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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, it deals with a subject very real in today's world. Thrilling, surprising, and fun.
What other book might you compare Basilisk to and why?
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. It is very similar in that Frankenstein ventured into areas that were not as well known to the general public. The things that she writes about are things that we are able to do today regarding transplants and other medical aspects, not the reanimating part. It was also a warning about going too far into things before the technology is ready and warns against what could happen if done improperly and too soon before society and human knowledge is ready for it. There are differences too, but all in all it reminded me of Frankenstein except the creature was a more tragic figure that never asked to be created and was thrust into a world that was not accepting of him. Basilik is different in that no one knows the nature of what one might do. It also raises the idea of mythological creatures were more a product of very early science rather than myth.
What about Adam Sims’s performance did you like?
I liked the way he was able to give each character their own "voice" so to speak. The way he reads for every character gives you an idea of why some of the relationships were the way they were, something that may have been lacking in just reading the book.
If you could rename Basilisk, what would you call it?
Not sure about this one.
Any additional comments?
I did not read the book myself, but saw and read some of the reviews from other readers. I can understand why some of the characters and the relationships between some might have not been conveyed as well. For example, I read some of Masterton's novels as a teenagers and if I were to read them now, I may have a different perspective on it. The relationship between Nathan and his son Denver makes more sense in the audio book than the book may have been able to portray. Nathan is a man on a mission who wants to do something for humanity and Denver is a typical rebellious kid who hates his dad and thinks he is misunderstood.
All in all, I would say that it was an interesting listen as it delves into explanations about mythological creatures that are very different than the fantasy aspect. Like most books, it has it's plot holes that are not totally understood. However, there is a second book and it may be that some of those holes will be more fully understood. I can't wait to read Petrified, the second one. I am wondering if there might be a third.