I jumped right into this after reading "The Last Wish" expecting something similar in terms of pacing and structure. Instead this picked up a danglingI jumped right into this after reading "The Last Wish" expecting something similar in terms of pacing and structure. Instead this picked up a dangling thread from one of the short stories in the previous book and wove an epic fantasy.
I did feel that I needed a map to keep all of the little countries and their relations to each other, and maybe even a diagram with all the rulers and their relations to each other, but the important ones were easy enough to follow.
To me it felt like Ciri was really the main character of this book, rather than Geralt though he certainly had a major part to play, which was actually just fine because Ciri is awesome. Though I guess she kind of became Alvin in the game, who was less awesome.
So there I am, enjoying my book, realizing I'm reaching the end and wondering how the author is going to wrap up ALL of this set up in the next, oh, quarter-inch of pages I'm holding but remaining optimistic because hey, Patrick O'Brian can have an entire sea battle and wrap it up with a satisfying conclusion in less than five pages maybe Sapkowski can do something similar. And then I reach the end which is obviously not The End but a set-up for The Next Book, which was first published in 1995. In Polish. The English edition isn't due until next year, and that's only book 2 of what looks like a 5 book series (not counting the short story editions, such as "The Last Wish".) fffffffffff. ...more
I played "The Witcher" and enjoyed it. I plan on playing the sequel once I get through some of these other games that I suddenly have (thanks, Steam!)I played "The Witcher" and enjoyed it. I plan on playing the sequel once I get through some of these other games that I suddenly have (thanks, Steam!) At one of the going-out-of-business book sales (forget which one, there's been too many) I picked up "The Blood of Elves" which is the sequel to this book, which the games are based upon, with the intention to pick up "The Last Wish" and read it first.
Which I finally did.
I was a little dubious about this novel at first, since it started right off with a sex scene, but it turned out to be tastefully done. The structure of the book was a little unusual. That first part was titled "The Voice of Reason 1" and at the end of that (short) chapter it launched into a short story that I was already roughly familiar with since it's the opening cut-scene of "The Witcher". (Geralt vs. the striga... FIGHT) At the end of that we had "The Voice of Reason 2" which then led into another short story following the same characters and the same story, if in a somewhat mixed-up order, with a chapter of "The Voice of Reason" in between each to serve as the over-arching plot.
For a moment or two I was deeply concerned about the portrayal of women in this book, until I realized what some of the male characters said and what the female characters were like were two different things entirely. (Bedechel Test = Passed)
There's a lot of things the game changed from the book. If I remember the game right they basically took Yennifer's personality and stuck it in Triss Merigold's body (and name). The Princess from the start of the game? Turns out to be about 12 and simply (for certain values of "simple) cured of her curse, as opposed to 18-or-older and *ahem*.
The most interesting change I found had to do with the steel and silver swords. From a game-play perspective, having the silver-for-monsters and iron(steel)-for-humans be exactly true made sense. A big part of the game involved learning what monsters are vulnerable to what and finding what you needed to defeat them. In the book there's a line or two that goes over this, but explains that some monsters are vulnerable to silver while others are vulnerable to iron and it just so happens that the human kind of monster is vulnerable to sharp lengths of metal.
This book surprised me, because I didn't expect much out of it and I found myself really enjoying it....more
"The Fifth Elephant" was the very first Discworld book I ever read, however many years ago that was. It was the only one on the shelf at the library w"The Fifth Elephant" was the very first Discworld book I ever read, however many years ago that was. It was the only one on the shelf at the library when I first looked into the series and I absolutely enjoyed it, it launched me into the rest of the series, but I found I could remember very little about it. So I asked for and received it for my birthday. This time I had much more context when it came to the Watch and the world in general than when I first read it....more