A strong message about the dangers of letting machines provide for us too much instead of relying on ourselves. If I hadn't caught the 1909 publicatio...moreA strong message about the dangers of letting machines provide for us too much instead of relying on ourselves. If I hadn't caught the 1909 publication date before starting this, I would have thought it to be specifically talking about the internet with its social websites, grocery ordering, and all the other things that current generations couldn't imagine doing without.
I kept waiting for a story about adapting to "life" being provided for us, and then having to adapt back. What I got was completely unexpected, but did a far better job of driving the message home.
A must read warning to us all, delivered from a time we would consider technologically primitive.(less)
I downloaded a free audio recording of this book, not really having any expectations. It sounded vaguely interesting, it was free, and I could listen...moreI downloaded a free audio recording of this book, not really having any expectations. It sounded vaguely interesting, it was free, and I could listen to it at work.
I was rewarded with a phenomenal piece of work that is totally worth the read and/or listen. I was fascinated to see the development of the characters, the sudden interest and exploration of their world, and the breakthroughs that they make. There are so many subtle changes over the course of the novel that in and of themselves have huge import on the characters and their development, and they can be as small as how Murray words their actions and communication from the narrator's perspective; as though more crude descriptions fit early actions better and more sophisticated descriptions match later actions best.
The only reason this hasn't received 5 stars from me is I found the ending a little dissatisfying. For me, what happens at the end cheapened all the labors, trials, and development of the primary characters. The same epilogue could have been used, but it could have better represented the theme of the rest of the novel with only some minor (in my opinion) edits.(less)
I have recently become a fan of PKD, but this one, in my opinion, is pretty bad.
First, it took about a third of the book for it to start picking up an...moreI have recently become a fan of PKD, but this one, in my opinion, is pretty bad.
First, it took about a third of the book for it to start picking up and get interesting. It was about that time that all the individual plots began interconnecting. Prior to that, it was just a chaotic jumble with no direction. About two thirds through, I was enthralled. Everything was making sense, it was building strongly on itself, and you could see patterns emerging. I even started being able to see some of where it was going.
But then in the last third, it just all fell apart. I feel several plots weren't resolved enough, and the book ended on a big reveal that goes unexplained. It's like, THIS IS THE TRUTH ROLL CREDITS. And mostly its missing on Juliana's storyline. PKD drops a bomb on her (metaphorically), and ends the novel without going any further.
If you were to imagine "Return of the Jedi" ending immediately following the death of Emperor Palpatine (Vader throws Palpatine down the shaft, Luke looks at Vader, end movie), you'll get how this book left me: something more needs to happen for the story to be finished, even if it is just wrap up and closure.
And that's what this is really missing: a lot of closure.
"Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep", "Second Variety", "Variable Man", others, all awesome. But "Man in the High Castle" was disappointing and a little frustrating for me.(less)
A fantastic blend of of a novel! Mixing a Georgian Period (think American Revolution) piece with sorcery, with a pinch of theology, political intrigue...moreA fantastic blend of of a novel! Mixing a Georgian Period (think American Revolution) piece with sorcery, with a pinch of theology, political intrigue and maneuvers, investigations and shady deals, and plenty of action to sate even the most bloodthirsty of readers, Promise of Blood (living up to it's name) takes you on a non-stop adventure with well written, dynamic characters, twists, turns, and the unexpected.
I am very sad that the second book isn't out yet, and even more sad that the word "Trilogy" appears on the title, and not something more like "Epic" or "Chronicles".(less)
1) Donaldson has amped up the vocabulary in this series to a near ridiculous point. it feels like every page or two I have to look up a...moreTwo criticisms.
1) Donaldson has amped up the vocabulary in this series to a near ridiculous point. it feels like every page or two I have to look up a Kew word to see what it means, and once I do I can think of 5 or more other words that would have worked and been less pretentious to use.
2) It got a little tiring that EVERY battle devolved into "throw every enemy in the book at them at the same time". it made all the fights cookie cutter and frustrating. it would have been nice to see them only have to deal with one or two threats at a time, just to make it a little more understandable.
Other than those two, though, the rest of the book is great! This new chronicles certainly holds up the quality of writing and storytelling set down in the previous two chronicles. it makes me want to go back and read the earlier books all over again!(less)