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Publisher's Summary

The future is coming...for some more than others.
Ellis Rogers is an ordinary man who is about to embark on an extraordinary journey. All his life he has played it safe and done the right thing. But when he is faced with a terminal illness, Ellis is willing to take an insane gamble. He's built a time machine in his garage, and if it works, he'll face a world that challenges his understanding of what it means to be human, what it takes to love, and the cost of paradise. Ellis could find more than a cure for his disease; he might find what everyone has been searching for since time has begun - but only if he can survive the Hollow World.
©2014 Michael J. Sullivan (P)2014 Recorded Books
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3 out of 5 stars
By Carol on 04-17-14

We Aren't in Riyria Any More

If you are a huge fan of Michael Sullivan's "Riyria Revelations" (as I am), you may be disappointed by storyline of this book. If you love Hadrian and Royce and Gwen and Arista (as I do), you may be disappointed by the characters in this book. If you are simply a fan of Sullivan's writing (as I am), or if you like thought-provoking social commentary with offbeat sort-of science fiction, you may like this book.

Elements of the book reminded me of "Looking Backward," an 1888 book by Edward Bellamy. It is a change to see a vision of the future that had at least some elements of utopia, rather than the bleak and brutal dystopian futures portrayed in most 21st century novels. But 2,000 years is a long time (trying to go 200 years into the future, our MIT-trained protagonist miscalculates by an order of magnitude), and this future is indeed weird.

Definitely a change of pace for Michael Sullivan, and not something I would have chosen if he hadn't been the author. "Hollow World" lives up to his high standards as a novelist, and I'm not exactly sorry I listened to it, but, unlike the "Riyria" books, it's not something I'd want to listen to a second time.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 04-23-15


Missed the fifth star by that much. The way this started I did not think I would finish it. In the first hour we find out that Ellis Rose has a terminal illness and that his boy committed suicide, that his wife blames him for the suicide (as well as himself) and that his wife has an affair with his best friend since high school. Not a good start for me, I don't care for depressing self pity type books. It picks up when he travels to the future Ola, H.G. Wells. Then we have a major improbability, in which the whole story relies on. This situation is solved fairly quickly, which must have been the short story this is based on. Then I thought we were just going to explore the marvels of the future. A very interesting future, but not worth a book.

About chapter 8, the whole story gets better. We now actually have a story and we have grey areas. You think at first, you know where you stand, but Sullivan throws some things at you, that make you think, hmmm, who is right? It seems that Utopia is not as great as it seems. Although I agree with removing the Y chromosome.

The second half of the book makes the book worth getting, at least to me. The relationship between Ellis and Pax is worth it. It is a little strange, a lot touchy feelie and maybe a little gay? You have to listen to know what I am talking about. This is a long way from Riyria, so don't expect that.

Country Time Lemonade (Not Really) spokesman Davis was probably the right pick for this, as his serene gentle voice was probably the mood Sullivan wanted. Davis does accents, but not voices, so if you don't pay attention, you can get confused on who is talking. Warren, Ellis and Geo 1 and 3 all sound the same.

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