This Lovecraft classic is a must-have for every fan of classic terror. When a geologist leads an expedition to the Antarctic plateau, his aim is to find rock and plant specimens from deep within the continent. The barren landscape offers no evidence of any life form - until they stumble upon the ruins of a lost civilization. Strange fossils of creatures unknown to man lead the team deeper, where they find carved stones dating back millions of years. But it is their discovery of the terrifying city of the Old Ones that leads them to an encounter with an untold menace.
One of Lovecraft's best. Many references to other horrors and works give depth to the whole Mythos, weaving interactions between them that is often lacking in their mentions in other works.
In the fourth book of the series, James McGill is up for promotion. Not everyone is happy about that, and McGill must prove he's worth his stripes. Deployed to a strange alien planet outside the boundaries of the Galactic Empire, he's caught up in warfare and political intrigue. Earth expands, the Cephalopod Kingdom launches ships to stop us, and a grand conspiracy emerges among the upper ranks of the Hegemony military.
Some of the elements of the series are starting to get a little stale, but it's still good enough to continue the ploy of each book is good, and the meta-plot is developing nicely. It's just that some of the same things happen again and again from book to book, and it does get a little tedious.
We'll see where Book 5 goes.
In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.
This is not to say that Lloyd James is a bad narrator, I just dont think he was a good choice for this book. The main character, who is also the 1st person narrator, has a Russian accent. This is not in Lloyd James' repertoire. All the other voices are excellent, but the one you spend most of the book listening to was not well done.
When he’s awake, George Bailey is just an ordinary man. Five days a week he coaxes his old Hyundai to life, curses the Los Angeles traffic, and clocks in at his job as a handyman at the local college. But when he sleeps, George dreams of something more. George dreams of flying. He dreams of fighting monsters. He dreams of a man made of pure lightning, an armored robot, a giant in an army uniform, a beautiful woman who moves like a ninja.
Only complaint is that there's only the one narrator. Snyder does a good job as usual, amd he does a fair approximation of the voices done by the other narrators in previous (and the next, apprantely) installments. But the overall experience is different enough to be notable. I dont know why that decision was made, but I will be glad when the others come back.
The sparsely populated moon, Io, is destroyed in a terrorist attack. Hundreds are dead in the cataclysmic explosion. Thousands become refugees as the shattered remnants of the moon threaten the Jupiter Alliance. Billions throughout the solar system are wondering, "Where next?" Those responsible must be found and brought to justice. The explorer ship Erebus is reassigned from its mission and sent to Jupiter to investigate this atrocity with Trent's international team onboard.
The first book, Endeavor, smacked of "setup" even while I was reading it, with a meandering plot seemingly designed to showcase the setting and lay down concepts for the rest of the story.
Reading Erebus confirmed this; much more plot driven, more action, and a better book overall. I was nervous about Erebus after reading Endeavor, but now that I have read it I'm more interested in continuing the series.
The narrator is unfortunately the weakest point. He speaks clearly and is easy to understand, but his range is limited and anyone with an accent not close to his own is just bad. It's not that he doesn't try to perform other voices, but his natural speaking voice is such that it just doesn't work out with most of the other accents he attempts.
It should be noted he's also a different narrator than the previous book.
After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.
Throughout "A Handmaid’s Tale", I kept getting struck by the similarities between it and Robert A. Heinlein's “Stranger in a Strange Land”. A set of juxtaposed parallels, if you will. Not as saying that “Handmaid's Tale” copied from “Stranger”, but more that even though there’s many differences between the two, those differences or only skin deep. The two novels compliment each other amazingly.
A quick Google search shows I’m not the only person to notice this, and many articles and essays can be found detailing this inadvertant relationship, so I'll just stick to the main point here as opposed to detailing every little similarity.
In “A Handmaid's Tale”, Offred lives in a nation where a church uses religion as an excuse to oppress her and other women. She has no rights, no freedoms, not even to choose her own sexual partners. Church dogma and ritual is heavily used against her to indoctrinate her into thinking these extremist views are normal and right and are the societal norm.
On the other hand, Valentine Michael Smith -the protagonist of “Stranger in a Strange Land” – starts a religion for the express purpose of expanding the freedoms of its members, including their sexual choices. Using the disguise of church dogma and ritual he frees people from the strictures of religious and social dogma and ritual.
