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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-18

So Sad

I am a HUGE fan of Hissers... the first book. It was an almost perfect 'zombie/monster' book. After listening to it, I scrambled to download everything Thomas had written.

This book is a tedious predictable rehash of book 1.

If you're looking for something to listen to, try the Mountain Man omnibus or one of Rothfuss' books.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Little else other than action

Best parts of Bray's writing are when he takes it slow and develops character. there was a bit of that here. But not much. Most disappointing was how the world went from being ok to 100% infested over a period of 2 hours. Such a good opportunity to build some suspense wasted.

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-18

Dumb

This is Sci-fi with minimal world building. Essentially today’s tech with space ships and little else in the way of technological advances even though it’s set 1000’s of years into the future.

The plot revolves around a muted Game of Thrones character structure. The characters are dumb and shallow.

All in all this is a big letdown for any fan of the first couple Old Mans War books

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-30-17

OK

I enjoyed the first book in this series. While nothing unique, it was fun to follow a band of friends as they get sucked into the paradoxes of time travel.

Chronothon was more of the same. It lacked any character development. It has a pretty bland plot. Instead of 5 friends finding their way home, this time its about saving the universe. So its a little over the top. I also didn't appreciate the future world Van Coops created. It was kind of dumb.

So... three stars might be a little generous. But I still finished it. So it wasn't all bad.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-17

Old fashioned sci fi

I enjoyed this book. Its not action and the world is not about to end. Instead its a low key time travel conundrum. Its the kind of story you would hope Heinlein or Niven would have written back in the day.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-17

A lot of good, but not great

If I compare Sufficiently Advanced Magic against Rothfuss, Rowling, or Martin, it might be generous to give this book 3 stars.
While at times it churns along at a fun clip, it gets lost in action and over the top magic. The best parts of this story in my mind are when the main character is learning about how to use his new found craft. Its the slowest part, but it is interesting and engaging. The story gets bogged down in silly plot twists and ramping up to epic fights that go on and on.
I think that Andrew Rowe has enough gifts as an author to carve a fine career in the future. Its good. Not great.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-17

disjointed and poorly written

This is a very bad book. I almost couldn't give it 2 stars. It starts off well enough. But then it gets mired in very bad writing.
First, the story line repeatedly goes down just a god awful romance line. You follow two characters for a few chapters as they fall in love, then repeat with two more charactrs. Nothing here against falling in love, just against bad writing. And the writing here is plodding.
Secondly, the story shifts wildly from one character to another. The best part of the book is when someone in the town is figuring out how to get some new technology in place. New as in industrial age tech.
Thirdly, the worst part of the book is when Flint decides to go 100 pages into detail on old battles from the 100 year war from the perspectives of the generals. This writing is beyond bad. Its painful.
There have been many authors to tackle this fish out of water story line before. Where a group of soldiers are flung to a different universe and are left in a world where their tech is hundreds of years ahead of the rest of humanity. Try the Lost Regiment for a much better story than 1632.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-28-16

Such a strange book

I have played MMORPG's such as Runescape in the past. Listening to the audio of this story was like listening to someone talk about the step by step progress they made through that world. Which could be painful beyond belief, but for some reason, I didn't mind.

The writing is not great, its not bad either. The main character is flat. As other reviewers have said, he is a whiny little dude. The story structuring is so patently a blow by blow account of an MMORPG I cant get beyond it. I mean, what we are watching unfold is one guys journey through this world with a built in cheat code that levels up his characters stats so that things come more easily to him. Why is this interesting?

This story was interesting to me because it was sort of like taking crack. As a game junkie, I could vividly dive into the feelings here. But the story itself? Pretty dull.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-16-16

Thanks Audible

Very cool of Audible to post this short interview as a free download. Thanks.

Claire North/Catherine Webb has quickly become one of my favorite new voices. So it was great to hear this conversation. Please keep churning out the great work Claire/Catherine.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-16-16

Borges Retread

Hey, I read Borges Library of Babylon. It was a dry story that will stick with you for decades.

So A Short Stay in Hell is a cool story idea. And Peck tells his tale adequately. But its pretty much a solid retread of Borges. I did not find anything new here. Its sort of along the lines of someone deciding to write Gone With the Wind over again, using the same story and plot. What is the point?

If you read this book, enjoyed it, and have not tried Borges... heck you are in for a treat. He has many stories that are just as interesting as this.

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