I love Philip K. Dick books and the way he describes the psychology of its characters. This book is one of its latest and it refers to many of the previous (eg. Valis), but it can serve as an introduction to his world. He puts himself in the book as a scifi writer, and makes you think if the book isn't real. If all the stories he is telling are not reality. He uses this twisted trick in the Man in the Higher Castle, but this time the facts are so close to reality that can make you think. A master piece really worth listening to.
When you have nothing good to say, you would better say nothing.
I wish the authors had followed this advice . I will.
The story is set in a near future where a disease leaves people paralyzed (locked in), but the combination of neural networks, robots and technology allow this population to have an active “normal life”. With this premise the author develops a competent, unpretentious thriller. The book is agile, with relatively well-developed characters, that leads to the reader’s sympathy. It is a great work, nor it will revolutionize science fiction, but it does not disappoint. It has everything to become a successful movie or a TV series. The book could further deepen the characters, could try to discuss the limits of the human and the robot or could discuss the lives of patients stuck in their hospital beds, but it does nothing of that. The author could also write a very heavy, long and boring book, but neither does this too. In the middle term which pleased me enough to read the story to the end and it kept me wanting to know the outcome. It is the not the first book I read from John Scalzi and certainly it will not be the last.
If the goal of a biography is to create the mood of the times and the life of a person, Tesla's time and life was very boring. This is a highly detailed book, that cites many actual facts, and tries to describe all Tesla's inventions. You can have a glimpse of the style by the very long title. The author is also a clear fan of Tesla, this may prevents him from creating a certain distance from the character. After reading Mr. Isaacson's wonderful bios of Jobs and Einstein, I may be expecting too much. I think we are still lacking a good Tesla's biography, and the character deserves it. I confess I could not go though all the book, and stopped after its half. May be a missed the best part, probably not.
The book starts all right, it looks like a good story of the life of a student will be told. The rhythm is good and the facts unravel in a good pace. From the middle part of the book thing get weird. The main story changes without a reason, the narrator changes with no reasonable explanation, and at the end the narrator changes again with no explanation. It ends without answering most of the questions it creates. Maybe I am not very smart, or, maybe, this book is not that good. I did not like it. Paul Auster got his chance and he lost me.The book is short (7hrs, about 200 pages) but at the end it looks like it has 500 pages. I cannot recommend it.
This is another book of the sucessful author of the Daemon and its sequence Freedom™. This one starts pretty well, including some new and revolutionary cientific revelations, and a clever discussion if men are capable of managing these discoveries. Unfortunatly, it falls at the end in a silly adventure. I thought there would be a second book, as the end approached without a proper resolution. I think it will be hard for the author to match their first two books. Anyway, this is a book worth reading and I definitively will read he next one too.
I really like science fiction, but it seems that there is a trend in the area of writing endless series books. I do not know a good reason why a story needs 4, 5, 7 or even 10 books to be told. If the reason is financial, I think it really a low blow. To tell a story in droplets just to earn more money.
This book by BVLarson is good, I like his stories but I stoped at the 5th book of the Star Force series. Other good author that I avoid for the same reason are John Scalzi, Peter F. Hamilton and John Ringo.
If I could make one suggestion: write short stories. I gues you can win even more money this way It worked for Philip Dick.
This is the the third book I read from Daniel Suarez. Despite having no connection with the previous, it follows the same idea of a world threatened by some technology. In this book the threat are autonomous drones that can take the decision to kill by themselves, without the need of a human being. The discussion of drones and war is contemporary and important. The author leaves room for a continued story and new developments in future books. I also still think Kill Decision failed to overcome the enthusiasm left by Daemon and Freedom, but it did not disappoint. I have even already put his latest book (Influx) on my reading list.
In this book Stephen King takes us on his method of writing a novel. He tells a little bit about his own life and the history about some of his books. A must read for Stephen King's fans, for readers in general and for those aspiring to be writers of course. I don't aspire being a writer but the reading of this book helped me on understanding the reading of novels in general and understanding storytelling. Definetly one of the best books I have listen at last year.
This is another novel based on real facts created by Erik Larson. It mixes the history of Chicado exibition with the murders of the first serial killer in America. The book is good but it is not better than his other book "In the Garden of Beasts" that I read in 2012. If you like this book you should read that other one.
To summarize the book in one word: Boring. The book is not long, because it would be unbearable, but it is repetitive and has long passages without adding absolutely nothing to the reader. Even worse if you have no interest in the capital market. If this is your case, run away from this book. If you have any interest (and some knowledge) in shares and investments can still find something good in the book. The text explains, describing the action of some investors, what happened in the crash of 2008 due to the sub-prime crisis.
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