I'm rating this a 2 not because it was bad, because it wasn't. But for me it's a 2 because the whole fucking book is basically a pilot episode for theI'm rating this a 2 not because it was bad, because it wasn't. But for me it's a 2 because the whole fucking book is basically a pilot episode for the rest of the series. We got world-building, character intros and backgrounds, and a few cool fight scenes. But a real plot not so much.
The next books will presumably have the real story which does look interesting and I look forward to reading it, but by god this book was a chore to get through. ...more
Not really. A lot of the narrative drive and tension comes from not knowing what's aboutMy audible review:
Would you listen to Brilliance again? Why?
Not really. A lot of the narrative drive and tension comes from not knowing what's about to happen. I think if I listened to it again I would nitpick the book to death, because it did have some unresolved plot issues.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!
It was a good end to the main story arc, but it left a lot to be desired. We got the flash-forward to see what the actual repercussions of Nick's actions were, which I would have really liked.
What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Inflection! Most of the book takes place in Nick's head and if you were reading it on the page it might seem dull and flat. But with narration you can hear all the emotions that are actually running Nick and all his decisions. ...more
I read the extended preview from the Hugo's voters packet and all I can say is WOW. I see why this has been sweeping up the awards all this year, thisI read the extended preview from the Hugo's voters packet and all I can say is WOW. I see why this has been sweeping up the awards all this year, this is an amazingly imaginative sci-fi book that seems like a genre-changer.
So hats off to you Ms. Leckie, you might just win everything this year :) ...more
I read the extended preview from the Hugo Voter's Packet. Normally I'm not a huge fan of horror, but this one has a nice slow build and leaves you feeI read the extended preview from the Hugo Voter's Packet. Normally I'm not a huge fan of horror, but this one has a nice slow build and leaves you feeling generally uneasy instead of straight up grossed out.
It seems like it's going into zombie territory though, and I don't know if my love of Ms. McGuire will help with that. I hate zombies so very very much. ...more
Sometimes I feel like some books just DO NOT work as audio books. This is one of them. Everything that might have been mildly annoying in a print/readSometimes I feel like some books just DO NOT work as audio books. This is one of them. Everything that might have been mildly annoying in a print/read-with-your-eyes version just got 10000000 times worse when you have to read-with-your-ears. For instance:
(view spoiler)[ * The time jumps - so you've captured the bad guy and poof two seconds later everyone is laughing around a table about that one time you caught the bad guy? We're not even going to see him be led away in handcuffs? (Though to be fair, that part read more like a script to me, and would totally work in a tv show)
* Where the fuck did Fisher/his treecat come from? They just kind of got thrown in there for the 2nd act along with a whole back story that never got properly discussed BUT got brought up constantly. Who is Yubel (sp?), what did she do that treecat clan, also never properly explained but got mentioned way too much. It just didn't work in the audio version.
* Over-explaining EVERY DAMN THING. We get it Steph is a "genie" and super smart, her parent's should have a sitcom laugh track behind them every time they go "Oh Steph!" [hands on hips, crooked smile on face as Mom shakes her head], Fisher apparently got bashed in the head and has the "Sight", the people in Treeforks are stupid townies who aren't as good as the educated Harringtons, etc. (hide spoiler)]
I liked Steph and Lionheart's weird understanding of each other as time went on, they both seemed like fully fleshed out characters. Which made some of the other characters unbearable (the villain, Treeforks people) because in comparison they all seemed like walking trope cardboard cutouts. And I know that we're not supposed to use the word "Mary Sue" anymore because it's sexist, but that is exactly what Steph is for all her likeability. They even (view spoiler)[made her a goddamn Wildlife Ranger in the end for fuck's sake! (hide spoiler)]
I do know that if I was in 4th grade when I read this, I would have eaten this up with the biggest spoon in the world. Steph would be the COOLEST and I'd never miss a new release. I think this book needs to be sold as Middle Grade because it is way too simplistic and over-explainy to be Young Adult. It's a good book and would be a great introduction to sci fi for a reader between 10-12, but it was just not my cuppa tea at all. ...more