I read and reviewed the first book, Oryx and Crake, a few years ago, but not on my own podcast, but the SFFaudio podcast. I only rated it 3 stars out of 5, it seems, but I have much better memories of it than just 3 stars. I often forget the bad stuff in books though.
After Rym said the second book, The Year of the Flood, was good, I thought I’d finally get round to it. Slow to start, but the story really picks up in the second half.
As someone said on the old forum, the audiobook has original recordings of the God’s Gardeners hymns at the end of each chapter. They are pretty incredible. This one has been stuck in my head for days:
The reason the music is incredible is because it is, in equal parts, really bad and really good. It’s bad in EXACTLY the right way, the way that so much Christian “rock” music is bad bad bad. All the little things that I remember from growing up in a Christian family listening to Christian music that annoyed me is right there. It’s either genius songwriting and production, or is an honest sincere attempt at good music by a Christian musician. Perfect each way!
I’ll be reviewing the book in the next few days, and I already downloaded the audiobook for MaddAddam, the final installment.