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Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
von L. Ron Hubbard
  Taschenbuch

3.0 von 5 Sternen Fairly entertaining sci fi, 29. Mai 2000
This is basically a fun, action packed science fiction book. Hubbard liked to brag that it was the longest sci fi book ever written. I don't know if it is true, or if that would be something to boast about. Like most sci fi or fantasy stories of the time, it is really a trilogy. There is the freedom of the humans, the victory over the aliens and the aftermath. Hubbard just put it all under one cover. There are a few sections where the story drags. The characters are basically one dimensional. There are some too cutesy moments, especially in the last third of the book. And Hubbard does sneak in his Scientology views every once in a while. But over all, it is entertaining and there are a number of clever devices and storylines. Some people might not appreciate the story because it more earthbound than most. But I think that it adds an immediacy that makes the story more exciting...the book has tension, excitement and a very good war with the aliens.


Different Seasons (Signet)
Different Seasons (Signet)
von Stephen King
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen 2 great stories, 1 forgettable story and 1 bad story, 17. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Different Seasons (Signet) (Taschenbuch)
I'm not a big reader of horror stories, so my reaction to this book will be different than rabid King fans. I was told what a great writer King could be and how he could develop characters and tell a story. For the most part, those reports were true. This book is four "short" stories:
"The Body" is a great coming of age story, about 4 boys on their last fling before adolesence. It was made into the movie "Stand By Me".
"The Apt Pupil" is an excellent, but disturbing exploration of two evil minds. One is the student, whose mind is developing with the help of the master. The other is the master, who has repressed the evil for years but has it brought out again by the student. I haven't seen the movie, but I bet Hollywood softened the ending.
I honestly can't remember much about the "Rita Hayworth". It was the trials and tribulations of an innocent man going to prison, but it didn't have enough impact to leave a lasting impression.
The last story is just a quick horror story with cardboard characters. Members of a mens club try to impress each other with stories. A doctor tells in vivid, gory detail of a single woman who wants to have a baby so bad, she delivers after head is cut off in an accident. The whole thing has a silly ending where the club folds up and flies away.
"The Apt Pupil" and "The Body" would make me want to read more King novels. It wouldn't matter that are horror stories, as long as they have the rich, entertaining storylines and well developed characters. If King's horror stories are more along the lines of the one horror story in this book, than I wouldn't be interested in another King novel.


The Stand: Expanded Edition: For the First Time Complete and Uncut (Signet)
The Stand: Expanded Edition: For the First Time Complete and Uncut (Signet)
von Stephen King
  Taschenbuch

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Great premise, good characters but unsatisfactory ending, 17. Mai 2000
Fantasy/horror writers have it easy. They can write themselves into a corner, but poof, a door can magically appear to let them out. King does that twice in this book.
The first third of the book is a fairly fascinating and well written account of how most humanity dies due to a mutant flue bug created by the military. You really wonder how the remaining people are going to survive and rebuild civilization. But, poof, King takes the easy way out. He divides the survivors into good and evil and creates a leader for each group. The survivors then congregate in Denver (good) or Las Vegas (evil).
The second third of the book is a detailed account of the two groups rebuilding their societies. The last third is the climatic confrontation between good and evil. Things go really bad for the good, and it looks like good is finished. You wonder how good could possibly triumph, and then, poof, the hand of God swoops down out of the sky and wipes out the bad. I didn't read 1100 pages just to have everything wrapped up in one page by the hand of God.
This is one of King's earlier books. It was originally released in a stripped down version. He says that the publisher thought is was too long and spent too much time on the characters. I don't think that's true. In the long version, the characters get fully developed, but the story keeps moving and never drags. I think the publisher correctly recognized that alot of readers would be upset reading through 1100 pages, only to have it all abruptly ended by the hand of God. That kind of ending is OK for a short story, but not an epic.
Besides the unsatisfying ending, this is a good story with well rounded characters. The only character I don't like is the up and coming rock star and his horrible no. 1 hit. This guy fulfills King's self indulgent fantasy of becoming a rock idol.


