The debut novel from highly regarded short-story author David Marusek, Counting Heads pushes the limits of the genre.Life in the year 2134 is nearly perfect, with nanotechnology and medical science granting people near-immortality. But when Sam Harger is flagged as a terrorist, his powerful wife dies in a plane crash, and his daughter's cryogenically frozen head becomes a sought-after prize, Sam must fight to save the human race from a secret cabal.More
"This extraordinary debut novel puts Marusek in the first rank of SF writers. Marusek's writing is ferociously smart, simultaneously horrific and funny, as he forces readers to stretch their imaginations and sympathies." (Publishers Weekly)
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While it isn't horribly written, I feel you could have taken half the story and just thrown it away. It made no difference- just plodding along tediously slow. It failed to keep my interest, so much so that I stopped listening less than halfway through and only finished it because I didn't have anything else.While it may be reminiscent of William Gibson, it fails to keep your interest in what will happen next- especially by being let down on that front so many times during the book. It's like watching a three hour movie only to find out the only good parts are in the last half-hour.
The pace needed to be picked up quite a bit. There are little gems of interest here, but they are few and far between.
I heard this narrator yawning (!) while narrating, about four times. Could they not have edited that? In addition, his characterizations seem very off to me, and made the story that much less enjoyable. He actually channels Steve Urkel for one of the main characters and it was so annoying- through the entire book. He also characterizes an extremely prominent political council as a group of bored spoiled teenage girls- it was really bad, in my opinion and I don't think the author intended that. I hate to knock a narrator like that, but dangit I'm paying for this and I had to suffer through that for many hours- it was painful.
Characters don't need to be cut- half the tedious plot needs to be cut.
I got this book based on other's reviews here and comparisons with William Gibson.
- Jeremy Preston
More like a chicken with its head cut off
- Michael G Kurilla