finished book 1 of gateway on audible i kept stopping and starting so it probably seemed longer than it acutally is i'd say the best thing about it was the atmostphere i really got a sense that things were just gradually and inevitably going downhill for earth and people no convoluted dystopia just getting worn out
Just finished the Warrior's Wings series (LGT first book) by Evan Currie same author of the Odyssey One series I mentioned earlier. It's similar to the Odyssey One series but it's in a different universe with different technology and tactics. This one involves a lot more special forces ground combat but still has it's fair share of space battles.
The Way of Kings(Stormlight Chronicles Book 1): An in progress fanatasy series book 2 was recently released. It's by Brandon Sanderson who we've discussed before here. I listened to the audible version during bike rides mowing the grass waiting at airports and commuting. I've got a new pet peeve and it's where writers (movies games books whatevs) use a bunch of proper nouns early on that you don't know what they are. I suspect it's to give a sense of bigness to the world invoke some curiousity and to also feel like things are already happening and alive but it annoys me. (Here's a youtube that covers that and some other intro techniques comparing Skyrim to CoD4:MW) The book skips around between 3 major characters doing things separately and one of the characters has a backstory so his chapters skip between the present and his childhood. There's also a recurring minor character that pops up occassionally doing his own thing. So pretty much 5 stories. One thing that I can recommend is the audible narration. The readers make it a performance so it's easy to keep up with who's talking (one of the readers is actually named Kate Reading). Minor issue for the narration is that when the characters finally start to interact (not till very late in the book) they didn't agree beforehand how to pronounce some of the names. So the book is OK just a little dull. There's not really a story plot here as in exposition conflict resolution. It's pretty much all exposition and long winded at that. The whole book is 45 hours. It's well written just slow and a little indulgent on the writer's part I suspect. I'm going to keep listening as I intend to keep riding the bike mowing the grass and commuting but I'm not all fired up about it. I would only recommend it if you have some time to occupy. 2.5 out of 5 "STORM YOU!!"s
Rendezvous with Rama - good hard sci-fi by Arthur C. Clarke about a gigantic alien spaceship discovered entering the solar system on a ballistic trajectory and our attempts to explore it. Character development was a little lacking but the plot kept me turning pages quickly. Ending was a major cliff hanger that left me saying "that's it??" and according to wiki: "The book was meant to stand alone although the final sentence of the book suggests otherwise. Clarke however denied that this sentence was meant to hint at a continuation of the story-according to his foreword in the book's sequel it was just a good way to end the book and was added during a final revision."
However there were sequels "co-written" by Clarke and a guy named Gentry Lee but in the words of wiki: "Lee did the actual writing while Clarke read and made editing suggestions." And regarding the plot:
Lee's writing has been criticized for excessive descriptions of the characters' personal lives and especially plentiful sex scenes unrelated to the plot reminiscent of romance novels. In one critic's words:
No thanks! So basically it's a single novel with a fanfiction romance novel followup series but without the followup series the plot effectively goes nowhere and I feel it would've been better if I just skipped it. 4/5 for the quality of writing and basic premise but brought down to 0.5/5 by the plot to nowhere and creepy followup co-author.