Really liked most of the Silo Series, it felt a lot like LOST to me at times, something else I really dug. TheJust finished this the other night ...
Really liked most of the Silo Series, it felt a lot like LOST to me at times, something else I really dug. The overalls, the revelations within revelations, the unfolding mystery of it all -- even the flashbacks to the origin of the Silos.
SOME SPOILERS FOLLOW:
But also like LOST, there was no great finale. I figured we would get some new puzzle piece that would snick neatly into place and turn the entire series into a mosaic much larger than they sum of its parts. Instead, it turns out we much knew everything already.
Pretty much, people finally leave the Silo's. That's the plot of DUST. We have no idea what happens to the other Silo's once Silo 1 goes down. We don't know what is up with the rest of the world. I half expected them to run into survivors who had escaped the nanopocalypse in some clever way ... but no. Just woods. Meh.
No surprises, just a predictable ending with lots of 'action'. The Silo Series as ended by Michael Bay.
I guess I'm just disappointed because the series had such promise and started off so strong and kept it going all the way until this book. It was not horrible -- it just didn't deliver the knockout punch the rest of the series promised. We got LOST-ed, once again....more
I heard about this book when the author was interviewed on the Ground Zero radio program -- and immediately, I was hooked and had to download it thatI heard about this book when the author was interviewed on the Ground Zero radio program -- and immediately, I was hooked and had to download it that very night. I wasn't disappointed. This is a thoroughly fascinating read, and very timely -- both personally for me (I'll get to that ;)) and for our world today.
Wetiko generally refers to evil, but it's more than that. Our Western concepts of evil get in the way of dispelling it, so that definition is not sufficient. We are trapped by our Western definition, and cannot hope to win a battle with evil in continuing with it -- the entire point of this book is to rectify that conceptual framework. Philip K. Dick also wrote about wetiko, though he called it the 'black iron prison' -- yet he correctly stated in his writings that 'anyone who defeats a segment of the Empire, then becomes the Empire'. This is why a straight on, binary, black and white approach to evil does not work in the end.
If you're a fan of Jung and that sort of writing, then this book for you. I will warn you that it is a difficult read in many ways -- like Jung, the concepts are quite complex, and I found myself re-reading sections several times. I will also re-read the entire book at least one more time. But it is time well-spent, and Paul Levy makes it as simple as it can possibly be: a topic like this IS deep and cannot be merely reduced to little slogans and soundbites.
Sting is reportedly a huge fan of this book (the author's website shows Sting standing with him), and that's not surprising given Sting wrote the 'Synchonicity' album which is all about Jungian concepts. He states that the world would be a better place if more people read this book -- I have to agree.
The author talks a lot about how information can 'sychronistically' appears in our lives just at the right moment -- and that is exactly what happened to me with this book. Paul Levy also describes the work of artists in synthesizing wetiko-related information: and without using those words (because I did not yet have them), that's exactly what I've been up to with my own young adult novel series. Max Quick: The Pocket and the Pendant is the first book: the hero discovers the world is not what he thought it was, and he is not who he thought he was. In Max Quick: The Two Travelers (The Max Quick Series), the hero confronts evil head on -- and loses (because he falls into the wetiko-trap of binary thinking; he denies his own shadow), but learns a lot in the struggle. In the third book, MAX QUICK 3: THE BANE OF THE BONDSMAN which I am just finishing now, the hero must transcend his understanding of evil in order to contain it. Now I was just writing the last part of the book where he accomplishes this, and I wasn't quite getting it right -- and I knew it. I understood what I wanted to do but I wasn't sure how to illustrate certain details. This book filled in the gaps, gave me the remainder of the archetypical blueprint for how a hero defeats wetiko-based evil in a meaningful and effective way.
