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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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review 2018-11-06 08:59
Hyper-Time: "The Legion of Time" by Jack Williamson
The Legion of Time - Jack Williamson

(Original Review, 1980-12-03)


There is yet another possible method of time travel which was used in Williamson’s novel (made up of two novellas: “Legion of Time” and “After World’s End”). This version takes time travel to its logical conclusion when you take quantum mechanics into account. At any given point in time, there are several possible "futures". Each of these futures has a certain probability attached to it. As "time" progresses, one of these possible futures approaches 100% probability, and thus becomes "reality".
 
 
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.
 
 

 

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review 2018-10-07 13:50
Modern Masters
Legion: An Apocalyptic Horror Novel (Hell on Earth Book 2) - Iain Rob Wright

 

I got sucked into another series.

 

This one is a little repetitive, as most of it is the same story as the previous book except told from a different characters point of view.  Tedious in some cases, like the ship captains, interesting in others, as in the case of Vamps and his buddies.

 

New information is added as well from other characters so it's not a complete re-telling, as well as a GLARING contradiction from Daniel.

 

In book one, unless I'm mis-remembering (which is possible as numbers have a tendency to be floaty unless I wrestle them down and chain them up), there were 6,000 gates scattered across the world.  According to THE SAME GUY, there are 666 to correspond with the Adversaries of God, which have nothing to do with the angels that were banned from heaven. 

 

We'll see if the number changes in book 3.

 

 

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review 2018-09-10 19:20
Legion of Super Heroes, Vol. 1
Legion of Super-Heroes Archives, Vol. 1 - Jerry Siegel,Michael C. Hill

My neighbor growing up, his dad collected the DC Archives, hardbound editions collecting gold and silver age comic books. They were of phenomenal quality, and introduced me to the deeper history of Superman, Batman and The Flash, among others. A blast from the past!

 

I loved those books, I was allowed to borrow one at a time and devoured everything he had. My favorites though, were 'The Legion of Super Heroes', teens from the distant future (there was some confusion about their being 100 or 1000 years ahead) who had formed a super-hero club in honor of Superboy.

 

Since they were a 'Superboy' spin-off, they were rather silly at first, but these proto-typical X-Men struck a cord with me. By the end of this volume, the Legion is only beginning to gel into the story-telling dynamo it became, but it was a pleasure to be re-introduced to Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl, Cosmic Boy, and the rest (even Bouncing Boy).

 

These books can get crazy-expensive, so I don't know when I'll get to the next volumes, but I'll keep my eyes open.

 

Legion of Super Heroes

 

Next: 'Volume 2'

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review 2018-09-04 22:30
WE ARE LEGION (WE ARE BOB) by Dennis Taylor, narrated by Ray Porter
We Are Legion (We Are Bob) - Dennis E. Taylor

This book was totally out of my wheelhouse but I loved it!

 

Bob is a tech genius comparable to Bill Gates. He decides to get himself, (well, his head), cryogenically frozen and signs a contract to have it done. Shortly thereafter, he's hit by a car and the contract kicks in.

 

When he wakes up, it's centuries later and as a sentient computer. He's in charge of, (basically), saving humanity. He goes about this task by cloning himself, as he was made to do, (see Von Neumann probes), and spreading throughout the universe(s). He, (it), (Bobs), does, (do),  this with humor, compassion and all kinds of science fiction references that cracked me up.

 

A total aside: my husband was watching the Science Channel the other night and the show was talking about 3D printers and I asked if Von Neumann probes were mentioned. He looked at me as if I were a nut. No, he said. Two minutes later the show went into what they are and how they would work and I puffed up with pride.

 

 

Ray Porter is a fantastic narrator and I enjoyed hearing him voice the different faces of Bob: (Riker, Homer and Admiral Akbar), to name a few. I'm not sure I would have enjoyed this book as much if I had read it instead of listening. That said, bring on book two!

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