From the very first page it was as if I stepped into Stephen Kings 'Under the Dome' book. Makes one wonder which author wrote about the "dome" first?! hmmmm
The story drags on and on at a slow pace. The characters are whiny and I couldn't connect with them at all.
I am h ...more
A very good hard SciFi novel with good world building, character building, and story telling. Manhattan is extracted like a tooth by a large alien ship and taken aboard. Can the residents figure out what is going on and save themselves and everyone else? I could have used a little more wind down at the end and a little less of the fanatic preacher but I'm only being nit picky. The opening chapter(s) of the extraction can seem long and a bit gory but most of the characters are being ...more
What I liked in this book that so much other SF does badly:
* We meet a team of people that actually works as a team to solve problems. There's no drama or tension or other extreme emotions on display. They know people are counting on them to do their job and they do it. What a concept!
* A ...more
Combining alien invasion with apocalyptic survival dependent on engineering skills, with enough characterization to support the story line.
A thoroughly enjoyable read.
Stith's take on this is pretty straight up if not downright overly technical. Consequently, the book seems to ...more
The story centers on former military man Matt Sheehey, who leads a group of engineers and scientists working to figure out the problem. They make contact with seve ...more
My first thought discovering this sci-fi title was "hmmm... it looks really difficult to handle such a story" and it proves so, with Stith so-and-so successful on the task.
(view spoiler)[ A huge alien ship cuts and lifts Manhattan, putting the whole island city in a glass dome, along with a dozen other alien cities. Then a bunch of people is able to penetrate the wall, travel without been discovered to the heart of the huge ship and bomb it, just ...more
Problem is, if people are freaking out about it, nobody is acting that way. In fact sometimes the dialog seemed to be there just because dialog was expected and when things happened that should have elicited shrieks and screams. People just talked about it.
I fin ...more
3.5 stars. I found Manhattan Transfer to be an overall enjoyable read. There were several sections in the middle that dragged a little for me because there was more detail than I would have liked about certain things, and less detail than I would have liked about others. That being said, I never felt like I didn't want to continue reading and I was always excited to get back to it and see how everything would work out. I really enjoyed it. I was ...more
Stith imbastisce un romanzo coerente e stimolante dal punto di vista (fanta)scientifico, peccato solo per il mancato approfondimento dei personaggi e per la brusca accelerazione della trama da circa metà libro.
Now, I wouldn't call this horrible or bad, not even boring. It simply did not grab me enough to demand my attention over the other books that are collecting on my to read stack. Perhaps I will com back to it later.
PUSHBACK , a brand new mystery-suspense novel, was published in November 2018.
PUSHBACK : At his ten-year high-school reunion, an investment counselor finds he doesn't know one person there, and soon realizes he must outwit an unknown antagonist who wants him dead.
"...unsettling Hitchcockian thriller...Judicious use of humor provides some relief from the dark plot line. Fans of Daniel Palmer-esque...more