A good example of Swanwick's superior writing ability, and his blend of SF and F. Oliver Wyman does an excellent job.
Great novel. Had me guessing to the end. The John Keats persona is a clever device used to tie events to "Old Earth" and as a way to introduce and discuss philosophy. I like how Simmons transitions between first person and third person throughout the novel.
Victor Bevine is an awesome narrator.
I struggled with this book at first and then liked it more and more as I progressed. This is a good story that serves as a podium to discuss topics that touch all of us...marriage, friendship, war, death, and understanding of self. I like that it was not completely predictable, especially that it didn't end with the protagonist walking off into the sunset with his special forces wife.
I do not care much for William Dufris' narration. He's not bad, but the quality of his voice and his character voices are not as professional sounding as many of the other narrators. Wil Wheaton is a better voice for Scalzi's novels.
A commentary on war told through the eyes of Billy Pilgrim, a prisoner in WW2 Germany who was abducted by aliens from Tralfamador and who endlessly skips from one event in his life to another. Superbly written. Great characters. Layers of meaning.
Ethan Hawke was perfect for this classic novel.
A very enjoyable book. This novel is a good display of RCW's smooth writing style. By the title you know going in that the book deals with time travel, and I was impressed with how effortless RCW tied different stories together and skipped around in time without confusing the reader. The novel is heavy with 1960s nostalgia, and while I personally would prefer less of that and more hard core sci-fi, this book is easily four stars.
Jonathan Davis is superb, as usual.
I'm not sure why this book is considered science fiction by some. It's an early apocalyptic survival story. I enjoyed it but it didn't knock me over.
This is the sort of story I think of when I think science fiction. Inquisitive humans get entangled with something they don't understand and keep probing in hopes of understanding, but all the while never really able to comprehend what they have discovered. Maybe they learned more about themselves in the process, or maybe they're more confused. I like what Lem doesn't say as much as what he does say; he let's your imagination fill in the gaps.
One of my all time favorite books. Excellent plot. Superbly written. Well defined characters and motivations. Provides some answers but, like life, leaves a little bit unknown. Works both as a light, entertaining read and a source for philosophical discussion of how we view intelligence, how we judge each other, and how we treat each other.
Jeff Woodman's narration is perfect.
First, I admit I did not finish the book. But I just couldn't go on. I did not hate the book, but I did not like it and had to rate it one star. The characters are flat and undeveloped. The dialogue sounds like the conversations you hear walking through a middle school. And the clichés! I think Scalzi needs a better editor, or a good advisor. The plot could have been something, but it wasn't. Looks like I'm hot and cold with Scalzi. I rated Fuzzy Nation really high, and Red Shirts really low. I haven't read Old Man's War yet, so that's next on my list. Hopefully it will be a five star.
Wow. Talk about a book ahead of its time. The concepts, terminology, and cultural references make this book one of a kind.
I can see why some people would not like this book. There is a lot of dialogue between the human Tom and the alien Hollus about the existence and nature of God. Scientific rationale is used to prove that God exists and has a limited capacity to prevent suffering. The overarching theme of the book is that science and faith can co-exist; they do not have to be at odds with each other. A tremendous amount of factual information is delivered in the novel, and errant conclusions are intentionally made from carefully misguided extrapolations. But I am confident in my personal beliefs, and this is fiction after all, so I found the novel thought provoking and entertaining. I enjoyed the story of Tom's personal struggle and how it was woven into the story and provided a break from the dialogue with Hollas. I found myself wishing that the story ended with Tom shooting away from Earth. That would have made a great opportunity for a sequel.
Jonathan Davis is superb !!
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