So what can I say? I'm huge fan now and highly recommend this book. Brilliant work on Paul Levy's part, and hours of fascinating reading for you! ...more
Awesome. Classic Rushkoff ... this books argues that our Twitter-like, always-on behavior is altering the way our very minds work ... and our conceptAwesome. Classic Rushkoff ... this books argues that our Twitter-like, always-on behavior is altering the way our very minds work ... and our concept of time itself. Very fascinating stuff, highly recommended (I'm a huge Rushkoff fan already -- read nearly all of his books). If you like media analysis combined with ancient myths and technology, synthesized amazingly into a seamless braid, you've love this....more
Read this after hearing all the hoopla ... it IS good, but not great. Still: it presents what seems to be very popular right now -- a 'puzzle world',Read this after hearing all the hoopla ... it IS good, but not great. Still: it presents what seems to be very popular right now -- a 'puzzle world', a la Myst or LOST. What Rushkoff calls a 'post narrative story' in his latest (most excellent) book 'Present Shock'. It is definitely hitting the Zeitgeist of where stories are heading, I will give it that. And I will be reading the next book in the series, because I want to know more about this puzzle world, so it hooked me in that sense....more
I have an ARC. Reading it now, about 1/4 of the way in, excellent so far. Will report in full when I'm finished. :) ...
... And now I'm done. :) And I'I have an ARC. Reading it now, about 1/4 of the way in, excellent so far. Will report in full when I'm finished. :) ...
... And now I'm done. :) And I'm going to be super vague below details-wise so I don't ruin it for anyone: no spoilers herein.
First off: SRD is one of my favorite two writers in the universe (the other is Anne Rice). The Second Chronicles are, word for word, pound for pound, my absolute favorite books bar none. *Nothing* will surpass the buzz of reading those for the first time -- even the tenth time. The world of the Sunbane, the Clave, the Elohim, the Brathair with Kasreyn of the Gyre ... it was just so awesome and so original ... I knew going into the Last Chronicles, the bar was going to be set to the moon for me, unrealistically so.
Here's the verdict on How It All Ends: Some of it -- most of it -- utterly brilliant, everything we wanted. And some of it doesn't satisfy, some questions are not answered that I had assumed would be. It's nowhere near that sinking empty feeling we all had when LOST non-ended, he didn't blow it by any stretch. It's just not 'complete'. (Down the road, after the book is released, I will be specific about this with an edited review here.)
I just finished the book yesterday, so I'm still digesting the finale ... and like all Donaldson books, it sort of weirdly grows more awesome in your head AFTER you read it than at the time you actually do so. So I may change my mind on this over time.
The last thing I wanted SRD to do with this book is repeat himself. HE DOESN'T. The ending is extremely original and different from what went before.
That having been said: Second Chronicles trumps Last Chronicles. Still: Really glad we GOT a Last Chronicles. But of course, hellfire! And bloody damnation! Go buy this and read it, you fools! You *know* you have to know how it ends and then argue with me endlessly here on whether I got it right or not! :)
THANK YOU, SRD for the biggest reading buzz of my entire life. You inspired me to write novels as well (now on my fifth, published by Harper Collins) you were the dude who made me want to do it!
Age of Aether -- A Steampunk Adventure-Romance Novella.
When Capt. Ben Bantam is tapped to go back in time in order to retrieve a cure for the viciousAge of Aether -- A Steampunk Adventure-Romance Novella.
When Capt. Ben Bantam is tapped to go back in time in order to retrieve a cure for the vicious Shadow plague, he is shocked to arrive in an alternate 1944 where electricity doesn't exist. Instead, a parallel past has mysteriously arisen -- complete with parasols, stunningly luxurious Aerotels, hydrologic computing, Helux-powered 'cloud growlers' and a space elevator-based moon race with Germany. And of course, there is the lovely Dr. Rachelle Archenstone ...
But when Hitler is made Chancellor in this world and the American space program sabotaged, Bantam is the only one who realizes the true depth of the danger posed by the newly formed Nazi party. Together with Rachelle, he races to save this America while seeking an explanation to the mystery of this alternate past -- and with it, a way to return to his own world with the Shadow's cure. But when it comes down to a choice between his lovely Rachelle and a thousand years of Nazi rule, what will he do?
Thrill to a tale of a Yesterday that never was ... And yet was!...more