Jerry's wife. She was portrayed as immeasurably patient as Jerry struggled to make rational decisions.
The story was captivating all the way through. What really bothered was Jerry blamed his failed marriage on Atheism. This couldn't more false. While the book is intended to document his path toward Atheism over many years, he also did a great job documenting his selfishness and resistance to making rational decisions.
I had to wait some time before writing this review as I cannot express how disappointed I was with the main character. As a literary work, it did it's job by emotionally investing me into the main characters' life.
In the first part of the book, the author says this book is written for church goers and is recommended reading for many patrons. She also makes the point that this book is intended for religious people. To nail it home, the author even quotes biblical scripture to bolster her points.
With such a religious focus, one would think the description of the book would mention god and Christianity. Odd how the description conveniently omits this point. I will be returning this book as the description is misleading.
In the middle, not the best, not the worst.
I suppose so, I'm just curious if all his books borrow so heavily from Neil Stephenson.
Seemingly, the book was written in a way that prevents the reader from growing accustomed to whatever event is taking place. As the reader, you feel just as disjointed as the main character and begin to empathize with him.
It was ok. Coming from Snow Crash, I had high expectation for Neil. The first and last halves of the book seem written independently of each other. The whole first half introduces you to the world and the characters. The second half turns everything upside down without explanation or build up. I though at first I skipped a few chapters. Nope, the book is just written that way.
The end was good but rushed after an entire book of build up.
Consistent, calming, poignant.
Audio sounds like it was poorly dubbed from cassette tape. Often times the audio distorts just like a tape would.
Generally it was okay.
None, author only develops characters as a method to kill them soon after or to provide a weak attempt at a jump scare. Aside from that, none of the characters have any sizable role in the whole story and you often forget several are even present.
It was okay. On main plot hole kept nagging at me.If one write a book about zombies with vampire-esque features, the author must really touch on sustainability of this new species. Without infrastructure to move resources to the zombies, the zombies will die. No amount of swarming small game over 100 years will keep 24 million of them alive. If the zombies are sustained by "magic" then what is the point of eating people?Such a gaping plot hole isn't even whispered during this huge read.
While it had a few boring places, it was an okay story. It failed to make you emotionally relate with any characters. the giant plot hole is difficult to swallow.The only emotion this book has elicited is a fear of boredom from reading the second in the series.
I expect a standard murder mystery to give you the general lay of the evidence and keep you second-guessing yourself throughout the book. While the first quarter of the book will give you this sensation, the rest will make you ask "What's the point?!"
The author seem to have run out of ideas to quickly and just starts making up relationships. At no point does the reader get any insight into the detective's thought or motivations. I would not recommend this to anybody.
Much of Herbert's description of prescience is confusing and gets you lost. Which I think is the point. You can understand the position Paul is in and understand how he feels like a slave to his own life. Definitely worth the read.
I read this one just to get closure on the other 3. This story picks up seconds after the ending to "Xenocide". While I enjoyed the story and plot, the continual character arguments and explanations of meta-physical gibberish was too much. After "Xenocide", this story was an improvement but failed to end the series with a bang.
After coming from "Speaker for the Dead", I was expecting a lot for this book. It disappointed me. There is little character development happening, instead it is replaced with ongoing family arguments. While some of that is necessary to drive the narrative, it goes on and on and on. Along with the overblown quarreling, you get a lot of overly descriptive conversations on meta-physical psuedo sci-fi gibberish. Again, a little bit helps drive the narrative, but it was excessive.
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