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So, I'm working my way through all the top sci-fi classics, and I keep bumping into Larry Niven and his okay-ish novels.
My problem with Niven is that he has no clue how to write an interesting character. Throughout all of his novels I haven't been able to make myself care about any of them. That being said, it's hard to care about any plot if you don't have a stake in the outcome.
Footfall was one of those books I had to really work to get through. I was bored almost the entire time.
I found the pacing weird as well. How long did it take for this story to unfold? Months? Years? Decades? I'm not sure. I found the time transitions to be confusing, and I didn't like the book enough to sort it out.
Oh, and the narrator's alien voice was a bold choice... that annoyed the heck out of me. "A" for effort, "D-" for execution.
I was hoping that this book, like the Art of War, would give me insights into how to deal with modern workplace politics or have some other applicable lessons. And, like the Art of War, I was disappointed.
Frankly I would listen to David Sedaris reading a grocery list. His storytelling is superb, and even when he's not bringing his A-game, he's still phenomenal.
That being said, this book wasn't particularly memorable. And if you're new to Sedaris, I'd recommend looking elsewhere first.
I'm not usually one to go in for murder mysteries, but I was looking for something high-rated and different. I was very pleased with The Girl on the Train. It was a very interesting story, told from a fascinating point of view.
I found the protagonists character development to be particularly cathartic, as she begins to reanalyze her past through new eyes. It was a good reminder that some of our deepest regrets were not the black-and-white mistakes that they appear to be in our memories.
My parents used to play Tom Bodett audiobooks on tape during long car rides. Now, 20 years later I'm revisiting these stories through adult ears, and I love them just as much.
Funny, touching, bittersweet. Tom Bodett tells these tales masterfully and introduces you to a place and community that you want to live in.
I'm making my way through the whole series again. If you never have, you'll thank yourself for taking the ride.
It's been about 15 years since I picked up a Clancy novel. I never read the Jack Ryan series because the movies spoiled them for me. I was pleased to find this unmolested book so early in the series, and thought it would be a good place to start. I was right.
Tom Clancy is not easy to get into. His stories are ... well ... verbose. His knowledge, research, and imagination combine to make extremely interesting and technically detailed stories that have no equal that I've ever heard of. His plots are intricate and huge. Disparate threads are interwoven throughout his novels, and only reveal their pattern in the third act. That means you need to invest a lot of time learning about seemingly inconsequential things before the payoff reveals itself. It's easy to stall out.
I'm giving this story 4 of 5 stars because it was a worthwhile read, and had a satisfying payoff... but it could have used an editor, could have used more Jack Ryan, and could have had a more exciting climax.
It wasn't great, but it was a unique read, and just listening to Clancy get technical about military and intelligence matters is just something you can't find anywhere else.
3 of 5 stars for narration because throughout the book there are jarring production problems where entire passages were clumsily edited in during post-production, with significant volume and tone differences that rip you right out of the story.
I didn't read the original "Lincoln Lawyer", having seen the movie, I didn't think I'd be able to enjoy the mystery. But after reading the first in the Bosch series, and seeing that show, I decided to check out this second installment in the Lincoln Lawyer series, and see how it blended with Bosch. It was phenomenal.
Bosch is very much second-seat in this story, and in a way, this book feels like the passing of the baton to Connelly's newer protagonist. But Bosch's gravitas is strongly felt here, and gives the story an interesting dynamic.
I'm a big fan of Connelly's now, and I'm going to be reading more of his work.
I grudging watched the TV series "Bosch" at the prompting of parents. Detective stories and murder mysteries are just not my thing, but I've been bored and wanted to give something new a try. It took a few episodes, but I was hooked. By the end I needed more.
I generally stay away from pop authors who poor out a huge volume of books, but I figured that the first book in a popular series must have some merit and creativity, and a great hook of some kind, if an entire series and career was built on it, right?
I was extremely happy with The Black Echo. It was well written, and I really enjoyed meeting this original version of Harry Bosch. This book had all the suspense and grit of the TV series. More so, perhaps.
I've got other Bosch stories in my queue now, and I've started into the Lincoln Lawyer works as well. Connelly has earned a fan.
I've been trying a lot of new fantasy series lately... and by that I mean that I'll read the first book, like it a little, but won't be compelled to go on. This book was an exception.
The Shadow of What was Lost was not the easiest book to slip into, but it wasn't the challenge that some fantasy books are. The prologue was a mistake, I think. The same one that Sanderson made in The Way of Kings. Starting the book at a moment of high action is fine. But starting it in a moment of high action where the stakes and mechanics are unclear, and where the characters are irrelevant to the plot is just a waste of time, and barrier to entry for the reader.
THAT said, once I settled into the book I was very happy with how it progressed. It was interesting, full of drama and tension and fascinating characters. The mechanics of the magic in the world are revealed in slow but satisfying way. The narration is superb.
There are plenty of genre cliches, but the story is unique enough to compel me on. It doesn't feel like a rehashing of anything I've read before, as so many fantasy series do.
I am very eager to see where this series goes, and extremely frustrated that I'll have a long wait to find out.
I discovered Stephen Tobolowsky's writing and storytelling through his podcast. I'd recognized him as one of my favorite character actors, but never would have guessed him to be such a wellspring of touching, funny, intelligent, and profoundly moving stories.
Tobolowsky occasionally veers into the realm of the corny, but this doesn't happen often, and I'll gladly pay that toll to hear his genuinely upbeat philosophy about life.
Listening to him talk about his life and carrier is like sitting down and talking with a good friend. I strongly recommend this book, and Tobolowsky's storytelling in general.
Halfway into this book I realized it was going to be one of my all-time favorites. It's hilarious, smart, and absolutely beautiful. Graeme Simsion has created an incredibly touching story here. It was so wonderful that I lost half a nights' sleep because I couldn't pull myself away.
Dan O'Grady deserves a round of applause. His narration was absolutely perfect, and really brought the characters to life.
The main character reminded me very much of Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, and this story was exactly the sort of character development I've always wanted to see on that show. It was very satisfying.
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