Ken Breadner

Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (37 of 42)
Location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


Top Reviewer Ranking: 87,711 - Total Helpful Votes: 37 of 42
Reamde: A Novel by Neal Stephenson
Reamde: A Novel by Neal Stephenson
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
...should love it to bits.
This is one of the best thrillers I have ever read. And finally, Stephenson has managed to write something *accessible*. I have tried and tried to get through the Baroque Cycle, but Stephenson keeps reminding me how stupid I am, on every page, until I'm too stupid to turn any more pages.
You'll learn stuff, reading this -- the man can't help himself -- but you won't feel like you're being talked down to And what a ride. Pages turn by themselves.
Masterpiece Theatre ~ Marianas Trench
Masterpiece Theatre ~ Marianas Trench
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece indeed, Sept. 2 2009
I'm 38, and far, far removed from the pop's rare that I even recognize an artist on one nowadays. Still, every now and then I listen to a snippet of whatever's popular on iTunes, in the vain hope that someday people will start to appreciate good music again.
That day may have arrived. If this is what the teenyboppers are listening to and liking, there may be hope.
Marianas Trench is, at heart, a pop-punk band. Unlike every third-rate pop-punk band (and where I work, I get to hear every third-rate pop-punk band 24/7), these guys have talent. Lots of it. Couple that with an inventive, wildly eclectic approach to composition and killer harmonies reminiscent of (dare I say… Read more
Pandora's Star by Peter F. Hamilton
Pandora's Star by Peter F. Hamilton
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Galactic in Scope, Oct. 20 2007
If you, like me, buy books in order to immerse yourself in words different from ours, this book (and its companion volume, JUDAS UNCHAINED) are for you.
If you want non-stop action, with minimal character development, stay the heck away.
If you like to be confronted with thought-provoking ideas in your books, give this one a try.
If you are looking for a 'check your brain at the door' reading experience, look elsewhere.

The word EPIC gets tossed around routinely in sf. This book actually merits the word. Dozens of worlds, most of them lovingly described, vie with scores of characters, each with his/her own backstory. Every kind of speculative fiction is well… Read more