Vonnegut's writing style is whimsical and funny at times, but less so than Douglas Adams'. He offers a fresh perspective on society that definitely makes you think, and presents it in a very imaginative way. That being said, I didn't like the book too much. It may be more enjoyable the second time around, though.
I did not relate to the protagonist. He just didn't feel real to me. Even after the great revelation at the end, I just didn't sympathize with him at all. Charlie seems very mature in some parts of the story and very immature in some other parts. I know that's how the teens are, but the difference was just too garish to work.
A decent historical mystery novel. A Dan Brown-esque thriller with murder scenes similar to the set pieces in 'Angels & Demons'. My only criticism, personally, would be that the identity of the killer was a little bit of a letdown. The story would have been less anti-climactic if the killer had been a character who was deeply involved in the plot from the very beginning. Nevertheless, all-in-all, an entertaining read.
If you know the basic plot then the story becomes really predictable. It, however, was first published in 1886, when it was an amazingly new take on the duality of human nature. That idea, however, has become so omnipresent today, that you know what's going to happen, as soon as you start reading.
It's like a cliché-ridden action thriller, only in book form. The various tech specs and email addresses detract from the story. The characters are ones you've read about in books and seen in movies over and over again. Vastly overrated. Hopefully, the second one is better.
Was a big fan of Douglas Adams' writing after reading 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy', and this book made me respect and admire him as a person as well. It offers a great insight into the way he thought and perceived the world around him.
One of my all-time favorite books. Love the way Douglas Adams writes and his quirky and very creative sense of humor. The last part in the series is a bit disappointing, but doesn't detract from the book, as a whole, in the slightest.