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I hate to sound like a broken record, but Sanderson does it again. He comes up with something entirely different from what he has been writing. Think of your favorite fantasy or sci-fi writers and now think of how many universes they write in. For most it is one. I have lost count of how many Sanderson has invented and so many are great wonders to get lost in. This world is a world within a world or a city-state within a city-state. It is a time travel book. It is easy to get into your head, the rules are not complicated. The story has some twists and turns, some are predictable, but a couple I did not see coming.
The universe itself is enough to recommend this book, but I also like the characters. These are cops or detectives who are basically outcasts. In the real world they are losers, outcasts, failures. In this world it is harder for them to screw up and cause damage. They of course don't see themselves this way and are hungry to prove themselves. One cop is OVERLY AGRESSIVE, while they other one is the opposite. Yet, even in a world that really does not exist, crime can still happen and crazies can still torture.
If your a Sanderson fan, this is a must and if you don't know him, this is a good place to start.
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I have been meaning to try a story by this author for quite some time, but hadn't gotten around to it until now. My loss! The creative worldbuilding, the description of characters and setting, the tight plot with that wow-worthy end twist made for a fantastic first-time encounter. This was a cross between sci-fi and mystery with a good old-fashioned detective noir feel.
This shorter story introduces a futuristic situation when technology now allows police to recreate a day and setting from the near-past and send officers into the simulation to find out what happened on a certain day or time to gather facts that will lead to finding evidence in the real world to present in court. Two of the 'snapshot' officers, Davis and Chaz, are sent in by court order to find evidence against a murderer, but they stumble across hints of something bigger going down.
Davis and Chaz know they are considered screw ups by the rest of the force and have been given assignments in the Snapshot sym because it's considered lesser police work. Both want to prove themselves so they set out to solve the darker case they stumbled upon.
So, I'm not going to say a lot about this one other than I was intrigued by the futuristic idea of simulating past scenes to gather evidence for crimes and the intense case the pair of Snapshot detectives stumble across. I enjoyed both characters and they were a fun team of opposites. But that ending, wow. I actually saw it coming to a certain extent, but not in its entirety. Left me sitting there gaping with surprise and I love when a story pulls a 'gotcha!' like that.
I experienced Snapshot in its audio version. This was my first encounter with William DeMeritt as narrator. He had a great deep gravelly voice that matched the tough guy detectives and the story. His Chaz accent was perfect with it's noir flavor.
All in all, quick yet engrossing sci-fi mystery that I can highly recommend.
I rec'd this book free.
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What made the experience of listening to Snapshot the most enjoyable?
It was most certainly the pace. And of course the idea behind the story itself.
Who was your favorite character and why?
What can I say, both main characters were my favourites. Each of them brought something different to the table.
What does William DeMeritt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
His gruff baritone added that extra almost hardboiled atmosphere to the world Sanderson created. He made the world real and also made the character’s sound distinct. Which in my opinion is what truly matters when grading a narrator.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Snapshot: take a picture: you never know, it might be your last.
Any additional comments?
The magic man did it again! I knew as soon as I saw the title on audible; I knew that I would buy it, buy it and enjoy it.
One thing to say was that the audiobook was only 2 hours and 23 minutes.
But somehow it felt longer. But please don’t take that the wrong way, in my opinion that was good. The story did not feel rushed. The conclusion brought everything to a close with a snap and it left my mind reeling. Brandon Sanderson manages to put in plot and character developments galore; adding little clues on the way and letting your imagination roam for a little while. Until you are hit with the big reveal, and make no mistake, there is a big reveal. One of those ahhh…. Head-scratching moments that leave you asking yourself, “How did I miss that”? And the ending so simple but at the same time oh so brilliant.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Yet again Brandon sanderson has left me wanting more from one if his short stories!! I hope he has plans for more in this world, it's an interesting premise.
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I don't normally like novellas but I love Sanderson. This is his usual high standard. It feels like a complete story. Narration is good. I would prefer more variation between voices but he has a nice tone.
very enjoyable story. also the narrator was born to do this role. definatley worth it