A companion to the best selling Napalm and Silly Putty, George Carlin's More Napalm and Silly Putty picks up where the original left off, with more laser-sharp observations, tough questions, philosophical musings, linguistic legerdemain, and inspired weirdness in these unabridged excerpts from the thinking man's comic - and three-time Grammy winner!
I do like his humor and he delivers it well but from time to time his bad language seems too much. And at times he seems bent on insulting rather than joking.
When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.
What made the experience of listening to Dawn of Wonder the most enjoyable?
As my headline reads, this was a refreshing discovery because is is difficult for me to call a book to compare it with. Very fresh subject matter and plot. I put Jonathan Renshaw's character development up with the hallmarks of fantasy writing, not just because of the life-like characters you can relate to but extensiveness that he builds all of his characters. You feel like you personally know most of these characters and they continue to grow on you even after finishing the book.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I would guess that Adedan could very well be everyone's favorite character and for some very good reasons. Firstly, after all he is the protagonist. Something that Renshaw does with so many of his characters, he performs with perfection insofar as Adedan goes. That is that Renshaw not only extols Aedan's character strengths and his physical skills but he also is quite open with Aedan's weaker traits and accomplishments. In short he becomes so human and so much like us that you cannot help but enjoy him and all of his characters.
Which scene was your favorite?
What scene was my favorite? I would not even attempt to single out one scene as being my favorite. Just about all Renshaw's scenes could be a favorite. Moreover, the various scenes could be a favorite for a variety of differenct reasons. For example, the scene of Aedan finally coming to grips with his father and standing up to him si a very emotional scene and so masterfully done that it can litterally bring tears. In other scenes other emotions are at play. None I feel less than others and too difficult to settle on a "favorite."
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
No help on this from me either. Mostly a tag line is based on marketing and that is not my field.
Any additional comments?
My title for this review " . . a refreshing discovery" comes from the way in which I discovered this book. I have enjoyed Tim Gerald Reynolds' reading in so many other great books and he brings so much to the table that I have begun the practice of looking for my next book by searching Mr. Reynolds to see what else he has read. It is the manner in which I selected this book and again was impressed by Tim Gerald Reynolds but now more thankful than ever for him having shown me what could easily become my favorite story of all times.
For 12,000 years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future, to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last 30,000 years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire, both scientists and scholars, and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations.
I first read Asimov's original Foundation Triology Back in the early 60's. Later, as he added volumes to the Foundation series, I would grab up every Foundation book as they came out, ending with Foundation and Earth in 1986. I have always recommended Asimov to friends and acquaintances as a "classic" to be be read by all Sci-Fi fans.
A few months ago, I noticed "Prelude to Foundation" when browsing through Audible to find my next "listen." I also decided to download the rest of the series so I could go through it all again in sequential order.
Quite obviously, I had no doubt about Asimov as I've have been a reader of his for over 50 years now. I was quite impressed with the reader and also very impressed that he seems to be the reader for all books in the series so we gain the continuity of the presentation.
I just cannot recommend the Foundation stories highly enough. Again, a classic and so very well performed by Scott Brick.
One word of caution to readers/listeners to Asimove's style. There are times it seems, in all his writing that he begins to edge into a tangent of over description whether it be a personality, an event, or just a segment of the story. DO NOT let this cause dismay and do not allow yourself to drift, waiting for the dialog to pick up. It is all so important to end up with a genuine undersstanding of the story. All will come true to your expectations.
I know this review is on the first book written (Foundation) but I cannot help but speak of the entire works. Asimov is timeless. The reader, superb. Do yourself a favor and commit to the entire works of Foundation. When you're done, you'll want to pursue the Robot books as well as the Empire books. Asimove wrote much and in the end you'll wish he wrote more.
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