Executive Orders (A Jack Ryan Novel, Band 8)
Executive Orders (A Jack Ryan Novel, Band 8)
von Tom Clancy
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 8,99

1.0 von 5 Sternen Love it or hate it, 16. Mai 2000
This is a controversial book. You either love it or hate it. Those who give negative reviews to this book are big Clancy fans and love most of his other books.
As you begin reading this book, you begin to notice the flaws in Clancy's writing (cardboard characters, repititions, the need to bring back characters in contrived and unnecesssary subplots, right wing pontificating, wooden dialog, etc). You then began to reflect on his older books and realize that those flaws have always been present. But, in the older books, those flaws weren't as prevelant and the stories were so exciting and the endings were so good, that you would tend not to notice the flaws. In this book, every flaw is greatly magnified, large portions of the book (especially the beginning) aren't very exciting and the ending is a bust.
A number of people have complained that there are too many subplots. But, Clancy does a very good job of jumping between them. The real problem is that most of them have unsatisfactory conclusions or no conclusion at all.
There is one extremely good part of this book, but it was probably unintentional on Clancy's part. That part is the last line of the book. Clancy finally turns Jack Ryan into a three dimensional character by evolving him into a sleazy politician. All throughout the book, Ryan insists he doesn't want to be president. But after kicking the butt of his political and international enemies, and getting the taste of real power, he changes his mind and says we will run for reelection.


The Matarese Circle: A Novel
The Matarese Circle: A Novel
von Robert Ludlum
  Taschenbuch

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Exciting book but stupid plot and cliche ridden ending, 6. April 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Matarese Circle: A Novel (Taschenbuch)
Most of this book is Ludlum at his best. It is action packed with two capable heroes. There is very little of the character development, which Ludlum does poorly, to get in the way of the action. The plot is a your basic B-grade spy movie plot of the international cadre trying to manipulate the world. Fortunately that doesn't detract too much from the story telling. The ending is a real letdown and is an action movie cliche. The KGB partner is killed while saving the American hero, but with his dying breath urges the hero to leave him and go get the bad guys. The American hero then puts an end to the story by machine gunning down all the bad guys. It is an easy, no-brainer conclusion.
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The Road to Gandolfo
The Road to Gandolfo
von Robert Ludlum
  Taschenbuch

2.0 von 5 Sternen Not very funny or very good, 6. April 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Road to Gandolfo (Taschenbuch)
This is Ludlums attempt at writing a comedy. It isn't very funny or entertaining. These two characters go through a series of adventures that aren't interesting. The big running joke is that one character can never get anything to eat. How funny is that? There is also an embarrassing, juvenile storyline about one of the characters prowess with women and his beautiful wives. It is like a low class Matt Helm story (which is already at rock bottom). Ludlum is good at creating a superspy and writing action sequences. That could easily be twisted in a funny, entertaining way. But Ludlum does not leverage his strenghts here.


The Bourne Ultimatum: Jason Bourne Book #3
The Bourne Ultimatum: Jason Bourne Book #3
von Robert Ludlum
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 5,99

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Worth reading for the Bourne conclusion, 6. April 2000
This is the third and final book in the Bourne series. The first book (Identity) is fairly good. The second book (Supremacy) isn't very good and doesn't add anything to the series. This third book could be fully enjoyed without reading the second book.
This third book isn't as good as the first one. But, it is worth reading if you want to follow through on the conclusion from the first book. The biggest problem with this series is that the emotional musings of the hero about his identity and the love and worry about his wife get pretty tedious in the first book, are beat to death in the second book and are just painful to read by the third book. Maybe this third book could be better enjoyed by skipping the first two books (althought there are major parts of the first book that are better than anything in the third book).


