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Greg

Visalia, CA, United States
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Pre-Deja-Vu?

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-19

I listened to this twice, back to back; there was something in the Second Coda that let me know I had not paid close enough attention the first time. The idea of time travel has been in many novels or movies and it always appears to be dangerous thing... you know, return to the past, but DO NOT change anything, for fear of damaging the future. But the real heroes in this story have a purpose for changing the past, creating a future worth their living. Death and mayhem are part of our daily lives, as well as adventure, exploration, risk, reward - reckless waste.
The theme of doing something intentional - that matters - everyday, is a message is preached by many, but practiced by few. The opportunities to make a difference in a person's life (now or 300 years in the future), is not always in the front of our minds. Yet, John Scalzi teaches that if we are just pay attention, observe the rules, and choose purpose and dignity, we will probably wreak less havoc in the lives of the futures' unknown population. He used the medium I grew up knowing, and loving (Star Trek, etc.,) and showed the poor unfortunates wearing the wrong color uniform were expendable, and without good cause. That lack of good cause brings unlikely characters together, forms bonds and commitments that cost them something in this life, but gives somethings much more valuable: love and purpose.
For years, I have told my children "Make good choices!" and this, science fiction parable (if you will), jumps from raunchy cable TV dialogue with smart aleck tongue-in-cheek exchanges, into a serious revelation of personal responsibility- or rehabilitation perhaps, and finding a purpose that challenges us to make a difference- intentionally, be a good steward of those who follow, even when we don't see the payoff.
Jon Scalzi has a great imagination, and a great concern for the humanness of this world, while recognizing the inhumane tactics of the people in control of many parts of our lives. His books have covered disability, prejudice, and humble agents in the business of rescuing the proud and powerful from their own demise. There is something for everyone in his books, and something more, in those same books, if you listen intentionally.
Will Wheaton killed it, moving seamlessly from melodrama to serious philosophy. Listen to this book. Then, listen again, with intention.

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a Canticle for Laszlo? <br />

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-17

The word pictures, almost poetry, played like my personal I MAX. Characters worth your time.

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joyful sorrow

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-14-16

I read it in high school, and 39 tears later, believe it is a timeless story of humanity and our struggles finding our way in the world.

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A braid of irony!

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-16

Great story and knot typing, poor narration. Hard to listen to because every character had the same accent in degrees.

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Great read

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-16

This was a very interesting story. A little hard to follow at times, but very well written. I had no idea of the depths of the tragedy that these men faced. Makes me want to support our military even more!

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rule #1: don't recommend this book.

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-16

rule #2: recommend John Dies at the End. Darker and way more clever and ironic.

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What? , this is science fiction?

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-16

Enjoyed the story and characters, and that they had normal names like Fred and Holden.

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dignity vs conviction = real human struggles

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-16

most issues have a face that should lead to conversation, provoke thought and make humans own their decisions everyday.... this is a great story with all the important points of view, love, caring and an ending that endeared all characters to me. I doubt a movie can do this book or topic justice.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Wish I would have read this 30 years ago!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-19-16

As a Probation Officer, I have "difficult people" lining up to talk to me everday. and I have teenage and adult children who, nevermind... great tools, entertaining and informative.

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Wait and Hope. words to live by.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-16

45 hours I will revisit again! this was as engaging as Bleak House and East of Eden. loved it