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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 12 hours and 29 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 15 April 2014
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JKA1UHI

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Like one or two other reviewers I was unable to finish the book. I would not go so far as to say that it was "rubbish" - but it certainly isn't good. Sullivan spends far too much time trying to explain how the world has changed over time - and unbelievably tries vainly to explain why the English language has basically stayed the same. It has changed more in my life time than it has in this book! That in itself is not a critically issue - but it is a strong example of how Sullivan has tried to address the problems that a time traveller would actually face in the future; and fails! The characters created by Sullivan are not at all well crafted and I found it difficult to believe that the builder of a time machine could be so dim! SF and fantasy novels are obviously going to be escapist in nature - you have to suspend reality to some extent to be able to read them at all - but this book demands too much suspension.
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I just read this book on my iPad via the Amazon UK App, and I loved it. A guy who is dying of an incurable diseases builds himself a 'home-made' time machine in order to travel a couple of hundred years into the future in the hope of finding a cure. He leaves behind a vary troubled and sad life as he activates his time machine. His calculations are incorrect and he travels not 200 years into the future but 2000 years, where everybody lives inside the earth following massive cataclysmic climate changes.

The story was both intriguing and enjoyable. It wasn't a "Back to the Future" type of future but one far more believable.

The pace of the story was just right and was vary well written.

I emailed the author this morning to tell him how much I enjoyed his book and within a couple of hours I had a reply from him. I am always impressed when you contact an author to make comment on one of his books and they take the time to reply, so thank you Mr Sullivan.

I would love to see a sequel to this book, and I was excited to read in Mr Sullivan's email that he does intend to return to Hollow World on completion of a couple more projects he has.

I will certainly be looking at purchasing some more of his books.
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I have been a fan of Michael J Sullivan for a long time. I love his Riyria Revelations saga & I enjoyed the Riyria Chronicles. (Not so much The Jester short story).

Hollow World is something completely different from the fantasy genre that Michael is so good at creating. That being said it is a very good sci-fi.

The first couple of chapters are a little dull and drab in all honesty, the introduction to Ellis Rogers' pre-time travel life feels tacked on and certainly less absorbing than his introduction to any of the characters in anything Riyria, it didn't set me up well for the rest of the book, but I decided to keep going with it. The second Chapter is a little boring for other reasons and is set immediately post time travel (I say no more for risk of spoilers).

I am glad that I did. The world that Michael J Sullivan created is excellent and truly shows itself from the third chapter. The world has its amazing elements, technologies and an interesting collection of characters. The most important being Warren and Pax (I won't say an more for risk of spoilers).

As the world has its all too human flaws it has enabled Michael to comment through the novel on a number of really touchy topics including Politics, Religion, Homophobia and Xenophobia. Some people won't like this, but I thought it a very clever dialoge on humanity now as much as it was a good sci-fi action romp with a good storyline.
Most of the social commentary comes through Ellis' own thoughts & through Pax. (I think Michael has put a lot of himself into Pax). I find myself agreeing in large part with the moderate & reasonable stance that is commented from, though not entirely on a couple of topics.
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This really did not hold my interest. It felt like it was droning on and on. I really did not feel the reality of the character despite the attempts to make him more everyman by setting him as middle aged and ill. The future felt bnoring and the characters there unintersting. Not for me.
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If this book was "an attempt to re-write Wells, I'm afraid it was a miserable failure.

In The Time Machine, the protagonist discovered a world which seemed perfect, peaceful, pastoral and comfortable and then realised that the humans enjoying it were nothing more than farmed cattle, grown to provide food. In this novel, the protagonist discovers a perfect world, also peaceful and utterly comfortable, but this time only that way because of technology. Apparently, humanity will be developed so far as to never stay in awaiting the repair of the "maker" (a magic device for creating anything at all out of rocks) because nothing (apparently) ever needs repairing.

Anyway, to carry on my comparison, the only "bad" side of this glorious techno life is that the bad guy is another time-traveller who follows the chief protagonist and, in a mire of religious, bigoted philosophies, decides he wants to rule the world, a bit like most evil geniuses across the "James Bond for Juniors" world.

To sum this book up, it was trite, but I enjoyed reading it - it felt so light that it could have floated away!
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