A comprehensive collection of time travel stories. Some new, some older. Authors from all over the world. There were classics (Bradbury's "A Sound ofA comprehensive collection of time travel stories. Some new, some older. Authors from all over the world. There were classics (Bradbury's "A Sound of Thunder"), stories made into Twilight Zone episodes (Matheson's "Death Ship") and a story from one of my favorite authors (Stross' "Palimpsest"). As with many collections this broad, there will definitely be some stories you like more than others. But, overall, I enjoyed this collection....more
A very enjoyable story. I was surprised given the combination of narrative style (the log/diary entries) and lots of NASA-speak. The main character tuA very enjoyable story. I was surprised given the combination of narrative style (the log/diary entries) and lots of NASA-speak. The main character turns out to be complex enough to carry most of the book. Although the story is very hard sci-fi, it continues a legacy of Robinson Crusoe on Mars (without the monkey), Apollo 13 and Red Planet (I kept seeing Val Kilmer as Watney, Carrie-Anne Moss as Commander Lewis and Benjamin Bratt as Martinez). Even some of the scenes you would expect to be fairly dry turned out to be dramatic. The black-humor expressed by several characters (is that a NASA trait?) helped keep the story from bogging down in too much technical detail or drama. Be forewarned, however, there is a fair amount of technical discussion about air mixtures, life support systems, calories, liters, kilowatts and other details that make up the problems faced in surviving on Mars (air, heat, food, water, communications). But this is a story about problem-solving and I enjoyed getting just enough of the details to understand the scope of the problem.
I listened to the audio version. The narrator did an good job. As with many narrators that are good at the manly men, his female characters were a bit weak. This was offset by his very good delivery of the main character and being able to make the technical details sound authentic....more
I noticed this book seems to be one that folks either love or hate. I'm one of the rare people that fell somewhere in between. I suspect this is partlI noticed this book seems to be one that folks either love or hate. I'm one of the rare people that fell somewhere in between. I suspect this is partly due to being the setup novel for the series. I did enjoy the importance of storytelling to the story itself. I found the character of Kvothe complex (given we're seeing the childhood version of him in most of this story). There were times I was thinking, "GAH! Why did you do that"?! But that's what kids his age do.
I listened to the audio version and thought the narrator did a fine job. His accents worked well. This is one of those novels where I wondered how close the narrator's choice of accents matched what the author had in mind.
In summary, although I didn't love the book, there was enough here to keep my interest for the next one in the series. Like many large book trilogies, I'm hoping things just continue to build....more
This is my second time around for this book. This time, I went for the audio book version. Since the story was first published in '92, it's interestinThis is my second time around for this book. This time, I went for the audio book version. Since the story was first published in '92, it's interesting to see how things have changed. VR is still not mainstream although Second Life and WOW have brought much of the "Street" to reality. There are several oddly dated references (video "tape' recordings, etc). I know many didn't like much of the entire "religion as a virus" motif and intellectual discussion. But those are the sorts of things I like about Stephenson. The audio edition was well done although some might find the accents a bit "over the top". I especially liked that the narrator gave all the Cosa Nostra higher-ups a noticeable godfather-like accent. I felt this was something of an affectation just like their dress and grooming....more