Repetitive, boring, repetitive, no character development, repetitive, so purple it makes purple look white, repetitive, and far too repetitive.
If I haRepetitive, boring, repetitive, no character development, repetitive, so purple it makes purple look white, repetitive, and far too repetitive.
If I had to read the words, "the fields we know" one more time, I swear I was going to break my tablet. The phrase only appears 108 times in 203 pages. (I'm talking about real pages here, not accounting for the cover, table of contents, introduction, etc. The actual prose of the book, 203 pages).
This may be the precursor to much of modern fantasy, but that doesn't mean it's good....more
I'm honestly not quite sure how to rate this. On the one hand it was entertaining and a decent story. On the other, it was so poorly written I thoughtI'm honestly not quite sure how to rate this. On the one hand it was entertaining and a decent story. On the other, it was so poorly written I thought I was reading the work of a third grader.
It bounces around between first and third person narratives while simultaneously bouncing between present and past tense. (I personally loathe both first person and present tense). All the characters are written the same, which is sad considering some of the characters given "voice" are animals.
I am looking forward to the miniseries on CBS, however. As long as the writers only use the story in the book as basis for their TV adaptation....more
While the first three books in this series were each a hero's journey, this fourth installment was more about the inevitable war andRambling review...
While the first three books in this series were each a hero's journey, this fourth installment was more about the inevitable war and clash of cultures of the Thesans and Krasians.
Unfortunately Arlen and Jardir, arguably the main characters of the previous books, were woefully lacking in this book. Leesha and Inevera are not my favorite characters and I found each of their personal dramas here dull.
While there is nothing particularly wrong with this installment in the series, I didn't really care overly much for all the politicking - either among the Thesans or the Krasians. In a book titled "The Skull Throne" though you know there's going to be plenty of politicking.
Brett has a gift for describing battle sequences, and that holds true here. However, the battle sequences in this book are almost entirely humans vs humans... I'm trying remember if there were even more than two humans vs demons battles... Perhaps I was simply hoping for more demon killing, but I got slightly bored with all the swordplay and hora wielding.
A few new characters are introduced, some old characters are expanded on, some characters depart. I won't spoil anything or give you my feelings on any of that as that in itself would be a spoiler.
Overall, I liked this book well enough, though for me it was the weakest in the series so far. Definitely not "amazing" and deserving of 5 stars, but better than "ok". ...more
What an incredible disappointment. Other than one drug-induced hallucination, there isn't anything remotely scary about this book. I suppose maybe itWhat an incredible disappointment. Other than one drug-induced hallucination, there isn't anything remotely scary about this book. I suppose maybe it could fit into the gothic horror (e.g. Flowers in the Attic) category, but don't be fooled; any "horror" you feel will be revulsion at the descriptions of Calcutta in this novel.
I found it incredibly depressing and repetitive....more
As I said after reading The Strain, Guillermo del Toro is a good storyteller but not a good writer.
This book suffers from far too much exposition, andAs I said after reading The Strain, Guillermo del Toro is a good storyteller but not a good writer.
This book suffers from far too much exposition, and details delivered in a deadpan tone. Several inconsistencies and plot holes. A lot of repetition, a lot of repetition, a lot of repetition, a lot of repetition.
No doubt if this were a movie, or season two of a TV series, it would be far more enjoyable....more
Ugh. I was hoping for a cool story about a snow vampire. What I got instead was a love story with sappy, stilted language and pages upon pages of twoUgh. I was hoping for a cool story about a snow vampire. What I got instead was a love story with sappy, stilted language and pages upon pages of two characters declaring their affection for each other again and again and again and again. I'm all for a bit of bromance, but this was so saccharine it made my teeth hurt....more
Although Soul Catcher is Frank Herbert's only prehumously published mainstream novel, the social, political, ecological, and mythological themes and sAlthough Soul Catcher is Frank Herbert's only prehumously published mainstream novel, the social, political, ecological, and mythological themes and style of this book are recognizably Herbert.
One of his most powerful stories, Soul Catcher tells the story of a Native American who kidnaps the son of a prominent politician as reparation for the rape (and subsequent suicide) of his sister by a group of drunken loggers.
Since the story lacks any science fiction elements, takes place in the wilderness, and almost the entire narrative is focused on two characters, Herbert was able to develop and portray the characters to much better effect than in any other novel he's written.
Soul Catcher lacks chapters, instead each section of narrative is separated by a small epistolary piece; a technique familiar to any fan of Herbert and seen in all his more well-known novels.
This novel showcases Native American mythology and language, something not often seen in literature. It's a fascinating look at concepts that are probably foreign to most of us.
A sophisticated, yet simple piece; I consider Soul Catcher one of Frank Herbert's best works....more
This book gave me nightmares! Nightmares that every book I read will be as BORING as this one. One third is spent on introduction, one third on doctorThis book gave me nightmares! Nightmares that every book I read will be as BORING as this one. One third is spent on introduction, one third on doctors and the main priest character trying to rationalize away Regan's symptoms and manifestations, one sixth on cursing/vomitting/farting/diarrhea, and finally the remaining sixth covering the actual exorcism. Spoiler: the exorcism isn't exciting. At all. Nor is the ending; it's actually extremely anticlimactic.
I had high hopes, given the time of the year, for a scary book. The movie has a reputation, after all. The book simply didn't deliver. You know what it did deliver on, though? Bad grammar. I don't know if it's the author's or the editor's fault, but there were several times when conversations were delivered in a single paragraph. New speaker? New paragraph. I think I learned that in third grade.
There were brief glimpses of really beautiful writing, but they were few and far between. Example: The dig was over. The tell had been sifted, stratum by stratum, its entrails examined, tagged and shipped: the beads and pendants; glyptics; phalli; ground-stone mortars stained with ocher; burnished pots. Nothing exceptional. An Assyrian ivory toilet box. And man. The bones of man. The brittle remnants of cosmic torment that once made him wonder if matter was Lucifer upward-groping back to his God. And yet now he knew better. The fragrance of licorice plant and tamarisk tugged his gaze to poppied hills; to reeded plains; to the ragged, rock-strewn bolt of road that flung itself headlong into dread. Northwest was Mosul; east, Erbil; south was Baghdad and Kirkuk and the fiery furnace of Nebuchadnezzar. He shifted his legs underneath the table in front of the lonely roadside chaykhana and stared at the grass stains on his boots and khaki pants. He sipped at his tea. The dig was over. What was beginning? He dusted the thought like a clay-fresh find but he could not tag it.
Overall, a dry and boring book. The idea was great, but the execution extremely poor....more