I was pretty pissed off that TOR didn't release this electronically (wtf @ their release schedule for WoT!?). So I figured that when it is released elI was pretty pissed off that TOR didn't release this electronically (wtf @ their release schedule for WoT!?). So I figured that when it is released electronically I will buy it. Until then I "acquired" an electronic copy of it, so that is what I'm basing this review on.
Back when I was around 14 or so, my friend introduced me to the Wheel of Time series. The first few books were out and we both read them and were immediately sucked into the rich fantasy world Robert Jordan had constructed. So much so that my first online Internet experience with complete strangers was through a MOO dedicated to the Wheel of Time, Angreal MOO. Fast forward a few years, the wheel turned and whatnot, and the MOO died, Robert Jordan put out more books which became increasingly complicated (almost requiring one to reread the whole series to be caught up in order to understand the latest one) and his characters becoming more annoying (though I suspect that was due to my growing older and my taste in fiction becoming more mature too). People kept joking about how the series was so complicated that Robert Jordan would die before he was able to finish it. Unfortunately this is exactly what happened.
When TOR announced that another author would be picking up the slack, and finishing off this saga that I began 15 years ago, I was curious. The beginning of the Wheel of Time reread on the TOR site also got me back into pseudo-reading the books. I had tried to re-read the series before but had become so annoyed by the characters (Nyneave always tugging her braid, all the women crossing their arms under their breasts, men not knowing how to behave around women, and RJ's particularly bad way of portraying female characters in particular) that I kept giving up around the middle of book 2. Anyway, with the help of Leigh at TOR and her fabulous re-reads, I was able to recall what I enjoyed about the books, and read a distilled version of them which rekindled my interest in the next one to come out.
I didn't really have high hopes for this book. I thought it would be pretty crap, actually. When other authors take on well loved series, there's often a "voice" that is missing, or some of it that seems forced, something like having to write an essay to respond to a particular question that perhaps you weren't all that fond of. But this is actually probably one of the best WoT books I've read. Sanderson really managed to actually flesh out RJ's two dimensional characters. He minimised their stupid annoying mannerisms (though they were still there, it was more a homage than something that stuck out like it usually does) and gave a depth to them that I was really impressed by. Of course the story is still RJ's, carefully dictated and spelt out on his death bed, and the twists and turns of the plot are just great (especially the "WOW" bit in the middle -- you'll know it if you've read it!), but I really liked the new voice it took and the fact that finally it seemed as if all the millions of loose ends would finally be tied up.
So great job, really. I do look forward to the next one. And hopefully it will be available electronically from the get-go this time! ...more
This was a great book. I felt a bit of a twinge of something buying a collection of articles, but I figured I would find reading it on my Kindle a lotThis was a great book. I felt a bit of a twinge of something buying a collection of articles, but I figured I would find reading it on my Kindle a lot easier than online. I'm very glad I did too, because the articles were just awesome. I learned about lots of things I never would have thought of (why the contraceptive pill has 5 unnecessary days off was one of the most interesting things for me). If you saw the TED lecture Gladwell gave about pasta sauce and enjoyed it, you'll like this book.
Of course, I could also say what I read in one Amazon review, which was "if you liked Gladwell's articles you'd like this book, if you didn't you won't.". WELL DER. ...more
I had read this book a while back, and really enjoyed it, then the sequel came out so I went to read it again. The futuristic post-apocalyptic world aI had read this book a while back, and really enjoyed it, then the sequel came out so I went to read it again. The futuristic post-apocalyptic world and its secrets are slowly revealed over the course of the book, with the "Crakers" slowly coming into their own along with Snowman coming to realise his situation kept me wondering and excited about reading the novel. Unfortunately, thinking back over it (I finished it a while back) I can't really quite remember what the story was, just that I really enjoyed reading it, so I've given it 3 because I'm sure a really awesome story would have lodged itself firmer in my brain. ...more
A delightful and lovingly told story, I had seen the first episodes of the television series so wanted to read the books. Light yet engrossing, the auA delightful and lovingly told story, I had seen the first episodes of the television series so wanted to read the books. Light yet engrossing, the author's love for Botswana really shines through in his charming story, with the entertaining characters of Mme Ramotswe, her secretary and the car yard men a group I would like to revisit soon (with the later novels!). ...more
After reading Kushiel's Dart I couldn't wait to read the next one, which didn't disappoint. It didn't have quite the same magic as the first one, butAfter reading Kushiel's Dart I couldn't wait to read the next one, which didn't disappoint. It didn't have quite the same magic as the first one, but I still enjoyed it tremendously. Any book that spins sex into something that should be revered instead of felt ashamed of in a non-gratuitous way is impressive. ...more
I really enjoyed this book. It's a dark, sexy political fantasy novel that is set in an alternate France. Some may have trouble with the first-person-I really enjoyed this book. It's a dark, sexy political fantasy novel that is set in an alternate France. Some may have trouble with the first-person-ness of the book (possibly guys?) but I found the protagonist to be very easy to relate to, despite our differences ;D
The story was nicely written, plenty of political intrigue and action, and when I thought it might start to wind down it just got more exciting. I was really looking forward to spare time to read what happened next to Phedre! ...more