When it comes to a series that gets me hooked and more importantly KEEPS me salivating for the next installment the number one most imporant aspect is having that gripping main character. The Vorkosikan hero Miles is exactly that. I am now 7 books into this fantastic series (skipping all the ones that didn't have Miles as the main character that is) and have yet to be let down. Miles is in the same catagory as Dresden, Kvothe, Jack Campbell and other protagonists that I could not read enough about.
If you're looking for a new series and feel the same way about your stories, then pick this one up (this is the first story featuring Miles, I started the series a few years ago with one of the early books that didn't have Miles and didn't finish it).
A note about the 4/5 stars for story.......While i love miles....the story is a little....far fetched i this installment. But that does not really detract from how much I enjoyed the book as a whole.
I bought this book after watching the Leovy interview on the Daily show. I was very impressed with her impeccably coherent explanations, her passion for this story, and with her ideas about crime in America that seemed more than just talking points from talking heads spouting 'truthiness'. This book was all of those things.
This book lives up to the hype. It's a long winding tale that never seems to get dull. Every adventure had me interested in what was going on. there is an epic feel to the main character that keeps you interested in what he will accomplish next. If I had to pick the first three words that come to mind when I describe this book I'd put them in the title of a review about it.
Whenever I finish an amazing book I feel obligated to spread the word. I want to pay the author back in some small way for the enjoyment I got out of his or her work. This is one of those series I have been telling everyone one that will listen to me about. Read. This. Series.
Daniel Suarez's vision of the near future is as scary as it is plausible (at least as it is written). The political philosophy (normally a huge turn off for me when forced into a narrative) only added to the story and actually had me pausing the book so that I could think through the implications of what the characters were talking about. Forget Crichton, this guys is the new harbinger of soon to be tech. I love this book.
That feeling when you know you are about to purchase and binge listen to everything they have ever written? This book is awesome. Couched in what feels like real science...which for me is something I need in order to completely suspend my belief in what is happening in the story. When your characters can fly and cast sleep spells in a context that is feels like it's only a few years away from being reality, then you can be assured I'm going to be interested in what's happening...do that and have a gripping story to boot? then you, sir ....get 5 stars.
Interesting enough to make me look up book two. There is only so much you can do in a short story, but I have fingers crossed that then next book is as good. (and a little longer)
ARRGGHHH!!! As you can see I am upset with you Evan! I'm going to buy the third book, but you better make it as good as the first one. Cause for some reason I am struggling to finish this second installment.
...I did not immediatly look to buy the next installment. Good fun, but lacking that addictive quality that i crave so desperatly.
I was immediatly engaged with the main character. And by the end of chapter one I was already excited that I might have found another series to get hopelessly addicted too.
but then.....I'm not sure....Maybe it was the wierd 'twists' that the author was trying to take with the zombies (which i understand) ..... or the strange and out of place 'powers' some of the characters seem to have.....or just some of the plot events that maybe seemed like awkward extra limbs...or the behavior of the extra characters that seemed wholly unbelievable given the situation (like he tried for the 'levity in spite of long odds' that the dresden files uses to amazing effect but couldn't quite pull it off) I don't know.
I haven't given up hope, but this book has fallen by the wayside already....and I very rarely come back after that happens.
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