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Show me, Don't tell me.
It is a little amusing, not long ago I read the last book in The Saga of The Seven Suns and at that time, I wondered, what if Anderson would work a little on character development? Maybe that is what he was trying to do in this book, I don't know. With real characters and no silly Elementals this might be good? Like John C of Dakota, I could only make it a little over two hours. This is the seventeenth book of Anderson's that I have read, so I knew what to expect. I did not need to waste 20 more hours of my life. Usually Anderson does not have time to develop characters, as he is in a rush to add more elements to the story. So, when he writes a book in which nothing happens for two hours, it is almost criminal. I feel he stole from me. Anderson talks too much, explains too much, does not show. Of those books only three could I recommend to others, that is a high percentage of failures.
I am not sure what keeps me buying these failures, but I will show more restraint in the future.
Good bye Mr. Anderson
26 of 29 people found this review helpful
My wife and I both liked the Original "Saga Of The Seven Suns" Series, so I grabbed this book the moment it became available... It picks up about 20-25 years after the last book in the Original Series.
MANY of the same Characters, same villains and threats, with new threats and plot twists thrown in... That may sound like "more of the same", and while I guess it is, it's not really... If you wanted MORE after the original series (which WE DID!), here it is, Cranking it all up again!
I like that there's not a LOT of "Set Up" since the Author seems to assume readers have read the Original Series... He just gets right into "The Continuing Saga". The threats from the Original Series that were just hinted at, turn into REAL nightmares, even as old nightmares return to Haunt Humanity (and every other Race) AGAIN!
Anderson is GREAT at juggling a LOT of Characters and Events, all at the same time, while "Keeping Things Moving Along At A Good Clip". Every time I think "NO WAY is he going to be able to keep on throwing in NEW problems, and NEW threats, and be able to control the whole story", but he DOES!
Narration was VERY good!
I just REALLY wish the "Compi-Companions" had a slot to plug in extra memory capacity, and a way to back-up their older memories and such so they don't have to delete their Memories if they need to load up instructions to learn to operate a new space craft, etc... Kinda breaks my heart for them to have to delete their Memories of an Owner's Childhood to make room for loading up a new skill-set.
20 of 23 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to The Dark Between the Stars again? Why?
Maybe, I do find Kevin J Anderson a bit repetitive. When reading his books you can often speed read a whole page because it includes no new information, just a rehash of back-story from earlier in the book of from a previous book in the series. By book 7 of the Seven Suns Saga I had got quite adept
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Shorten it down - not the audiobook so much, the original story. Everyone must be getting paid by the word...
Have you listened to any of Mark Boyett’s other performances? How does this one compare?
He's consistently good
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I'm rooting for Exxos
Any additional comments?
Where are the Wentals?
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed listening to this immensely, however several plot progressions are a bit predictable (not necessarily a bad thing depending on what you are looking for).
I enjoyed the saga of seven suns greatly and the the saga of shadows has begun in much the same fashion. gripping story and a broad range of interesting characters. The reading was good giving just enough subtle differences to each character as to make them feel unique. highly recommend.
after 7 compelling books.
Anderson has created a believable canvas, where the character evolution is as u could imagine all writers strive 2 achieve.
After 8 books-keep gong mate!