Three hundred years from now, Earth has been rendered uninhabitable due to the technological catastrophe known as the Nanocaust. Archaeologist Verity Auger specializes in the exploration of its surviving landscape. Now, her expertise is required for a far greater purpose. Something astonishing has been discovered at the far end of a wormhole: mid-twentieth-century Earth, preserved like a fly in amber.
I am in Paris currently on a week holiday. I found Rue du Dragon, near Luxemburg Jardins. we grabbed a burger from Pretty Damn Good. I shared my copy of the book with the owner. she said, that she probably not read it because she has no time for fun but it would be nice to have for their bar.
I wasn't able to find Rue du Papier. poor Mr. Blanchard.
it was generally a fun story. I would re-read.
Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.
it's a partial story. a satisfactory beginning. but missed the middle and end. it felt like an imMediate rush job to get to a deadline of a new series.
26 of 32 people found this review helpful
Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.
This is a perfect story. There should be no sequel. No more written in this universe.
I highly recommend people to read this story.
The ending of this story is brutal. It's a very bold way to end the story. I hope it never happens to us.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.
I hesitated reading this book due to the reviews from other readers. I have been burnt out on dystopian futures and bleak space travel. From the reviews I read, this is what I was expecting.
With an opening sentence "The Moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason." I wasn't sure what type of Space Opera I was in for.
Neal Stephenson's style of storytelling really meshes with me.
I enjoyed this book, as it played on big ideas that I enjoy thinking about. Leadership, Ethics, Conflict Resolution, Space Travel, and Humanity. This book had so much hope and optimism. I'd like to imagine that we'd be able to cohesively work together to build something so grand in vision.
A large part of the reason why I liked this story, is that there isn't a truly established "Big Bad" that must be defeated. There are differences in view points and differences in beliefs. The characters fall to a side based on what they believe to be the best course of action to ensure survival. Bad stuff happened, because of the side people ended up supporting; but it didn't make anyone "bad" just a different shade of human.
Decisions needed to be made, and people made them the best way they could.
I recommend reading this book.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
Ever since Martin Banks and his fellow computer geeks discovered that reality is just a computer program to be happily hacked, they've been jaunting back and forth through time, posing as medieval wizards and having the epic adventures that other nerds can only dream of having. But even in their wildest fantasies, they never expected to end up at the mercy of the former apprentice whom they sent to prison for gross misuse of magic and all-around evil behavior.
It's a fun simple continuation of the story. Although, it's a lot of exposition. It did not go in the direction I thought it would.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
When Shai is caught replacing the Moon Scepter with her nearly flawless forgery, she must bargain for her life. An assassin has left the Emperor Ashravan without consciousness, a circumstance concealed only by the death of his wife. If the emperor does not emerge after his hundred-day mourning period, the rule of the Heritage Faction will be forfeit and the empire will fall into chaos.
I had low expectations for the short story. I had finished a couple of Young Adult novels in a row, and was expecting another thin story without complexity.
This story was layered, well constructed, fantastical, sincere, and thrown in a few action scenes for a bit of a twist.
I am tempted to want more of this character. But she is perfect just the way she is.
Would it ruin her image, if we got a larger slice of her?
Always leave them wanting more?
This was a wonderful story.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows.... In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.
This is not a traditional story. It has an entire section of making soap. There isn't a a big bad guy to defeat. There isn't gold to be made. And certainly isn't any majestic fight scenes.
It's a tight little story about a broken little girl, who is piecing her world back together. She feels so alone in this story. I wouldn't call her lonely, but alone and broken.
I think the authors note at the end summed it all up perfectly.
Patrick Rothfuss is a powerhouse of a writer. He makes art with his words.
I will continue to read what he writes next.
3 of 8 people found this review helpful
After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.
I love the Dresden files books. This story is somewhere between love letter to Dresden Fans but then it kicks up all the mythology of the world.
This story takes us back into the Dresden's world, we get to explore the mantel of the Winter Knight, reconnect with friends and allies we met over the books, and then we even get a Great Hunt.
Jim Butcher can tell such a great story. I would consider him one of the master story tellers in our generation. This series is well crafted.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful
First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.
This came up in my recommendation list for a few months, so I got it. I am more into the sci-fi and fantasy aspect of genre. When the story started, I started getting the feeling this would go into far future sci-fi with quantum entanglement destiny binding. Then the world ended and a few stragglers were battling for survival against a plague of vampires.
Quite honestly, this kind of shocked me and I didn't see the vampires coming at all.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful
James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.
This is a comforting sci-fi adventure. By comforting, I mean that this is a sci-fi adventure that has some solid world building and a plot that really feels like it needs to be told. I enjoy the cultural and economic principles that were introduced. I also really liked how a lot of effort was put into the description of the spaceships.
I wasn't ready for this story to end, when the final chapter came up. I am really glad that this is a book series, and that I get to return to it's universe when Audible Credit Day comes around again in a few weeks.
I recommend this book.
9 of 13 people found this review helpful