Just like Our Kingdom of Dust, this book falls into both good and not so good all at the same time.
After reading two novels by Leonard Kinsey I can co...moreJust like Our Kingdom of Dust, this book falls into both good and not so good all at the same time.
After reading two novels by Leonard Kinsey I can confidently say that I am not a fan of his characters. They are commonly immature and annoying, but I love his plot lines. They are surprising and quick.
This book, just like the last is vulgar and childish at times, and feels like it happens in the mind of a sex deprived teen. But, there are also many little gems of stories in there. Yes, they are mostly about Disney, ok, they are all about Disney. But, they are fun and interesting.
The writting is fine. No glaring typos or grammar issues. The description doesn't always flow, but it is typically so short that it is easily overlooked. And the dialogue... It is mostly profane.
The biggest issue I have with Habst and the Disney Saboteurs is that it assumes you are a Disney fan. You have to understand the parks, the layouts, the utilidoors, the monorail, the buses... He does not go into hardly any detail about what these things are or how they work, but if you read his other books or just like Disney you will already know these things.
I liked it. It was fun. Great for Disney fans, Leonard Kinsey fans, and Cory Doctorow fans. (less)
The only way I can look at this book is the same way I look at blockbuster action films. They are by no means great pieces of art. They don’t really h...moreThe only way I can look at this book is the same way I look at blockbuster action films. They are by no means great pieces of art. They don’t really have a great plotline. But, they are fun for a while.
Robopocalypse is the same type of story. It is entertaining, but not memorable. The story is thin and has been done before. There is not a new twist even, just a re-hash of something that has been done time and time again.
In the beginning it feels like a book of short stories, but after a hundred pages or so you realize that it was just a lot of background on a lot of different characters that all come back as the plot finally unfolds. The author seems to want to keep the motivations of many of the characters secret and therefore the story feels very unplanned and unreal. This is the case more so for the villain than the heroes, but there is a lack of connectivity to all characters in some sense.
The writing starts out rough, but aligns better as the book moves along. The book is written in first person, but changes whose view it is actually from. In the beginning the author missed the boat on a couple of his characters as he has uneducated people telling a story and using metaphors that belong in a literature class. This, for me, caused a bit of disruption in the believability, but once the characters get more fleshed out he seems to adopt their personalities better.
There are no real good philosophical epiphanies that are brought out by the story, but it does try. Since the book is about how humanity differs as a species to machines we are given random speeches about how determined humans are. But, the deep statements feel a little bi-polar as it will bounce between talking about determination to cowardice to unpredictability to compassion. But, as the reader I wanted to see the same generalized thoughts spoken about the machines as race. Unfortunately, it didn’t ever happen.
It is an ok book with an ok plot with ok characters and written in a style that is ok. If you are a fan of the sci-fi from the 60s and 70s where authors pumped out tons of books with shallow action packed stories, then this might be good for you. It feels like a nostalgic look into those books with a modern twist. (less)
As far as political conspiracy goes this book is fairly solid. Assuming that all the research pans out when investigated it lays down a very convincin...moreAs far as political conspiracy goes this book is fairly solid. Assuming that all the research pans out when investigated it lays down a very convincing idea that our country has been on the march towards socialism for that last hundred some odd years.
The problem with this book is the fact that it was written 40 years ago. Unless you have a real strong grasp on what was going on in 1971 parts of it can quickly fly off the radar. But, if you have a decent understanding of where the world was at that time, it flows very well.
The surprising thing is how well the premise holds up even 40 years later. The suggestions of how the government will act to move their attempt at a one world government holds very true and the ability to see the line that distinguishes republicans and democrats dwindles just as the book points out. The time line the book lays out isn’t so reliable, but that is more nit-picking than anything else.
The kindle version of this book is riddled with typos, but it feels as if it were a conversion issue. Double L’s are replaced with U’s. Spaces and paragraphs start in odd places. And, e’s are commonly replaced with 9’s. But other than that it is written well and flows nicely.
I wouldn’t say it is an easy read as it is mostly about the history of political conspiracy and that just isn’t a light simple read. It does require some thought and lots of attention. This is a great book for those who are fascinated with politics, conspiracy, and revolution, but not such a great book for entertainment. I would suggest the introduction more than anything else. If you just want something to open your eyes to possibilities the best arguments are in the intro and that part is included in the free sample from Amazon. (less)
this was short but interesting. it is a horror short story, so reading it is filed with gross parts and a ridiculous premise, but if you like horror i...morethis was short but interesting. it is a horror short story, so reading it is filed with gross parts and a ridiculous premise, but if you like horror it is a decent quick read. my only real problem with it was the male characters were a little overly stereotypical and seemed a tad unreal, but if I can get over the completely unreal premise, I can get over the unreal characters.(less)
I wanted this to be a sci-fi epic that rivaled both Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow, but instead this is more of a political thriller. It isn't a bad...moreI wanted this to be a sci-fi epic that rivaled both Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow, but instead this is more of a political thriller. It isn't a bad book, but does little for whetting the appetite for a good ol' Orson Scott Card Sci-fi novel.
It starts out strong and interesting, but somewhere around half way it gets very involved in politics and strategy. Different countries maneuvering around a fictional political turmoil complete with covert armies, tactics, and even a little bit of campaigning.
It helps move the characters along from the battle school, but in the end it feels like a book that does not belong in the series. I liked it, but it wasn't what I wanted.
Not too sure if it holds up against other political thrillers as I have never read one.
So, if you want to continue the Shadow series, this is kind of necessary, but if you just want some classic Orson Scott Card I might try another. Of course if you want something similar by Card I would suggest Empire. It is close, but has a bit more action and less juvenile characters.(less)
If you are a huge fan of Survivor, you may not have ever heard of this guy. If you are into Survivor Spoiling, you may not have heard of this guy. If...moreIf you are a huge fan of Survivor, you may not have ever heard of this guy. If you are into Survivor Spoiling, you may not have heard of this guy. If you were into Survivor Spoiling ten years ago you know the ChillOne is.
I had heard of the alias. He revealed some important info on Survivor Season 6 a month before it aired. There was a lot of controversy of who he was and if his info was real. So, having known about it I wanted to read about it.
It was kind of interesting, but only to those who are really into this stuff. Although the book is billed as being the story behind how he got the info, that is really only the first few chapters. Most of the book is about how he dealt with the message boards about distributing his info. Lots of talk about trolls and flamers and lurkers...
You kind of relive the season show by show and then hear about the happenings on the boards. It isn't written real well, it isn't written horribly. It is just kind of bleh as far as literary merit is concerned.
He seems to overhype his "undercover operation" in getting his information on the show. He seems to think it was a vast and delicate operation, but when you read it you realize it was fairly simple.
Truthfully it wouldn't be recommended to anyone unless you know who ChillOne is and didn't follow the thread when it was alive.(less)
Fun and short. Those are two really good adjectives for this book.
It is fun and not too overdone. First thing you should be aware of is the fact that...moreFun and short. Those are two really good adjectives for this book.
It is fun and not too overdone. First thing you should be aware of is the fact that this book is written for young adults.... or older kids. The big revelations and philosophical ideas are pretty shallow and obvious, but probably not to a 12 year old.
The second thing is, it isn't very believable, but it is a fantasy novel and again... it is for kids.
Basically what I'm saying is, it is a fun read, but you can't take it too seriously. It is very similar to the Uglies by Westerfeld. So.... if you liked the Uglies read this. And if you liked this... read the Uglies.(less)