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- Verlag: Brilliance Audio; Auflage: MP3 Una (18. Dezember 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1469242672
- ISBN-13: 978-1469242675
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,3 x 1,3 x 17,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 3.247.716 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Amazon Exclusive: Apocalyptic Journalist Christine Temetri Interviews Robert Kroese
Christine Temetri: Mercury Falls concerned a plot to bring about the apocalypse. Can we assume, given the fact that you have now written a sequel called Mercury Rises, that the apocalypse did not occur?
Robert Kroese: Apocalypse is a process. It's not something that just happens all of a sudden. And it's not entirely clear that you can prevent it, although it seems to have been delayed a bit. As Harry Giddings said, "We've always been headed toward the apocalypse. It’s just a question of proximity."
CT: So what can you tell us about Mercury Rises? Does the apocalypse happen in that one?
RK: I probably shouldn't answer that.
CT: Well, I hear you're working on a third Mercury book, so presumably it doesn't. Gotta keep that gravy train running, huh?
RK: I’m sorry, have I done something to offend you? Why are you so anxious for the apocalypse to happen?
CT: Why am I so anxious? Do you know how many near-apocalypses I've been through? Not to mention the fact that in Mercury Falls, you almost killed me on five different occasions. I can only imagine what I get subjected to in Mercury Rises.
RK: Oh, you're not in Mercury Rises.
CT: I’m WHAT?
RK: That was a joke. Of course you're in Mercury Rises. The volcano scene wouldn't be nearly as exciting without you.
CT: Volcano scene?
RK: You'll see. It's fantastic. There's a flaming goat head and everything.
CT: Sounds like a real literary coup. I suppose I have to put up with that jackass Mercury in this one, too?
RK: Well, he is the title character.
CT: Yeah, about that. Wasn't the first book really more about me than Mercury? Why isn't it Christine Falls?
RK: Mainly because that's a terrible title.
CT: So, do Mercury and I get together in this one?
RK: Um...it's really not that sort of book. There isn't a lot of, you know, getting together.
CT: To sum up, then, no apocalypse and no sex. Is there anything of interest in this book at all?
RK: Uh...well, there are ziggurats.
CT: What's a ziggurat?
RK: You know, a step pyramid. Like in ancient Babylon?
CT: The big selling point of the book is that it has “step pyramids” in it?
RK: Well, not the big selling point.
Mercury: Wow, dude, you are terrible at this.
CT: Mercury! Where did you come from?
M: I have a tendency to show up whenever Rob starts to get really long-winded and boring.
RK: He's like comic relief.
M: More like AWESOMENESS relief.
RK: That makes it sound like you're offering relief from awesomeness.
M: Dude, seriously. I've got this. Go read your Stan Hawkins book.
RK: It's Stephen Hawking. He's a famous physicist. I'm doing some research for book number three. You see, there’s this guy in Mercury Rises who is trying to capture these quantum particles to try to...
M: Wow, I just felt this tremendous disturbance in the Force, like a million people not caring at all.
RK: Fine. [inaudible]...write you out of existence...[inaudible]...
M: Good luck with that, Physics Boy!
"Mercury is an engaging character and his many adventures are uproariously funny. The main character development is first rate. The supporting cast of assorted demons, archangels and others in their settings of cubicle hell and layers of heavenly bureaucracy along with ample helpings of history and biblical lore make for a thoroughly entertaining read." --Monsters and Critics
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Robert Kroese’s sense of irony was honed growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan—home of the Amway Corporation and the Gerald R. Ford Museum, and the first city in the United States to fluoridate its water supply. In second grade, he wrote his first novel, the saga of Captain Bill and his spaceship Thee Eagle. This turned out to be the high point of his academic career. After barely graduating from Calvin College in 1992 with a philosophy degree, he was fired from a variety of jobs before moving to California, where he stumbled into software development. As this job required neither punctuality nor a sense of direction, he excelled at it. In 2009, he called upon his extensive knowledge of useless information and love of explosions to write his first novel, Mercury Falls. Since then, he has written nine more novels and learned to play the guitar very poorly.
