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GET IT. NOW. The Best Series I Have Ever Read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-05-22

This is a work of literary art that just keeps getting better and better the longer it goes on. It is quite possibly one of the most elegantly written books I have ever had the pleasure of reading.
The methodology of this authors world building is far beyond what I think it is possible for most humans to be capable of and I include myself in that if you think I am being pretentious. I am not being pretentious, its just that impressive.
His characterization is incredible. I used to think I could be empathetic, this has made me reconsider that I may be wrong and need to try harder. Whatever this author is doing is true empathy. These characters are not words on a page that fulfill the purpose of furthering the story-line. They are people. Side note: I think the author did some serious research on the nature of some physiological illnesses and represented them so well that it might be more educational to learn about them here then in most medical descriptions.
The story-line is very very well put together. It doesnt stop and end with the book. It was already started, and will continue for a long time afterwards. THATS good world-building.
Their foreshadowing is just.. incredible. It is so subtle that I started noticing hints in the strangest places on my third listen.

There is nothing studdering or jerking about this series. It is a masterpiece. It doesnt matter what types of books you are in to - if you choose not to give this series a chance youve missed out.

Missing Its 2nd Dimension So Totally It Breaks

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-05-22

This book is weird. It has characters (1st Dimension). It has large world that makes alot of sense and is very interesting (3rd Dimension). That is why it is so confusing. Its characters are like 2 dimensions pieces of inconsistent paper with not just no coherent thought processes, but with like.. none. Its like they have no object permanence. Peoples actions and thoughts were wholly railroaded the entire book pulled along by the single character that apparently actually had free will: The main character. Its like they all knew they were side characters, just accepted it or something and didn't bother to break the mold.

The epilogue having to do with the characters was just complete and utter nonsense. You don't take someone with that level of education and professionalism and then make them surprised/misunderstand the very things they were raised and trained to understand out of nowhere. She already knew the answers. WHY WAS SHE SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS.

I think this author has alot of great ideas when it comes to thought experiments and universe building. I enjoyed the adventure through their universe and the questions they raised. How we got around though... what...

Life Isnt Just Unfair, Its Methodically Unfair

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-02-27

A both enjoyable, engrossing, and grueling experience. The author clearly cares about their book, and the narrator is fantastic. There are a few patterns that idk maybe the author experiences in their own life that they are expressing through the book. I feel that because they are so set in stone it has to be a commentary. It makes it both frustrating and interesting. For example:
- Gossip is always wrong. If you even hear someone gossiping, their IQ has been reduced to 0 for the duration of that conversation. I dont know if the people in this world understand a damn thing going on around them if they are talking about it to eachother and the main character is listening.
- When people learn their lessons or compare whats happening to them to their own lives, they seem to both understand the lesson / methodically do it again without even having a clue. They will almost literally be like: "I should not have stuck my head into that bears mouth" WHILE sticking their head into the bears mouth. Its so consistent that I have to believe the author is trying to make a point about peoples decision making skills, because there are points where the sentence structure is almost exactly that!
- Life isnt just unfair, its methodically unfair.

I really enjoyed the book and the story, but I am also just waiting for when he snaps and starts killing or blowing up all his problems. I feel like its coming and the satisfaction will be immeasurable.

Hike of the Ages

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-08-26

I have never read any of the books before this one.
So I found this books world to be unbelievably detailed. It blew my mind. I was asking myself if there were books before this one and he just kept them to himself. There are earlier books I later found out.
That being said, I didn't need them to understand what was going on and to catch up. I find that fairly impressive writing. This author was in no hurry at all though. Hes doing his thing, writing the story. People are having conversations. Its like watching peoples lives without skipping any time, but knowing a volcano is going to erupt soon and just getting to know the people who are about to be engulfed. Nothing really happens. I feel like stuff is going to happen next book. Where I got the most enjoyment out of this book is hearing the characters thoughts. Some can sense the volcano, some not so much. Its a subtle version of suspense and I enjoy what the author tries to make legitimate thoughts and reactions to things. This book is a hike of a book, but I think all the more satisfying for that.

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Finally, a sane and thoughtful main character.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-08-26

Something I really enjoyed about this book is that its main characters is a reasonable sane person. Maybe my definition of sane is having at least a mild amount of altruism, not anything huge. I say that because humanities flaws I find are massively ramped up in books, and maybe they are in real life and I am just not noticing. The person in this book though, he does reasonable things. He doesn't develop an addiction to power as so many book characters often do, he doesn't lean into extremism as time goes by, he tries to maintain his morals within reason yet is smart enough to understand what a DISCREPANCY is without the book having a moral dilemma heart attack. Which is huge for me. So many times I read books and I just think to myself "Why, why did you do that. You had so much power, you could have done so much. Break free storybook character. Screw furthering the story arch, you can be your own person and maintain your consistency". But no, they have to be corrupted because its one of today's cannon narratives to be corrupted. No one can handle power.. whatever. This is the story of a reasonable person who gets power. Watch in awe as he decides to be reasonable with it. Truly astounding, and more importantly. So. Satisfying.
It really is fun to follow bob on his adventures and be like "Yes bob, don't be a maniac for no reason other than having the option. Address your problems and concerns as best you can. Don't develop some late book apathy to humanity for some AI or removal based reasons to make some toothless and pessimistic philosophical point. Maintain yourself with logic and memory."
Rare and incredible stuff. Bob is one of my favorite characters of all time. You should listen to this book. Its so much fun. Bob is flawed yes, but forgivably so. Like most people (or so I like to believe).

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LOGICAL TO A FAULT... BUT with Crazy Strengths

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-06-18

I have read thousands of storybooks, and while I have read books that have a slightly more enticing story-line, this book series has something I have NEVER seen anywhere else which makes it one of the most interesting and FUN books I have ever read. To avoid spoilers, I will list what philosophies separate this from all other books.

- THE AUTHOR IS A SCIENTIST: I don't personally know this author, but I could almost hear his disdain for inconsistencies. This guy wanted to do a "what if book" with absolutely no plot holes of any kind. Have you ever wondered what would happen if a scientist went back in time realistically? Well no suspended disbelief here. The stage is set with surgical precision.

- A RAVENOUS HATRED OF GOD AND THE MACHINE: Whenever you usually read a book the main character just gets away with stuff sometimes right? Well this guy had something to prove, like that main characters could exist without gods help. ALL factors are accounted for, and his main character becomes powerful on a pillar of logic. Usually when you read books you know the main characters going to get away with something you just want to know how. Its different here. You can tell he likes having a main character, but so help him god his main character will achieve everything with the tools he has been given or not at all. Its like hes playing a game of chess with a storybook. He only works with the pieces that are on the board to work with his people. That makes reading this really fun, because you can take satisfaction in things that could reasonably happen. To make this possible, no details are omitted. None. Talk about commitment.

- DEEP DISDAIN FOR VILLAIN CHARACTERS WHO "JUST COOPERATE": I feel like this is an extension of his hatred of god of the machine, which saturates every word of the book. He tells the story from the perspectives of absolutely anyone who has any play at all regardless of where they stand. What he achieves by doing this is re-enforcing that his main characters aren't just getting away with stuff, but are legitimately foiling the foe or being foiled. He shows the reader both sides of the fog of war and makes sure they understand that everyone is really trying to win and he favors no one. In a way, hes showing you both sides of the chess board so you know hes not cheating. I really appreciated this aspect, because it makes the thought experiment makes a ton more sense.

- A SCIENTIST CANNOT ESCAPE HIS OWN LOGIC: This is why the story is 4 stars. While its perfectly written, its obviously written by a methodical person. There are subtext patterns that can be completely relied upon to predict whats going to happen next. Once you figure out the pattern, you will never be surprised again. That's what I mean when I say "Logical to a fault". Everyone and everything is so logical, that you can logically predict the future and be certain your right because nothing has ever not been logical. My main issue with this is every. Single. Character is the pinnacle of logic.I would consider myself a follower of the religion of being logical, and I cannot achieve the levels of perfect logic at all times that these characters do. I know really smart people who also cannot reach this level of logic 100% of the time. I also know an enormous numbers of people who would never, under any circumstances, submit to being this logical. They would rather die than experience logic on this scale, and would implode if exposed to it. There is no way that these characters can be this logical. Maybe 1, but not all of them. Unless there is some secret formula that makes everyone in this book logically this logical, then this is the one thing to me that I have to constantly suspend my disbelief at. I believe the irony is that the author doesn't see this, because he himself being logical doesn't see why anyone wouldn't be logical. And the answer is that its not logical lol. All that being said, his religious adherance to logic creates a "story of competing super-geniuses" that is really really interesting to watch progress and you cant get it anywhere else.

EXTREMELY RARE EXPERIENCE OF BEING IMPRESSED: Legitimately one of the first books where I felt stupider than 90% of people in the book. That's very difficult to achieve because remember in order for people in a book or show to be smarter than you, the people writing it need to be smarter than you. Thats why if you watch Sherlock Holmes on TV hes not smarter than you hes magic instead. That's because the people writing him are not as smart as the character they are writing. Because their interpretation of people being smarter than them is magic because by definition they cannot fathom how one would achieve elevated brain process by their own restriction, Sherlock becomes a wizard who just knows things and never actually does anything "Impressively smart" without using his god writer granted wizard powers. Not so here. The person writing this book is SMART, so get ready for a battalion of really smart people competing with each other and depending on who you are maybe admitting to yourself that some of the things they decide might not have occurred to you, but now that you hear them make alot of sense. This is the series of real life Sherlock Holmes's, and its super fun to read for that reason. The read gets the full ride.

I hope this helps you decide to read these books. Yes they follow patterns, but compared to other books you can basically leave your suspended disbelief at home. That's a very rare experience.

Really Fun<br />

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-05-08

maybe you thought book one was a bit of a drag. well that ends at this book. This book was a great time, and spared no details. I have read every single book in the dune series, and I had to work hard to get through all of those. I think that while this world has a less philosophical outlook, it's world building is still fantastic and the characters are what makes the story interesting. there are subtle hints at everyone's deep character that are never addressed directly. it's just them. it's what makes you care about them, they seem like actual people.
what a blast.

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