Nice, short read/listen, although the book is not exactly what I thought it would be. Perhaps a more appropriate title would be "Weird Things People Believe" as it was more or less an exploration of common fallacious beliefs, not a theory or explanation as to why people believe them. I guess I expected more of a Chris Mooney approach - an exploration into the psychology of why people believe weird things. Nonetheless, I don't feel that 1 second was wasted in reading/listening to this book and I would highly recommend.
Tops among contemporary fiction.
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The people conquer the tyrannical government with very little (mass) violence. What a powerful idea that is counter to most "revolution" plots.
Fans of the movie - the source material is a must. INCREDIBLE performance. Absolutely perfect.
Better than the film.
Like me, you may be thinking: "I have the movie memorized, should I really check out the source material?" And the answer is: "ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY." There is not much I can say that hasn't been said:
- Incredible performance
- An absolute MUST for fans of the film (the book clarifies some plot holes that always bothered me)
Real characters, no cheap gimmicks.
What a great work. Character driven - doesn't rely on cheap actions or plot twists. After watching the movie and deciding to check out the source material, I now realize how much of a disgrace the movie is.
However, this particular performance is agonizingly slow. His interpretation of some characters is dumbfounding. Often times during well written dialogue I wanted to scream "GET ON WITH IT!" The book is read in a maddeningly slow tempo which really detracts from certain scenes. Read/listen to the book but try to find another edition.
Maybe I'm being petty but once you make an anti-science comment, DONE! Ziglar ridiculed evolution to make an analogy and I have no tolerance for that nonsense. Also the book was just to much piss and vinegar enthusiasm instead of real substance. If you can ever get your hands on his material, check out David Sandler.
I often times like to read the source material for my favorite movies - especially shorts and novellas. Although this short is to be taken seriously (unlike the campy movie), it and the movie are great companions. If you are a fan of the movie, or just Lovecraft, check this one out. Definitely worth the 90 minutes.
Maybe - depending on what you are expecting out of science fiction...
Great story with good imagination. However it suffers from poor execution. The characters were incredibly shallow. None of them longed for anything. You couldn't empathize with any of them. No emotional involvement is compelled. The dialogue was very mediocre and there wasn't much conflict. WORST OF ALL - the door is WIDE OPEN for some social commentary on war, whether the stance was going to be one of bleeding heart liberalism or of a Bush sympathizer. If you think you're going to get some thematic content regarding war - you're wrong. All of the known intelligent life in the universe is killing each other instead of learning from each other and, meh, no big deal. Not worth talking about.
The attempts of humor in the dialogue were pretty futile, and the performance made them worse.
Yes. It's shortfalls as a novel actually lend themselves to the story being reborn as a mega-budget action movie directed by Michael Bay (since his movies have no characters and awful story-telling). The alien races and action sequences would do nicely on the big screen.
If you're a classic sci-fi person, leave this book alone. You'll be severely disappointed. The story is entertaining, but it's not about much. But if you're into pop fantasy, you'll probably like it.
Incredible book. One of my favorite non-fiction / Sci-Fi stories. The only downside is that it I'm now sickened of the motion picture's interpretation of the source material. I once thought that it was a decent movie.
This is the first Heinlein collection I've read/listened to, but it seems to be a great variety of entertaining stories with provocative thematic material.
Nice surprise ending
Better than most PKD short stories. Another well done vision of a dystopiac, post-nuclear holocaust world. The ending was slightly predictable, but good nonetheless.
If you're listening to this book, you're probably already a Fox News loathing liberal. This book satisfies the craving for confirmation bias, but isn't much more than that. Worth a read. I picked up some "golden nuggets."
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