story Does Not Fit, You Must Quit.
A lot of the stories are not stories, they are entries in Diaries. It is amazing how many times different authors use this technique. Several of the stories do not have plots. One story is a phone call, in which you only hear one side of the conversation. The worse story is by an author who quit her day job to write, please go back to your day job, oh wait, you were not to good at that either. Sorry, that was pretty mean of me, but it is so funny.
The narrators are excellent, not a bad one in the group. Their professionalism raises these stories up a notch. I slammed Rudnicki in a previous review over not his narration, but his producing, if he produced this, thanks, excellent job.
WHERE WOULD A SEX BOT GO?
FEED US, WE HUNGRY
NO BOUT A DOUT IT, this is gory. There is a part where this guy cuts both his legs off, that will probably never leave my memory. That is only one of very many. At first I thought this was going to be very silly. The writing as a whole and in the beginning are not real professional. Sigler's ability to make you cringe and to tell an interesting story and to tie all the loose ends together are uncanny. Amongst all the gore, there is a mystery, a very intriguing mystery, that keeps you reading. Things said and done early on, start to make a lot more sense towards the end.
SOMEONE'S KNOCKING AT THE DOOR,
A few problems kept this from being a five star. As already mentioned the writer seems a little less polished in parts, a good editor was needed. I got tired of the, I was abused by my dad theme (not too original). Towards the end of the book, he even seems to approve of abusive fathers. Scott is a better narrator then a lot of author narrator, he does good voices, but the main narration part, is very boring at times. A good professional narrator could have made these parts more interesting. Course, a good editor would have eliminated a lot of these parts to begin with.
LET THEM IN
This book is worth your consideration, if you are not bother by gore and bad language. I know that I will listen to the sequel.
MAYBE HE WAS WORKING FOR THE DEER.
This was one of the stories from METAtropolis green. I read the first book in the series and was not impressed. I love John Scalzi, but his friends can't write. Kowal had a great story in Rip-Off called The Lady Astronaut of Mars. I then read Kiss Me Twice in a Short Novel anthology and could not finish it. This I could finish, but barely. The story is that this woman takes movies and tells stories about simple things she does on earth and sells them to people who never leave their homes. She was filming deer cross the road when the story starts. From then on it is blah, blah, blah. She slowly tries to remember what happened as she tells the story and she is extremely detailed to the point of nausea.
Skip this and skip the series.
ISLAND WOMEN WERE LIKE CHRISTMAS TREES, NOBODY WANTED THEM AFTER THE 25TH.
This is a gruesome story, not the grossest I have ever read, but it was up there. I like mad scientist and I like biology gone wild, so this was a great book for me. It was a great look at the kind of kids who are in scouts these days and most kids were good, but!!. The story about the tape worms was not gory enough Cutter brought in a few evil characters.
The only complaint I would have is I believe it dragged on a little long. The children or people that are killed are killed one at a time, which takes a long time and we get a background on all the kids. Edit out about two hours and this would have been much better. It is still a five star listen.
EVERYTIME I GO ABROAD I END UP IN THE SLAMMER
It's 1992 and Mike our main character is 19 and living on the dole in Ireland. He gets caught working a job, while collecting the dole, so to avoid going to jail, he agrees to not collect the tax payers money. There is 30% unemployment in Northern Ireland, and he does not want to do physical labor so he goes to New York City to work for a small mob boss. He would rather shoot someone in the knee caps then do physical labor. He is screwing the mob bosses girlfriend, dreaming of the day she will leave the boss and come to him for good. I could only take 4 hours and 40 minutes of this. In that time no plot developed. The main character is not likable. I will say the dialogue in this is excellent. The author can write great dialogue. This reads like a bio.
I don't know how accurate the narrator is, I have worked with one man from Scotland, but his brogue was no where near as strong as this guy's. The lilt at the end of each sentence may be cute for the first hour, but really gets on your nerves after that. The good thing is, that I only paid $5.95 for this.
The $5.95 secret unannounced sale.
This had been in my wish list. When I put it there the member price was probably around $18.00, it was not $5.95. Audible takes books from time to time and lowers their member price to $5.95, so you have to check you wish list from time to time to see, if something in your wish list has been lowered.
STARING AT THE GROUND LIKE A FARMER WATCHING RICE GROW
The best thing about this book is the main character Keiji. He is a very likeable guy. He seems like an everyday average sort of guy. This makes it easy for the listener to put himself in Keiji's place. The story was enjoyable, had a twist at the end and yes it would make a good video game. The aliens are cool, the battle suits are cool and the writing is above average, of course that is hard to tell since it is translated. It is not a five star book, but close and worth $5.95, which brings up my next topic.
