Genius. Hilarious. Perfect.
As I said in my title, this book is the Hitchhiker's Guide's precursor. I can't imagine what Douglas Adams must have been thinking and feeling while he was reading this for the first time, apparently after Hitchhiker's had been published. They share so much of the dry, irreverent, metaphysical humor that it is hard to believe that Adams had never read Dimensions before. If you like Hitchhiker's Guide at all, GET THIS BOOK!
Absolutely everything. Neil Gaiman hit the nail square on the head when he asked John Hodgman to narrate this book.
I loved this book. I found it to be funny and witty and thought provoking. The story was suburb and the characters were charming and well rounded. I started listening to it again as soon as I finished it the first time and I plan on getting any and all other Robert Sheckley books that Audible has to offer.
As always, Micheal Kramer does a masterful job of narration. He lends an air of epicness to anything he reads. His female voices need a little work. but they don't really take anything away from his overall performance. I recently listened to his narration of a Christian text called Dark Night of the Soul and there were times where I felt I was listening to a fantasy novel. It was kind of a surreal experience.
I think this book offers up a lot of fresh ideas and interesting plot twists. For an epic fantasy novel, I don't feel that there are too many characters to keep track of or ideas to hold in your mind. Compared to other epic fantasy, such as Gardens of the Moon (which I love!!!) this book has a relativity small cast of characters. The fact that it is only going to be a trilogy pleases me to no end. As much as I enjoy them, I am getting a little tired of fantasy series that are 10 or more books long.
The author has an engaging writing style that kept me listening, though he uses forms of the word "gape" WAY, WAY too often. Despite that. Despite that fact, I tore through this book in only a couple of days. I am very excited for Book 2 to come out at the end of the year.
Everything. Kate Tempest has amazing insight into what it is to be alive. For someone as young and as relatively new to poetry as she is, her work is second=to-none.
I was introduced to Kate Tempest through her album "Everybody Down", which is an outstanding piece musical art. I listened to the album in it's entirety 3 or 4 times in a row and it is still on my playlist. Of you have every felt, lost, alone, confused, happy, in love, depressed, or any of the myriad other human emotions, I STRONGLY recommend both the album and this collection of her poetry.
What good is the 9th book when Audible hasn't released the 8th book yet? I just got off the phone with Audible and they don't even have any plans to release the 8th book any time soon. The only reason I bought this book is so I could write this review and rant about how stupid it is of Audible to skip an entire book in this series. Needless to say, I am very disappointed. Boo to you, Audible, I except better from you.
Despite the fact that almost every character and some entire scenes from Sword are straight up rip-offs of Tolkien's Fellowship of the Ring, the story is still pretty good. Though the obvious thefts can get a little distracting at times, the original portions of Brook's tale are interesting and fun. If you enjoy epic fantasy and can ignore the stolen scenes and characters from LoTR,, or if you have never read The Lodz of the Rings, I think you'll enjoy this book. I plan on finishing the trilogy and maybe check out some more of this world through Brook's other books.
This is Stephen King's try at a Lovercraft-ian story and he does a passable job. Lovecraft was and major influence on Stephen King and it is fun to watch Mr. King explore the genre. This story also puts all the people who say that "Stephen King has gone all Christian" in their place. This story has a decidedly non-Chirtian and bleak view of the afterlife.
I would. This is a thought provoking and interesting listen. There are a lot of new ideas in here and they are well thought out and researched. This is not just some hippy wanting to tell you about his trip.
The theory purposed in Supernatural is "out there" for sure, but that doesn't mean it is necessarily untrue or unsupportable. The author's ideas are clear and to-the-point. He seems well educated and uses the scientific method in his search for answers. There are some unique and fresh theories on aliens, UFO's, and even ferries. If you're interested in expanded your mind and challenging your ideas on reality, check this book out.
As Howard's writing style improves, his racism, sexism and white supremacist ideals become a far more open and obvious theme is his Conan stories. The hypocrisy in this drives me crazy. Conan is a man who hates civilization and the existing power structure and also knows the difference between humanity and beasts. However, Howard's beliefs fly in the face of what Conan actually believes. The authors decent into depression and eventual suicide comes across in his hatful descriptions of black men and other non=white races. I had to struggle to get this this entire collection, though I love Conan.
Personally, no. However, if I was 10 or 11 years old I would most certainly read another book by this author.
The mantra of almost every author is "Show, not tell". I think this author didn't get the mimeo about that trick. The author continuously "tells" us about scenes from the past instead of describing those sevens and having them play out for the reader. The story would be much more engrossing if the author let the characters show the readers their lives rather than having the author bombard us with exposition. As my title suggest I think that the author's style would be fine for 4th or 5th graders, and maybe that's who the target audience is, though I sort of doubt it.
Most of the characters are fairly one dimensional and predictable. All of the badges are clearly and obviously bad while all of the protagonists are overly nice and simplistically good. Although, some of the characters are simply contradictions of themselves. For example, in the beginning of the book Corban, one of the main characters, is too "cowardly" to fight back against his bully yet insane enough to leap from one thin and narrow tree branch to another while many feet up in the air . And he doesn't even get hurt when he falls, plummeting through branch after branch, and crashes onto the forest floor.
If you are a young reader, or know a young reader, of fantasy, then this book might be for you. If not, it's probably not.
Most certainly. If I ever have children I will defiantly read this to them/
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a fresh take on the fairy tale genre and it was nice to have a strong female lead character. I highly recommend this book.
The story is fairly original, though the writing and genre are both fairly generic. The characters are bland, the writing style seems amateurish, and the relationships between the characters feel forced.
Yes. It's the perfect vehicle for a summer block buster. It has everything that that type of movie needs: shooting, explosions, a love story, and religious undertones. In fact, it would make a better block buster than it does a book. As a novel it is derivative in it's writing style and seems more like a paint-by-numbers spy novel than original piece of work. Though as I stated above, the idea of the story is pretty original, it is just the characters, dialogue, and action that are sub-par.
If you don't have anything better to read, you like Tom Clancy books, and are interested in Ancient Aliens, check this book out. It won't blow you away, but is an OK way to pass the time.
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