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Luke Burrage reads a science fiction novel and reviews it when he's done. Then he reads another.

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    • 3.3, 107 Ratings

Luke Burrage reads a science fiction novel and reviews it when he's done. Then he reads another.

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3.3 out of 5
107 Ratings

107 Ratings

00000000000m ,

Man reads books, gives shallow rambling reviews

In a nutshell.
Also he seem to mostly listen to audio books which, I do occasionally as well, but I feel it changes the experience.

His reviews are muddy, rarely discuss the opinions of others and are very very basic. If you’re looking for intelligent discourse I’d look other places. I have included a greater review below that goes more into the details of my experience with his podcast.

He has enjoyed many books I also have loved so I don’t disagree with him completely. However my experience listening to his podcast was somewhat frustrating as he seems keen to rush through a book and give a mashed up regurgitation of it instead of methodically engaging the ideas or writing inside the cover. This is to say he seems mostly concerned over shallow matters of plot and I believe he is inclined to only see the plot in shallow ways.

As you can read in multiple reviews he is manic, chaotic and, uses extremely imprecise language in addition to not “getting” most classic or translated sci-fi. He seems to need a lot of character development and linear actions to enjoy a book. If he doesn’t enjoy it, it’s “Bad. Just bad. Awful. Just bad”
Again, his descriptions leave a lot to be desired.

He has a strong personality and I can see why some might be attracted to this podcast but I mostly found it sad that this incredible genre doesn’t hold more depth for him.

DanCQ ,

Very entertaining.

Everyone has their own opinion. I respect Luke’s opinion. I like his show, and the amount of books he has reviewed. People seem to give bad ratings because they disagreed with some reviews. Except for the Game of Thrones review I never had this problem, and found it interesting to listen to.


A real disappointment

To my disappointment, there is a clear lack of critical analysis and empathy for story telling that is not to the reviewer’s personal liking. This podcast would serve better if there was less crude subjectivity and more balance of the success and short comings of the books in review. It is easy to be critical of something. It takes a certain maturity, wisdom, and openness to express oneself in a meaningful way. Hopefully Luke can use these comments constructively.

Side note: Luke rails against the tone, structure, and boring qualities of much of the books in his reviews. Perhaps he should listen to his own podcast. I think he would have the same issue.

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