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Okay, now that that's out of the way. All in all, I found this book about as enjoyable as t**spoiler alert** ***WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILER OF ENDING***
Okay, now that that's out of the way. All in all, I found this book about as enjoyable as the other Pern novels I've read so far. Generally, more of the same, and that works. My only problem with it is the ending. Specifically, two things: the out-of-nowhere "You can't come in to my Weyr, neener, neener" tantrum, and the stupid stubborn pride that kept Holth from agreeing to rest before that last jump Between. They were ALREADY FINISHED distributing the vaccine at that point! All that was left was to go back home and relax. But instead, one dragon by far old enough to know better (and who should have nothing at all to prove to Moreta, at least) couldn't take a couple hours to rest and save four lives.
It may have been intended to be dramatic, but it just came across as senseless to me. Not what I'd expected from McCaffrey....more
I wanted to be able to rate this higher, I really did. The viewpoint character got my attention right away, and the action pulled me right along withI wanted to be able to rate this higher, I really did. The viewpoint character got my attention right away, and the action pulled me right along with him. In a lot of ways, this is a perfectly good fantasy novel right up my alley, overall solidly written.
That said, there are a couple fairly petty things that just kicked me right out of my enjoyment.
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First is the use of just too many names that are just too close to names from Earth history for places and things. (Lord Stoccolm's disease? Really?) It got to the point where I wasn't sure if this was supposed to be its own realized fantasy world, a fantasy alternate-Earth setting, or a postapocalyptic-Earth setting. Yeah, you read that right. The occasional references to the "Builders" and their ruins didn't bother me at all; that's a staple of many fantasy worlds. But then we got the Night of a Thousand Suns (nuclear holocaust, anyone?) that burned certain areas down to molten rock. It may be nitpicky, but my suspension of disbelief just can't handle a post-nuclear-apocalypse setting that has built back up to a casually medieval level when all of the mineral resources that could be mined by the methods available were used up years (centuries?) ago. And let's not even get started on the sorceress living in the old subway station with her army of department store mannequins.
I realize that I have not read Mr. Lawrence's first trilogy, so I don't know whether the issue of the Builders was addressed more cohesively there. But in this book, those bits just felt stuck on for no good reason. They did not enhance the story at all. In fact, they kicked me so far out of the narrative that I had difficulty getting back into it.
Other than the above, it was a solid, entertaining read, though the ending felt abrupt ("Look, there's the Big Bad. Cross the streams, zap, poof, it's gone. Hey great, we survived."). What bothered me might not bother you at all. So give it a try; you might just find a really good time. I was just left slightly dissatisfied....more
Since Kim (my friend, not the author) is no longer around to write her awesome reviews, I must step up with my own meager offering...
Holy Freaking CraSince Kim (my friend, not the author) is no longer around to write her awesome reviews, I must step up with my own meager offering...
Holy Freaking Crap! I was wondering how Kim (the author this time) was going to be able to wrap up all the rather important plot points in one book. You had vampires scheming about their souls, demons scheming about their own problems, the Elven Magic Goddess/Incarnation of Wild Magic scheming vengeance, and the elves scheming to screw over absolutely everybody else, with poor Rachel in the middle of it all. But damned if she didn't manage to pull it off (the author as well as the character). I found this to be a satisfactory conclusion to the whole series, with every major character having evolved in mostly positive ways. While the world of the Hollows is just as rich with story potential as ever, it is clear that Rachel's story has moved to a different level. She can quite happily not be in the world-saving spotlight any longer, and enjoy the quite different adventures that life has in store for her....more