Offred is a victim, and Mike is an instigator, but I feel like both are giving us the same message about personal liberties and freedoms, taking what we have for granted, and the ridiculousness of what can be defined as societal norms. In Offred’a case she didn't really think about what she had until after she loses all of it, In Mike's case he sees people being proud of what they think they have without realizing how constricted they really are. While the approach of Heinlein and Atwood may be different, going in completely opposite directions in fact, the message for me was the same. “Thou Art God” and “Don’t let the bastards grind you down” may have different tones and implications, but their meaning is the same and for me they’re inextricably linked.
I found my reading of “A Handmaid's Tale” to be enhanced by my recent reading of “Stranger in a Strange Land”, and “Handmaid’s Tale made me think about my reading of “Stranger” in ways I hadn’t at the time of that reading. I recommend both to just about everyone, but it is my highest recommendation that both be read together (with maybe a few things between to alleviate what would be a very heavy reading session, lol). If you’ve read one but not the other, I recommend the other. If its been a while since you read one, then I recommend a reread.
Back when “Stranger in a Strange Land” came out, some fans believed that Heinlein was addressing specific societal failures and proposing a solution to them. His response at the time was counter to that notion, is beautiful in its own right, and I think can apply to “A Handmaid's Tale”. He said "I was not giving answers. I was trying to shake the reader loose from some preconceptions and induce him to think for himself, along new and fresh lines. In consequence, each reader gets something different out of that book because he himself supplies the answers . . . . It is an invitation to think -- not to believe."
Join the Army and See the Universe. That is the motto of The Third Space War, also known as The First Interstellar War, but most commonly as The Bug War. In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe - and into battle with the Terrain Mobile Infantry against mankind's most alarming enemy.
I first read this in high school right after the "Starship Troopers" movie came out, because I wanted to know more.
Suffice to say, what I got was neither what I expected or - more importantly - wanted.
The negative experience put me off Heinlein until this year, when I finally read "Stranger in a Strange Land". Having long held a bad opinion of "Starship Troopers", I wondered how the same author could write another book that I enjoyed so thoroughly. so I resolved to suck it up and give "Troopers" another chance.
Some combination of differing expectations, 20 years more experience, and a wider literary base from which to draw has turned this novel completely around for me. I very much enjoyed this listen of "Starship Troopers". I liked it more than I did "Stranger in a Strange Land". My memory of the first time I read it is dominated by boring boot camp stories that I thought took up the entire book and the assault on Planet P being the only combat drop he actually made. I don't know how I could so completely not recall the remaining half of the novel. I distinctly remember that opinion being my immediate opinion back then, and I have no idea why.
Whatever deficiency was there in my first read through at 15 is not present know after this read through. This is an excellent novel and Younger Me can shut up and sit down.
Warning: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. This is not a metaphor. You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fearmongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection - the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That’s just as well, since the “cure” involves learning what a chain saw tastes like. You can’t feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings.
She said "It starys out ridiculously funny. Like, funny because its ridiculous. But somehow it seamlessly transitions into a really good horror story, that in turn seamlessly transitions into something ridiculously funny".
When does an empire fall? The Seven Satrapies have collapsed into four - and those are falling before the White King's armies. Gavin Guile, ex-emperor, ex-Prism, ex-galley slave, formerly the one man who might have averted war, is now lost, broken, and trapped in a prison crafted by his own hands to hold a great magical genius. But Gavin has no magic at all. Worse, in this prison Gavin may not be alone.
Just go ahead and forget about that stuff.
Seriously, there's so many plot twists that's be more accurate to describe the book as a plot knot. I think I wore "shocked face" for 3/y it more of the book.
that's not to say it wasn't good, it was fantastic. but so many things get revealed that completely change everything that's happened and everything that we know that it's almost like we don't know this world after all, not after 3 books.
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Originally written for the pulp magazines of the 1920s and '30s, H. P. Lovecraft's astonishing tales blend elements of horror, science fiction, and cosmic terror that are as powerful today as they were when first published. This tome brings together all of Lovecraft's harrowing stories, including the complete Cthulhu Mythos cycle, just the way they were when first released.
Everything about this audio book was amazing, the narrator's did a really good job with it and were excellent selections.
The only reason I knocked a star off the rating is because it's actually missing a stroy, "At the Mountains of Madness". This is one of my favorite Lovecraft stories, and I was really looking forward to hearing it.
And even then, the primary reason for the loss of. a star is not that one of my favourites is missing, but that the description on audible specifically states it is the "Only tome to include all of HP Lovecraft's harrowing stories".
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