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Okay, let me say in my own defense that I was forced to read this one in college for a juvenile lit class and it immediately left a sour taste in my mouth. It's like a poorly written Mormon tract set in a bizarre future full of cliche villains and space stations with secret corridors that even the people working there don't know about. Want to learn how to convert people in space while bad guys twist their black mustaches and cackle like morons over their vengeful plans to gain power and fame? If you answered yes, then this book is for you. Otherwise, trust my rating of half a star out of five. That's as low as it goes for me. Toilet paper and Twilight have more literary merit than this waste of trees.
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One thing this book definitely has going for it is that it goes down smooth. Gibson tells a story that slides in as easily as it slides out-- like a vivid dream, you just kind of live through it and are haunted by the patterns that linger afterward. Do I recommend it? Yeah, definitely. Maybe you'll have better luck figuring out what is going on than I did. Four out of five stars (because he's done better work in the past, like Count Zero.)
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where every man, woman and child in the universe has been downloaded into a "cortical stack" that sits in the spine and runs whatever body it's attached to, whether it be the body a person was born in, a genetically-engineered and boosted custom form-- or someone else's body entirely.In the world of Richard K. Morgan's "Altered Carbon", Takeshi Kovacs is an ex-envoy (think well respected super-soldier) that ends up caught in the web of a massive conspiracy. . .
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Okay, so it wasn't bad, not really. It was. . . unimpressive enough that I put it down a few times and almost didn't pick it up again, but I still got through it and got something out of it, didn't I? I like to think so.
Heinlein writes a firm story, but this one drags and drags and embraces a ton of cliches. There's also the introduction of strange characters who you get the feeling were important to the author but in fact do very little for the story. Even the ending is cliche. Maybe I'm just being hard on this piece because, as far as sci-fi goes, it's archaic. (1956). It reads like something written for teenagers of the Flash Gordon era, only the starships are saucers instead of rockets (holy cow!)
Rating-wise, I give it a wishy-washy two point five stars out of five. Just short of average.
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The world of steam and phlogiston awaits!
Where do I start when it comes to laying the praise on this book? Any book where the protagonists are an Athiest priest, a gaggle of prostitutes and a giant golden Jesus is already, by its very nature, worth reading, but Wunjo's work is so much more than just that. It's scathing, it's powerful, it's wonderful, and it targets not only religion, but also Atheism in a way that leaves a mark-- and leaves the reader with something to think about for days afterward. Watch out: offensive language most definitely within.
Five stars out of five.
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Where do I stand on it? Well, it's a fun book, definitely one that will hook you, if only enough to keep you turning the page to find out just how bad (or campy) things can get. I have to admit, I enjoyed it! Bester spins a fun yarn, something somewhere between Heinlein and Haldeman for content, but less serious than either. His stories start solid and end solid-- definitely something impressive to be sought in a writer. Four and a half stars out of five.
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Like many of Haldeman's other works that I've read, Mindbridge also follows the author's pattern of giving the reader a bizarre premise, playing with it, creating a solid foundation out of it and then following it to the very tip-edge end of it before jumping headfirst into bizarrity. I won't give away the ending, but once you get there, you'll see what I mean.
All in all, I love Haldeman's work because he has a strong narrative style that sticks with the reader and leaves a firm impression long after the reading is over. Mindbridge also has an added level of depth that comes from assorted memos, advertisements and the like which pepper the story. Very experimental and very cool.
All in all, I'd say a solid four out of five stars.
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The book, however. . .
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All in all, I really enjoyed this "how to" book. As a writer, I found more than just great and true tips for being a better writer, I also found great tips for living a better, fuller life. There's some great stuff in here and some really foundational materials that are sure to get any writer on the right path to glory (and put a smile on their face in the process.) Don't miss this one, but please-- remember that this book contains a lot of crude language. All in all, Five solid stars out of five.
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Look around; here you will find marvels reverse-engineered from ancient Atlantian technology, machines used to traverse time (as well as space,) and weapons capable of putting to rest even the most fearsome of horrors to inhabit the phlogistonic aethers which cloak our worlds. As both an inventor and a man of adventure, I not only build, but also personally test a number of fine arms and devices built in the steampunk style, so you know that each and every invention herein has been rigorously field tested!
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