Highland Park, IL, United States | Member Since 2007
I did enjoy One Second After, but more like I would a campy 1950s horror movie rather than the hard fiction apocalyptic tale he endeavors to weave.
I get it. We've all pretty much heard of the attack he describes. And yup, It's scary. But honestly, I think he assumes WAAAAY too much potency for the attack - basically 100% effective. No weapon in history has ever boasted that kind of efficacy. If there is a range of how bad an EMP attack would be, Fortschen has definitely turned the dial to 11.
Character behavior and their relationships appeal for emotive connection through the melancholy stoicism of the Confederacy. I actually enjoy this style, though, which is why I rated it as highly as I did. But I don't think it's anything like how people would behave today.
I also think his characters waste a ton of time and energy trying to establish an isolated 19th century society and culture through resurrection of obsolete technology, when they would probably get much further by simply trying to fix the current infrastructure lying repairable all around them.
For emotive story telling, though, I give Fortschen a 4. For realistic treatment of a real potential risk... a 2.
Uniquely imperfect characters that don't fit the cookie cutter.
Inventive concept. VERY tough to do these days.
All that going for it, but honestly. I think the story could have been told with about a third less page count.
You just can't lose with Gaiman. His writing is brilliant both technically and creatively. This is another of his deeply empathetic visions.
You know those books that use plain language to take you by the hand and lead you through a wonderfully engaging yarn that leaves you marveling at a beautifully imagined future?
Yeah. This isn't one of those books.
The style is so presumptive that unless you're from this future eCulture, you never, ever, ever, ever, ever understand what the hell he's on about.
Some like writing with a steep learning curve. That would not be me. I like great stories told well. But I think Gibson has basically run out of new sci fi concepts, so he makes up for it with prose that makes a 4-row Rubbicks Cube seem like a nursery school shape matching toy.
If you like that sort of thing, you'll be all over this one.
Excellent narrator, though.
Love this book. Can't say enough good about it. The character and plot development is completely believable and unique. Very much feels like you're there, and her story never devolves into a Hollywood shootemup brain pummeling.
I love these characters because the author lets me love them, and weaves this wonderful tapestry of time and place.
I was pleased to see her vision of humanity in crisis stays rather true to historical precedence.
Remember the Valium house wives of the 50s and 60s?
Well, now they have English accents. This Novel has more estrogen than oxygen.
Just over an hour in, and I'm ...OUT.
I loved this title.
I thought the story was unique yet completely believable.
I like that Grisham chose (as is his way) a highly relevant environmental issue to anchor his story on, but didn't go overboard with the action. It keeps you on edge, but doesn't resort to unbelievable Hollywood blockbusting. In fact some of the action is actually kind of comedic (intentionally so).
The narrator. A little whiney and slow at first, but as the book rolled on, I could see why she was chosen for a wonderfully imperfect and prematurely jaded heroin.
Really fun read.
Nerdy, mundane, cliche.
Maybe I'm just jaded, but it's really trite.
The author's voice is awkward and ...nerdy is the best way I can describe it. I just get really tired of being disappointed by hours of suspense for mediocre highlights.
I LOVED the opening story of this book. One of King's best I've read. But then it just kind of miandered through an average story and a not really very scary bad guy. I didn't think what he was doing was all that bad, so I really couldn't get behind the hero much.
I was hoping the ending would provide some kind of insight or redemption, but nope.
Overall, pretty average for one of my favorite writers. Sorry, Steve. LOVED Dr Sleep. LOVED 11/22/63. But this one didn't do much for me.
I was spoiled after Bad Monkey, I guess. LOVED that one.
I don't know. Just not as much laugh out loud fun as I'm used to Hiassen.
A PTSD hero who was a former governor? Hmmm. Ok. Just not great.
The narrator was annoying, though. He's the right age to read this book, but his rhythm is really weird. Sometimes he sounds like Stephen Hawking's voice sythecizer or a Spak-n-Spell. Really irritating.
Ugh. Basically, Clive Cussler but on the moon.
Utterly cliche, worn out, trite and boring. One character actually used the term "Ray Gun." God, really?
The story structure relies on such spoon-fed convenience, that it's not just unbelievable, but annoying. I hate being 5 steps ahead of the narrator. I'm no prodigy, but I found myself thinking things like "...really?" and "no shit," and "great, can we please get on with it?"
And the narrator didn't help matters. He'd be great narrating a mid-70s crime novel. SciFi ain't his gig, though.
I had to quit after 2 hours of eye rolling. Won't be buying anymore Event Group books.
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