I honestly think this might be one of the most important books I've ever read - which I know is just inviting ridicule from somWow. Mind blowing book.
I honestly think this might be one of the most important books I've ever read - which I know is just inviting ridicule from some, but I do think it's changed how I view the world in a pivotal way.
A lot of what you'll read (or hear in my case - I read the audiobook version), is just extremely well thought out argument for the nature of humanity and it's used as an explanation of its history. The powerful effect of it all is that this veneer of history that I grew up and learned is suddenly wiped clean from all the poetry and drama, and you suddenly see mankind's actions for what they actually are.
I bought the hard copy book just so I could flip through sections again and revisit certain parts; I can't recommend it enough....more
I think this book is exceptionally well written, and the author did a fantastic job creating and portraying all the(I listened to the Audible version)
I think this book is exceptionally well written, and the author did a fantastic job creating and portraying all the different personalities in this book.
Zombie horror does seem a bit overdone now a days, but I think this is a fresh take on the genre that manages to introduce new ideas about what a zombie apocalypse will look like without breaking away from the main tenets that have been established by other writers for what zombies do and how they came to exist. There isn't really any rules for zombie books, but since this one sticks to a lot of the same themes, I think a reader might be tempted to give up on the book...I think you'll be happy if you stick with it!
Why four stars? Well, I'd have to reveal spoilers to say why; but overall I think I reserve the five stars for books I want to rave about, read again, and think about again and again. This book was just 4 star good, and that's about it....more
With all the fan buzz over witches and vampires from the Twilight movie (and every TV show leaching off the buzz), I was(Listened to Audible Version)
With all the fan buzz over witches and vampires from the Twilight movie (and every TV show leaching off the buzz), I was skeptical entering into this book. But in the end I felt it was not only well written, it is incredibly well researched and crafted for the books that follow.
I think the audiobook version is especially well done - the narration is excellent and it was easy to lose myself in the story as I went about my day....more
This book began for me as a cerebral sci-fi mystery novel and ended as an action flick - which is really my only complaint. Not t(For Audible Version)
This book began for me as a cerebral sci-fi mystery novel and ended as an action flick - which is really my only complaint. Not that doing that sort of switch is a bad thing, but it makes me wonder if the author had that planned from the beginning, because that sort of switch is easier if it's alluded to earlier in the book.
But - I loved the book. I want more. The ending (which also seemed as if it was tailored separately from the whole book) left the door open (no pun intended) for more stories with these characters and I was hoping to start reading the next book right away. Only there isn't one yet at the time of this review, so I'd warn readers to be prepared to wait for the next book too!
The Fold is fun, intelligent and nerdy at the same time. It's easily something I can see turned into a television series that I'd binge watch - definitely check it out!...more
I actually watched the movie prior to the book, so I had a fair expectation of how things were going to turn ou**spoiler alert** (For Audible version)
I actually watched the movie prior to the book, so I had a fair expectation of how things were going to turn out. That being said, this book was still excellent and I was happy to see (or hear) that a few key parts were skipped or changed in the movie. There's a part at the end that was actually funny because I knew how the movie turned out (Watney remarking how the movie would turn out if there was one).
The Martian is a fantastic examination of survival on Mars though - I think Mark Watney is not only an extremely likeable character, he's very believable. In fact, for all the detail and science that is described for how Watney tries to survive being stranded on Mars, I was struck afterward by the thought that Watney's personality was just as key for his survival. Really, no one else could have survived that situation - but rather than feeling like Watney was custom tailored for the situation by the author, I instead honestly believed the narrative and was rooting for Watney to survive.
I know that right now Mars is on the horizon for human exploration, and this book comes at a perfect time to dip into that excitement (and has been made into a movie); but I think this book is excellent regardless.
If you find science fiction to be to much fantasy and not enough science - this is the book for you!...more