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GAME OF THRONES
First, you got to like a book that starts out with references to Game of Thrones, the best drama ever, with or without boobs. Although, I prefer with. This starts out a bit slow, but than about chapter 24 hits on all cylinders and Clines never lets up on the gas. At first I thought maybe Clines made a mistake going all hard Sci-Fi, but than he starts with the crazy stuff and it was great.
Throughout the book are references to Game of Thrones and Star Trek. If you are not familiar with these shows, you will not get some of the references. Course if you are not familiar with these, you probably would not be reading this. I enjoyed the book, as I have enjoyed most of what Clines has wrote and I hope he writes more along these same lines.
One of the best narrators. He does not do a lot of voices, matter of fact these characters all sound the same as the Joe Ledger characters. Porter is the master of inflection and tone. He knows how real people talk and does a perfect job of bringing across the meaning of the writer's words.
If you are a big fan of the theme of this story and a fan of Star Trek, you will want to check out Q-Squared by Peter David.
110 of 130 people found this review helpful
The concept of the Fold is a good one, although a somewhat tired concept. The main issue of this book is that 99% of the book is the same dialogue, over and over. The characters describe the same scenario. They mention the same fears. They repeat the same pseudoscience explanations for their experiments. It made the book exhausting rather than enjoyable.
By the time the climax finally hit, I didn’t care. Plus, it didn’t make sense. The entire tone of the book changed. What started as a study of the dynamic between the characters, turned into something different. (Trying not to spoil)
The nerd references were way too overdone. This book will be dated in a year, becoming a toss away. It felt more “how do you do fellow kids” rather than authentic references. It was forced.
The romance was cringy. The “grabbing ass” moments were so bad it tightened my stomach. The dialogue in general was poor. There was a moment where two characters, in the midst of chaos, said the same thing at the same exact time. A character that repeated the same line over and over as a gimmick. It hurt.
This book is skippable.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
I got this book on the strength of Clines last book "!4" which was excellent. However, this book was a disappointment. It started off well, but as soon as we grasp what's happening with the "door" it descends into a load of shallow, rubbish action with little or no suspense and no reason to invest or care about any of the characters or their fates. I actually fell asleep and rewinded the end. Unfortunately, this only confirmed I really didn't care what had happened to any of the characters and it's no wonder I ended up snoozing.
It's a shame, as the beginning was so promising and I can't help but feel it could have been a really good book. I'm still hoping that Clines will find the magic of "14" again. he seems to lose it after he's built the crux of the story and introduced us to all the characters.It's almost like he doesn't know how to ride the wave and get us to shore - we almost get to stand up on the surf board and then we instantly drown.
If you haven't read "14", I'd highly recommend reading that first, then I'd opt for another place to spend your credit than on this novel. That said, I'm still holding out hope for Clines next book...
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
I was gripped until about halfway through. shame. after all the great pseudo science, the end just seemed silly to me. great narration though.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
This is completely suspenseful and absorbing. I listened to it on a four hour drive one way, the four hour drive home, and a few hours either side of a long trip and it definitely kept me awake.
From some of the other reviews you might think its a rerun of '14' but there are enough variations and surprises to keep the plot interesting, while it's still in the same multiverse which is good too.
Promises a sequel, which I am definitely looking forward to.
If you like sci if horror with a Lovecraftian bent then this is the book for you.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Ripping stuff. I pretty much listened to this straight through due to the engaging story and excellent narration. Fans of 14 will love this story.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful