I enjoyed reading Neuromancer as a twenty year old when it first came out. I didn't know if I would still enjoy it twenty years down the road. Well, it's still love! It's obvious to me now that this is noir. it has more in common with The Maltese Falcon than with most sci-fi. It is just the right blend of melodrama, action, mystery, and campiness. I also really like the setting. Having grown up in the 80s, it makes sense to me. I dont know what it would seem like to a current twenty year old.
I really enjoyed Hamiltons Pandora Star series. I thought the setting was fun to learn about and the characters interesting and amusing, if sometimes a little two-dimensional. This, on the other hand, featured a tedious setting/culture, and characters I could care less about.
I enjoyed this book as a fast paced page turner. Although it has a lot of violence, it is pretty cartoonish, which was fine by me. Might read another in the series, but it needs some more diverse action than a series of fights. The main character is likeable, and the book has some good comic moments.
I don't often read mysteries, but took a chance on this in a daily deal sale. I really took a liking to Dr. Siri, enjoying his observations and perspective on life. The author is compassionate toward his characters, even the bad guys. This book does veer into fantasy, which I was not expecting, but I read a fair amount of fantasy, so just went with it. I don't like detailed violence and gore, and although this book has some, it didn't overwhelm the story or shock me. While there are some mysteries to be solved, I would say this is really a character driven novel. The setting is also a strong feature of the story, set in 70's Laos. I enjoyed learning about the social and political setting, which I had never read about before this book. Over-all I would characterize this as a fun read.
This book has some gems in it. My recommendation is to listen to the first 1/3 to 1/2. At some point it becomes extremely repetitive. I found the tone of it condescending, and felt like I was being lectured, and not in a good way. I think that the core of the "how to" part, which is to simply relax and not resist reality, is overly simplistic. People have consistent meditation practices because it is difficult to change your way of being on the fly.
Light, fun, odd-couple road trip book. You may need to have some affinity for meditation or Buddhism to enjoy this book. The writing is a bit hokey and sentimental at times.
Somehow the author and narrator combined to drain all life out of what would seem to be an engaging story. I could not get any emotional involvement in the main character, so I just didn't care what happened next. I don't really understand how this feat was accomplished. The story is a first person narrative, with the narrator recounting events forty years or so in the past. She seems so cool and detached, even when the action is emotional, that it gave me some kind of cognitive dissonance. Obviously, I am a reader that needs to relate to the characters to enjoy the book. The writing is very good and the narrator is also very good, I can understand that other people may find it excellent.
Good genre classic, well narrated. Not a good bedtime listen because it is emotionally overwrought. Ender is almost constantly upset, most everyone else is a psychotic a-hole. If this book came out today, I would give it 2 stars. It deserves 4 though, because it was written 30 years ago.
Highly skilled writer details agony of main character. Seems to wallow in it. Got about 3 hours in and decided to end my own suffering by not listening any more.
Bought this in a sale, sounded interesting. I listened for 5 minutes, then turned it off. Sounded like archiac, devout christian ruminating about the state of "the pulpit." Could be excellent for the right listener, not for me.
This book is apparently catnip for a certain type of book geek. I enjoyed the first few hours as quirky and novel, then gradually lost interest until giving up at hour 10. While I tend to read plot driven page-turners, I appreciate good writing and occasionally read “literature.” I wanted to like this book, but the lack of plot and glacial pacing wore me out. I just didn’t appreciate the intimate character studies and wry social commentary enough to make it worth my while. I like to listen to audiobooks before bedtime, and this one often put me to sleep in 10 to 15 minutes. In this round of man vs. book, book won!
I am working on a set of book characteristics to cover in my reviews. Qualities that I would like to know before choosing a book. My sweet spot is fairly light fiction (often fantasy) with above average writing and characters. I hope you find these useful. I didn't go into depth on them here because this book has already been heavily reviewed.
Mostly neutral, sometimes dark, brooding atmosphere, sometimes comic.
High craftsmanship, obviously skilled writer.
Very slow; detailed conversations and descriptions.
Very little plot, meandering story lines.
Lots of varied characters. Main character (Mr. Norrell) for first third of book is dull and unlikable. Most characters are not very dynamic.
Sex & Violence:
Very little through first third of book.
Does a good job with difficult material. Enjoyed him much more in “The Coral Thief.”
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