Mike Brown does an excellent job not only telling about his discoveries, but explaining the whole planetary Astronomy thingy to the layperson. His passion for planets is infectious!
You do have to have at least a vague interest in the topic, however, so it's not for everyone. Thus only four stars.
Don't think so. I already read one and bought another - but that's really more than enough. Not looking forward to the next book I do have (All Clear), actually.
The characters are terrible. Sorry. If all the historians in the future are as ineffectual as the main characters, I'm wondering how they ever get anything done. Running around headless because the "retrieval team" will surely turn up any moment at some other place; walking through every floor of several huge department stores looking for your "cousin" instead of just asking the staff manager... I got so tired following their antics.
The only thing that keeps me listening is the fact that - as my headline says - it gives a really believable impression of how it must have been in London during WW II.
The main character is an unapologetically stupid airhead, an incorrigible liar, lazy shirker of work without the least redeeming feature like charm or wit. I don't think I can bear to finish listening to this.
I think she nailed the character, actually.
Disgust at the character, anger at the waste of my time, bafflement at why this book turned into a series and why anyone would ever enjoy it.
not really. Beautifully designed book. Happy to have both. Love to listen to Neil Gaiman reading his books.
All the moments that make you realize what it takes to be a child. Courage, strength and helplessness so closely intertwined.
I always marvel at his combination of limitless imagination and clear perception of the world. Never worry about the plot. Just let his creation envelop me.
Every single absurdity about the show - the ones I remembered as well as the ones I didn't even remember - was addressed. I kept going "yes! yes!" But of course in a nice way. We love Star Trek, after all.
This book may or may not be interesting for people not familiar with / fans of Star Trek. I couldn't say.
Not sure about the Coda yet... Still mulling that over.
I sure would. Completely immersed in the story. Can't explain why - not much "interesting" happens. But the author has a sharp eye for the details of life, character and events and nothing is trivial. The title is programme: "xxx takes a cigarette break" - who would think to write a book on somebody taking a cigarette break? Even if it's a Minotaur.
There's many of them. All the moments described in detail, closely scrutinized but never boring.
Just imagining M as a dinner partner. Nah, the conversation wouldn't exactly flow. "How's the roast?" "Mmm" - "Anything interesting happen today?" "Mmm"
There were moments that didn't feel entirely "true" to me, slightly construed. Thus "only" 4 stars. But It's an excellent book nevertheless.
Well, the book is as well plotted as ever, or rather, the characters are as perfectly drawn as in the previous books.
Complex motivations drive the characters. There's no good vs. bad, simply opposing agendas and goals. Just like it is in real life.
How could it be worse? I truly liked Roy Dotrice's narration in the first 3 books. But here, suddenly the voices not only change, but all women have ridiculously crone-like voices. They all sound like the ugly old witch, even the young ones. I can hardly hear a distinction between thought and speech. Different characters talking with each other are hard to tell apart.
Eternal politics in a medieval realm
Listening to this book as a Liza Marklund fan (never read anything by Patterson before), I was a bit disappointed by the characters. The plot is okay. But what I love about Marklund is her characters. Life is happening to them and as a part of life the case develops, not the other way round.
Here things seemed very construed - apart from the fact that I can't understand how the protagonists could fall for each other. Really.... hardly seen anything needing more suspension of disbelief.
As someone of Chinese descent I can only say: mouth-watering. I don't know that much about Chinese food - but I love eating it. And listening to this book I must say, the author understood the preeminent place Food takes in Chinese culture.
The rest of the story was pretty predictable, but okay.
Caveat: I had trouble with the pronunciation of Chinese expressions/names. It's certainly not Mandarin as I've learned it and maybe the narrator does not know Chinese at all. But I did find it a bit distracting, trying to figure out what she was saying.
I like a comedy of errors as much as anyone. I have the suspicion that "Lady Winderemere's Fan" or some other Oscar Wilde play was to be emulated (great works!). But honestly, if the stupidity of the main character is the driving factor of a story, it soon becomes very tedious.
I have only finished the first part so far, but I do profess - I'm not looking forward to the rest.
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