To start off I'm already a big fan of Wesley Chu's. I loved the Tao trilogy and I was chomping at the bit to get ahold of this. I was allowed to revieTo start off I'm already a big fan of Wesley Chu's. I loved the Tao trilogy and I was chomping at the bit to get ahold of this. I was allowed to review a copy through Netgalley and I have to say it doesn't disappoint.
I'm not going to bore you was a synopsis, but I will say this is expertly written Sci-Fi. Essentially Chu builds multiple worlds, as the majority of the time travelling is to different points in our hypothetical future (from an even further away future.)
What's interesting about this is that Chu manages to have an awful lot of future tech, but doesn't bog you down with techno babble. The Chronmen's gear is simple, and easy to understand, and when tech needs greater explanation he does it in a way that any layman can get it.
The characters are believable and engaging, regardless if they're heroes or villains.
Chu has taken a different tact with his time travel scenario and he's opened himself up for further stories. Luckily he's also built in limits to the travelling so you can't have someone just pop up and wipe what's already happened.
My one complaint is that it's obviously setting up for the next book, and the ending wasn't quite as final as I'd hoped. BUT saying that I'm excited for number 2. This will make a superb movie....more
If a book is published by Hard Case Crime it automatically goes into my to read pile. Generally they're good, often very good.
I've yet to read the ColIf a book is published by Hard Case Crime it automatically goes into my to read pile. Generally they're good, often very good.
I've yet to read the Colorado Kid, but I've been meaning to get to Joyland for a while. In fact I've bought three copies (Ltd ed, new when it came out and then found it for £1 for charity.)
The mood finally took me and I have to say this book grabbed me with both hands and pulled me in.
As with all good genre fiction the "noirness" of the book is subtle and beautifully woven into essentially a coming of age story. The emotions and transition that Devin relates to the read engages you and has an authentic autobiographical lilt. Look Stephen King is a master story teller, but this isn't some grand adventure; it's a young man's summer with noir twists (and a light supernatural element.)
I love the feel of Joyland (the theme park) and I fell in love with Dev's friends as much as he did. While the denouement is fairly predictable, it plays well and still grabs you.
When King does is have a fictional writer weave a story so expertly you forget he's a creation.
The ending had me close to tears as well.
If you want a good novella for the summer, you can't go far wrong ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this. The characters in it are engaging and believable. Despite its fantasy tropes the emotional journey you're taken on is realiI thoroughly enjoyed this. The characters in it are engaging and believable. Despite its fantasy tropes the emotional journey you're taken on is realistic and poignant. Highly recommended. Unless you hate snakes. Lots of snakes in this. ...more
So here it is, the last book in the Tao Trilogy. Here's a spoiler free review of Rebirths.
Picking up a few years after the status quo changing eventsSo here it is, the last book in the Tao Trilogy. Here's a spoiler free review of Rebirths.
Picking up a few years after the status quo changing events of the death of Tao Wesley Chu again gives us an insight into the mind of more characters with a symbiotic Quasling.
Once more we see things from both the Prophus and the Genjix POV, and he expertly weaves together flashback chapter introductions with ongoing plot.
I don't want to get into the nitty gritty so I'll keep this general and bullet pointed:
- If you enjoyed the last two books, then this gives a satisfying continuation of the story. It also answers any dangling threads from Deaths of Tao.
- Characters are fully formed and despite being an adventure book written by a man, the female characters are interesting and multifaceted.
- It's another sequel that changes the game and ends in a spectacular fashion.
- There's a big reveal midway through that is done brilliantly.
- You'll fall in love with the Tan family all over again.
I spoke to Wesley Chu about this and I'll repeat what I said. He essentially took a fanboy wet dream (alien inhabits fat slob's body, turns him into super-spy) and made it so much more. The plot flows wonderfully and pulls you along like a strong current. The characters, both hero and villain, are engaging; and the ever important text layout makes it a pleasurable read.
If you've seen this review because the new book is out, go and buy the Triology if you like funny, excited and gripping sci-fi action.