After listening to the first book a few weeks ago, I was itching to start on the second volume of the Void Trilogy. From my prospective, "The Temporal Void" is not as good as "The Dreaming Void", simply because I really enjoyed the ongoing space opera in the first book. That being said, I liked how Hamilton continued on with the story and looking forward at finishing off the journey in the next novel.
There are two universe in this book and I felt that I was stuck between the two worlds. There are more science fiction in the story than space opera from the first book. After a while you tend to get lost in the Void and it feels like you are in your own dream from the Living Dream Organization.
Despite my feedback, I really think that this author is a complete stud when it comes to science fiction and drama because I was so immersed to the plot and subplots of each characters, where I felt that I fell into infinite darkness of dreams.
"The Temporal Void" was good enough to continue on. Can't wait to finish the trilogy.
In order to understand what is going on in this new series from Peter F. Hamilton, you need to read the Commonwealth Saga and the Void Trilogy first before reading the first book of Chronicle of the Fallers. "The Abyss Beyond Dreams" is the first book in this new series, but it does not stand on its own without reading Hamilton's Commonwealth and Void. They all tied together is one big history lesson of science fiction. You will have a hard time an understanding what is going on in "The Abyss Beyond Dreams" because there is very little back story of both worlds. Before reading this one, start with his previous books or else you will be missing the Void.
I wasn't expecting a book about zombies when I bought "The Girl with All the Gifts." I'm not a fan of walkers and find the whole genre humerus, but when I started this paranormal fantasy, I got so into the book. Can't really say why I like this book so much. Maybe it's less teen inspired and gears toward more to the normal? Maybe M. R. Carey just wanted to write one great horror story, instead a series of nonsense? Whatever the reason might had been, I found this book to be very creepy and extremely intelligence why they are Hungries. Good explanation and follow through from this author.
After spending the majority of this month at reading "Atlas Shrugged", I still don't have any ideas what I just read from Ayn Rand. Let me make myself clear that I'm not a supporter of Rand's views and I'm not a follower. Rand's rhetoric is like putting a red dye in a glass of water and as you stir it up, the water loose its clarity. At one point, I started having canker sores in my mouth because of this book was stressing me out. Even after half way through it, I couldn't figure out the message.
Rand's characters are pretty horrifying. They have no individualism. If her characters goes against her beliefs, you might as well put them in a pen of pit bulls and see them chopping on their flesh. Ayn Rand was a bad writer. There is no diversity in her materials at all. She was the puppet master in a factory of robots.
I must be dumb because I don't get the popularity of this novel at all. Helping a fellow man for our selfish desires is better than nothing. Capitalism is far better than laissez faire state. How can we help people without greed? Greed what drives most of us to be better and our motivation helps more people. Such as hiring more employees, better wages and overall, a better life.
I did not get any message in "Atlas Shrugged" that is worth noting.
Many of my friends are educators and they warned me to not to read this book because it goes against our better judgement for man. I regret wasting my time on this one. Ayn Rand was an evil lady. She ran her cult for mindless people with no backbone.
"Atlas Shrugged" is the Bible for hipsters because this book was written for the immature.
Honestly,I hope, I never see this book on a coffee table at my friends' because Ayn Rand is scary.
One star from this dummy. 63 hours of crap!
A good friend of mine suggested that I should read "The Rape of Nanking." Many times I get great reads from my friends, even though I may not be interested. We all have different taste and different options, but that is what is so great about reading. Between my friends and I, we have read almost all books on the Holocaust, but never on Nanking. I couldn't stop listening to this one.
It's horrifying as heck what the Japanese soldiers did to the Chinese. I almost lost my lunch when I heard about the raping and torture in Nanking, but I couldn't stop listening.
Iris Chang drove the subject matter in my brain, wanting me to read more and more. I never heard about Nanking until I bought this book.
After reading "The Rape of Nanking", I understand why The Bird was so punishing with Louis Zamperini in Unbroken. Laura Hillenbrand never explained why the Japanese was so hard on their POW's. She never gave us an insight of their soldiers. Unbroken was all about Zamperini's life.
Iris Chang shed some light on the culture and the mindset of the Japanese and the hatred of the Chinese during the massacre.
As I kept reading, I was cross referencing in my mind between the two books and I understand why Zamperini went through hell in the prison camp. At that time, the Japanese had so much hate for all other races. In a way, Nanking was worst than the Holocaust simply because Adolf Hitler over shadow the world.
Unlike the Jews, Nanking hasn't been retold from its survivors.
Ever since "Gone Girl" there has been a surge of books with the word "Girl" in their titles. They all tries to mimic the best seller from Gillian Flynn. I don't like when I'm reading the synopsis of a book that they keep referring to another book from a different author. They are trying to ride on the coat tails from other authors' success.
"The Girl on the Train" was very disappointing to me and I found it to be sluggish from the first word to its last. Base on my friends' recommendations, it wasn't a page turner for me. I found that the main character to not be intriguing at all and if I really wanted to listen to a drunk, divorce, middle age women (or men), I can entertain myself by going to weekly meetings at my local chapter.