The Bourne Identity: Jason Bourne Book #1
The Bourne Identity: Jason Bourne Book #1
von Robert Ludlum
  Taschenbuch

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Exciting story, 6. April 2000
Ludlum is one of the best at creating the super spy and writing action sequences. Sometimes he can create a spy story to back them up. This one is pretty good throughout. He isn't that good with the emotional development of his characters or writing love stories (but he isn't nearly as bad as Tom Clancey in these areas). The hero agonizing over what his identity might be gets to be tedious and the love story is awkward as in all of his books. But, mostly the book moved at a good enough pace to make me want to read more.
This is the first book in a three part series. I didn't know that when I read the book, and was frustrated and disappointed as I neared the end of the book and realized the story wouldn't be concluded. The second book in the series (Bourne Supremacy) is pretty bad and doesn't really build on the first book. It isn't necessary to read it before jumping on to the third book (Bourne Ultimatum) and the conclusion of the story. The third book isn't as good as the first, but is worth reading for the conclusion.


The Bourne Supremacy: Jason Bourne Book #2
The Bourne Supremacy: Jason Bourne Book #2
von Robert Ludlum
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 7,49

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1.0 von 5 Sternen Stupid contrived story, 6. April 2000
This is the second book in the Bourne series. The first was pretty exciting. This second one starts out pretty good, with several different factions fighting for unknown reasons. Bourne (and his woman) are caught in the middle and he and the reader don't know who is on whose side. But the whole thing ends up in a contrived mess. Although Bourne doesn't know the good guys from the bad guys, he miracuously only kills the bad guys while just knocking out the good guys. It is also pretty silly that Bourne, a white guy, can move so freely around the Asian underworld. The agony his life goes through gets pretty tiring after awhile.
Since the story takes place in Asia, there is the obligatory Asian friend who gets killed. An Asian woman or child in an action story has a lower life expectancy than a black guess star in an old Star Trek episode. This was always been a cheesy, easy way out. Any good hero couldn't just leave his Asian friend in Asia, but trying to get the Asian friend out of Asia would complicate the story too much. So, just kill her off when she is no longer needed.
While it would be very helpful to read the first book (Bourne Identity) to understand this second book, this second book adds nothing to the series and really isn't necessary to understand the third book. The first and third books deal with finding the assassin, Carlos. This second book has very little to do with that.
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Seize the Night
Seize the Night
von Dean Koontz
  Taschenbuch

3.0 von 5 Sternen Heineken doesn't come in twist offs, 4. April 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Seize the Night (Taschenbuch)
This is the second book in the series about Chris Snow. I didn't read the first book, I haven't read anything by Koontz before and I am not a big fan of horror/fantasy books. I'm trying to decide if this book interested me enough to want to read anything else in the series.
This book gets off to a bad, unnerving start. A young boy is kidnapped on the first page, and it seems be treated in a light hearted manner. Fortunately, it is treated more seriously later.
The three main characters are interesting and fairly well developed. The supporting characters are more stereotypical, but each one has some sort of quirk added in attempt to make them more rounded. Sometimes it is successful (as in the ex-football player, who is a cliche right down to the name) and sometimes it isn't (as in the biker).
The biggest problem with the book is that it often goes off in tangents, sometimes in action and sometimes in the emotional musings of the main character/narrator. Although most of these tangents turn out to be important to the story, they are crammed into the wrong places and interrupt the flow of the book. Why would people looking for a kidnapped child run off and play in the "egg" room or search a house. The reasons given are contrived and illogical. The emotional musings begin to get repititious and boring. How many times do we need to hear about the work Chris's mother did, or how smart the dog is? Developing the character of the cat was much effective and interesting because it was done through action instead of through a narrative.
I don't think I missed out on anything by not reading the first book. It seems like so much time is spent in the second book, explaining what happened in the first, that it wouldn't be worth reading the first. I don't know if I want to go onto the third book. The second book had a fairly good ending, but I don't know if the story was strong enough to want me learn more about these characters. The authors and characters lost credibility when they talked about twisting the top off of Heineken bottles.


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