I admire the way that the author wove together seemingly unrelated narratives into a related whole, but for so much of the book it just felt like... sI admire the way that the author wove together seemingly unrelated narratives into a related whole, but for so much of the book it just felt like... seemingly unrelated narratives jumping around in time without a clear progression of story. There is also a lot of dead weight, the long-winded ponderings of characters that don't move the story forward. But I think what drove me nuts the most is how every now and then the author feels a need to bash the reader over the head with a plot point when she's already given them enough information to make the connections on their own. Frustrating. I really expected more from a book that has earned so much critical praise....more
1. I didn't really like the shifting POV. Caine introduced it in the previous book and I wasn't a fan. I was aI struggled to rate this book because...
1. I didn't really like the shifting POV. Caine introduced it in the previous book and I wasn't a fan. I was annoyed to see it return in this book.
2. I hate it when a book ends before the story is finished. In early books in the series, Caine would generally wrap things up and the last chapter or two would be a lead-in to the next book. Kind of annoying. It was nice that she stopped doing that. But this one is worse in that the overarching plot is just not finished at the end of the book. Rather than condense, it has been split across books and that is frustrating for me as a reader.
3. The twist that happens roughly in the middle of the book (no spoilers here!) had me going 'OMG' and turning page after (virtual) page for the rest of it just to find out what would happen.
So... while I found the book frustrating as a whole I also could not put it down last night until I finished it. I'd give it 3.5 if I could. Here's hoping #12 is better, I'm not giving up on one of my favorite authors yet. ;)...more
There are so many point of view shifts in this book that it leaves the reader often confused and trying to figure out which character the scene focuseThere are so many point of view shifts in this book that it leaves the reader often confused and trying to figure out which character the scene focuses on. I found this really impaired my enjoyment of the book. I like the romance between Brianna and Roger, but I did want to thump them both a few times. Ms. Gabaldon certainly doesn't shrink from conflict, but while some of the plot felt a bit recycled I can appreciate the parallels. I'm also intrigued by the interlacing of past with future... normally when you think of time travel you worry about the butterfly effect... going back and doing something small that totally screws up the timeline. However, in this case there were things that the travelers did (without even realizing it at the time) that actually facilitated the future coming to pass. It's all kind of a complicated paradox, and there are a lot of layers to this story that make me appreciate Ms. Gabaldon as a storyteller. Sadly, the work itself as a whole I was kind of 'meh' about. Will read the next, though. I'm curious where she takes things from here....more