Find out about Rob at http://sfauthor.net , connect with him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/robkroese, and follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/robkroese. To get exclusive free fiction and updates about future releases from Robert Kroese, sign up for his mailing list at http://sfauthor.net/get-email-updates.-- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
Alles in allem ist "Mercury Rises" also weder besonders lustig noch besonders spannend. Und es wäre sogar ziemlich ärgerlich, wenn es nicht den abschließenden Teil der Trilogie letztlich doch ganz gut vorbereiten würde. Und dieser letzte Teil - "Mercury Rests" - ist dann auch wieder ziemlich gut. Vermutlich darf man die drei Bände der Trilogie nicht als gleichwertige Romane denken. Der erste Teil könnte auch gut für sich alleine stehen, der zweite ist ein bloßer Übergang zum dritten. Und dieser wiederum bildet das große Finale, das ohne den zweiten Teil einfach nicht funktionieren würde.
Manche Erzählbilder dieser fantasievollen Science Fiction weckten bei mir Erinnerungen an Star Trek Folgen - vielleicht auch, weil es streckenweise sehr naturwissenschaftlich zuging. Andererseits wird auch deutlich, dass Robert Kroese in den biblischen Geschichten gut bewandert ist.
Das Ende ist im Prinzip offen - was natürlich das Weiterlesen im dritten Band, Mercury Rests, unterstützt.
Klare Empfehlung für alle, die für einen humorvollen Genremix aus Fantasy und Science Fiction vor biblischem Hintergrund offen sind.
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The problem was, there wasn't really much Mercury and Christine or general ridiculousness. I'm not saying it was a bad book, but it wasn't nearly as fun and light-hearted as the first one. What I loved best about Mercury Falls was its ability to point out the silliness of certain religious and philosophical standards without seeming angry or preachy. In Mercury Rises, there's less of that whimsy, and it feels more like the book is trying to make a point. Also the footnotes are much less fun.
This book is also about the Apocalypse. But since we already did the Revelations version in Mercury Falls, this one had to be different, with the result that the story, particularly the Ancient Babylon scenes, didn't really seem to have a point until the end (although I still wasn't entirely certain the Ancient Babylon scenes were necessary). And it is lucky I find theoretical physics interesting, because there is quite a bit of it in this book. The examples and analogies were actually pretty good, but if hearing about quarks and relativity makes your eyes glaze over, this may not be your thing. It's certainly not the entire book - you could easily skim over those parts without really missing much - but fair warning, there is plenty of it.
Even though Mercury Rises had a lot of Mercury and a lot of Christine, there wasn't very much Mercury-and-Christine, which as it turns out may have been key to the last book. When they finally did meet again, I think the book improved. Still not to the level of the previous one, but I did enjoy it more.
So. First, Mercury Falls is awesome and you should read it. Second, even though this book wasn't as good, it wasn't bad either. It had an interesting plot and was still pretty funny. It just sounds bad because I'm comparing it to the first one. And third, I will most definitely read book three when it comes out.
Hopping over the book in airports, airport bathrooms, normal bathrooms and bed (when fiancée's not looking) I found this as entertaining and bewildering as expected (and more)... The book is a perfect mix of antihero turned hero turned whistleblower turned apocalypse paper pusher turned hero (all while being deeply concerned with snowmen and not being able to compete in reindeer games on the basis of being a Cherub)
Get on this as soon as you finish the first instalment and you may win a real book (recicled paper please) signed by the autor (are you there man? Haven't been reading my 5 stars reviews? Really? Are you letting me down on this one? I promised it to a poor Panamanian kid... His name is Chavez... Or Chave... Or Chevy Chase... But he's survived Sika expecting for it..... No? To much... You damn writers and your indifference to mankind... St Culain my as#%^]**|]^%[*)
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The novels in Robert Kroese's "Mercury" series are:
1. Mercury Falls (Mercury Series Book 1)
2. Mercury Rises (Mercury Series Book 2)
3. Mercury Rests (Mercury Series Book 3)
4. Mercury Revolts: (Book Four of the Mercury Series)
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