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, April 20, 2023

Review: The New Prometheus

The New Prometheus The New Prometheus by Andrew Dobell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Performance: ****
Story: ***

Fun Cyberpunk Story

Set in a dystopian future where corporations rule with a free hand, “Frankie” is thrust into direct conflict with them when she was left for dead and saved by a rogue cybernetic doc. In a mad scramble to escape the long arm of the corps and recover some aspect of her prior life, she is forced into a desperate rescue attempt of that same doc who is the only person that can maintain his creation … aka her new borg bod.

It’s a well worn trope executed well (with a strong resemblance to Alita); my inner techie is a sucker for a good cyberpunk story (+1*). The narration was also solid for the action and dialog ... And despite being the first in a series, there is an actual resolution to the initial conflict with a "to be continued" ending that continues with the same protagonists that I found easy to connect with and look forward to their new adventures within this cyber world.

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.