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Michael R. Smith

San Francisco, CA USA
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  • Three Moments of an Explosion

  • Stories
  • By: China Miéville
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith, Bruce Mann, Hillary Huber, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 70

London awakes one morning to find itself besieged by a sky full of floating icebergs. Destroyed oil rigs, mysteriously reborn, clamber from the sea and onto the land, driven by an obscure but violent purpose. An anatomy student cuts open a cadaver to discover impossibly intricate designs carved into a corpse's bones - designs clearly present from birth, bearing mute testimony to...what? Of such concepts and unforgettable images are made the 28 stories in this collection - many published here for the first time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Surrealist/weird fantasy mindscrews

  • By Ryan on 12-28-15

Not my favourite.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-16

I am usually a far of this author, but there is a disjointed quality to this work that prevented me from enjoying it. His style lends itself much better in my opinion to longer form works such as his magnificent Perdido Street Station and Kraken, to name just two.

  • The Peripheral

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,145

Where Flynne and her brother, Burton, live, jobs outside the drug business are rare. Fortunately, Burton has his veteran's benefits, for neural damage he suffered from implants during his time in the USMC's elite Haptic Recon force. Then one night Burton has to go out, but there's a job he's supposed to do - a job Flynne didn't know he had. Beta-testing part of a new game, he tells her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredibly great across the board

  • By Christopher R McLaughlin on 04-27-15

Gibson at his best!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-16

Many years ago I picked up the white mass market paperback version of Gibson's seminal cyberpunk novel Neuromancer. Today I finished The Peripheral and wow, an already great writer has knocked it out of the park. No spoilers, but this is a definite must read for Gibson fans, alt-historians and singularity enthusiasts. Hoping he does more with this concept.