This is a difficult book to rate because I loved some of the stories, especially in the first half of the collection. The second half, though, was inuThis is a difficult book to rate because I loved some of the stories, especially in the first half of the collection. The second half, though, was inundated with pointless little story snippets -- flash fiction? -- that just didn't do much for me. I was waiting for at least one more, longer gem of a story. But came away disappointed.
B.J. Novak mixes contemporary fiction, humor, and sometimes science fiction in surprising and original ways. I loved the audiobook version, with B.J. Novak as the main reader and many guest readers including Julianne Moore and Lena Dunham.
The pseudo-sci-fi story featuring Lena Dunham was by far my favorite. In it, a man explains how he came to be the one who discovered the first artificial intelligence able to feel emotion, after he purchased a sex robot (Lena) who eventually became self-aware and fell in love with him....more
Love love love this graphic novel! Love the art, love the characters, love the writing.
Volume 3 has renegade new parents Marko and Alana visiting D.Love love love this graphic novel! Love the art, love the characters, love the writing.
Volume 3 has renegade new parents Marko and Alana visiting D. Oswald Heist, the author whose work first compelled Alana to turn away from the generations-old war between her people and Marko's. Meanwhile, the bounty hunter The Will and Marko's ex-fiance Gwendolyn are stranded on a seemingly-peaceful jungle planet until their ship can be fixed. The Will struggles with what course of action to take next as tension between him and Gwendolyn heats up, and he has a visit from the ghost of his creepy ex-girlfriend The Stalk....more
The Time Trader centers around Ross Murdock, a scrappy young criminal who has fallen on the wrong side of the law one too many times and now faces theThe Time Trader centers around Ross Murdock, a scrappy young criminal who has fallen on the wrong side of the law one too many times and now faces the choice of a reform camp or being drafted as a recruit into a top secret project. Turns out the project involves highly trained special ops traveling through time to find ancient future technologies. Ancient future technologies, you say? Yes, well that is where the plot gets interesting.
For the most part, Ross had very little personality of his own and often served as a fly on the wall while the other time travelers did all the thinking, the talking, and the work. Those portions of the story (the whole middle, for example), were rather boring. Once we were back centered on Ross (i.e., he'd lost his comrades and was on his own), things picked up a bit. Yet he mostly just bumbled his way from one thing to the next. There was not a lot of intelligent thinking here. Not a lot of character-driven storyline. Mostly, things just happened too him. Not very riveting.
However, I did like the direction the story took at the end and the setup for the next book. (view spoiler)[Aliens! Maybe even space travel? (hide spoiler)] For the most part, this story wasn't good enough to leave me wanting to read the next. But the twist near the end definitely left me curious enough to pick up the next installment.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more