In the end I did like this story, but I sure did have to work for it. I can normally read a book of this type and size in a few hours spread over theIn the end I did like this story, but I sure did have to work for it. I can normally read a book of this type and size in a few hours spread over the course of a few days. I felt like I had to discipline myself to sit down with the book even though I was interested in the story, and then it took me three weeks to finish it. The first half was so slow and tedious. The second half picked up speed and I felt like I finally was getting a grasp on who the characters were. I'm sure a lot of this reaction for me had to do with the fact that the main character is a person who has been integrated into a ship's mind and is part of that ship's artificial intelligence - a piece of a hive mentality made up of many other ancillaries and the ship itself. As a non-human entity in a human body, this being is bound to be different and to think differently, and therefore be less easy to relate to for the reader.
There were some fascinating ideas here, but the world-building details sometimes weighed them down - especially in the first half. I could have lived without the background information about the religious traditions and temples, etc. Had I stopped halfway through I'm fairly certain I would have hated the book. The ending raised it in my estimation, but I'm not sure if it will be enough to draw me to the sequel when it comes out....more
While I did not read this book, my twelve-year-old son did, and he loved it. He likes to pick out his own books and usually if I recommend something tWhile I did not read this book, my twelve-year-old son did, and he loved it. He likes to pick out his own books and usually if I recommend something to him he won't read it. This was a rare exception. I gave it to him and said, "I saw this online somewhere. It's supposed to be stories that guys will like. Read it, don't read it - I don't care. I just thought you might like it." (Trying reverse psychology this time.)
And the boy devoured the book over the course of three evenings. I asked him which stories he liked best, and he went down the list saying, "I liked that one, and that one, and that one." etc. Pointing to almost all of the titles. He made sure to tell me that there was a Percy Jackson story included too, since that was a series that I read to the boys last year.
Then he said, "But mom, there was one story that was so good!" And he pointed to the one at the bottom of the list - and it was by Ray Bradbury. He went on and on about how cool the story was, explaining the details to me. And I was giddy. My son read his first Ray Bradbury story and loved it! I love this book for that fact alone.
And then we went down the list of stories together and I got to tell him about other fun books that I've read by some of the authors (Rebecca Stead,Shannon Hale, Neal Shusterman,Shaun Tan, and of course Ray Bradbury). Now he's eager to go out find their books at the library. ...more
As good as The Year of Magical Thinking is, that's how bad I thought this one was. I loved the other book, which dived into her memories of her life wAs good as The Year of Magical Thinking is, that's how bad I thought this one was. I loved the other book, which dived into her memories of her life with her husband and her daughter's struggles with cancer.
This book seems to document the death of everyone she's ever known who has died. She repeats certain phrases over and over again, which seemed charming in the last book and just seems annoying and maudlin in this one.
I will say, if you are determined to read this book, don't read it if you're depressed, because it is so full of sadness....more
I love stories involving time travel, and for the most part I enjoyed this series because of that. In general I would have liked for the focus to be mI love stories involving time travel, and for the most part I enjoyed this series because of that. In general I would have liked for the focus to be more on the special powers and time travel and less on the romances.
As a side note, the covers of these books are fabulous, and this cover in particular is one of my favorites in recent years....more