Well told. Enjoyable to just be with Mark on Mars. Truth be told.. I am a mechanical engineer so a lot of the technical stuff really wasGreat story.
Well told. Enjoyable to just be with Mark on Mars. Truth be told.. I am a mechanical engineer so a lot of the technical stuff really was interesting to me. Not only that ... the character really has great character. You like the guy off the bat. You are rooting for him. You can't put the book down, because it would be like giving up on him.
IT is nice to see a world ready to flush everything else away in order to do what they can to possibly save one man. A great reminder of what humanity can be if we give ourselves the right focus.
There is a considerable amount of bad language.. and you will see what I mean right from the start. Imagine if you were actually alone on Mars. What might you say? It would likely be similar.
Certainly a story I recommend and I think I will be sure to see the upcoming movie as well. ...more
While I had a difficult time making it through the start of the book (way too much explanations and back history without actual story to cling on to)While I had a difficult time making it through the start of the book (way too much explanations and back history without actual story to cling on to) I really got into it and enjoyed it after that first key is found.
IF you are having a hard time getting through the book and you have not gotten past the first key, then I recommend you trudge through.
This is a nostalgia dream with all the references and pulls from the 80s. A great way to feel younger and even more of a geek then you even think you are.
There are some pretty heavy marks of language, but it does not happen too often. There is also a very clear push away from religion at the start, but it honestly has no bearing on the story or even character development.
This was certainly an interesting book. I am always one to pick up something in the time travel genre, but this also had another hook. The Roanoke colThis was certainly an interesting book. I am always one to pick up something in the time travel genre, but this also had another hook. The Roanoke colony that just disappeared. As much as it seemed to fascinate a young me... it may have fascinated the author just a bit more.
I could tell at the start of the book things were a bit too disjointed and confusing, but as the tale continues those loose ends in the wind come together fairly nicely.
I enjoy the way he tells a story. He leaves a bunch of the fluff out and just tells an interesting story. Sometimes I am in mood for fluff... sometimes I just want a good story.
Thanks for the good story.
Fair warning: mild sexual scenes and standard time traveling "wibbly wobbly timey whimy"
The book was mostly told in first person perspective except for one small part that just seemed out of place near the end of the book. ...more
I was not too interested in this book when I received the email asking if I would mind getting a free copy for a review and such, but I took the plungI was not too interested in this book when I received the email asking if I would mind getting a free copy for a review and such, but I took the plunge and read the provided first part of the book.
Seeing how relevant the information was to my very life, I could not keep myself from wanting to know more about "Crowdsourcing" in my own life. I certainly had done it by ascendent myself a few times, but what if this could be something I could do regularly? Is it even possible.
Lior describes how it was extremely beneficial to have his crowd though any situation that he was willing to share about. I can see that, I can get that and I believe in it as well. Any of my personal successes are tiny babies compared to the stories in this book. You can really get some insight into the possibility and the true heart of what this kind of attitude towards life can get you.
I feel like I am alone (besides my wife) trudging through a desire to have a blog, write a book, and run our children's ministries. I don't know... It feels like no one really has the desire to help. This book has opened my eyes to where I might be failing instead. Maybe my questions are not being asked right. Maybe they are not placed into the right crowd. Heck... even growing the crowd is a nightmare to crawl through.
This mind set it pretty cool and I really do think the world can benefit from it. We can work together to get things done, but we have to be willing to put ourselves on the line. I found after only reading a few chapters I was a bit more willing to speak to others. To share my opinion.
I recommend this book to pretty much anyone because anyone can benefit from the wisdom of the crowd. Also, think it is good for each person to be aware of the possible pitfalls.
I do warn that reading this will not immediately set you up to know exactly how to apply such wisdom to your life, but it is some great information. It is also written in a easy to understand statements that relate to life. I enjoyed it. ...more
One thing I am really liking with the progression of Dresden's tale is that he is having to deal with consequences. Things are changing. Not just smalOne thing I am really liking with the progression of Dresden's tale is that he is having to deal with consequences. Things are changing. Not just small, insignificant things... HUGE, game changing things are happening and they are not cleared up later... they are complicated.
Why is that important to me?
I am tired of television. They like to give BIG events and HUGE dramatic moments that clear up in one episode. There are some real things going on in these books and the story is seriously progressing. Characters are being thrown into interesting situations, which are just as interesting to see how they choose to deal with them.
Certainly a great continuation of the series and am I happy that I have the next one to read as soon as the time comes. ...more
I was really not expecting much from this. It was a half interesting idea with superheroes somewhere in the bHonestly a three and a half..I rounded up
I was really not expecting much from this. It was a half interesting idea with superheroes somewhere in the back grounds. Sounded different enough to be interesting. It was.
I liked the story and the characters. Those in the foreground had an interesting flair. Some in the outskirts were not so much but...they were in the outskirts.
I would have actually liked a bit more lead up. More into some of the characters that would explain some more ,but I do understand with they mystery at the heart...this just was not an easy thing to do.
I do feel that there should have been a bit of a better telling of the story. I was fine with the choppy back and forth through timeline. There was a kind intro to that at each chapter,but I do think the story could have been brought to our attention a little differently.
