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Heaven's River Paperback – November 24, 2020
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Civil war looms in the Bobiverse!
More than a hundred years ago, Bender set out for the stars and was never heard from again. There has been no trace of him despite numerous searches by his clone-mates. Now Bob is determined to organize an expedition to learn Bender’s fate—whatever the cost.
But nothing is ever simple in the Bobiverse. Bob’s descendants are out to the 24th generation now, and replicative drift has produced individuals who can barely be considered Bobs anymore. Some of them oppose Bob’s plan; others have plans of their own. The out-of-control moots are the least of the Bobiverse’s problems.
Undaunted, Bob and his allies follow Bender’s trail. But what they discover out in deep space is so unexpected and so complex that it could either save the universe—or pose an existential threat the likes of which the Bobiverse has never faced.
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- Publisher : Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency (November 24, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 632 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1680682261
- ISBN-13 : 978-1680682267
- Item Weight : 1.59 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.44 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #50,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bring this out on Kindle, or dead trees if you must. I'm a software developer. I can't listen to something with words while working. I would think that, of all people, you, the author would know this, given your background.
My reading time is at bedtime, when it's quiet for everyone. And, maybe this is a surprise, but I actually like to read, with my eyes.
Finally, this stinks for accessibility. I can't think of another book title that completely blocks the hearing impaired from enjoying it.
I hope Audible paid handsomely for your soul, and that you can use that hard-earned cash to write actual books, with words. :)
Where’s the Kindle version?
Answer: Audible likes to have an exclusivity deal with authors. During negotiations, they will try for up to a six month gap before the text versions are produced. The inducements to the author are: Audible pays for the narrator, Audible pays for the cover, Audible does marketing, Audible offers a much larger advance. Audible is also responsible for about 2/3 of my total income, so they are by definition my primary publisher.
Fortunately my agent, who is a bit of a pit bull, has kept the exclusive period down to four months. So the text version (for the current contracts, anyway) will always come out 4 months after the Audible version.
It felt really good to be back in the Bobiverse again... to be with all my friends in Bobnet and join the moot.
The Bobiverse is a complicated universe, but it's well worth becoming acquainted with (book 1: We Are Legion. We Are Bob).
This book might be the search for Bender, but this story has so many threads to follow. With Star fleet (TNG) ready to start a civil war over the Prime Directive, and gamers just wanting to game, and a new civilization found living in a Topopolis (it's CrAZy. Look it up!). The story threads are many, and also intricately wrought! On top of all that, there's plenty of pop culture references thrown in to bring out the nerd in all of us. We get some of the science, Science-Fiction, politics, tons of action, and "human" interest... all making for a really rich, and tightly written story! A story that will keep you up long after your significant other has started snoring, just so you can find out what happens next! Heaven's River is a broad canvas, and it allows Ray Porter to once again, paint us a vivid landscape with that marvelous voice of his!
I finished the book today and I'm conflicted. On one part it introduces some really interesting concepts and plots. On the other hand the books is basically Homer's search for about 3/4 of the book. While nice I already forgot parts of the search. It felt like a generic adventure not terrible but not amazing either. The new plots we got where super interesting and I wished the book would have explored them more. Instead of just giving you a mile high view and returning back to the search. In my opinion that adventure could have been done in half the time and nothing would have been lost. A few time skips here and there would have help a bring down the frankly boring parts of the search.
At the end we get an explanation why everything happened and a look in to the future. I hope the next books explore some of the new ideas more in-depth and give us new interesting systems. All in all the book was not bad but it's not to the same greatness as the past 3.
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The story flows well, and apart from it being centered around one element as although it hops around to different characters, the main story stands front and center. So much so that you almost forget who is who, as the other things happening in the universe are sidelined.
Nice ending to wrap things up and interesting times ahead for a book 5, 6 , 7 .....