Having read Fantasy for many years, I have reached the point where I want a good story that doesn't have magicians and magical items dominate the story.
Book One was good. Books Two and Three: Argh!!! I was on magic overload in the final two books.
It was an okay read.
This book reminds me of the junk reality shows on Saturday afternoon, like VH1's "I Love the 70's." You may know the type of TV show I'm talk about: a show that has one subject for two minutes--like Rubik's Cube. Comedians will reminisce and make "witty" remarks about the subject.
There is minimal analysis about why the "bad idea" was given the green light by executives. The author seems to classify products as a bad idea because they are no longer sold. Some of the of "bad ideas" are just products that are developmental projects, had a short product life, or small companies that got beat out by companies with deeper pockets.
I thought the book was okay for $0.99 I wouldn't recommend using a credit for it. You actual could talk to coworkers on a lunch break about "bad ideas" and have this audio book.
The second book fell a little flat for me. Ex Patriots felt like The Empire Strikes Back. It seemed similar to the first book, introduces new characters and didn't have a satisfying conclusion.
In contrast, Ex Communication doesn't introduce anybody new, but it builds upon existing characters. I liked that the scavengers and guards are back in the story. The relationships characters become more realized as the Mount becomes a city. Politics and religion factions start to emerge.
While the Mount is experiencing growing pains, old unresolved threats could destroy humanity.
I didn't enjoy the second book as much as the others.
Ex Patriots is a continuation of Ex Heroes but outside Los Angeles. We get to learn a little more about the world outside the Mount and get an origin story for two super-villains.
I am in middle of the fourth book. Each Ex book has introduced a unique element to the world, except this one. Still a entertaining book but not as inventive as the others.
I really enjoyed Peter Clines' book 14. He is becoming a favorite author.
This was a great story. Not really a deep, thought provoking story. It's just a fun story.
I really enjoyed how the story alternated between how the heroes made their first fumbling steps as heroes and the present when a community relies on them.
My favorite character is Gorgon. I really liked his role in the book.
I was expecting a humorous book on the Red Shirts--the cannon fodder in the Star Trek universe. The premise of the book is intriguing. I was expecting non-stop jokes about crew in-fighting to avoid going on missions.
The story was cute--not a deep book.
This is a teaser for The Circle. Your technology employer has access to all your personal information and monitors how you spend your time.
It seems like a very predictable set-up and that like there are better told stories in this genre.
Due to a sale, I bought Triggerfish Twist (published as book 4 although in the timeline, Triggerfish Twist happens first then Florida Roadkill). There are some disconnects in the characters meeting in Roadkill even though they knew each other in Triggerfish.
I love how the author pokes fun at a business segment in each of these two book. This one is Insurance, Triggerfish it's Management Consulting. The tongue in cheek absurdity of these businesses left me laughing out loud and re-winding to enjoy the skew how the stories of corruptions, which are all too believable.
Like an episode of Seinfeld, Tim Dorsey's books weave a tapestry strand by strand until it all comes together. He introduces characters with funny episodes that seem to be stand alone segments and slowly start to integrate the characters into a larger story.
The story follows Serge and Coleman as the track down insurance money from a insurance claim (on a sleazy dentist that they have dismembered).
Serge, the protagonist(?), seems to have evolved between the two stories. In both books, Serge murders truly reprehensible people. The difference is that he is a petty thief that kills people that offend his moral code in Triggerfish. Here he kills for the money. This makes Serge less likeable character.
George K. Wilson does a great job with voices ranges from stoner Coleman to coke fueled Sharon.
I recommend this book, but it is not as enjoyable as Triggerfish Twist.
This was originally written in 1961--the beginning of the space age. Russia had launched Sputnik. Sci Fi writers started imagining what could we encounter out in space. The TV shows Star Trek the original series and Space 1999 were written later and are examples demonstrating the time period's interest in exploration (i.e. " to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life forms and new civilizations") and finding life. In this case, the alien is the size of a planet.
It is obvious that it was written during this time. The plot from Solaris is has little in common with current, modern sci fi--No conflict between races/societies, no time pressures, or any other constraints. The story is completely about introspection--about the researcher's lives and the ever changing theories about the alien. There is also no hard science in the book.
There are long passages about the changing formations on the planet surface. Long, long passages that are not relevant to the story. The human aspect concludes without any resolution.
As for the performance, I liked the character Gaeta on BattleStar Galactica, but Alessandro Juliani didn't excel in the storytelling. His narration was average.
For my tastes, this story was too anti-climatic.
This is my first Serge Storms book. Although this is the fourth book in a series, I felt that the book could stand alone.
The book takes the best parts of the TV shows like "My Name is Earl" and "Seinfeld." In Serge Storms, you have an anti-hero (in this case a sociopath/petty theft) with a cast of zany characters inhabiting a neighborhood in Tampa. Poor decisions are made and unfortunate events occur. These missteps unwittingly become magnified by Serge, his violent, coked-out girlfriend, Sharon, and stoner buddy, Coleman until all chaos breaks out.
This is book is hysterical and had me replaying chapters to re-listen to the funniest parts. The author has a wickedly funny perspective on American culture and the city of Tampa, in particular.
The narrator effectively uses different inflections and tones to distinguish the characters. I could tell who was speaking from the narration voice. He uses a nasal voice for most characters, especially the law-abiding characters naive to the plots of various rouges. This may detract for some readers, but I found it a communicated the innocence of the characters.
The book involves sexual matter and murder. If you are easily offended, you probably should pass on this book.
For myself, I will be returning to Tim Dorsey's Tampa again to read the first book.
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