My Favorite Books

The Walking Drum
Ender's Game
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Curse of Chalion
The Name of the Wind
Chronicles of the Black Company
The Faded Sun Trilogy
The Tar-Aiym Krang

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Review: Doyle's Law

Doyle's Law Doyle's Law by Sam Roberts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book: ****
Performance: ****

A Twisted Time Paradox Sci-Fi

After a very slow, and somewhat confusing, setup with a savage/chop crew crew of four (4) decommissioning a space station orbiting Venus, the time travel high jinks begins, with each loop adding more understanding and clarity to the whole story. It was quite a head trip keeping track of everything, all with the understanding that Doule’s Law (what has happened will happen) making a great puzzle to figure out (and definitely some unexpected surprises). There are still some interesting concepts that appear to create a paradox … just not the traditional ones that are so common with time travel stories … and we get a brief glimpse into the far future and it is not all kittens and puppies. 

This is primarily a character driven story and the character development is solid.  I enjoyed all of them.   World building was great as well, falling into which I would consider to be hard sci-fi that was well researched.  Overall it was a grand story with an equally good narration that fit.

I was given this free advance review/listener copy (ARC) audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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My Ratings Explained ...

  • [ ***** ] Amazing Read - Perfect story, exciting, engrossing, well developed complex characters, solid plot with few to no holes, descriptive environments and place settings, great mystery elements, realistic dialogue, believable reactions and behaviors; a favorite that I can re-read many times.
  • [ **** ] Great Read - Highly entertaining and enjoyable, exciting storyline, well developed characters and settings, a few discrepancies but nothing that can’t be overlooked. Some aspect of the story was new/refreshing to me and/or intriguing. Recommended for everyone.
  • [ *** ] Good Read - Solid story with a 'good' ending, or has some other redeeming feature. Limited character development and/or over reliance on tropes. Noticeable discrepancies in world building and/or dialog/behavior that were distracting. I connected enough with the characters/world to read the entire series. Most of the books I read for fun are here. Recommended for fans of the genre.
  • [ ** ] Okay Read - Suitable for a brief, afternoon escape … flat or shallow characters with little to no development. Over the top character dialog and/or behavior. Poor world building with significant issues and/or mistakes indicating poor research. Excessive use of trivial detail, info dumps and/or pontification. Any issues with the story/characters are offset by some other aspect that I enjoyed. Not very memorable. May only appeal to a niche group of readers. Recommended for some (YMMV).
  • [ * ] Bad Read - Awkward and/or confusing writing style. Poor world building and/or unbelievable (or unlikeable) characters. Victimization, gaslighting, blatant abuse, unnecessary violence, child endangerment, or any other highly objectionable behaviors by Main characters. I didn't connect with the story at all; significant aspects of this story irritated me enough that I struggled to finished it. Series was abandoned. Not recommended.