This started a series of books by Flint that seem to have no end at the present time. This was an excellent start and a good read in of itself. A West Virginia town is transport thru time to 1632 amid warfare and social upheaval...of course causing even more social upheaval. Mr. Flint is definitely a pro-labor writer as his main "hero" is the union head and the ideas espoused support this bias. This is only an observation not a real criticism of the storyline. Good characters from both the upstream side of things as well as the normal time characters are used and used well. A good read recommended. Book is also available online.
Good book but it took a while to get used to McCarthy's non-use of dialogue punctuation--McCarthy does have a great literate style and has some good insights into the border culture between US and Mexico.
This was an excellent read. I have seen reviews that praise it as the greatest scifi post-apocalypse, alien invasion genre and others that revile it for its shallowness and supposed link to Scientology. I don't know about Scientology or greatest book ever, but this was an excellent read. The book is well paced. The characters are not very well developed but it is an action book--I don't expect great character development. So if you want a fun read that will take awhile (1000 pages), enjoy this one.
good beginning--I enjoy the whole Shadowrun concept and the author does a good job with the premise, unfortunately the ending seems like the author had a deadline and did not have enough time to properly end the book. Could have been better if the ending was better developed.
I enjoyed his first book in the Border Trilogy, All the Pretty Horses, somewhat. This one has more than enough sidetracks and suppositions about the nature of life that it distracts from the storyline somewhat. Also, if you do not understand or read Spanish, you may have difficulty as many of the exchanges between characters are in Spanish.
This book sounds better than it actually is. I finished it only because I am a little OCD about finishing books but it did test my resolve. The writing is ok if a little disjointed and the author seems enamored with his ability to write dialogue in a variety of dialects and ethnicities. I can't recommend this one.
There are not many books where I felt relief when finishing...this is one of them. Very odd premise looking at literature for bioligical intent and support of biological theories. With the broad expanse of literature to choose from, it is easy to cherrypick stories, characters and plots to support or debunk any theory. The authors do this throughout the book often at times contradicting themselves...altruism, parenthood, evil stepparents, and relationships. Some references are from well known works while others are less well known so are a bit of a reach. I am not sure I woudl include Rebecca Wells as literature, just my thought. I find it odd also, the authors reference the movie The Godfather but do not seem to reference the book. Like I said, odd for a book on literature.
A positive note, both authors love their literature and that love does shine through at points. You may find yourself loooking to find a copy of Madame Bovary or some Faulkner after reading this.
I don't know why but I always expect the Hammer's Slammers books to be better then they are...I am constantly dissappointed by them. This one was ok but never seemed to get off the ground and make that big an impact on me as the reader.
Not a very satisfying ending to the series that started strong and went downhill from there. Elements of the plot were introduced late in the series--this series and this final book could have used a stronger editorial unifying presence.
I started this series with no great expectations. I now have high expectations for any other book by Robin Hobb. The first book of the series was great and this one continued with the storyline. I found the pacing odd but it worked with the story. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a well written fantasy story. I am well into the 3rd book and hope to read more by this author.