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Beautiful and deep and utterly gutting

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-10-13

MacFarlane is a brilliant writer, able to turn the driest and hardest of ideas into pure, beautiful prose. As with most of his books, this one is part travelogue, part memoir, part cry for the preservation of our world. It's perfectly read, and devastating in its impact on a receptive listener.

Hilarious!

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-07-22

Full length audio drama (or in this case comedy) seems like it might be a dead art, but this hilarious, fast-paced, full-cast comedy proves otherwise.

Modern and incredibly relevant

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Reviewed: 2019-07-17

I honestly wish I could thank Marche and his producers in person for this exploration of modern fatherhood and its frank, well-researched, and generous discussion of 21st Century fatherhood.

Military sci-fi for a humanist era

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-07-08

Hurley is (in my experience) nearly unparalleled as a world builder. She has an incredible capacity to make a place feel real, to anticipate the quirks and divergences her concepts demand. That is combined here with a message that has never been more relevant, about social control, corporatism, and the untrammeled evil of the use of force for dishonest purpose.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Excellent and novel sci-fi!

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Reviewed: 2019-06-21

This blend of science fiction and thriller and history, with interesting advanced tech, but also an exciting political plot, is exactly the sort of thing the genre needs more.of!

Phenomenal and original

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-06-10

You ever notice how Urban Fantasy is so...urban? and usually white? If Neil Gaiman was a Canadian indigenous woman, then this is probably the book he would write. Robinson uses the language and rhythm of small-town and Reservation BC to transport the reader into a rich, believable world where witches and spirits live among us...and they are just as messed up as we are.

An accessible look at a hard job

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Reviewed: 2019-05-02

Bharara's calm and measured approach to one of society's hardest, most demanding, and least-understood professions makes it accessible to all people, free of judgment and without pulling any punches.

His reading voice is crisp and clear, and he provides the right amount of emotion as he presents a difficult topic.

It's bad.

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-04-10

I really wanted to like this book. I've heard good things about James' writing, and I have been excited for the idea of an African-inspired fantasy series since the first time I was made aware of how narrow the lens of fantasy novels tends to be. I guess I'll keep waiting for a good one.

The setting is actually pretty interesting and exciting. Sprawling city-states, warring tribes, shapechangers, monsters inspired out of Pan-African lore. I really dig that part of it, and James does a lot of work in making the world feel real and lived in. Many of the characters are also very good, with complex backgrounds, and differing motivations. The integration of the fantasy elements with otherwise grounded characters is basically seamless.

The story, on the other hand, is rambling and dull. Most scenes are just characters telling each other about interesting things they did on the way to get wherever they are. James writes action scenes like someone who has heard about them, but never actually read one, and many of the fights and chases feel like they have no stakes, like the characters involved don't have anything to win or lose that matters, like 80s action movies, where the "hero" just kills dozens of faceless goons because some producer said "you need an action beat here."

There are enormous, rambling digressions throughout the book, suggesting the worst indulgences of Lord of the Rings. Characters appear, sidetrack the story, and then are defeated without significant consequences, apparently for the sole purpose of "tourism."

The reader is quite talented, giving distinct voices to each character, and allowing his performance to tell you something about that character's size, age, and attitudes. However, when a character speaks quickly, he speaks quickly. When a character whispers, he whispers. If you're listening while walking, driving, or working out, you WILL miss things, and sometimes need to adjust the volume multiple times in a chapter. I found this very frustrating.

Overall, I can't recommend this book. But I do hope that someone reads it and decides they want to do something similar, but better, so I can read that one.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

Well-written, but unoriginal.

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-02-08

I remember really enjoying this book when I first read it a few years back. This time through, I realized that it's actually quite flawed. Most of the characters are paper-thin, and the villains are so mustache-twirlingly evil that they are utterly unbelievable.

Still, Wendig's use of language is definitely his strongest feature, and Beresford does all the voices justice. If you don't mind popcorn entertainment, then this is worth your time.

Hilarious!

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Reviewed: 2019-02-04

Acaster is a wonderful storyteller with a warm heart and a quick wit. I laughed out loud so many times I lost count.