Maybe I miss Amy in "Gone Girl", but Rachel in "The Girl on the Train" wasn't so much of a mystery in my ears. It lacks in that psycho thriller that keeps you guessing at every page. I found the pace of the storytelling to be so slow. It barely held up to my attention. I did not care what happens next and how it ended. I just wanted to get to the end and move onto my next read.
I really don't understand what is all the hoopla about over this book. I bought this book because of my friends and Audible kept showing the cover on their front page. Many of my friends has told me that they finish this book in a matter of days, so I was excited to start on it, but after the first few hours, I needed to force myself to listen.
I really hope that the publishers will stop referring to Gillian Flynn's work, just because other authors' has a female character. It's getting really annoying and unnecessary.
I'm not too keen on Don Holbrook's ideas in "The Next America." Some of his ideas are great, like regarding education, but most of his ideas are so far fetch that they will never come true. You can't rebuild America base on theories. There has to be action, reaction, and leadership and Don Holbrook is just talking out of his rear without any examples.
I almost couldn't finish this one. At one point, I had to stop and listen to something else because Brian Daniel Young speaks in waves. He is the worst reader that I have yet to listen to. Avoid his voice as much as possible. His vocal folds is poison.
I purposely waited to read the newest one from Stephen King, "Revival." I wanted to wait for the fan fair to be over and give this book a chance. Many Constant Readers agrees that Stephen King is a much different writer than before. He hasn't wrote a gripping story since "11/22/63" and that was in 2011. All of his novels after that have been sub par at best where I don't consider myself as a Constant Reader anymore. He has become my least favorite author to follow.
Before you find this review to be not helpful, please read on to my theory of the great King of horror.
I really think that Stephen King is trying to make amends and perhaps throughout his recent books, he is writing an autobiography through his characters. Besides "On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft" and interviews, we know that SK had a problem with alcohol and drugs. He even say that he was high on booze and dope, when he wrote "Carrie."
All of his characters has some kind of addiction and trying to find redemption. It's always the same pattern in most of this books, especially recently. Maybe that's why many of his fans has lost their faith in horror from the King.
"Revival" follows the same pattern. Stephen King is trying to explain his past in the most arcaded way that I don't understand, but somehow it all fits. SK is trying to tell his life in pieces throughout his novels. The main character is also an drug addict and an musician. He meets a pastor that cure people through electricity and playing God. There is a dilemma from right or wrong and let's not forget the constant message from SK on smoking. Maybe the shadow is a metaphor from King's past.
I was about to give this book a bad review because after time travel and JFK, Stephen King has been a total disappointment for many because all of his books has been lack luster before his horror days. After having an epiphany on why SK changed his style all of a sudden, I finally understand what he is doing.
I will read more from Stephen King to see how he redeem himself from his vice.
I hope that this review was helpful to the Constant Reader that miss the young author that freaked us through the night. Hopefully, he will have one last horror before he meet his maker.
"The Innovators" is a history book of bits and bytes of computing and the Internet. Walter Isaacson does an excellent job at explaining the technology and introducing the great founders such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Paul Allen, and many others. Also, the history goes into the first social network, The WELL. You don't have to know how to write code to enjoy this book. This author does not dwell on one subject over and over. He tells you the history of the person and their invention and then moves on to the next item. Over 50 years of computing in this book.
I like to know how things work, like a diesel engine. Nothing is smoke and mirrors. There is always a process behind it. There are no hamsters running on a spinning wheel behind the curtain. Every line of code has a purpose. There is a reason why your cursor blinks and why your searches appears instantly before you type.
"The Innovators" is an important book to my generation and the future. It is like our almanac, but instead of keeping track of the weather each year, we are always updating to the newest technology.
I haven't read this good of a book on technology since I read "The Master Switch" by Tim Wu.
Science fiction murder mystery makes a great combo when you have Peter F. Hamilton writing. "A Quantum Murder" is the second book in the Greg Mandel trilogy. I read the first book sometime last year and I have forgotten to continue on with the series. The first few chapters was confusing because I forgot all about the main character, who is a sci fi detective. There is less action in the second edition than in the first book, "Mindstar Rising."
"A Quantum Murder" is better because Hamilton is known for his space opera. He goes more in depth into the high tech world and trying to solve the murder case. I need to write myself a reminder to finish the trilogy soon.
262 stories of dead bodies from a Medical Examiner. Old age, suicides, murders and even malpractice cases, Dr. Judy Melinek has seen it all as a forensic pathologist. She was even there when the Towers fell and had to examined the incoming bodies from the terrorist's event.
"Working Stiff" is her story about being a forensic pathologist in New York City. An real life CSI doctor, but without the lights, cameras, and bad scripts. Fascinating book on autopsies. Pretty wild how they can trace back the cause of death by examining the corpse.
This book is not for the faint of heart, but Dr. Melinek explains her career thoroughly. I highly suggest to not to Google "dead corpse." The pictures are much more horrifying then this book.
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