Best SciFi I have read in a really long time. Intelligent, elegant, full of wit and wondrous allusions to all the awesome geekiness since the invention of computer games.
The only thing is . . . . . I cannot find anything else Ernest Cline has written!
And I want more please.
Very seldom do I see a book that is almost trashed by the reader. I really wanted to reach right in there and reduce the woman's caffine alotment at a few points in the book. I am fairly able to listen to a fast reader but this one got obnoxious.
I had to put the story aside in my mind just to try and follow what this really fast reader was
TRYING to say. Very distracting.
That said I also noted that a few times I think she was actually enjoying the book and slowed down a tiny bit to savor it.
totally outrageous! meaningful on so many levels.
The research must have been enourmous, I wish I had written it!
Amazing, I never saw it coming. Awesome story. From a philosophical perspective: the best she ever wrote. It was intelligent, sweet and sad and explores new meanings for the word love.
NEVER have I been the reader of bodice rippers, Avoided them like hornets nests. My life has always been rich enough in the real thing to even consider, want, enjoy anything even slightly resembling . . . . .
Well, this Nora Roberts is an outrageously capable writer - who knew?!, She knows how to weave a story that holds your interest as it encompasses ALL the emotional experiences of real life: the visual, the scents, the absolutely subtle. Never have I so often giggled, laughed out loud, cried deep in my chest for poignant, or fear, or just plain joy as with this book. Whew, she really knows how to write.
This woman writer is absolutely rich in the language of the heart.
So, the book took me totally by surprise. Even just her writing took me by surprise. Sheesh!
The story, well, you had to have been there.,.it sucked me in like a soft warm beginnings of a tornado, that part before you realize it might become dangerous, suck you in and smash you to pieces. The story is just amazing,
I am pretty sure this Nora Roberts is a woman but she understands men way better than I ever or any other woman I know has. Her men are so. . . . . real. Never just place holders.
I may not be the best person to review this book.
Who knows what the rest of her books are like.
Could be a fluke.
Can hardly wait to find out.
Oh, and did I mention her narrator? Perfect!
This very thoughtful book is not for folks looking for blowing up - there is only one almost blowing up. Nor is it for folks looking for steamy sex scenes.
This is a great book for us rocking chair philosophers, and for those looking for new amazing "here's the problem now, what if in the future . . . " science fiction.
It is a crucial book for looking at relationships. And of identifying the issues of how to read emotions. I was mesmerized by the careful, fearful, gentle thinking of the main character. So much of what he noticed in this chaotic world are things I have also noticed and thought about.
I have always liked this author.
This book took some fine research, The subject has been so hidden from us because of prejudice and fear of the unusual. She did such a clean and thought provoking job.
I really love it.
And Jay Snyder was perfect. The reading was often tough to clearly show who is speaking, and to signify the dichotomy of the characters: balancing what some perceive as problems of relating and speaking with the often brilliant abilities that they also exhibited. He did it beautifully. I was so impressed.
This is one I am keeping to re-read several more times.
John Grisham is a fine writer, no doubt.
The story is quirky enough to keep my attention and the twists are not predictable. I had quite a time with the main character as he seemed so duplicitous, But in the end he was revealed as just VERY intelligent,. His long term plan was brilliant. Yeah, I liked the book a lot. The narrator JD Jackson was excellent.
In a twisted sort of way the story reminded me of Marilyn Monroe in Bus Stop, playing a dumb blond that really couldn't sing and doing a masterful job of it,
I would HIGHLY recommend this book but only to a limited audience of my own friends. I don't know many who would like it as much as I do, or even put up with the first chapter as it is absolutely wild and totally insane and has all the properties of woo woo that make many of my dearest friends who live with both feet firmly planted on the ground of the perceived widely accepted Zeitgeist, roll their eyes and forgive me with a pat on my hand, my own perceived reality.I have never read anything remotely like it. I couldn't wait to see what would happen next and I was sad to see it end as I wanted to know what (once again) would happen next. I am looking forward to his next book - although unlike other excellent authors I have stumbled upon by accident and gone back and read everything they wrote, I am not really interested in his previous books:I may be showing my age or something when I say I am not the least bit interested in Zombies. In my town we have too many that I know personally that are so stoned they act like zombies already and they aren't even dead yet - just mostly dead. And they just break my heart.
The way he speaks of the shadow beings - i know exactly what he is talking about.
Now, how can I pick just one?
Like any good writers I have read his basic premise (no, i won't spoil it for you) starts with those things I know, that are around me, the spin he puts on them are relatively possible and from there springs the story: from "well, there is this. . . ." to "what if?".
Yes, but I already do go on. . . . .and on.
I like his characters, a lot. I can relate.
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