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review 2018-12-28 23:47
We Are Legion (We are Bob)
We Are Legion (We Are Bob) (Bobiverse) (Volume 1) - Dennis E. Taylor

Look, I don't enjoy writing bad reviews, so I apologize in advance if this steps all over someone's feelings. I just...have feelings of my own.


If you took a concept from Iain Banks and then had Ernest Cline write it while he was drunk and sleep deprived this is probably what you would get. This book is so poorly written I wanted to throw it across the room on several occasions. It's never a good sign when you start yelling, "NO!" at the page because of shoddy writing craft. That said, this book does move along at a decent clip once you get off world, so I will concede it was a quick read.


Perhaps most damning is that Bob is pretty intolerable, and boy howdy is there a lot of Bob in here. Bob is the sort of character that thinks he's super clever (he's not) and everyone else is an idiot (they aren't), and he finds his own immaturity oh so charming (it isn't). He reminds me of every nerdy guy who has ever started of a sentence with, "Well actually..." before mansplaining some pop culture reference to me. Screw you, Bob. *deep breath*


So why two stars instead of one? Honestly I enjoyed some of the concepts in here and the space opera was fun. There are story elements in here I found enjoyable. I love the idea of reading about sentient Von Neumann probes, I just wish Banks had written it instead. There will be people who will love this one. I was not one of them.

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text 2018-12-27 12:45
Char's Horror Corner: Top Ten Audiobooks of 2018!
You: A Novel - Caroline Kepnes
Hidden Bodies - Santino Fontana,Caroline Kepnes,Simon & Schuster Audio
Mystery Walk - Robert McCammon
Kill Creek - Scott Thomas,Bernard Setaro Clark
The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple - Jeff Guinn
The Republic of Thieves - Scott Lynch,Michael Page
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah
The Shining - Stephen King
All These Worlds - Dennis Taylor,Ray Porter
Becoming - Michelle Obama




Welcome to my TOP TEN AUDIOBOOKS list!


These are books that I listened to this year. They were not necessarily released this year. This list contains a mix of both fiction and non-fiction. 

Let's get started!





 Both YOU and HIDDEN BODIES were written by Caroline Kepnes and narrated by the absolutely terrific Santino Fontana. YOU was adapted for television by LIFETIME, and now the second season is being picked up by Netflix. I can't wait! (Click the book covers to see my reviews.)




  You: A Novel - Caroline Kepnes  and  Hidden Bodies - Santino Fontana,Caroline Kepnes,Simon & Schuster Audio  



MYSTERY WALK by Robert McCammon, narrated by Nick Sullivan. 

A re-read for me. This audio made me raise my original rating of the book. 


Mystery Walk - Robert McCammon 



KILL CREEK by Scott Thomas, narrated by Bernard Setaro Clark.

This book mad me believe that a good haunted house story is not a thing of the past.


Kill Creek - Scott Thomas,Bernard Setaro Clark



THE ROAD TO JONESTOWN , JIM JONES AND THE PEOPLES TEMPLE by Jeff Guinn, narrated by George Newbern. 

This was an extensive biography on the man. It was heartbreaking.


The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple - Jeff Guinn



THE REPUBLIC OF THIEVES by Scott Lynch, narrated by Michael Page. The audio of this series are outstanding and since all three have the same narrator, I've come to adore them. 



The Republic of Thieves - Scott Lynch,Michael Page 


BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah, narrated by the author. I thought this audio was hilarious, shocking and interesting all at once.


Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah 



THE SHINING by Stephen King, narrated by Campbell Scott.

This was a re-read-mostly just because I wanted Campbell Scott to read it to me. 


The Shining - Stephen King 


ALL THESE WORLDS, (BOBIVERSE #3) by Dennis Taylor, narrated by Ray Porter. I loved all three of these audios, but this was my favorite.


All These Worlds - Dennis Taylor,Ray Porter 



BECOMING written and narrated by Michelle Obama. This was wonderfully narrated by the author and I just loved learning more about her and her life, both in and out of the White House.


Becoming - Michelle Obama,Michelle Obama,Penguin Books 




Thanks for staying with me this far if you're still here. I appreciate you!

I hope you'll join me again at the end of 2019.



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text 2018-11-01 18:15
October 2018-That's A Wrap!
Out Behind the Barn - Chad Lutzke,John Boden
Driving to Geronimo's Grave and Other Stories - Joe R. Lansdale
Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson - Jeff Guinn
Bright Ruin - Vic James
Mister Jack - Chris Kosarich
All These Worlds - Dennis Taylor,Ray Porter
For We Are Many: Bobiverse, Book 2 - Audible Studios,Dennis Taylor,Darwin Porter
The Fungus - Leroy Kettle,John Brosnan,Harry Adam Knight
Hark! The Herald Angels Scream - Christopher Golden
100 Fathoms Below - Nicholas Kaufmann,Steven L. Kent

I read 12 books this month!






