Getting it out of the way first: yes the women's dialog came off as simplistic and somewhat infantile. GrantI liked the story and some of the concepts
Getting it out of the way first: yes the women's dialog came off as simplistic and somewhat infantile. Granted he has issues writing 'realistic women'. And I was somewhat surprised at the abrupt ending. I'd have liked some type of wrap up. Frankly leaving one group gathered for some type of mystery crises, and another protagonist on his way home, really doesn't wrap up the story to any extent at all. Heh and I've read more than a few 'prepper' novels that do some of, 'splitting a novel across several books to stretch the content out. But having listed the above, I did enjoy the premise of going after GMO's and 'BigAgriBusiness' , even if via a set of fictitious entities. I also liked this book's take on a 'slow slumping' rather than a crash. It raised a number of interesting - and yet unresolved - questions on where the country is heading. I've already bought the next book and am looking forward to reading it. I want to know where this story goes. :)...more
Sandman Slim may have formerly been a 'magician' in the arcane sense, but at this point in his story he isn't theFunny, entertaining & a good read
Sandman Slim may have formerly been a 'magician' in the arcane sense, but at this point in his story he isn't the brightest bulb - he's more inclined to beat his way through a foe or door than think his way around it. But he's an engaging protagonist with a witty way with an off color phrase. :D I liked the book enough to go ahead and buy the second volume at about the 80% point on the first. And I'll be starting it momentarily. :) ...more
Frustration. And an outlook I can't empathize with.
An interesting book set in a strange time. With characters so full of fatalism or focus on the wildFrustration. And an outlook I can't empathize with.
An interesting book set in a strange time. With characters so full of fatalism or focus on the wildly irrelevant, I wanted to put the book down many times. The narrators OBSESSION with the minutiae that NO reader cared a wit about. We all sat there reading his inane mumblings about a case none of us wanted to follow, and wanted to scream at him and shake some sense into him.
His continual pursuit of the WRONG details and choices at every turn - in this scenario if you're not doing everything you can, right up to the last minute, your frankly insane.
Ben wrote A fascinating world, but only the villains deserved to survive. The rampant fatalism coated every page. Even the ending was another 'whimper'. I turned the page wanting more.... And there was nothing there. I think I'll go back and read the 'The End Is Nigh' set again, to get some feeling of completion from a story....more
One again Ben draws an interesting angle on a slow motion train wreck. Days go by and there's so little less still 'working'. At eAsymptotal collapse
One again Ben draws an interesting angle on a slow motion train wreck. Days go by and there's so little less still 'working'. At each point I was picturing, "This could continue awhile". But of course it doesn't. Each step of the way you expect some kind of stability - some one to suck it up, and do something to proactively plan to stay alive. But this isn't that kind of book. Everyone's thrown in their cards and quit (well, aside from Palace's sister and her wacky bunch). And worse you have an almost'princess like' hero, who is repeatedly DETERMINED to get killed at every turn... Only to be magically rescued time after time by the women in his life. :^.
There are a ton of breaks with reality in this book. It's a long stretch from 'the typical 'bullets band aids & beans' book. But it was an interesting change of pace and a good - though frustrating - read....more
Hmm took a bit to get underway, but turned into a cant put down finish
Now this is a different kind of post-apocalypse book. I just finished the 'TheHmm took a bit to get underway, but turned into a cant put down finish
Now this is a different kind of post-apocalypse book. I just finished the 'The End is Nigh/Now/Come' trilogy of PA-proximate short stories, and this PA book did something completely different than most: it climbed right into the minutia of a slow-motion collapse, and pulled some threads and an interesting story out. The Apocalypse is the backdrop of the world, but life goes on in mundane circles.
He's not done with the world or its characters and I think I'll be picking up his next book to see where they all are headed :D...more