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What did you like best about Aftershocks? What did you like least?
This is the third and last book in the "Colonization" series. After the World War series, this left me utterly disappointed. It feels like Turtledove got a contract for writing three books as a sequel for WW, but fell short on thinking up an interesting storyline. As with the previous series, the story revolves around the lives of several key characters, some new, some old acquaintances from the previous series.
The most interesting aspect of THIS series is the insight into the impact in culture, society and politics of living with the lizards for 40 years. But that's where it ends. All throughout the 3 books there are only 3 truly interesting events, that could have been condensed into a single book. All the rest is endless dribble about mostly irrelevant and boring every day stuff about the main characters.
Entire chapters seem to be dedicated to mundane dinner-time conversations that lead absolutely nowhere. I can't grasp why Turtledove dedicates so many paragraphs to the absolutely boring storyline of Rance Hourback and Penny Summers. The almost senseless yakking of the Russie's (don't know the spelling), Goldfarbs, even some of the lizard characters are utterly meaningless in the overall story. As it is, and on the third book already, I'm continuing just because I want to know what happens in the end, while being aware it's going to be horribly painful and boring getting there.
The narrator doesn't do very well either. I can't understand why they didn't keep the same narrator as in the first novel. Yet, after the first 2 books I got used to this narrator in every aspect except the way in which he portrays Jonathan Yeager. It just doesn't work. He makes him sound like some idiot surfer kid from the 90's and it just feels out of place.It would've rated 4 overall stars if the story was a little more interesting.
What do you think your next listen will be?
Lost fleet series
What does Patrick Lawlor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The lizard voices!
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
No, a miniseries would be better
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I was expecting a lot to be resolved in this novel having listened avidly to the 2 before it.
I was however sadly disappointed.
This is a long audio book (on par with books 1 & 2), unfortunately not a lot really happens in it.
A real shame, I expected better from Harry Turtledove.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful