Riverton, Ut, United States | Member Since 2014
When I read a book I have an expectation that I would be well entertained, that I may learn some new worthwhile ideas or concepts and if I’m lucky, I may experience a fascinating journey with believable characters that I can relate to. Most of all, I read a book with the expectation that it will be worth the read.
When the story ended I was astonished that it was over and that it had ended so poorly. There is a section at the end that explains a number of other things after the story ends, which only made it worse. Indeed I was left dismayed that I had listened to the book at all.
Iain Banks once said in an interview:
“There's a big war going on in [Consider Phlebas], and various individuals and groups manage to influence its outcome. But even being able to do that doesn't ultimately change things very much. At the book's end, I have a section pointing this out by telling what happened after the war, which was an attempt to pose the question, 'What was it all for?' I guess this approach has to do with my reacting to the cliché of SF's 'lone protagonist.' You know, this idea that a single individual can determine the direction of entire civilizations. It's very, very hard for a lone person to do that. And it sets you thinking what difference, if any, it would have made if Jesus Christ, or Karl Marx or Charles Darwin had never been. We just don't know.”
From this I understand that the book was written to make a point that most people’s lives don’t really make a big difference in the grand scheme of things. And those that do should truly be admired. To make the book better this could have been shown by using a supporting character and having the protagonist ponder on this idea.
I was disappointed by some of the graphic and pointless scenes, the disjointed way the book moved along and at times the completely unrealistic and unexplained changes in a characters behavior and motives. However, the overarching disappointment of this book was the abrupt pointless ending.
After reading Iain's comments, I at least understand why he wrote the book the way he did and the message he was trying to get across. Unfortunately, at least for me, it left me wondering why I had wasted my time listening to this book.
If you want a great read, try Evan Currie’s series that starts with “Into the Black: Odyssey One” or the amazing series by Jack Campbel that starts with “The Lost Fleet: Dauntless”
Okay, no messing around! The action is moving along swiftly and, to me, in unexpected ways. If there was one complaint it would be that I have to wait for the next book to be written.
This series would make an amazing movie! If you haven’t read the first two books, buy all three today and you won’t be disappointed!
Evan Currie has really done a lot of great work here. The plot is advancing and moving significantly forward. I really love the way he takes such different technologies and plays them out against each other and the descriptions of the way each technology works is fascinating. I must say I am really enjoying this series and recommend it.
Great job Evan, keep them coming!
Audible, great job of finding this series and getting on audio book!
This book took me by surprise. I didn’t know much about it and thought I might as well try it to pass the time while I waited for another Lost Fleet/Lost Stars release. To my pleasant surprise I found myself really getting into this book! There is a strong sense of discovery and stepping into the unknown. The interplay of technologies is fantastic and the story is rich and diverse, full of new concepts that open a whole realm of new possibilities.
When I finished the book I found myself not only waiting for the new Lost Fleet/Lost Stars books, but for the next in this series as well. (By the way, the next two books are great as well… now I’m just waiting for the 4th!)
What a great book and a fantastic beginning to a new space series.
I recommend reading this… and the next…. And the next!
This book is almost like a new series in the same series. I have really enjoyed the storyline and look forward to see what happens next.
Great SciFi when you can get to it. The excessive foul language and obsession with sexual content really detracts from the book. I also found myself frustrated with the extensive detail on things that simply don’t matter. At one point I actually yelled out loud while listening “Who cares?!” I would love it if someone would carve out the language, sex and stuffing. Do that and this book would really great SciFi book!
This book was all over the place. It jumps from scene to scene with people you don't know. It has a lot of promise and the background and plots look good, it is just the execution that is bad. I really wish someone else would write this story and cut to the point.
Also, be warned the language is really bad.
This story had so much potential. Great ideas, and plot, but it seamed to me that the whole story boiled down to a girl coming to grips with being terribly abused. This story may actually help someone who has gone through this, but for me I found it very depressing. I couldn’t even finish it, even with fast forwarding it.
The language was so bad that it was hard to even hear the story through it. I really don’t like bad language, but this wasn’t just a matter of being offended at their choice of words. The language actually got in the way. It was like trying to see through a window with half drawn blinds. Does this author think that every person, including highly educated professionals speak like street gangs? It is disappointing to see an author so ineloquent that they must resort to using such profanity to express their ideas.
I do not recommend this book. There are many other better written titles to spend your hard earned money on, no to mention you time.
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