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So many books are written about aliens visiting us, but Cherryh turns the tables and writes about a human who is the alien or is he? This about Thorn who is raised in seclusion. He thinks he is some sort of mutant, but is he? He is taught to be a warrior. His teacher is furred, has long pointy ears with dog like hearing, and talons or claws for weapons. It is a paranoid world where you can not trust anyone, not even your teacher.
Back in the 80's you could not walk into a used or new bookstore without finding several CC books on the shelves. The first book I read of hers was Rimrunner, which I liked, so I bought several more. I am a slow reader and in those days I only read about 10 to 15 books a year, but I loved buying books, so my shelves are full of CC books. The next three books of CC I did not like so well, so I quit reading her. Thanks to Audible I have been able to catch up on authors who are not exactly my favorites. I am glad I did, as this is a very good book.
I got a little lost in some of the alien politics, but the rest was good to excellent. The relationship between Thorn and his teacher was good, but could have been better, this is where I have have a problem with CC, in that I have trouble getting strong feelings for her characters. The Alien world is perfect and I had no problem picturing what it looked like to live there. It is a little slow in places and the constant not knowing where Thorn came from became irritating. At the end when you do find out, it is an excellent explanation, which showed lots of creativity on CC's part and good science. If you get bored, then put on fast play and then slow back down for chapter 12 and the final chapter 15.
I am now looking forward to listening to some more CC books and maybe listening again to some I did not get into years ago.
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.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN WE, WHITE MAN.
The first story is a novella and is called Plague Monkey Spam. If it had been a lot shorter and a short story, it could easily have been a 5 star story, but the story just went on and on. It ended up sounding like a bad trip on drugs. The narrator has a creepy Garrison Kelior type of voice. At times it was cool and then after a while it became grating on the nerves. What I thought was going to be a five star story ended up just a 3 star.
Gnarly Ho-tep Hoedown two-step was very inventive and funny.
Hunger Time At the Midnite Mall was my favorite and was creepy
The Last Curl of Gut Rope was okay.
This book is not for everyone. It is interesting that it is titled the Weird Ones, as everything Vernon writes is weird.
YOU THINK I'M AN ORDINARY FOOL OR A GOD DAMN FOOL.
As a big fan of Downward To Earth, The World Inside, At Winter's End, Sorcery of Majipoor, Starborne and House of Bones, I was wondering why more of Silverberg's writings were not available in audible. I am finding out cause the rest of his writings are not so good. This was written in 1969 and is full of hippie sex and hippie judgment. Talk about gays and blacks and such just thrown in to make the writer sound cool. RS is a big historian who loves to include Constantinople in a lot of his stories. Having lived through the sixties with free love, no bras and mini-skirts, I can see how some writers would think the future would be full of naked people having casual sex. RS forgets that all things are cyclical. I was also surprised that RS seems to call Poul Anderson a bigot. Anyways the story sucks.
ANYONE TOO STUPID TO LOOT WAS JUST SMART ENOUGH TO STARVE
It's mystery told from six different views. Many of these views are from the bad guys. Episode is correct, as at the end you will still not know what is going on. If you are like me you will certainly be captured and want to continue. I love this sort of thing and will be getting the rest of the episodes. All the narrators are good to excellent and make the whole thing more entertaining.
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