A beautiful odd book. I have never read any of his work before and he appears to have quite an intense following. The characters are limited in certai...moreA beautiful odd book. I have never read any of his work before and he appears to have quite an intense following. The characters are limited in certain ways because of the choppiness of the polot of the tone of dialogue, which sometimes seems almost forced. But the dialogue itself reveals so much thought provoking imagery. I love how he has his characters really trying to struggle with understanding human motivation and how to deal with issues that are bigger than they are. So there is no real lack in how the dialogue is utilized. it is all believable
The fantastic elements of the book, ad an unreal quality that in lesser hands would take away from the message, but Murakami manages to make the tension of the drama very powerful and leak into the mundane scenes between characters that are flirting with developing uncertain relationships. While thre are important threads (whole pieces of fabric more accurately) that do not get resolved the important points of the book are sufficiently addressed that one os not left hanging,
Even if one does want to know more of what really happened. But then that is real life. We don;t always get to find out what the whole story is.(less)
a beautifully complex treatment of morality and guilt and redemption. i love the idea of a "Speaker for the Dead". The importance to society of having...morea beautifully complex treatment of morality and guilt and redemption. i love the idea of a "Speaker for the Dead". The importance to society of having an honest full evaluation of a person's life to their society.
i found the characterizations of the Aliens a little too pat, and the stupidity and rigidity of interstellar academie rather unfair. The biology and ecology seem too untenable, but having never seen alien either of those I guess i have to reserve judgment The richness of the characters is so much more fille dout than in Enders game, and that is what makes this book really special.(less)
this whole series was amazing. She is one of the most lyrical writers and so compelling. for a while she was my favorite author. About an angel in the...morethis whole series was amazing. She is one of the most lyrical writers and so compelling. for a while she was my favorite author. About an angel in the renaissance. (less)
Another fascinating philosophical sci fi exploration about human nature and psychology and purpose in life. it is the sequel to Speaker for the Dead a...moreAnother fascinating philosophical sci fi exploration about human nature and psychology and purpose in life. it is the sequel to Speaker for the Dead and covers the next generations. Card is not afraid to make huge jumps in his stories, and he makes a believable tangle of relationships that, while sometimes fantastic are quite believable. He engages in the Romeo and Juliet Effect of relationships ( What I call the foolish consequences that come from people not being honest and communicating clearly).
A couple of things bother me about this particular book. near the end he creates this pretty ridiculous solution for the problems facing the different species on the Planet Lusitania. The consequences of thsi solution are so overreaching that in y view it makes the whole subsequent plot and potentially in the next book rather pointless. the other is the way he hurredly ties up all the loose ends on the Chines planet at the very end in a way that locks in aspects fo the future for the whole rest of wherever the plot goes in subsequent books. It is odd that he creates a soluton that is so radical and fantastic in one part o the book, and then in another he treats the subsequnet generation as if there will not be so much change, What he is proposing is the most revolutionary change ever in human history, and yet he descibes events on a planet 30 -50 years in the future where that revolutuonary change doesn;t seem to have had any obvious effect. I look forward to seeing if he can take this idea in the next book and change my mind about this.(less)
a Great sci fi book, by a scientist that can write. Ok, he may not be the best writer but he is good, and he hit the nail on the head marketing wise w...morea Great sci fi book, by a scientist that can write. Ok, he may not be the best writer but he is good, and he hit the nail on the head marketing wise with a spaceship of genetically enhanced dolphins with cute names. ow cna you miss with that. throw in Earth being the new boys on the block and political intrigue among alien races that are full of every range of benevolent overseers to horrid evil manipulative slavers.
Well, this felt like it could have ben a great book. But similarly to the Junot Diaz book, it flet overwrouhgt with detail. Beautifully rich ezquisite...moreWell, this felt like it could have ben a great book. But similarly to the Junot Diaz book, it flet overwrouhgt with detail. Beautifully rich ezquisite detail. Is this waht is currenyl considered good writing these days? Unfortunatley the book doesn;t really make any sense. I am only giving it three stars becuase the rich writing is so pleasant to ingest. it is a story in three sections that are somehow connected in some sort of spiritual ethereal way. In all three stories there are characters named Simon and Luke and Walt Whitman is expounded in a turrets like manner by one of the characters in each one. And each story is engaging. But none has any sort of reasonable or appealing or satisying ending. Especially the last one. The first story is the turn of the century, the secong is comtemporary and the third is a few decades in the future. i will say it was a valuable experiment in writing, so again for that i give it three stars. i am not sorry I read it. and f I was the editor I would have said Wow , this could be a great book, make more connections , make the ending less cartoony and let us really love the characters All things easily within reach.(less)