I could not finish this one. I made it into hour 7.5 of the 34 hour audiobook through sheer willpower and the hope that something would happen soon. I...moreI could not finish this one. I made it into hour 7.5 of the 34 hour audiobook through sheer willpower and the hope that something would happen soon. It didn't.
There's just way too much crammed in here, where the individual stories told in a linear way, then linked together (presumably they are all linked?) at the end would have worked better for me. There was a section of action, a section or seven of pontificating and listing all the ways the world has changed, then some action, then another two hours of listing all the ways the world has stayed the same and more speechifying, then some action.
"It was the most selfless thing I'd ever done, and the most selfish."
Kill yourself. SERIOUSLY.
For days after finishing this "book" I kept thinking "...more"It was the most selfless thing I'd ever done, and the most selfish."
Kill yourself. SERIOUSLY.
For days after finishing this "book" I kept thinking "Oh, I have to go back and finish that story about that unlikeable guy who was.... um.... doing things...." EXCEPT I WAS DONE. And when I remembered I was done I got angry and disappointed and disgusted with the book all over again.
The story is so thin it doesn't really exist - I have to find my mentor! But first I have to do this, but before I can do that I have to do this thing here for these people, and eventually I will get around to finding that guy that I think means something to me, but I'm not really sure anymore.
The characters are awful - the sheer amount of "smirk"ing going on made our alleged hero smarmy, cocky, and ridiculous. I get that he's supposed to be a wonderfully good-looking rake, mainly because the author keeps telling us so, but he's just really unlikeable, with only one facial expression used far too often. He's like the Taylor Swift of non-starters.
The other characters seem to only be there to provide prompting for said smirking. They are thinner than the plot itself, and the declaration of love after sleeping with someone two or three times is just laughable. It's like the author knew he had to have some sex and romance going on, so he just mashed them in any old place. Fierce warrior becomes coquettish slut becomes tearful barnacle? REALLY?
Overall there were more adjectives than punctuation, pathetically amateurish and stilted dialogue, and boring yet rushed fight/action/adventure scenes that all felt unfinished. The whole thing feels unfinished and like it needs to be taken to the Writing Center at high school for some help and about 12 revisions before self-publishing.
ETA: Fire then set fire to the audiobook narrator. That was just embarrassing.(less)
As an inherently lazy person - deeply, happily lazy - the idea of Kiln People appeals to me. Someone to do my laundry, awesome! However....
What starte...moreAs an inherently lazy person - deeply, happily lazy - the idea of Kiln People appeals to me. Someone to do my laundry, awesome! However....
What started as an interesting story with some cool plot twirls turned into a plodding, pedantic, slit-your-wrists boring slodge about halfway through. I would say about half of the book could be cut without any loss in part because of all the repetition (hey guess what there's stockpiled food here for government officials to eat in case of holocaust, hey, look, it's that freeze-dried food, oh and hey check this out it's a wall of food for elites during an emergency, but wait let me throw in another funny fresh quip about our tax dollars at work har har you can relate right?).
Some of the repetition at the beginning is great because it establishes how precisely alike the ditto copies are when they come out of the kiln, but when you're midway through the book and each of those copies has to rehash everything that's happened over the last two days for the third time in as many pages it gets tiresome.
The other BIG issue - needlessly expositing about technology and scientists we do not and will never have - just slows down the pace. There's awesome action/adventure momentum and then slam, the reader is shoved into a wall of painful philosophy loaded with too many examples: it's not just mountains and molehills, and the sea and a teacup, and a zebra and a giraffe, and a flea and a dinosaur, and a blade of grass and a golf course lawn, and an atom and a white dwarf, it's all of them together EACH TIME there's some sort of poetic comparison or contrast or whatever the hell the author is nattering on about while I just want to get back to what is happening with all the Alberts!
SO MUCH boring crap stuffed in around the frame of great characters and fairly intriguing motives made this a really, really, really long book. (less)
I obviously read this when I was younger because parts of it were still vivid when I came to them, with several "So that's where that idea came from!"...moreI obviously read this when I was younger because parts of it were still vivid when I came to them, with several "So that's where that idea came from!" moments. Good sci-fi stuff but mainly adventure based after a semi-slow start.(less)