- Utgivare : Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged utgåvan (1 April 2010)
- Språk : Engelska
- ISBN-10 : 1441728139
- ISBN-13 : 978-1441728135
"A cast of stars, all seen through the eyes of a Hittite warrior. With authentic battle scenes and the reality of siege warfare, The Hittite is an adventure you'll want to undertake."-- "Barbara D'Amato, Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author of Foolproof "
"Bova gets better and better."-- "Daily News (Los Angeles)"
"Bova proves himself equal to the task of showing how adversity can temper character in unforeseen ways."-- "New York Times"
"Completely convincing and emotionally satisfying; the adventure and warfare are gripping enough to keep me awake to finish the book in a single night."-- "Orson Scott Card, New York Times bestselling author of Ender's Game "
"Excellent. A thrilling and inventive retelling of the legend of Troy."-- "David Hagberg, New York Times bestselling author of The Expediter "
"This is a believable alternative to Homer's tale...read convincingly by Stefan Rudnicki, leaving the listener with a good sense of what a soldier's life was like in those times. His voices are persuasive and believable...After hearing this, listeners will understand why he is such an honored narrator."-- "SoundCommentary.com (starred review)"
Ben Bova was born in Philadelphia and received his doctorate in education from California Coast University in 1996. The author of over 120 futuristic novels and nonfiction books, he has also been a radio commentator, editor, lecturer, and aerospace industry executive. His articles, opinion pieces, and reviews have appeared in Scientific American, Nature, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. His work has earned six Hugo Awards. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2005, and his novel Titan won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best science fiction novel of 2006.
Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014, and was named one of AudioFile's Golden Voices in 2012.
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The Hittite is different. In stark contrast, the writing style here is sparse, the book is short, the chapters only a few pages each. That's not a complaint as such - just an observation - but it's certainly surprising given Bova's usual style. In a way there is a slight feeling of disappointment, because I expected an historical fiction epic just as packed and action-filled as Bova's sci-fi novels. This new style has both advantages and shortcomings. On one hand, the sparse style is judicious, offering us carefully considered snippets of information without becoming meandering or overwhelming. However, on the other hand, I almost felt like I didn't get to know the characters that well, beyond an intriguing but frustratingly elusive rough sketch of some interesting personalities. In regards to pacing, this style of writing quality at once made the story feel like it fairly clipped along and that a lot happened despite the sparseness of the writing. Yet strangely at the very same time I also got the strange sense that events were progressing so quickly that not enough time was spent into really going into each one in more depth. As a result I both liked and found problems with this different style that Bova utilises in The Hittite.
In terms of plot, it wasn't what I expected. I scrupulously avoided any hint of spoilers ahead of time, so I cracked open the book expecting a novel set in the Hittite empire and found instead a new retelling of The Iliad. I love the story of The Iliad, it's a timeless tale, but the problem with historical fiction set in the Trojan War is that it's one of these that has absolutely been done to death. It can be very difficult to get a new angle on it and make it fresh and exciting, something that people want to read. Even for a Trojan War lover, how many times do I really want to read the same story? Bova's angle is to tell the story from the perspective of Lukka, an outsider from the Hittite empire, who gets involved with both Trojans and Mycenaeans. Okay, that's a different premise. And Bova does change events up a little. But it's not enough. If an author's going to do the Trojan War, by this stage I think they have to put a whole new angle on it or stay faithful and write it really well. Bova's angle isn't different enough - too much is still predictable, despite the scattering of new material he throws in, and the sparse writing style can't make up for it by at least creating a richly absorbing retelling. This was frustrating as I'm familiar with Bova's usual packed-to-the-brim writing style, which is quite the engrossing read, and we just don't get it here.
Which brings me to Lukka. Like I said, interesting premise to bring the Hittites in on the Trojan War. But I had issues with Lukka. Not glaring issues that ruined my enjoyment of the book, but just the kind of slightly irritating peripheral issues that mean you didn't quite enjoy it as much as you might have. As Lukka tells us this tale, and we as readers see events through his eyes, it'd be pretty boring if he just sat by the sidelines the entire time and didn't play an important role. However, I felt that Lukka veered just a little too much towards "Mary Sue" territory. I'm sure that Bova didn't intend to write it that way, but when an original character is brought into established canon - especially canon as established as Homer's Iliad - and is presented as an important contributor and gets mixed up in all the key events... it reminded me of fan fiction Mary Sue characters who get just that sort of treatment - waltz on in to established canon of a book series and are miraculously involved in every important event and become themselves a crucial character - when in the original canon they didn't exist and weren't needed at all for events to play out.
Bova is a good writer, and I had hopes for this book, but it just doesn't hit the mark. It's a bit dull and predictable and the writing style is so different from his usual signature style. It's a reasonably enjoyable read but that's it, there's nothing more to really engage or excite. It's just "okay". Mildly enjoyable, but just too mediocre. Not fresh or in depth enough, and the main character whilst likable is unmemorable.