I always fear buying a digital only book, not that there are not great writers in tye digutal print world. It is that money is not as easily spent onI always fear buying a digital only book, not that there are not great writers in tye digutal print world. It is that money is not as easily spent on something you do not get enjoyment out of. I have no reservations recommending this first book. It was a quick read, which for me means I liked it. It had a good plot that I picked up early and was a subject that interested me.
The concepts of AI's has a place in our contemporary stories. I found this slant on the typical genre to be refreshing and not as bogged down as I have found the at times. Trevor is a likable character for the simpke reason he is flawed. He is more like us than typical characters can be in sci-fi and techno-thrillers.
Mr. Mazza thanks you for writing such an enjoyable story. I am moving on to the second book....more
This is guilty read book for me. The whole series is on the same level. It is NOT a cerbeal treatsie on the plight of man vs machine. It is a StalloneThis is guilty read book for me. The whole series is on the same level. It is NOT a cerbeal treatsie on the plight of man vs machine. It is a Stallone movie. Bad ass action teamed with sexy technology that makes any guy want to say "F' Yeah!" In no way is this the best series I have ever read, but it is one of the more entertaining series.
I picked up the "Electric Chruch" becuase the cover art drew me to it. I wasn't let down. I was looking for another Gibson and I got another Stallone (in book form).
Cates is a character that we all want to be. Bad ass and ready to take on everything and everyone. His decent into a death wish is one of the things that makes this book fun. No shot at redemtpion like those "girly" books you might be used to reading. Just, "I want to f'ing die and I don't care who I take with me."
It's refreshing to see brutal honesty in writing. Thank you Mr. Somers!
I wholeheartedly suggest this book to anyone that likes the following; Chuck Norris, Stallone, Van Damme, or any of those kick ass movie stars. I could even see Statham playinng Cates, (my first choice would be Stallone, then Ludgren, the Statham.) If you like books that have hidden meanings and delve into the mysteries of be human, THIS IS NOT THE SERIES FOR YOU! If you do not like this book, Chuck Norris will sneeze and end you....more
The only negative thing I have to say is the end felt rushed. The way it ended was way beyond what I expected. It was the only way it could end. Not aThe only negative thing I have to say is the end felt rushed. The way it ended was way beyond what I expected. It was the only way it could end. Not all rose and happy but just finished. The play between Kat and Peeta was what made amazing. I like to gauge a book by what emotions it can evoke. Most books mit get a few laughs, maybe even a feeling of fear, or just maybe a tear. A lot of emotions in this book, ranging from anger to fear. When of the better series I have read lately. Good pace, I rarely felt bored. The way the story developed the characters and wrapped up each story line was awesome. I know many people will complain about Gale but it was really the best way this book could end. Kudos, many many Kudos to the writer....more
One of the newer topics, and by newer I mean several years but new to many, is is membrane fiction. We have always had sci-fi about multiple world inOne of the newer topics, and by newer I mean several years but new to many, is is membrane fiction. We have always had sci-fi about multiple world in other dimensions, but with the advent of a growing scientific camp of believers in Brane Theory (part of String Theory). My hopes are that this story is a primer for a longer story. Lucas, the unwitting traveller in this transdimensional trip, is likable and a character I want to learn more about. His plight of not feeling exuberant about a new dimension to explore is a fascinating dynamic. Overall I would not recommend this to the lite reader. While it is not full of quantum or Sting mechanics to mire you in science too much it is a story with a deep concept. ...more
A follow up to the WWW: Wake book. This series is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I will warn that those that do not like messages or "soap box"A follow up to the WWW: Wake book. This series is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I will warn that those that do not like messages or "soap box" ing might want to stay away from this series/ Sawyer does have several messages that are within the series. I do not mind it. In fact sometimes to drive a story you must call upon real world issues to make the story stronger.
Once again we follow Caitlin, Webmind and Hobo as they figure out their new world. Caitlin struggles with gain true sight and coming to grips with the amount of knowledge she must now learn to understand what being sighted really means. From learning facial and body cues to understand what nuances of color and shapes mean. Webmind's journey is one of understanding his relationship to humanity and what ultimately is his purpose. Hobo strives to decide what evolutionary step he must make to survive. All three struggles mimic each other in the fact that they are jumps in conscious and to a point evolutionary jumps.
Once again Sawyer does well with crafting the story. The science within the novels is a driving force and he doesn't let us down here, though most of the science involved could be construed as speculative, it still makes the story stronger. I highly recommend this to those that like science driven books, maybe not hard core science but it does look at some interesting topics. ...more
I have found many of the reviews to be too inflammatory about this book so I thought I would add a comparison.
Sawyer is relatively a like or don't liI have found many of the reviews to be too inflammatory about this book so I thought I would add a comparison.
Sawyer is relatively a like or don't like author. Many purist of the sci-fi genre cringe at his books. I personally like them for the fact that the tackle high concepts in a simple way. Gibson, Sterling, Asimov are the authors to look to for high concept, high literary writing.
In this story Sawyer weaves a story about coming into existence. Awaking to the world in several different ways. The story is about waking and emerging. Either the AI awaking, Caitlin gaining sight, or China coming into the global world as a power.
Ultimately, Sawyer writes in a scale that lends itself to film or television. Hence why Flashback became a series. He knows how to pace a story well, build characters and add nibbles to future story arcs.
I would consider this a light read and would (and have) recommended this to many of my non-sci-fi reading friends....more