First off, I have an issue with the title. Mainly as i purchased the book thinking solely it was indeed the third book of the Rain Wild Chronicles. Unless Robin Hobb draws somehow from the two or three stories held within that are set in the Rain Wild world for the next actual book then this book is irrelevant to the series. **WARNING** less than half this book is set in that world, and the stories are so detached from the series that they could equally as well be in a different world.
My next gripe is that whilst reading these short stories i had an oppressive shadow question my own ethics as every story has a righteous female protagonist and a unscrupulous male antagonist. True, one story was purely about women, though you can easily exchange the theme of female circumcision as a metaphor for man's subservience of women...
The majority of the stories are great. Most (maybe all?) had a cat theme, which was more adorable than the man-hating commentary.
The book is good, though be warned of the pretence of title and the continued portrayal of men as selfish and violent, excluding secondary characters; such as the nice fatherly figure.
Philip K Dick is one of the most engaging sci-fi/fantasy writes i have ever read. I have yet to be disappointed.
I was completely drawn into the story, the characters are written with such faithful emotions and motivations.
One of my most favourite books in my collection. Great Story, and narrated perfectly by Paul Giamatti.
A better look at whole these companies competed in a very similar space, and how they choose not to compete.
It really defined what the companies products are, and why they launched what seemed like bad products.
The content drew me in as I am of the age where video games erupted in my youth. It was fascinating to listen to the story of the giants who brought me such joy as a young kid.
I do not think the book translates well into an audio book (an assumption without reading the written version). The continuous repetition as long quotes are mixed within the story, often only slightly paraphrased to which i could only guess was introductions into new sections?
The scope of the book was possibly too wide, as elements were often repeated when the author changed point of views.
I have been a fan of the Doom franchise since Wolfenstein on the 486.
The author brought life and energy to the story. After I finished the book I felt like i was part of the journey. It totally absorbed me; this book may be a niche?
I have tried to convince my friends to read it, and have failed. If you are reading this review then you accidentally came across it, or you were after feedback regarding the book. if it is the later then purchasing this book should be a 'no brainer'.
The overall theme of Lucas being constantly contradicted with evidence in regards to his planning of the movies does not cease. The book is enjoyable, however at times it read like my thesis (reasserting a single point of view over and over)
i was hoping to walk away with intricate knowledge of the process/filming, but I found far too much time was spent on the writing.
Fabulous. Great story telling. At first I thought he resented his RPG early days, but in the end... well, just listen to the book.
Thoroughly recommend to anyone who role played as a kid, or whose childhood had such an alternative view that you thought you were cool, but in reality you were just an eccentric twat.
This will not break the boundaries if you understand economics or have played a lot of MMOs.
That said, it is a great tale which I could relate too
A level of detail and philosophy that is absent from a lot of modern sci-fi
The book makes some good attempts at exploring both side of the argument, but other times the scientific argument is extremely biased and irrelevant. For example: it discusses the physiology of the cheetah, efficient lungs etc..., yet fails to explore how these constraints (of the Flash) would impact his performance. It also describes the energy required for a typical human to do a certain feat, but i would not refer to the Flash as a typical human. With all thee figures being spouted, surely the argument for 100% efficiency of food consumption be explored.
By the time I reached the creationist versus science argument I was on auto-pilot, waiting patiently to finish the book.
I doubt the writers have had any thesis or science experience: commonly misusing the terms theory, truth or fact.
I was expecting a fun lighthearted exploration of comic super-heroes; I received a few interesting tid-bits hidden behind an overwhelming amount of pointless exposition.
I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.
(oh gawd, there is another book too... )
I was enthralled from the start, and my excitement grew as the story approached when i first started collecting comics (1988 for TMNT, 1990 for Marvel).
I stopped reading in 1994, and have recently returned. This book has filled in the gaps. How clouded my perception was. It has inspired me to hunt down more books like this.
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