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THIS ONE SURE BLEED, WHAT IT DIDN'T DO WAS MAKE SENSE.
I was very disappointed in this collection, especially since it had so much potential. There were five stories I couldn't even give a star too. That is an unusual number even for Impatient Me. I almost gave up totally after the first five letters, papers, not stories. I was afraid they were all going to be nerdy science paper stuff. Each story starts with a Category such as; UNEXPECTED CRYPTOZOOOGICAL RAMIFICATIONS. This if followed by a rule such as; RULE 789.3 YOU MIGHT LIKE DRUGS, BUT THEY WILL LIKE YOU. This is followed by a source such as S. DAMIAN CHANCELLOR, PHARMACOLOGIST, and that is followed by VIA (the author). Then Adams summarizes the story you are about to hear. I guess he thought the writers were not good enough to get that message across in the story. Some writers went out of there way to be extra nerdy. Grossman used RE: 16 times and McGuire used eleven quotes before each one of her subtitles. RE: that really broke up the flow of what could have been a good story. Many of these are monologues or letters, talking about past events. One of the reviewers mentions one very long story. That was Gabaldon, who writes very long romance, Highland Novels, which are very popular with the fantasy RE: girl population. While most of the other authors wrote 10 to 12 page stories, hers runs over 80 pages. Since the main listeners to this is male, not sure why this was necessary.
YOUR PUNY HUMAN WEAPONS ARE POWERLESS AGAINST ME.
I was glad I hung in there as the two best stories where the last two stories. So, if you make the mistake of wasting a credit on this, even though I am telling you not too, make sure and skip on down to Grady Hendrix's MOFONGO KNOWS, which was funny and most close to what I was expecting when I bought this. Winters, THE FOOD TASTER'S BOY is very thought provoking.
EATER OF EUROPEANS
Rudniciki does the majority of narration. When I hear Rudnicki I always think of my favorite author Orson Scott Card. If the story is good then Rudnicki is great. He reads very slowly, so if the story sucks, as several of these do, then it is torture. I will also repeat what I said about DEAD MAN'S HAND, I would have preferred more narrators.
SCRATCH A SUPER VILLIAN AND HALF THE TIME THERE'S A FAILED ACTOR UNDERNEATH.
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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Not really ..... I think the editor couldn't find enough good stories to put into this collection. Some of the material is boring and some of it is just bad.
What do you think your next listen will be?
The Severed Streets by Paul Cornell
What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?
Can't. Save. Material.
Did The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination inspire you to do anything?
Stop listening.... I couldn't finish it, too slow.
Any additional comments?
I thought this would be an amusing and/or whimsical and/or suspenseful collection of stories. The first few stories fit the bill but the effort to go outside the genre led to stories that didn't fit and one or two that were to tortuously slow and long that they seemed to be nothing but filler.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful