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Mike Reiter

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Decent start to a series

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Évalué le: 2019-11-14

The characters were mostly engaging. It had a nice mix of modern problems and magic problems and a reasonable way to introduce magic into the world. Most of it has a pretty light tone. I will probably get the next in the series.

Good story, interesting speculation on society

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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-10-24

Ostensibly a story about a skateboarder, pizza delivery man, religious nuts and ancient Sumerians. If you liked Reamde you will like this. The story is set in a world where governments don't really exist and small state-enclaves are franchises of major corporations and the Mafia. Part of it takes place in the real world and part of it in cyberspace.

The characters, at least the main ones, are fairly well fleshed out. The technology is interesting as is the speculation on the development of human society. Some of it is amusingly retro as things like the library of congress would have been replaced these days with Google and smartphones would have made all the jacking into consoles obsolete.

The story is fast paced, and interesting. I enjoyed it. One complaint was the sound. It was ineligible and clear all the way through but sounded tinny on every device I tried. I compensated by cranking the bass on all devices. Without that I would have given it 5 stars.

First amusing then surprising

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Évalué le: 2019-10-06

The novel is about a man, his wife, brother and sister-in-law having dinner at an expensive restaurant. The books is laid out as parts of the meal. Appetizer, main course, desert etc. The story is told from the man's point of view as a first person narrative, including his thoughts and observations, rather than just a recitation of facts. He is what is called the compromised narrator as his feelings and opinions colour his version of the tale. As the meal progresses , flashbacks are included.

I found the beginning very amusing, and while the book is written and has the point of view of somebody from the Netherlands, the wry wit and perfromer's accent made it very much feel like this could have been written by somebody from England as well. Particularly the bits about owning vacation homes in France. The second half of the novel takes a very dark and unexpected turn. I don't want to give anything away so I won't go into the happenings. I did enjoy the book, they style the story and the performance were all very good.

Millennials, YouTube and Aliens

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Évalué le: 2019-10-01

A bunch of aliens land on earth, then don't move. The night it happens a young woman is walking home, sees one of them and gets her friend to come and make a video. From there the book delves into being "internet famous", tribalism, and social media obsession.

It felt like the voice of the protagonist, both in terms of the narrator's actual voice and the written voice of the author, work for a 23 year old and social media personality. I assume since Hank Green has several YouTube channels, and is kind of internet famous, he drew on his own experience. The characters are engaging. The story is interesting. I wish he had allowed the listener to try to solve some of the puzzles rather than just mentioning them as a background plot device. Over all I enjoyed it, the main character was a bit annoying by the end, but it worked with the story.

Fun, Light, Fast

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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-10-01

The book is based on the idea that the world we knew fairytales from is mostly true. The three adventurers, Marie, roughly from beauty and the beast, Frank, who it is hinted at is Frankenstein's monster, and Jack, who is Jack be Nimble, and Jack be Quick and Jack the Giant killer make up the Bastard Champions. The book goes through several fairytales, like Cinderella, in an amusing way. The tone is fun, the twists on the stories are interesting. I enjoyed it all the way through, I hope there is a sequel.

Nostalgic but didn't age well.

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3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-09-17

I grew up with George Carlin. I always liked George Carlin. Some things are better left remembered. Listening to this was nostalgic, and some of it was amusing. A lot of the comedy didn't age well. A rant about people wearing walkmans for example. Yes I guess you could translate it to people on their phones, but only for the listening to music part. Overall it very much had the feel of an old man yelling at kids to get off his lawn while professing he didn't care about the lawn. Probably the most recent comment was about George Bush, which make sense since Carlin died in 2008. Some of it was amusing, none of it was laugh out loud funny. An ok listen if you like George Carlin or have any interest in 1970's counterculture comedians

Endearing story, good characters

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3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-09-13

Jess loses her job when the restaurant she works at as a waitress burns down. Being in her 60's, in a small city in the interior of B.C. she finds it impossible to find a job. She turns to growing pot.

The characters are endearing, it certainly has the same vibe as the movie cocoon. I enjoyed the characters and I thought the narrator, Kyra Harper, has a perfect voice to bring the main character to life. I am sure somebody who actually grows pot could poke holes in it, but as an outsider, there was just enough detail about growing pot to make it ring true. The ending was a bit too fairytail but didn't detract from the story.

It is interesting that this book came out in 2017, but it must have been written much earlier. Part of the plot stems around this being an illegal activity. But by 2017 people already knew that pot was about to become legal in Canada, and today, everything she did would be legal.

For con men and charlatans, maybe courtiers

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Évalué le: 2019-09-07


What I hoped for in this book was really about how to be a leader, or a better leader. I was disappointed. The premise of this book is that you can gain power through deceit and trickery. While the lessons might be applicable in a Royal Court, or maybe Politics, except for in the most dysfunctional company, most of the lessons taught in this book would not be useful. It is really about tricks, deceit and backstabbing but never about how to produce anything or motivate people beyond fear. There are a lot of anecdotes to illustrate the rules that the author expounds, but I know at least one of them was wrong. The author states that both Tesla and Edison were up to share the 1914 Nobel Prize in Physics. Rather than give Tesla any publicity, Edison refused and the the prize went to somebody else. Actually it went to Max von Laue for the discovery of the diffraction of X-rays by crystals. But Nobel Prizes don't work that way. Even if Edison had refused they both would have been awarded the prize and Edison would have just refused. But all the publicity would still be there.

The inability to get facts right, the lack of methods of motivation, the focus on deception make me feel this book is for the stupid, sociopaths and or morally bankrupt. Only where power is based on a popularity contest, like politics, or bestowed such as a royal court, would any of this be useful. I guess within the corporate environment it could be used to move up the ladder but you better vacate the spot as soon as possible and sell short on the stock because once you achieve any sort of power, you will be in a position where you don't have a loyal team supporting you and you have no idea how to product anything. Also if you pay attention every "Rule" has a contradictory "Rule". "Crush your enemy utterly and completely" is a rule as is "Show mercy to your enemies you will gain a most loyal ally".

If you are ever hiring somebody that has risen in previous companies but never stayed anywhere more than two years, they are probably the kind of bottom feeder that adheres to the advice in this book. I guess on positive aspect it does have is it elucidates the tactics so you can shut that scum down when you see it.

The last 3 or 4 chapters are potentially useful for regular people who aren't working towards a career as a con man

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Reading the series is a must, doesn't stand alone

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Évalué le: 2019-08-12

Tim Gerard Reynolds does an excellent job with narration. Since I have listened to all the Riyria books and this series he, to me, is the voice of this world and setting. The story starts a bit slow but picks up speed. There is one part of the book when one of the main characters does something I would consider stupid and I found it pissed me off, and then I realized it is because I actually care about these characters. Some secrets are revealed and my only real complaint about this book is that it is not a stand alone book. If you had not read what came before, you might be ok but probably not and the worst sin, is it ends in the middle of the story. I don't mean the overarching epic, I mean the story that is being told just stops in the middle.

Amusing and a little weird

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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-07-27

If you have been following the saga through John Dies at the End and This Book is Full of Spiders you know our protagonists can see supernatural, pan dimensional beings due to a power given to them by a drug they call Soya Sauce. It is a decent adventure with kidnappings, battles, shady government(?) organizations, reality tv stars, shape shifting aliens and batmantis. The humour is sophomoric, that doesn't make it any less funny but if you don't like dildo shooting cannons, fart and dick jokes, this might not be the book for you.

I enjoyed it and I felt the performance by Stephen Thorne was very good and captured the spirit of the material.