It's a interesting book dealing with a intriguing topic, and the central arguments are both sound and well-supported.
It'll have to make do with 3 starIt's a interesting book dealing with a intriguing topic, and the central arguments are both sound and well-supported.
It'll have to make do with 3 stars though, because the writing is, frankly, fairly boring, and the overall thesis suffers both from being repeated much too often, and from being too heavily dependant on just what part of the world the author happens to have experience with.
Yes his ornithology-work centered on Papua New Guinea, and it's for sure a interesting part of the world to study the development of human societies in; but something is amiss when the coverage of this one island outstrips the coverage of oh say "Euroasia" by a factor of 3....more
**spoiler alert** This isn't entirely without merit, so giving it one star feels a bit harsh, but on the other hand Goodreads says that 2 stars means**spoiler alert** This isn't entirely without merit, so giving it one star feels a bit harsh, but on the other hand Goodreads says that 2 stars means "It was OK", and nah, it really wasn't.
The characters here are caricatures, void of surprise and depth, and pretty much all of them are cliche. There's the square-jawed former-special-ops hero who seemingly by himself does more than the combined resources of CIA and FBI (and indeed rest of humanity!) are able to, the trophy girls who don't actually contribute anything of value, the ineffective opponents who somehow never manage to do anything at all and so on.
Worse, the plot is bullshit.
It starts like a classical mystery; leading men (mostly Americans, of course) start spontaneously burning to ashes in just a few seconds, and our hero is called in to investigate who is behind the immolations, and how they're done.
The answer? This happens because these people have a tiny alien spaceship in their head. The solution to this problem is to play a certain music to people, because the aliens (who look like spiders) are unable to tolerate that. There's no hint as to why that is, nor does the hero do anything sensible to figure it out; instead he asks a guy in an asylym who can (again; for reasons left entirely in the blue) "see" the aliens and somehow know that they go crazy from this music.
There's also a dog whose main talents are farting and unprovokedly licking things for no reason related to the plot -- yet which somehow STILL gets mentioned every time it happens, I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop and for the licking of arbitrary things to actually MEAN something, but it turns out to just be random noise.
Our hero and a side-kick then "take the fight" to the aliens by teleporting to the alien home-planet equipped with a rifle and a backpack each, they do this by sitting on a alien machine, and entering into it a number that they (again, entirely unprovoked) found on a paper-note on the floor. Really.
Luckily the aliens on the home-planet are (again for entirely unexplained reasons, are you noticing a pattern here?) human-sized and not lice-sized, so our heroes are able to shoot and kill around a dozen of the aliens. What this accomplishes is unclear, but they call it a success anyway, and the book ends.
There's also numerous mentions of God and Jesus and those folks, but those mentions also don't really connect to the plot in any way, other than in explaining how much of a Good Christian American our hero is....more
This short story is Christi Wentz first book published on the Kindle. Since I've liked Christi's writing for quite some time I was looking forward toThis short story is Christi Wentz first book published on the Kindle. Since I've liked Christi's writing for quite some time I was looking forward to this story.
Christi has published over 800 answers with a distribution nearing 2 million on Quora, and has been recognized as one of the Top Writers on the site, many people, me included have come to appreciate the warmth and humour that she has for all her characters.
This story has the same signature. She manages to write about annoying little-brothers and school-bullies in such a way that you can somehow still tell that she cares deeply about all the characters; even the not-so-nice ones.
Ultimately that's the best part of this story: I end up caring about the characters, and I end up curious about what will happen next. The latter is however also the stories weakest point; it doesn't quite feel as if it's entirely reached a conclusion, and feels a bit as if I've just read the first few chapters in what is really a bigger story.
Maybe it is, and we'll get to hear more about Stella in the future.
Full disclosure: I know Christi, and I'm credited in the foreword of this story. ...more
A interesting but unconventional book. The entire thing is written in "we" form, i.e. there's not any single narrator or protagonist, but instead theA interesting but unconventional book. The entire thing is written in "we" form, i.e. there's not any single narrator or protagonist, but instead the book is written in the voice of the sum total of these women.
Fairly dark most of the time, and especially the first half of the book is incredibly harsh on the husbands with only a few sparkles of light in a sea of abuse and mistreatment.
It's however, despite the dark tone, a short and light book to read; well worth the couple of hours you'll spend reading it....more