The $5.95, unannounced secret sale.
At the time I am writing this you can get this for $5.95, but it will not stay that way. If you cruise through your favorite categories you will find more books for this price, such as Dream Catcher and Hearts of Atlantis by Stephen King. Horns by Joe Hill. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. There are lots more. You will not get any notice of when these books go on sale. It will not be printed in Red. It might end tonight or tomorrow or a month from now. Last year I bought Battle Royal and Krampus at this low price, today these are selling for around $19.00.
It's a F/U world with F/U rules , so F it.
EARTH IS A SHIT HOLE, BUT IT'S OUR SHITHOLE.
Is shit hole, one word or two? First of all, I hate to burst some bubbles, but this is not as good as book one. I was amazed that I listened to this right after listening to Forever War by Joe Haldeman. The future world that Kloos describes, sounds actually like Haldeman's future. Everyone lives on the dole, everyone gets paid in calories, everyone hires body guards and the army is full of idiots. Haldeman had more guns, but it looks like Kloos is headed that way. So, it is a liberal future, where everyone depends upon the government (and it is not good.) It is a conservative future where everyone owns a gun and it is not good.
The story starts out pretty good with these 80ft tall Aliens, who think we are just bugs. An interesting concern, especially when you considered how we treat anything smaller then us. They are in the very beginning and one of there ships is in the very ending, but between times our hero fights, the Russians, the Chinese and then his own country. I also find it unbelievable that a group of home troops who spend there careers killing North Americans, would all of a sudden grow a conscience when they go to another planet. I felt that there were too many conflicts, which made this too unbelievable. It is not a bad book and if you like Military Sci-Fi and you don't need it to make a lot of sense, then you will enjoy this.
Guess, I will get blasted for this, but someone has got to tell it as it is. Just buy the movie. The movie is scary. This is long and boring. This was more a study in psychiatry then anything else. A lot of the story dealt with the life of the divorced, actress mother. My biggest horror was seeing the rating and the reviews after I read the book. Someone needs to exorcise these reviews.
Narrator was great. I was expecting to hear complaints about the author reading his own work, but I was with everyone on this one, they guy has a scary voice.
IT'S GREAT LIFE IF YOU DON'T WEAKEN
Fritz Leiber has a story called A Pail of Air, which almost makes this whole collection worth buying in itself. It may be one of the more collected stories, when it comes to older collections.
BREAK THE CLASS OR THE CLASS WILL BREAK YOU
Like most collections there is a variety of stories and they range from great to not. I thought there were five stories that make getting this worth the price. I already mentioned A Pail of Air and there was The Dictator by Milton Lesser, Manners of the Age by Horace Brown Fyre, Sam This is You by Murry Leinster, and Backlash by Winston Marks. A couple more are good and then there are several which are not so good. These are from the 40's and 50's and that should be considered.
FALSE MODESTY IS THE REFUSE OF THE INCOMPETENT
There are several narrators, although most are narrated by Jim Roberts. Several people have complained about his lack of professionalism. It did bother me, when I started listening to these older stories years ago, but after time, Roberts starts to grow on you. I also believe he is the driving force behind getting these collected. These are all in public domain and if you search you can find them all individually. I appreciated that Jim has saved me the work and gathered them together like this. I also believed when he first started recording these, it was at his own expense. So, get off your high horse and give the guy a break.
IT'S NOT GOING TO BE EASY TO LEAVE THE NEST.
THAT NUT IS THE ONLY HOPE WE GOT RIGHT NOW
The trilogy and the Series are the worst things that can happen to a good writer. In stead of taking the effort to make each book a good read on it's own, each book (except the first) is just another chapter. This whole book could have been edited down to two chapters in a whole book. No space battles in this, just a couple of firefights. No conflict between characters, everybody just gets along. Haven is just the planet of the week.
This had a great start to it and I really thought I was going to love it. The main character is not a robot, not an android, not a clone, but she is artificial. She is sentient, so should she have rights? She started out as a great character and there were some intelligent questions to be answered, but from chapter five on the story stagnated. There was the introduction to the character which was unique. There was an Unwinding episode which was disturbing. There was a trial which was stimulating conversation. Each chapter seemed to have it's own theme. After chapter five, we had a touchy feelie chapter and there was a political chapter, etc. I quit in the ninth chapter. There may have been more interesting chapters later, but I did not know how many of these mundane boring chapters I would have to listen to, to get there.
The drool narrator sucked.
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