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review 2017-06-06 12:41
The Fold ★★★★☆
The Fold - Peter Clines,Ray Porter

I really had to slog through the first part of this book. This is, for me, the tedious part of Sci-Fi, where the author is establishing the technical How Stuff Works of the book’s events. Honestly, I don’t care, as long as it’s plausible enough for me to suspend disbelief. Not having a hard science background, my mind starts to wander as soon as a story begins delving into quantum theory, which seems to be the underpinning for every Sci-Fi book I’ve read that was written during the last two decades. But the story really takes off somewhere between the first third and the half-way mark. Then it gets to be tremendous fun, with crazy action and mysteries solved. Ironically, though,

the scientific answer in the end was we really don’t know why it works, only that it does.

(spoiler show)

Still, the exciting last half more than makes up for the draggy first half.

 

Audiobook, purchased via Audible. Ray Porter does a fine job in narrating, although I found his voicing of the female characters vaguely irritating. A little too breathy, perhaps.

 

I read this for the 2017 Booklikes-opoly challenge, for the square Mystery 8: Read a book that is tagged mystery or has a title that begins with any letter in the word “CLUE”. The first page of shelves shows 124 users tagged it “mystery” at Goodreads, which qualifies it, although I would personally class it as Sci-Fi and Thriller.

 

Previous Updates:

6/3/17 33% http://sheric.booklikes.com/post/1568262/the-fold-33

 

 

 

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text 2017-06-04 01:04
The Fold: 33%
The Fold - Peter Clines,Ray Porter

Well, the concepts are kind of interesting, but I'm over 3 hours in and nothing much has happened. I'm ready for them to stop talking and the plot to start moving. 

 

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text 2017-05-10 02:11
Norse Mythology - DNF
Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

I've finally found a Gaiman book that just doesn't do it for me. This is the third time I've tried listening to this audio, performed by Himself, and just can't stick with it. My mind kept wandering. DNF after 30 minutes. 

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text 2017-05-01 12:44
Anathem - DNF
Anathem - Neal Stephenson

Abandoned during the prologue, because a book that needs an explanation of place names and currencies and a glossary of terms before the story even starts is not going to be a good audio experience.

 

This came from the box of random audiobooks on CD that were loaned to me from a friend who loves audio but has very different tastes than I do. This is an odd choice, because it's not at all what she'd normally read. The synopsis sounded good, and this might very well be an enjoyable read, but clearly this would be best suited to a bound version, not audio. 

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review 2017-04-18 01:28
Dream Weaver ★★★☆☆
Dream Weaver - Jane Yolen,Michael Hague

This is really not a children’s book. Like most real fairy tales, these stories and their intricate illustrations are much darker than their Disney counterparts, more violent and bloodthirsty, with very adult themes. The book contains 7 re-imagined classic fairy tales, tied (woven, ha ha) together by the narrative of a blind old woman who weaves dreams for a series of passers-by. They are strange and disturbing, and I did not enjoy reading them, but I did find it an interesting exercise to try connecting each fairy tale/dream with the persons for whom it was woven.

 

This is a good-quality hardcover version with glossy illustrations that I picked up at a used bookstore and has been sitting unread on my shelf for several years. I read this for the 2017 Booklikes-opoly game.

 

 

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