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Earthcore by Scott Sigler

kelseydyann's review against another edition

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adventurous dark funny mysterious sad tense medium-paced

5.0

alhijea's review

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5.0

Such a nice book, I enjoyed it very much

longhornrach's review against another edition

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3.0

Good story, meh on the characters

I liked the story, and it was paced well. The problem is that almost none of the characters were like able. That does hold true to the fact that danger brings out the best and the worst in people and the characters are well fleshed out. I just found myself reading because I wanted to know how it ended and not actually rooting for any particular character - I never got emotionally invested in them. This story is however a good display of a fantastic imagination and was an exciting read.

catbooking's review

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2.0

It was an OK read. It would have benefited a lot from a more aggressive editor, who was willing to chop off unnecessary lines like the monsters were willing to cut off limbs. For example, if someone calls someone else a “Son of a bitch” I don't need to be told they are angry, I know this from what they said. The only time I need to know how they feel is, if it is the opposite of what one would expect. If you cut such obvious lines from the narrative not only will the book shrink by 1/3 but the narrative would flow much smoother.

The romance subplots could really be cut out. It is nice to see people make connections while in dire situations, but it is so unrealistic that it breaks immersion and makes me cringe.

And speaking about cringing, why is everyone angry? Every single character in the book was angry at least once, and for a couple anger was the natural state. They were so angry they were seething with it, and Sigler had to keep telling us they were angry, lest we forget.

From my criticism above don't think that everything about this book was awful. The monsters were really unnerving. I can see where Sigler may have gotten his inspiration from, looking at some gifs on the web. And I do have to appreciate the fact that he was willing to kill of his characters. Usually you assume a sub set of characters would be safe from death, but not in this book. If someone has to die, Sigler isn't concerned what role they had in the narrative, they die.

If you only take one thing away from my review let it be this, this book is mediocre but it is also one of Sigler's first books. Having read his later creations I can say he improved by a mile. So if you somewhat liked this book, pick up his later works without fear over them not being enjoyable.

ian_swallow's review

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5.0

Back in late 2006 I found podcasts & along with them podiobooks. Earthcore was one of the first, if not the first podiobook I listened to. Then when I found out that it was getting updated and a fuller wider release (plus being reintegrated into the Siglerverse) I had to listen to it once again. Ray Porter does such a brilliant job of capturing Scott's voice that I can't help but think that he must've listened to the FDO'S original recording. Then there's that scene transition sting, wow I've missed that. What about the plot, well it's just as thrilling as I remember, no spoilers here. Just one of the best sci-fi horror books I've read (and a lot of the others are from the Siglerverse too).

Oh & I think this is the story (of what he's written so far) is the best suited to a film adaptation, one that I'd love to see.

michaellouisdixon's review

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adventurous dark mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

jstatt's review against another edition

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adventurous dark mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

This book was wayyyy better than I was expecting it to be! 

I would say it's medium to fast paced with a few places where it dragged, but overall it was a really, really good thriller. Kept me interested and tense for basically the entire book. The characters were well written and easy to get invested in. 

Highly recommend reading this if you're looking for a good sci-fi thriller. 

8/10, will definitely read the sequel. 

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lyrinad's review against another edition

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adventurous tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

bose's review against another edition

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adventurous tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

pbanditp's review

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5.0

Scott rewrote this in order to tie it into his universe in which all of his books coincide. It is hard to review a book where you already know the characters and the outcome, but as each scene unfolds you find yourself looking around and smiling knowing that this isn't a Hollywood remake of your favorite movie where the new director is going to screw everything up. Necessarily done in order to start the sequel where I imagine there is going to be a long list of the dead.