I had gone into this book hearing all of the great reviews, but I was still nervous. I have read a few of Ben Bova's books and had not been overly impI had gone into this book hearing all of the great reviews, but I was still nervous. I have read a few of Ben Bova's books and had not been overly impressed. I went into this book expecting something similar to those. Boy were they night and day different. This story was gripping from the get go and fast paced and great all the way until the end. The whole book while not always believable, it was always plausible. You could really see the research that Weir put into this book. This book takes the sci-fi genre to a whole new level from what we are use to....more
So this is the second novella in my brothers Destroyer series. While not as good as the first book, this was just a first draft. The story picks up whSo this is the second novella in my brothers Destroyer series. While not as good as the first book, this was just a first draft. The story picks up where the last one took place. Getting the "Destroyer" and bringing it to the Shelter as hopes to gain admittance there. Things, of course, go all batty almost immediately with people not wanting to except these intruders, and people not listening to the heroes about the dangers of the surface.
As I said, this was a first draft, and my brother is finishing up another story before he starts editing this one to a more complete and finished product. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed reading every page of it. I can't wait until he sends me the final installment (maybe) of this new world....more
So wow. Talk about an epic tale. You can kind of split this series into two series, the first two books and the second two books. The first pair was aSo wow. Talk about an epic tale. You can kind of split this series into two series, the first two books and the second two books. The first pair was an excellent series of stories building this world. It is very complex with political intrigue and adventure and great battle scenes. The second pair become more of a space opera and straight up adventure story. There is some political intrigue and some really cool major battle scenes, but they seem to be more background noise. And then the romance scenes are just horrible. Dan Simmons can't write them to save his life. But the story was still spectacular and a great read over all. The way that Simmons connects these two sets of books is absolutely brilliant. When I finished the second book I kept asking myself where else can he go? He wrapped up the story so well. And my brother said just read the next two and you will see how good it was. And it was good. I would compare this series as a whole to almost an Asimov Foundation type series. These books are very dense reads though. They are thick books and take a long time to get through. But even still, if you are up for a challenging read, I highly recommend these books....more
So I was getting bored of Harrison's Hollows series, and was hoping for something different. Well I didn't get that. The main protagonist is basicallySo I was getting bored of Harrison's Hollows series, and was hoping for something different. Well I didn't get that. The main protagonist is basically the same person as Rachel from the Hollows. The only real differences between the two is that Peri from this book does not have the established group of friends for support and she can jump back in time when under extreme stress.
The story over all is not bad. It is fast paced and exciting. Peri's constant paranoia starts to get annoying about half way through the story; but it is understandable since we find out about then that none of her memories are real, and that she has been manipulated and her memories scrubbed for the last five years.
All of the characters are really well developed through out the story. Allen through the beginning of the story seems kind of one dimensional in the beginning, but you later find out that, that was by design. Silas on the other hand can be over emotional (especially when we are reading from his point of view) but has a lot of depth throughout the whole story.
There is not any real romance in this first installment. Both Silas and Allen seem to want more, and Peri keeps wanting Jack even though all those memories were false. But with the fast pace and the constant losing time, it really wouldn't have made sense for Peri and probably Silas to get into a relationship. The base has been laid, and in future books the romance between the two could very easily grow.
Overall I give this book a 2.5 star rating. I really was looking for something different from Harrison other than a rewrite of the Hollows. There were just too many similarities, and the writing style was too close. If the Hollows series is your end all be all urban fantasy, you will love this book. Otherwise this is going to feel like more of the same. ...more
I would like to start off by thanking Geoffrey Germann for sending me this book. Honestly I had forgotten that when I won the first book in the seriesI would like to start off by thanking Geoffrey Germann for sending me this book. Honestly I had forgotten that when I won the first book in the series on the giveaway, he had offered to send me the second book also if I enjoyed Prepare. Well I did and asked for the second to be sent when he finished it. It took him a little longer to finish (about two years after the first one), but it was time well spent.
He wrote an excellent sequel. It was the perfect mixture of old and new that many second books fail to capture. His character development continued flawlessly and practically. His writing style is fantastic. And the story is amazing and fantastical and even believable, with little to no plot holes that I could discern.
The story mixes superheros, technology, and government involvement in a very interesting way. And again, in a way that is believable. When reading the story, even though some of the technology is so out there, I can still say to myself that yes I can see that happening.
