In the aftermath of WWII, an alien virus struck the Earth, endowing a handful of survivors with extraordinary powers. Originally published in 1987, the newly expanded saga contains additional original stories by eminent writers.
©1986, 2010 George R.R. Martin (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This book started out great. Very interesting concept and some well written stories, unfortunately, the book "overstayed it's welcome". I rarely do not finish a book but after putting hours into it, I finally let it go. The writing was just too uneven. One story would be great, followed by an average or below average one. In the end, it wore me down and I stopped listening. If you catch it on sale, get it, otherwise think long and hard before using a credit.
so it is difficult to know how much his naration influences my opinion of a story. I was hesitant to dive into this anthology style book; I prefer long series when I can find one worth following.
That hesitancy was soon gone. The story concept was completely new and fresh to me. The telling through different views only hightened the realism and mystery of the idea. The order of the stories also smoothly led the reader down and down into the horror of the wild card virus and the seedier side of city life that most of us only see in movies. Moving through time added weight and hope, but never let the reader clearly possess either, just like real life I suppose.
Often scifi that delves into these subjects gets dated with age. I didn't find that here. I was curious and moved through the whole story and only wished that I had more time with each new character introduced. Well done.
I fist heard about this series from a series of shorts called dangerous women and was interested in learning more. about this world. this first book was really well done and I loved how all the stories melded together.
Maybe the worst book I have ever read and since I have been reading everyday my whole life (I'm 58), that is saying something. I can list the books I couldn't finish on one hand with fingers left over, but I just couldn't finish this one. It is a mash up of boring, d-grade movie, gobbledygook. My advice to the reader is, "just don't". My advice to the publishers and authors, "next time, just say no".
I've been meaning to read this book for a long time so when I saw it on Audible I listened to it right away. I should have read it a lot sooner. this is a great book.
Setting but nothing thematic connects the stories within. This was a little jarring. Also about one in three of the stories within were bad.
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