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review 2017-12-26 12:17
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Sleeping Giants - Sylvain Neuvel

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was really good! Amazingly good! I am kind of thinking that I am a big dummy for not realizing how good it was when I read the book last year. I liked it the first time around but I wasn't nearly as impressed as I was with this listen. I really do think that the narration of this story took everything to a whole new level. I listened to it over just a few days and really never wanted to stop listening. I am so glad that I decided to give this book another try.

This story is quite imaginative. Rose falls into a hole as a small child and discovers what appears to be the hand of a giant metal robot. I was hooked right away. The entire premise is just so interesting and I loved watching this group try to figure everything out. Since I had read this book just a year ago, I already knew how things would play out but that didn't lessen the excitement for me. 

This book is laid out a little differently than the norm. Instead of a running narrative, this story relies on a series of interviews, reports, and journal entries. The interviews are conducted by a character that doesn't have a hands on role with the project but seems to have a lot of power over everything that is going on. I found myself not only trying to figure out what was going on with the project but also trying to get some kind of clue regarding the identity of the nameless character. 

One of the main reasons that I decided to give this story another try was the fact that this audiobook is performed by a full cast. Having read the book before, I had a feeling that if done right this audiobook could be amazing. I was right. I almost felt like I was listening to a play being performed. Each character in the book had a different narrator. Interviews would be conducted back and forth between two narrators. The narrators were all really good and captured the characters very well. 

I would highly recommend this book to others. If you are someone who enjoys audiobooks, I would recommend that format if you have the option. The full cast production of this audiobook really does take a good story to a whole new level. I can't wait to continue with this series.

Initial Thoughts
I read an arc of this book last year and liked but didn't love it. I actually only gave it 3 stars last year. I had heard that the audiobook was really good so I decided to give it a try and I am amazed. The full cast performance of this story was fantastic. How did I not love this book the first time around? I probably should have liked it a bit more when I read it the first time but I do think that the audio takes it to a whole new level.

Book source: Audible purchase

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review 2017-09-05 02:31
Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel
Waking Gods - Sylvain Neuvel

My review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I had so much fun reading this book! I recently listened to the first book in this series so I was pretty eager to fit this book into my reading schedule. It turned out to be one of those books that are almost impossible to put down. Every time I would tell myself that I was just going to read one more chapter something would happen in the story and one more chapter just wouldn't be enough. I ended up reading the whole book in a single day and enjoyed every minute of it.

This book picks up ten years the events of the first book. This is a series that really does need to be read in order since it really is a continuation of the same larger story. Due to the nature of the series, there may be some spoilers for the first book in this review. If you haven't read the first book yet and plan to, I would recommend trying not to read anything about the later books in the series in order to avoid spoilers.

Things have been pretty calm for the Themis team since the events of the previous book. That changes quickly when a second giant robot shows up in the middle of London. It doesn't really do anything at first but its presence alone seems threatening enough. The world is at a loss as to what they should do about it and fear what the robot is planning. Events get exciting really quickly and there may be more danger than they ever imagined.

All of the characters from the first book are back for this installment. Since I recently listened to the audio of the first book, I had their voices in my head as I read through the journal entries, interviews, and reports. I think that this really added to the enjoyment of the story for me. Rose, Kara, and Vincent all have personal issues to deal with in this book in addition to the world events. There are some new characters that make an appearance and add to the story as well.

I would recommend this series to others. It is a really great mix of characters cast in an incredibly exciting story. The book is told in such an interesting manner through journal entries, interviews, and documents. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in this exciting series!

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine via NetGalley.

Initial Thoughts
I am thinking that this book is somewhere between 4 and 5 stars right now. This book is even more exciting than the first one. I would have never guessed some of the directions this story went. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book.

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review 2017-09-05 02:23
Gather Quest
Sleeping Giants - Sylvain Neuvel

A group of scientists and military types race to uncover the pieces of a giant alien robot buried on Earth thousands of years in the past. The novel is reminiscent of The Martian in the sense that it is almost entirely dialogue driven, and the plot is propelled by various successes and setbacks in the project. The story is told in the form of short interviews between the main characters and a mysterious shadowy figure who is the mastermind behind the project.


If you enjoyed The Martian you will likely enjoy this as well. It is science fiction as thriller, not exactly literary.

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review 2017-06-19 10:59
Eine tolle, unglaublich spannende und packende Fortsetzung...
Giants - Zorn der Götter: Roman (Giants-Reihe 2) - Marcel Häußler,Sylvain Neuvel

Giants - Zorn der Götter: Roman (Giants-Reihe 2) - Sylvain Neuvel,Marcel Häußler 



Sylvain Neuvel legt mit „Giants – Zorn der Götter“ (erschienen im Heyne-Verlag) nun endlich den von mir lang ersehnten 2. Teil seiner Giants-Reihe vor. Eine Fortsetzung, die es wirklich in sich hat! Außerirdische Roboter greifen ganz offensichtlich die Welt an. Es gibt Tote, sogar sehr viele Tote – und ein altbekanntes Team, das an einer schnellen Lösung des „Konfliktes“ arbeitet und alles daran setzt, dass die Weltbevölkerung diesen Angriff überlebt.. Doch werden ihnen die „Aliens“ mit ihrer evolutionären Überlegenheit zuvorkommen? Gibt es überhaupt eine Möglichkeit, dem Tod zu entrinnen?! .... 

Auch wenn es sich um einen Fortsetzungs-Roman handelt, kann man das Buch meiner Meinung nach sehr gut ohne Vorkenntnisse aus dem ersten Roman „Giants – Sie sind erwacht“ (ebenfalls Heyne-Verlag) lesen. Jedoch war das erste Buch bereits derart spannend, dass sich die Lektüre jederzeit lohnen dürfte!
Der zweite Teil, „Giants – Zorn der Götter“ gliedert sich wieder in sogenannte Files: Notizen der einzelnen Protagonisten, Gesprächs- und Verlaufsprotokolle, Tagebucheinträge, etc.. Kapitel also einmal anders! Eben diese Aufteilung macht den Verlauf der Roman-Reihe wahnsinnig spannend. Man wechselt als Leser ständig die Perspektiven und Schauplätze und wird dadurch immerzu auf den aktuellsten Stand der Entwicklungen gebracht, oftmals mit einer gewissen Vorschau. Die Story, den Verlauf und die Beschreibungen fand ich dabei ziemlich authentisch, auch wenn meine Vorstellungskraft bei den gigantischen Robotern manches mal arg beansprucht wurde. Ich fand die Fortsetzung der Geschichte inhaltlich extrem gut und durchgängig fesselnd, sogar fast ein wenig "dystopisch". Die Protagonisten (ebenfalls bekannt aus Teil 1) wirken mit ihren Dialogen, sowie als Figuren innerhalb der Verläufe eigentlich durchweg reell. Zudem gibt es bezüglich der Charaktere doch einige sehr gelungene (und teils auch durchaus positive) Überraschungen. Man darf definitiv gespannt sein... Einzig das Ende des Romans, welches zwar gut passte, hätte meiner Meinung nach noch etwas ausführlicher ausfallen können. 

Insgesamt ein absolut tolles Buch - irgendwo zwischen Dystopie und Science-Fiction! Dabei rasant, packend und durchgängig spannend.. Ich hatte es wieder viel zu schnell ausgelesen und würde es jederzeit weiterempfehlen! 5 Sterne.

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review 2017-05-28 16:46
Waking Gods - Sylvain Neuvel

Well written, but it should absolutely be read only after the first volume.  I didn't do so, and I paid the price

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