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Frankly the book was just boring for me. The reader seemed monotone and horrible. The story itself felt very stale and done before. I tried giving this book a chance a few times but for whatever reason it was just a very poor listen for me.
This book is almost like a reboot to the Starforce series. It only a couple of the people from the first 10 books are present past the first part, it seems to be the telling of the story of Kyle Riggs son,Cody.
Along for the ride is the ever crazy robot Marvin as well as a small group from the past series. Along with the usual amazing battles, this book includes vast exploration, much more information on the rings and things of that nature.
The end leaves a feeling a bit like the Star Trek series Voyager, however with a limitless amount of possibility!
The only down side is that, honestly, Cody simply is not as interesting as his father was so far, hopefully this will change as the series moves forward.
This book may feel a little slower than the first two book first off, so fair warning! That aside this book dives much deeper into the gunslinger's mind, or lack of in some cases. You will also spend more time in "our" world than would be expected.
With those things aside the book has great pacing,action where it should be, and does not shove action down your throat every chance it gets. This book is the break point in the series to me, if you dont like this one, you are not going to like any of the other books down the line.
The cover and the title are a little misleading, as you will spend very very little time in the wastelands and the train does not come into play nearly as much as it would suggest in this book, in fact its almost as if the next book should have had this title.
All in all its an amazing book but do not expect what you have gotten in the first two books of the series, expect a more paced, character driven book with a deep and haunting story line. that at times leaves you thinking of what this would would be if everything just .....moved on.
First I want to say if you hate endings that leave you hanging STAY AWAY. I wont say more than so as not to ruin the story.
You should read the first book in this series King of Swords before reading this one, as not doing so ill leave you wondering about a ton of things. This book as not as good as the first but does a great job of moving the story forward as a whole.
There is plenty of back stabbing "Court" intrigue,great fights and great magic, the book however leaves you hungry for more in a bad way. Books should tie up at least SOME ends before ending, this one really does not.
I will say in favor of the book that the fights are very well described, and the pacing is perfect. So to close, read the first book, if you enjoy it pick this one up. I really cant recommend starting here.
I picked up this book without a lot of hope but was a little bored. Next thing I know I was sucked in! There are truly many twists that you do not see coming, and from a huge reader that is hard to do to me!
The book does a great job of making you feel for the lead, while also filling out the other players in the story very well. The world is fleshed out amazingly well, and leaves you wishing to go yourself!
If you enjoy good Sc-Fi or Fantasy you will almost certainly enjoy this book as it does a wonderful job of weaving the two together.
I highly suggest you give this one a try, I am currently reading book 2 of the duet and it is just as good as the first and for the price these books are a steal!
Honestly, I wish I had spent my time listening to another book. This book was such a step down from the first in the series. It is not horrible by any means it simply does not invoke the emotional responses the first book did.
They truly needed to get back to the heart of the characters, their emotions, and motives. The book needed more in the way of heart and less in the way of bang.
Bronson did a good job of keeping pace, and not resulting to a monotone in the many points where others would have.
Sadly the only thing Spellbound inspired me to do was go back and read the first book in the series again and hope for a return to that in the future.
I recommend you read Hard Magic instead of this book if you have not already. If you are following the series expect a slip from the deep writing of the first book into what felt like a quickly written follow up.
If you truly loved the first novel then this one is worth listening too, otherwise it is simply an O.K. novel.
I would certainly listen to Vortex again, though it will be some time. It is a great book but everything it has presents itself right up front, so unlike other books with fine detail attention you really would not find much you missed the first read.
Vortex runs along the lines of something like Ready Player One, you have the same sense of a man (or boy) truly interfacing with a machine.
Lincoln Hoppe does a great job of bringing to life each and every character. Yuri and Vic are done especially well. You never feel as if two people sound alike, which is a true feat in a book with so many different people.
This is a book I DID listen to in one sitting! It is a bit slow to start but picks up quickly and always has something going on that you just must find out what happens!
I highly recommend you read the first book of this series first. Vortex does stand on its own, and you do not NEED to read the first book in the series but it does add a lot to the second one.
If you enjoy virtual reality style books, or a well woven love story that is not the main point of the book, you WILL enjoy this book.
The book truly made you fall in love with the Fuzzies, while enjoying the rapid development of the lead. For the length of the book its amazing how well the character development took place.
Also being that this is a rewrite and the original is included, it was wonderful to hear the different takes on the same story.
Fuzzy Nation is very hard to compare to other books. It is pretty unique in many ways. I can say if you enjoy "buddy" books, or those that involve alien life that is truly different, then odds are you will enjoy this one.
After listening to Wheaton's performance in Ready Player One, I was impressed he was able to keep the same great performance going in a much shorter much different novel. I hope to hear many more book read by Wil Wheaton!
I did listen to this book in one sitting. Being that it was less than 8 hours long and kept a frantic pace throughout the entire book, it is very easy to get lost in.
Some may miss that this book, though it has 2 parts, is actually the same book twice over. However the book was rewritten, and there are many differences between the two. I personally recommend you listen to the older version of the book first, which would be part 2.
I was very surprised at the difference between the two books, they had many things in common, but were greatly different, yet in the end told the same story. It is truly rare to find this sort of thing, and its an experience well worth having.
I would Listen to this book at least one more time this year alone, Its engrossing and has such fine attention to detail that there is certainly many small things I missed. Larson does an AMAZING job of sticking to the possibility of the Nanos and Macros being something we could actually make.
By the time you are done with this book, you truly believe humans are on their way towards such things, though hopefully less Violent!
I can not think of any other book I could compare Annihilation to other than other books in the series. This series is truly one of a kind, and in a world flooded with vampires in love and Orson Scott Card Clones, Annihilation stands out Fresh and on its on 2 feet!
Mark Boyett truly makes each person sound different. You do not need to hear the name of the person before you know who it is after the first hour or so of listening to any book in the series, and that is simply not easy to do.
He also keeps a perfect pace, never monotone, and never over excited. I could not imagine this series without him. I can only compare him to the reader of the Dresden Files series. In that series a single book had a different reader and it took the book from what would have been 5 stars to 3!
That same example applies here, If anyone other than Mark where to read StarForce to me it would be a great loss.
A venture into the mind of machines and the soul of humans.
This series truly shines in a couple of ways. The first being how Mr. Larson never strays far from what science could truly do given time so it never feels silly. The second is how truly the machines show absolutely no Humanity, and act exactly as a computer does. Finally the wonderful attention to detail is incredible. This may turn some readers off as it does slow the pace of the book from time to time, though never in truly intense scenes.
Every choice that the lead character makes slowly evolves him, and truly show his morality and sense of justice.
Finally I HIGHLY recommend that you start with Book 1:Swarm so that you can see the amazing development of the characters in this series. By book 7 Riggs is truly a different man.
The Lost Gate has been in my wishlist for a while now, and i finally decided to download it, and wish I had not waited so long. The book is at times very funny when it decides to be and very dead serious at other times.
The spin given to the Ancient gods (Both Greek and Norse) is really inspired and new, though I would expect nothing less from Orson Scott Card.
The simply review of it is that Danny has a forbidden form of magic, when he thought he had none at all, he is then at the age of 12 thrust from his home on a farm he was never supposed to leave, right into washington D.C.
The only issue I had is the person reading the book did not do a great job of acting out the different voices, many people sounded enough alike that if i was not paying attention I got them mixed up a couple times.
In the end I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys fantasy, even more so to those that enjoy Urban Fantasy such as the Dresden Files, or the Druid Chronicles.
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