All and all, this book was a huge winner to me. And anyone that enjoys scifi needs to check this series and this author out. Just make sure you read the first book in the series before reading this one, or else a lot of the stuff won't make a lot of sense. And again, thank you Geoffrey Germann for giving me the opportunity to read another one of your books. I look forward to your next....more
This book was fantastic! It is a spin of history. A "what if Rome never fell?" Basically an alien virus takes control and starts feeding certain indivThis book was fantastic! It is a spin of history. A "what if Rome never fell?" Basically an alien virus takes control and starts feeding certain individuals new great technologies so that they can rule the galaxy. Now fast forward 1000 years. The human race has expanded on dozens of new planets if not hundreds. Problem is there are different viruses out there. So now Rome is no longer the only super power. And to top it off, the son of the emperor wants to defect. It is up to a Captain and his crew to dig out the truth behind the virus "gods" and what to do with this royal kid.
The book is well written and fast paced. It is a long book, but I flew through the pages. The characters for the most part are well developed. There are a few instances where the character development stalls out, but I'm assuming that these will be sorted out in the coming books. (view spoiler)[The ending also was a bit of a cop-out. I could tell the author had written himself into a corner, and his solution broke the science barriers that he had set up, along with make it overly easy to kill the virus but keep the host alive and unscathed. (hide spoiler)] That said, everything else in the book was fantastic. I loved the whole adventure and can not wait to read the next in the series. Thank you Goodreads for the book giveaway and thank you Rob Steiner for putting your book on it....more
I so wanted to like this series. It had such a great concept and such a great start. And through out the whole series Anderson would capture those fanI so wanted to like this series. It had such a great concept and such a great start. And through out the whole series Anderson would capture those fantastic moments for a short while. But sadly they really were short moments. When he reveals that four of the alien species are in the book are just elementals, I was very disappointed for the cop-out. But I did my best to give him the benefit of the doubt and kept reading. But then the plot holes started to get overwhelming. Then the dialog started getting cheesier and bland and repetitive. And if that wasn't bad enough, Anderson felt that he had to recap basic plot points every character change. Sometimes multiple times on the same page. Though a fast read, this series was tough to get to. I feel that maybe a younger audience might enjoy these books as more like an introduction into the sci-fi genre, but these books were just too poorly written and poorly edited for my tastes. ...more
Well, Sullivan has done it again. Another master piece. Normally I tend to avoid time travel stories because the whole paradox thing annoys me. But thWell, Sullivan has done it again. Another master piece. Normally I tend to avoid time travel stories because the whole paradox thing annoys me. But this story has none of that non-sense. And as Sullivan says, it's not so much about the mechanics of the time travel but the interactions with the characters that matters. And he holds true to that. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone that has read Sullivan's other works or just enjoys a good, well written story. You don't even need to really be a big sci-fi kind of person to enjoy it and understand it. ...more
So this is the second book my brother wrote and has asked me to read. This is only like the second edition but already it was very cleaned up and a veSo this is the second book my brother wrote and has asked me to read. This is only like the second edition but already it was very cleaned up and a very entertaining read.
The story takes place somewhere in the distant future. It has a very Mad Max gone even worse feeling to it. A man walking through the desert looking for something called the "destroyer." He hopes that this device will be able to save man kind. Along the way he finds a female that has lost her child to the "children;" a zombie like group of beings that live in the oasis's, that are scattered around the desert, and can only come out at night.
As this pair of survivors go north they find the oasis that the child was taken at and are able to rescue it only to lose it again when they stumble upon an old bunker, where a group of survivalists have been hiding for several generations. This group of people decide that the child must be protected from its own cannibalistic mother and tests must be preformed to see how the child has survived so long. The mother and the character are then thrown out of the bunker and told to come back in several months so that they maybe be allowed to get the child back.
At this point the main character drags the female away to the bunker and tries to continue north looking for his "destroyer." The distraught mother ends up leaving the main character to try and find a way back into the bunker. But he hardly notices as he becomes more and more obsessed with his journey. He eventually makes it far enough north where it is cold and snowy. There a tribe of people take him in and take care of him. He learns that they possess the destroyer and that he is to become a sacrifice to it. He escapes in a blizzard and near death has a vision that he must return to the camp. When he does everyone is dead, killed by a roaming group of "children." The he finds out the the destroyer is only a Kiss album, and turns back to try and find the bunker and female again.
It was a very good story, and I hope that he continues refining it and can get it out there to the world. I look forward to reading his next creation. ...more