This is the first Skolian Empire book I've read. It's good, and I like it. It's a good companion for the mindless labor I have to do for the next few days, It's well-written and competently plotted ,and the romance is fun.
However. I'm on chapter 5 and so far there've been one scientific inaccuracy and two evolutionary impossibilities that should have been edited out.
The people on the planet have either to be a result of parallel evolution or descendants of human space travelers, with human DNA. [I suspect the latter--how else could they interbreed?] Asaro gave them physical characteristics that preclude either possibility. The hero's response to oxygen deprivation was spot on; so she really should have looked up how the human brain reacts to an oxygen-rich environment.
The Audible bio says Asaro is a physicist who belongs to a seriously talent-rich writers' group. I expect she knows something of evolution and biology---you can't get a BS in any science or technical field without taking physics, chemistry and biology along with the math, even if you love one subject and would rather be beat with a stick than take the other two.
I suspect that a writer with her educational credentials knows her stuff. I'm wondering if she and her readers decided that these discrepancies were too trivial to matter and were less important than the development of the fictive world.
Logic counts. The little things matter. And just you get one thing wrong, no matter how arcane, and somebody will always write you to tell you about it.
AND I LIKE THIS BOOK. I'D RECOMMEND IT TO ANYBODY!
The plot is terrific Stephen King, but the writing is Peter Straub, and it's tiresome and repetitive and overwrought, in every sense of the word. Wish it had been written by King; every word counts. I want to know how King worked out the plot, but not badly enough to listen to the last two sections, so I'm going to thumb through a print copy looking for the conversation.
I don't know how long ago this was written. Peter Straub has written a number of books on his own, now, and they seem to sell well, so I suppose they're reasonably good. Maybe he was getting paid by the word for this.
I enjoyed the first two of these books but I'm declining to read the third. They bid fair for becoming as endless Robert Jordan's "The Eye of the World" series. I liked the first couple of those, too, till I realized that there was never, ever going to be a resolution, as when the goal was accomplished, the series would end.
The Lost Fleet plots were entertaining. If you don't mind the endless repetitive permutations necessary to this sort of series and the suspicion that nothing's actually ever going to happen because the goal of getting home will be the end of the series, go for it.
Be nice if Campbell could take a tip from Bujold and Forester, and give the captain a mission, let him perform it and send him out on another one, as he battles to form the fleet into a real honest-to-god fighting Navy.
Got to say that Campbell's onto a good thing, here, professionally. But eventually he'll figure out why Arthur Conan Doyle tried to kill off Sherlock.
There are traces here and there of Dick Francis, who is a consummate writer. I suspect he did a little line editing. If this is, as I suspect, a virgin effort for his son, his father should have been a less tender editor. I am now 2 hours and 40 minutes into this book and there is no trace of a mystery or any indication that there will eventually be a plot. I suggest a good writers' group for young Felix, with people in it who'll be honest about his manuscript's shortcomings. I'm sorry Dick Francis has retired; his son hasn't yet learned enough about plotting and timing to replace him.
The Historian has exactly enough action to keep you interested, exactly enough detail to make it rich, good, solid writing and a complicated and well-developed plot. It's interesting in the beginning and becomes enthralling as it progresses. The readers are great. This book is really worth your time. LIstening to it certainly made painless the mindless labor which of necessity occupied my body while my mind was wandering with the characters.
Too slow. Anyone with average intelligence needs more analysis and less repetition
The narrator is terrific [wish he'd done more stuff I want to hear] and even though I've read the book many times, llistening to it made it new for me again. Definitely worth the time,even it you know the book well.
If I were reading The Last Supper I wouldn't be able to put it down. Because I listened to it, I didn't hear much of what anyone said to me for the 16 hours it played. It's very, very good.
Sophomoric, meaning if you didn't discuss such things with your friends during your sophomore year in college, listen to this and you'l know how they sounded.
A wonderful rendition. I've listened to it twice. Harry's concern for the welfare of his troops is so exactly what an army needs from its commander that it makes me sad for any nation whose troops are less valued and supported than King Harry's Englishmen. His wooing of Catherine is so charmingly done that it made me laugh. I LOVE this play!
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