For We Are Many by Dennis E. Taylor narrated by Ray Porter 5*

Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson by Jeff Guinn, narrated by Jeff Frangione 4.5*

Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill, narrated by Stephen Lang 4*

All These Words by Dennis E. Taylor narrated by Ray Porter 5*


Total: 4


ARCS/Reads for Review


Worms by J.R. Montague 4*

Out Behind the Barn (novella) by Chad Lutzke and John Boden 4.5*

Hark! The Herald Angels Scream edited by Christopher Golden (Anthology) 4*

The Fungus by Harry Adam Knight 4*

Driving to Geronimon's Grave and Other Stories by Joe R. Lansdale 5*

Bright Ruin by Vic James 4*

Mister Jack by Chris Kosarch (Novella) 4*

100 Fathoms Below by Steven L. Kent and Nicholas Kaufmann


Total: 8








Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:

Challenge: Read 40 Books Already on my TBR

(I'm failing miserably)


1. City of the Dead by Brian Keene

2. The Warblers by Amber Fallon

3. October by Michael Rowe

4. It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World by Curtis Lawson

5. Bad Pennies by John Leonard

6. Cold in July by Joe Lansdale

7. Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

8. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

9. Hex by Thomas Heuvelt


Running Total: 134

Total Goal: 150


Books read for Halloween Bingo: 20!

5 Bingos Total


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review 2018-10-25 17:01
ALL THESE WORLDS (Bobiverse #3) by Dennis E. Taylor, narrated by Ray Porter
All These Worlds - Dennis Taylor,Ray Porter


I don't even know what to say about this, the final entry in the Bobiverse series.


I guess I'll say it's funny, suspenseful, interesting and sad all at once. Some of the Bobs, (the original and all of the clones in their various incarnations), are getting tired, (I know, clones? Tired? But it's true), and who could blame them? Their entire reason for existing is saving and protecting humanity, even those that don't think they need protection or saving. Every human that the Bobs know is dying. When they do die, the Bobs will continue on. Forever. Imagine how that must feel. Even as clones, the Bobs all have distinct personalities and they still have feelings. (I know, feelings in clones? But in the Bobiverse it makes sense, trust me.)


Regarding their main goals-will they save humanity from the "Others" (a species similar to that of Species 8472 from Star Trek: Voyager), will they save it from the mad Brazilian's clones? Will they be able to finally evacuate all of earth before it can no longer support human life? You'll have to read or listen to find out!


I say goodbye to the Bobs and to Ray Porter's voicing of him with tears in my eyes. Thank you Dennis E. Taylor and Ray Porter for bringing Bob to life. I really enjoyed getting to know him.


My highest recommendation for this entire series, available on Audible only.


*I bought these audio books with my hard earned cash and this opinion is honest.*

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review 2018-10-01 19:00
FOR WE ARE MANY (Bobiverse #2) by Dennis E. Taylor, narrated by Ray Porter
For We Are Many: Bobiverse, Book 2 - Audible Studios,Dennis Taylor,Darwin Porter


FOR WE ARE MANY (Bobiverse #2), in my opinion was even better than the first book and Ray Porter plays a large part in that.


For those who don't know, in the first book the first Bob had his head frozen and he was woken up many, many years later having had his consciousness installed in an AI. Since then, many things have happened, and Bob has created many clones of himself, as he was designed to do. His, (their), goal is to save humanity, (we are killing our planet and there are only about 15 million of us humans left), by finding or making proper environments to which we can be relocated. Which also involves providing food, finding a way for us to get to this new environment, and a way to protect us while on the way there. He, (they), also has to play referee to the factions of humanity that are left, because we never stop arguing amongst ourselves, do we?


While doing this, the Bobs, (the Rikers, Homers, Hals, Howards, Charlies and so forth), face numerous obstacles-the scariest of which is a Mandarin speaking species that the Bobs call THE OTHERS. If you are a Star Trek fan, the best way I can describe them is a combination of the Borg with Species 8472. To be blunt, they give no fucks about humanity or anything else, we are either a food or an enemy-neither of which is a good option for Bob/us.



I discovered this book blessed (?) some of the Bobs, (most especially Howard), with defined human feeling. Even though the Bobs are all clones of the original Bob and they have his memory, once they set off on their own, they develop their own personalities, and they get to name themselves. In Howard's case, that seems to include the development of feelings towards a few humans, and this portion of the story touched my heart so much, I can't even.


(spoiler show)


I have to say that the narrator here, Ray Porter, imbues the Bobs, Admiral Ackbar, Guppy, (who sounds like Sean Connery), Butterfield, and everyone with their own personalities and voices. I don't know how he does it without getting confused, but he does do it and he is SUBLIME. There's no other word I can think of to properly describe his performances in this book. In fact, I am SURE that I would not have enjoyed this volume as much as I did if I had read it instead of listening.


I am going to keep my Audible subscription even when it goes back up to full price because I have to get the next book and I need to listen to it on audio. Reading it will just not do.


Bravo to Dennis E. Taylor and to Ray Porter for bringing the Bobiverse alive- in all its snarky glory, humor, and love for humanity.


My highest recommendation!

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