The story is pretty much like a soap opera. There are the steamy scenes with the a young woman and an older man. There is treachery, betrayal, and conflict. Its a quick book and the performance is very good. The book name and the name of all the characters is pretty interesting once you figure it out. I was somewhat disappointed that this was a Nebula award winner, but it was a quick read and kept my attention.
The story behind Ancillary Justice is very good. The concept is that in the future, Artificial Intelligence rules the human race. Basically, inter-stellar ships are driven by AI entities which manifest themselves in hundreds of human bodies. These bodies have no mind of their own - as they were conquered and then brain wiped, then frozen until needed. These entities make very good soldiers and provide a pretty interesting way to watch many things at one time.
And something goes wrong with one of them. The book is written so there everything is a she (that is sort of irritating) and is told from the point of view of an AI that has become one individual (the rest having been killed). Interesting concept. The second book may be pretty interesting as well.
The reading was not as good. The reader was a female voice and had trouble intoning all the different characters. Her voice was pushed when it came to mail voices or important voices. I thought it could have been much better.
The concept of this book is interesting. An race from another system crashes into a forest in medieval germany. It is told from two sides - the 1340s religious side and the 20xx side of scientists trying to figure out why a particular part of Germany never repopulated after the plague.
The reading is very good. the story seems to get stuck in the what is my point mode. It carries well, but fails to end in a way that brings closure. But still worth the read.
I loved Steelheart - the performance was great fun and the story was very interesting. This is another great book that adds to the previous story and yet continues to be told from a basically teenage character who is still developing into himself. While not has fun as the first book, it is a pretty good story in its own right. It does leave you hanging for the next book - where as the first book was pretty self-contained.
But the reading is very good and worth the time.
This is the second book in what may be many books (five are planned). Brandon does a great job setting the reader up for some interesting future reading. It is a very long book and covers several fascinating characters. By the end of this book, the primary characters are established - the next few books revisit some characters one may have thought were gone.
But it is a great story and well worth the read. The performance is great. The reader captures the personalities very well and it was a delight to listen to.
Brandon has produced another pretty good starting book for a new series - another long series it seems like. The four main threads do a great job of developing characters for the long run. The story line is interesting, the characters changing with their fortunes (usually for the worse at least at the beginning) make for a fun story and a great audiobook.
The reading is great with the actors providing great voice track for the various entities both human and not. I look forward to the next book.
This is a fitting end to this series. Its a well told story tracing parts of the true Baroque period in the guise of SCI-FI. This series was okay. Some of the books are great, others are a bit slow. Overall, its a fun few of our history told through some interesting characters. Over the course of the books, the fun heros do get somewhat lost in the story. The are very compelling in the first few books and not so compelling in the last.
But I am glad I read the series.
The first book was a great story. This one takes a different slant and tells another interesting story. It is not as compelling as the first, but still holds together. The bad guy is surprising (figuring out who or what it is). The time tombs are still confusing to me - must just be a bit dense for this one.
Overall a pretty good audiobook.
I picked this up as one of those books that did well in the SCI-FI award competition. The concept is interesting in that you have immortal beings with great power who have been cast down so to speak to serve a particular human family. This has had the result of stopping wars and disputes due to the overwhelming power of that one family.
It also brings in infinite corruption and a total lack of human dignity in those rulers. The story goes about how this is all changed by a young woman brought in to be a sacrifice. Its a good story but lacks energy. It spends alot of time with the young woman moping around once it is clear what will happen to her.
I thought it could have been held together better.
This book will keep your attention, the reading is great. The dialogue is a bit like a soap opera at times. The ending is a little on the weak side, but overall pretty interesting.
This is one of the better books in the series focusing at how currency came to be the source of the English economy rather then just coin. The book does a great job providing a fun adventure story through the streets of London and Europe while educating one on the politics of the time.
The reader is great and really brings out the characters - even to the changing age of the characters. Really good read.
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