Finding out one thing early on would have been helpful. Also holding back for another revelation would have been better too I think. Even so...I was a pretty great,and quick read.
Warnings : Story long language and suspension of disbelief tested with friendships to other certain characters .
I left things pretty vague here. I don't want to spoil anything. Message me if you have questions and I can be more clear ....more
Not to say that only kids would enjoy this. I really enjoyed it. It kind of reminded me of reading PercA pretty easy to get into kids/teen type book.
Not to say that only kids would enjoy this. I really enjoyed it. It kind of reminded me of reading Percy Jackson or better yet Artemis Fowl books.
I found the main character to be a bit too stereotypical for this type of book, but these days it is pretty hard to really pin down something that sounds different without just hitting another stereotype.
The flow of the book was nice and I liked the progression of the story. There certainly were elements that just did not click until described at the end. I like that. I like to have all the nice loose ends falling about and trying to figure them out myself.
I like it if I do figure them out.. but not too early in the story. But to have them fall into place right where the author intended it to go. That just speaks for the author. So... well done.
A good read. Quite clean and interesting tale. ...more
I found a grittyness that would fit nicely in Steven Erickson'Wow...Great book, but not without flaws
Great book. Great story. Interesting characters.
I found a grittyness that would fit nicely in Steven Erickson's Malazan series. I felt a few wisps of the WhiskeyJack parts. Seeing as how he was my favorite character in that series I thought it was a nice touch. Anything with Tamas or his son was like this.
Another book I felt wisps of was Lies of Locke Lamora. Really the budding relationship of the main characters in that was similar to some in this. I would have liked a bit more of the Inspector and the boxer. A nice combination.
Then the magic system is just as enticing as many Sanderson novels. This makes sense seeing Brian was a student of his. Actually there may be many of students of Sanderson now... anyway..I liked this and will certainly be finishing the series. One of the problems I had will be below this because it has a pretty decent spoiler.
The magic system for the powder mages is pretty awesome. I would like to see some exploration in powder blindness and some more of the downfalls in it.
Here is the problem though. Keep in mind this first book is the only one I have read as of yet. As I finished this book something became very present to my mind. Why was no one carrying gold blades or needles?
Tamas sufferers without his powers for a short time (it would have been nice to have this last longer too) . This happens because gold is in his bloodstream. Ummmm..very interesting weakness and I don't think that is a problem at all,but if it is well known at all that this is a weakness then I could see more reference to people carrying gold with them in case they ran into a powder mage wanting to harm them.
It was only mentioned during that part for Tamas and never exploited again. If I were a privileged....I would carry gold throwing knives. That would make an interesting character. It would be nice to see it...so don't tell me if it does come up....more
Ohhh man... I can't even really saw how I feel about this book. I was fully enamored through the telling. Each story that compounded the story. I realOhhh man... I can't even really saw how I feel about this book. I was fully enamored through the telling. Each story that compounded the story. I really liked the way this was told. It kind of created a nice flowing reading. Something about the way you could just step into part of the tale here and then move to here, but the details were both grueling as well as masterful. There were times I was just tired of it, but I appreciated it all the more anyway.
There are scenes that were wonderful, but as well many that were so mundane it was odd that they were in the book. I think this worked well though, because life is so full of the mundane. Without those times we normally cannot make it through the wonderful. It really showed true progression of character, if that was only really the main character. I would like to see more growth in those around our red haired protagonist.
All in all... this is just great writing. To be able to so easily hand over my emotions and thoughts to the words of this writer was awesome. Not only that but he did very well with them. Even though nothing of world wide note happened in this book, I feel like a tale was told that I fully enjoyed. ...more
I found this a nice bit of light reading. Fun and simple really. While a clever story it waUmmmmmm. Interesting
Yeah..had to go with that review title.
I found this a nice bit of light reading. Fun and simple really. While a clever story it was not too much of a twist or anything. I do think that it has set up a pretty cool character base and story for the future....more
This was good.. don't get me wrong. There were some really cool and intriguing moments. I think what turned me off, was Smith's character. He was greaThis was good.. don't get me wrong. There were some really cool and intriguing moments. I think what turned me off, was Smith's character. He was great when we saw him from the point of view from others, but from his own. He was uncaring and a bit cold. I didn't like that. It turned me away from the story.
It was so much like Doctor Who that seeing a "Doctor" like that just threw me off. I would have expected a more clever ending for the "monster". ...more
Another good short story based on this game series. I had an interesting time with this one.
While it was trying to create some really surprising momeAnother good short story based on this game series. I had an interesting time with this one.
While it was trying to create some really surprising moments there was a bunch that we pretty predictable. As well there were moments that were certainly a surprise. I kind of wish there was a bit more story. You start this out and it does not seamlessly start from where the first short story left off. I hope that more story is within the other games.
Yes..the movie is good. Yes the movie is an instant classic. The book has it all..plus a bit more...if you get the version I read itAn enjoyable read
Yes..the movie is good. Yes the movie is an instant classic. The book has it all..plus a bit more...if you get the version I read it even contains more to the story after what you have seen in the movie.
I certainly recommend it to anyone that enjoys lighthearted fantasy and wily humor....more