This was a short story I got free from Audible.com, so I thought I would give it a listen. And though it was only 16 minutes it felt a lot longer and...more This was a short story I got free from Audible.com, so I thought I would give it a listen. And though it was only 16 minutes it felt a lot longer and even though there wasn't a lot of build up to the punch lines, the jokes, and the humor in the story was done very well. I even caught myself laughing out loud a couple of times. (less)
What a great short story! This is the first time I have read anything from Lawrence Watt-Evans and I am glad I finally did. I am definitely going to p...moreWhat a great short story! This is the first time I have read anything from Lawrence Watt-Evans and I am glad I finally did. I am definitely going to put some more of his books in my "to-reads" shelf.
Here is an awesome quote about parallel universes from his book here.
"See, everything that ever could possibly have happened, in the entire history of the universe right from the Big Bang up until now, _did_ happen -- somewhere. And _every_ possible difference means a different universe. Not just if Napoleon lost at Waterloo, or won, or whatever he didn't do here; what does Napoleon matter to the _universe_, anyway? Betelgeuse doesn't give a flying damn for all of Europe, past, present, or future. But every single atom or particle or whatever, whenever it had a chance to do something -- break up or stay together, or move one direction instead of another, whatever -- it did _all_ of them, but all in different universes. They didn't branch off, either -- all the universes were always there, there just wasn't any difference between them until this particular event came along. And that means that there are millions and millions of identical universes, too, where the differences haven't happened yet. There's an infinite number of universes, more than that an infinity of infinities, I mean you can't really comprehend it. If you think you're close then multiply that a few zillion times -- everything is out there."
This is definitely one of the better books I have read so far this year! It is a sequel; the preexisting work 'The Name of the Wind' is almost just as...moreThis is definitely one of the better books I have read so far this year! It is a sequel; the preexisting work 'The Name of the Wind' is almost just as good or shall I say just as great, as this novel, 'The Wise Man's Fear. Both are pretty hefty books however and with 'The Wise Man's Fear' being over one thousand pages long. So, if you decide to give them a go, which I strongly recommend, just make sure you set some time aside out for them. Time does fly by however because of the way the story captivates you in a narcotic like mesmerize state of wonderment and joy, in which sleep is simply not an option. Though the time will appear to fly by, time is time; so, set some aside, you will be happy you did. I have both of the books... and if you don't want to spend $25 on each one, I would be more than happy to lend 'em to you, that is if you live in my area. I am always happy to pass on amazing stories!! Oh and another thing... the genre of the two books are fantasy and if by chance you are someone that doesn't particularly enjoy the genre as much as others which I have known many people the same way, but had given the books a chance and are terrifically ecstatic that they did, because of the incredible story and stories that gave themselves so much thrill! So, don't let that deter you, it would be detrimental I tell ya.... To say the least! :)(less)
All and all, they were all enjoyable short stories. I listened to these stories as I did some house cleaning. There were a few times that I had to rewind it a little bit and pay closer attention to what was going on, but in general I could just let it roll.(less)