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text 2018-06-20 23:51
Reading progress 100% - wonderful to the very last page
Illuminae - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

So much for rationing myself. I got my real-world tasks done and then sat on my balcony in the growing dark, listening until nearly midnight.


What a ride. So much emotion. Such a cleverly constructed plot that never felt contrived but continued to surprise and delight.


I'll write a review when the book has had time to settle.


Right now, I'm clear on three things: the audiobook format for this book is a great choice, I have two new authors to follow. I'm so glad the next book has already been published.


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text 2018-06-20 09:52
Reading progress update: I've read 74%. - I've been here before except I REALLY haven't
Illuminae - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

I'm rationing this book now as I have real life things that I need to do today. So much for, "I' can only take one hour at a time".


Right now I'm at a part that ought to be making me yawn. I've seen all the "Resident Evil" movies (now there's a confession). I know all about having a kick-ass heroine shoot her way through rabid used-to-be-people killers in a confined spaces with alarms sounding in the background, red warning lights flashing and severed high-voltage powerlines arcing. 


I've so been there,


But never like this.


Never with a smart brave heroine who cannot bring herself to kill.


Never with rabid used-to-be people that I feel deeply sorry for.


Never with an understanding that, when this isn't a first-person shooter game but an atrocity in which everyone is the victim, that winning isn't possible because surviving can cost too much.


Never with so much damned intensity and not a single line of prose.


In my work life, there's a lot of focus on disruption as something that changes the rules in commerce, opening up new opportunities and challenging established ways of working.


The structure of this novel is fundamentally disruptive. It's like the leap from "Tristram Shandy" to "Pride and Prejudice" in terms of form. This is the bloom of an almost post-literate generation that has freed itself from linear text and the straight-jacket of grammar that keeps writing on the ground and has taken to swinging through the trees with the confidence of those who've grown up comfortable with Kanji/Emoli/Gif ideography. To an old guy like me, it's astronishing and wonderful.

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text 2018-06-19 17:45
Reading progress update: I've read 54%.just met the AI and...
Illuminae - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman



No other word for it.


Six hours in to something good and suddenly a switch is flipped and I'm  six hours in to something great.

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text 2018-06-18 10:10
Reading progress update: I've read 37%. - OK - so the format works if I take it an hour or so at a time
Illuminae - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

I'm more than four hours into this eleven-hour novel, which, in the audiobook version, is a full cast production.


When "Sleeping Giants" was presented in the same way, I'd lost patience with it by the four-hour mark.


This time, I'm enjoying myself.


I put the difference down to the quality of the writing - the characterisation and the emotion in the dialogue / first-person reports are excellent - I found the report on a Marine SNAFU assault quite moving for example.


There is also a nice balance between a more personal relationship between the two teen protagonists and the more role-driven interactions between the captains of the military and civilian scientific ship.


I find it difficult to listen for more than an hour at a time, but I think that has more to do with the quiet desperation of the story than to the format.

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review 2018-06-16 19:46
Another Fabulous Audiobook Production
Obsidio - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

4.5 Holy Smokes that was good.
You must read books 1-2 before this one. No spoiler review.
Mesmerizing audiobook read by a full cast with an extensive sound track-amazing. The story was filled with unexpected twists, heartbreak and exhilaration. I felt tired after finishing, like I just went through the trauma with them.
I love this author she develops her characters so completely. I think about them after putting the book down, hope for them, cheer them on, feel the void when one dies. At one point a character died, a selfless death, I teared up while earlier I was inner screaming for their death.
The ending was left with a voice from the past. Could there be another book ? I think so maybe a spin off ? I'd like to see more of this voice's character.

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