The Stranger (Лабиринты Ехо #1)
Max Frei's novels have been a literary sensation in Russia since their debut in 1996, and have swept the fantasy world over. Presented here in English for the first time, The Stranger will strike a chord with readers of all stripes. Part fanta...more
Once you get accustomed to the writer's quaint manner of writing you will love it too. The first thing that meets the eye is the unique style of narration and the unusual choice of words. It's not casual, but not as pompous and epic as traditional fantasy. It's rather self-ironic and even sarcas...more
Este libro lo considero sencillamente genial, se inventan una sociedad que no es una copia de D&D y...more
The story of The...more
The premise of this book was so promising - indeed, I discovered it in the Russian section of Idlewild Books in Manhattan this summer, and later ordered a used copy on amazon. Looking back on the back cover...more
One such place he visits regularly is a strange city where the streets are pav...more
I mag es nicht. Die Geschichte ist zäh und der im Klappentext vesprochene Humor ist für mich nicht vorhanden.
This is one of these books which you either like or not.
I don't like it. The story is chewy and the humor promised in the blurb didn't work for me.
"Max Frei" - ie Svetlana Martynchik - has published this mammoth series Labyrinths of Echo of which The Stranger is the opening - I think it's 10 volumes so far - to great acclaim and success in Russia and Europe from the mid 90's on, so I was very curious about this book.
Overall I was disappointed because the book just did not engage me; it's not bad but I've read too many similar but better books to waste too much time on it.
I could not care less about its main character or the rest of the...more
* Aside from being a dense 545 pages, the book reads really slowly. Instead of the...more
I suppose it was due entirely to it being a translation. The story (of a man being recrutited into a detective agentcy within his dreams ... sort of) is derivitive but interesting, and the characters are as fully formed as it could be, and the narrative and the world created both stay true to an intriging inner-log...more
It's is just best story that ever read, ever!! I read the first book when I was about 12 year old and still no book or books series can out rival Max...The author is amazing, and most of all.. She lives in my country's capital city!!! Omg...
So, If you are still just considering reading this book, don't. DO IT. It is complete wonder. But the only problem is, there is only one book translated now, but all boo...more
In some places it felt as if each chapter/adventure was meant to be a separate book, in the way it seemed to recap information from previous chapters. There was a lot about the book I liked, but I found it very difficult to finish. Each chapter has a conflict or mystery to be solved, but the conf...more
It's one of those books that no matter what I write, words will fail to do it justice.
I've also read The Stranger's Woes, and its wonderful as well, but the one really takes you away... Far far away to a place...more
The part of the story where the protagonist, Max, travels between his world and the other world isn't described until about half way in the book, and isn't dwelled on too much. It does settle that he didn't just travel through sleep to this other world, which was bugging me because I was confused as to why he didn't have to move back and forth b...more
But take my word for it, Max Frei is really good writer, but his books are very hard to translate .....more
Приключения сэра Макса уже не приводят в такой восторг, как на первом курсе, и я долго колебалась в оценке =) Как было сказано в одной из рецензий это "библия для неудачников" - как оказаться всемогущим, не прилагая для этого никаких усилий. Волшебный мир, невероятные кушанья, путешествия и другие радости гедониста сваливаются на голову и остаётся только научиться с ними жить.
И любимая цитата про "Всё будет. Рано или поздно, так или иначе" тоже отсю...more
There is only one little criticism... Frei should never be read when hungry or full, because no matter what, it makes you crave food with its mouthwashing descriptions of Chakata pie and other magical foods. The best condition for this bo...more
I will look for the next one to see what happens next.
"Max Frei" is a pen-name of Svetlana Martynchik. She has created the well-known Echo series. Svetlana Yuryevna Martynchik is a Russian writer and artist.
Martynchik studied at the philological department of Odessa State University, but dropped out without graduating. Martynchik lived in Moscow since 1993 and lives in Vilnius since 2004.
For more details see Wikipedia: Svetlana Martynchik