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2113

By: John McFetridge - editor,Kevin J. Anderson - editor
Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
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Publisher's Summary

The music of Rush, one of the most successful bands in music history, is filled with fantastic stories, evocative images, thought-provoking futures and pasts. In this anthology, notable, best-selling, and award-winning writers each chose a Rush song as the spark for a new story, drawing inspiration from the visionary trio Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart.

Enduring stark dystopian struggles or testing the limits of the human spirit, the characters populating 2113 find strength while searching for hope in a world that is repressive, dangerous, or just debilitatingly bland. Most of these tales are science fiction, but some are fantasies, thrillers, even edgy mainstream. Many of Rush's big hits are represented, as well as deeper cuts...with wonderful results. This anthology also includes the seminal stories that inspired the Rush classics "Red Barchetta" and "Roll the Bones", as well as Kevin J. Anderson's novella sequel to the groundbreaking Rush album 2112.

2113 contains stories by New York Times best-selling authors Kevin J. Anderson, Michael Z. Williamson, David Alan Mack, David Farland, Dayton Ward, and Mercedes Lackey; award winners Fritz Leiber, John McFetridge, Steven Savile, Brad R. Torgersen, Ron Collins, David Niall Wilson, and Brian Hodge, as well as many other authors with their imaginations on fire.

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I'm a RUSH fan, but ...no..not this book

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I did recommend it but with a huge disclaimer that some of it was worse than listening to a golf-themed science fiction movie.

Would you be willing to try another book from Kevin J. Anderson - editor and John McFetridge - editor ? Why or why not?

do better next time and I will

Would you listen to another book narrated by Paul Boehmer?

uh...probably not

Could you see 2113 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

nope

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There is a very good background story to part of this book dealing with Red Barchetta and I thought that was a great story in itself. I'll say that there was a lot of overly written stories here that didn't hit the mark but I'll leave it up to the personal tastes of others. Those more into Sci-Fi might enjoy this more, but look up the Red Barchetta story that is part of this book and it might just pull you in

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Great for everyone; Rush fan or not

I really enjoyed the variety of writing styles, the authors ways of implementing song lyrics into their stories, and the over all concept of take music and putting it into short stories.

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A MUST READ for any Rush fan, but good for anyone!

(preface) As a long time fan, since perhaps 79, even before many of the authors, I have a pretty good understanding of the history and a very good grasp on the album's.
Be that as it may, the stories are based on songs, sometimes a title, a concept, but in many cases it's more like a shimmering vision, or a fragmented dream that may have came before the song, or perhaps an echo, a thrumming reverberation felt long after. In a brave and daring few, they are grasped in full from the song and NEP'S lyrics, fully enrobing the core of the song and taking it to wonderfully new place, fully imagined as only a talented storyteller can do. For the listener well-versed in the lyrics, pearls are scattered like glistening drops of Quintessence in the caves of Endoline, in a turn of phrase, a name or just two words, seemingly random to the layman.
The narrator, (the voice of the audio version) cannot be praised highly enough, as his voice travelled the full realm of emotion with wonder and conviction, bringing the listener into the minds of the characters, into the dirty, rubble strewn streets of Red Sector A, into the twisted thoughts of the Priests of the Temple of Syrinx, into space, the magic, beyond time and into the consciousness of the lives that before now only existed in the mind of the Professor himself.
Listen to voices come to life, or read the words and hear them as the lilting rhythms and chords they are.
Step through the Moonstone Mirror!
Listen, and wonder! Read and fly away!

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Did not care for the storyline

not impressed with the story or content. would like a credit for only finding it was not what was expected after I spent a credit trying it

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what a fun read.

The authors really did come up with great stories. Neil would be proud, I'm sure.

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Enjoyable Take On Rush’s Mythology

I was hesitant for something like a year to read this book. I’m a huge Rush fan and didn’t want my interpretations of many of their songs revised by the interpretations of others. I have also recently read some not-so-enjoyable anthologies and didn’t want to be disappointed by another.

I bought the book under a good sale price and it finally came up in my reading queue, so I moved ahead with a bit of trepidation. I needn’t have worried. All but two of the stories were thoroughly enjoyable and those two were simply mediocre rather than being “not good.” Turns out every author had a unique and thoughtful approach to their stories and the songs that inspired them. There was a good deal of reverence for the original art of Neil, Geddy, and Alex, but that did not constrain the ingenuity of the storytelling. I was reminded of songs I haven’t heard in years and now have a new playlist of old songs (both favorites and seldom heard so) to explore.

There seemed to be one editing glitch as one story did not have an “inspired by” subtitle, while one of the non-original works that inspired Neil Peart many years ago incorrectly included an “inspired by” subtile that shouldn’t be appended. Nor did it seem to match to the previous story that was missing the “inspired by” subtitle. I hope this will be corrected in the near future to make for a more complete documentation of the inspirations.

Finally, while I enjoyed the narrator’s voice and style, it would have been nice to have different narrators for each story. I’ve always enjoyed that style of anthology presentation.

Overall, an excellent work. You need not be a Rush fan to enjoy the stories. If you are a fan, the stories will make you look at the inspiring songs with new eyes and might make you go back to listen to a song you might’ve only heard once or twice.

Oh, and nice continuity touch by Kevin J. Anderson in the last sorry. I didn’t see the foreshadowing coming until a paragraph before the big reveal. A surprise sprung on the reader at the very end….just like clockwork.

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Mostly just "meh"

There were some good stories and some not so good. I thought it was weird that the first two stories seemed to just end with no conclusion? All of a sudden a new story starts and I was waiting for this one to finish...very abrupt. For many of the stories, I had to go back to the beginning to see what song it was based on...and many of them had no real tie to the song. at least that I could understand.

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Disappointed

I am a huge Rush fan and I was really excited to listen to this title. Man, I was really disappointed. Other than the two stories that inspired Rush songs, A Nice Morning Drive and Gonna Roll The Bones and the title story 2113, you would be hard pressed to identify which song inspired which story. Some Are Born to Save the World and Race Human were my favorite stories but most of the stories ended when they were starting to get good. 2113 was a little too pandering to the song 2112 but OK none the less. The story Players, which is supposed to be inspired by Tom Sawyer is about a movie deal gone bad and I could not find a connection to the song. Random Access Memory is a story about a guy who works for a company that erases a serial killer's memory of his crimes and then has his memories of the events erased by the company. This is "inspired" by Lakeside Park, I don't see any connection at all. The narration was stilted and hearing the same voice for so many different stories was strange. I got this with a credit but if I had paid real money I would be mad. So, maybe you might enjoy it if your not a Rush fan but otherwise I'd stay away.