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Jason Kaechler

TechnoPhile

Bruceville, Texas | Member Since 2005

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  • The Difference Engine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By William Gibson, Bruce Sterling
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (144)

    The Difference Engine is an alternate history novel by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. It is a prime example of the steampunk sub-genre; It posits a Victorian Britain in which great technological and social change has occurred after entrepreneurial inventor Charles Babbage succeeded in his ambition to build a mechanical computer called Engines. The fierce summer heat and pollution have driven the ruling class out of London and the resulting anarchy allows technology-hating Luddites to challenge the intellectual elite.

    Delano says: "Starts strong, falls off"
    "Not all that good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from William Gibson and Bruce Sterling and/or Simon Vance?

    I have read (listened to) some other Gibson books, and I quite liked them. However, this one was difficult to get thru, hard to follow the storyline, and in the end the storyline seemed to be completely useless. Not gripping at all.

    The readed did do a good job, it is just the story that didnt....


    Has The Difference Engine turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Probly not


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good characterization


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    A Nap


    Any additional comments?

    Don't.

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