Review: The Long Cosmos

The Long Cosmos
The Long Cosmos by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

FINISHED!!! What a saga. I have enjoyed it immensely, but at the end, I think the authors were just tired with it all. It seems to just run out of steam. Some great ideas in the early books but just a bit ho-hum towards the end. Most of the characters were sorted out and certainly not a Game of Thrones pogrom. It is essential reading for SciFi lovers though it would have been good to have finished with more options. Oh well. Thanks, Terry – hope you enjoy the Cosmos.

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Review: 1984

1984 by George Orwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While this is the stereotypical dystopian view of the world and regarded as a classic, it was not an enjoyable read. As a collection of views of a disturbing world that was clearly influenced by the issues in Nazi Germany and Communist Russia it gives a depressing impression of man’s inhumanity and the pointlessness of survival. Yet we survive! I am glad it was an audio book as being a skim reader, I am sure I would have missed much of the intricate detail that Orwell clearly pondered on for a considerable period. Elements of the emerging philosophical views of that time on knowledge were interesting. Doubt I will be seeking this out to read again but I will acknowledge it is a magnificent writing effort and clearly has influenced the world post publication with Big Brother and the Orwellian view of the world impacting countless stories and movies in so many ways.

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Review: Dragons of Autumn Twilight

Dragons of Autumn Twilight
Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a second read or at least I thought it was going to be but frankly, I could hardly remember much at all. Mind you I probably read it in 1985 or so. Was that really so long ago? There are around 90 books in this series now so it will be a challenge to get through many of them. (I think I still have quite a number of them in a box somewhere.) Thank goodness for ebooks.
In any event, it was an enjoyable read with strangely familiar characters that I will keep reading about for a while yet. I meet the authors at a Supernova convention in Brisbane some years ago and they signed a couple of books for my then young son. He was impressed as a dragon lover.
If you are a D&D player or MMORPG player I think you will enjoy the books and the relatively rich character development.

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Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a wonderful modern day fairy tale with Neil Gaiman’s imaginative mind running over time! So many ideas and as with American Gods, I am left wondering what is ‘real’ and what is Gaimanisms. He is truly a great writer. Short yarn really nad an easy read. Very enjoyable if a little complex in places.

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Review: The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

We listened to this as an audiobook but I would have to say I was underwhelmed. I understand it is a classic and studied in many high schools and for some reason has generated a plethora of movies and re-publications. There are some wonderful sentences and prose, it gives a vivid portrait of the ‘Roaring Twenties’ lifestyle of the wealthy and some of the evoked images are dramatic and stimulating. The story (as that is what it is) is however not that exciting or unique. It was worth a listen but it’s not a book I would want to read again.

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Review: Judas Unchained

Judas Unchained
Judas Unchained by Peter F. Hamilton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My goodness what a saga!! 41 hours!

This probably deserves a 5 star review but I will not give it because I think Hamilton can do even better! This saga was extremely detailed, had many complex story arcs and some wonderful characters. Hamilton developed some great aliens, some astounding physical artifacts and a tightly integrated story.
As an audio book is was well delivered and I looking forward to listening to his next one as well.

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