Hmm. I normally don't bail on a book before I've slogged through at least 100 pages, but by page 69 I realized several things.
Many of Stephenson's de...moreHmm. I normally don't bail on a book before I've slogged through at least 100 pages, but by page 69 I realized several things.
Many of Stephenson's descriptions are difficult to follow. Half of the specifics I couldn't quite place visually, to form what it was I was supposed to "see." As a very visual person, I found this quite frustrating. There are some things I can gloss over and carry on in spite of, but too many such instances and it ends up being a very Swiss cheese read.
Also, I really didn't feel invested in any of the characters. One character that was somewhat interesting was eliminated very early on. I just did not care about the rest of them, especially not enough to continue.
There were also several made up words that had no clear definition and were not easily surmised.
All in all, I just wasn't enjoying myself, & right now in my life I need a bit of enjoyment. I'm rather disappointed that I feel this way as several of my GoodReads friends really liked this book, & previously I've read several Stephenson books that I really enjoyed. Maybe at some point in the future, I'll give this a second go. (less)
First, Suarez repeated his annoying habit of using a lot of unfamiliar acronyms. Thank goodness for online resources' However, he did t...moreMany thoughts.
First, Suarez repeated his annoying habit of using a lot of unfamiliar acronyms. Thank goodness for online resources' However, he did throw in the occasional explanation and the overall numbers used decreased as the story continued. So, he's showing improvement. Even if he had included a glossary of sorts, I would have been appeased.
Despite the book ending up as a real page turner, I was disappointed that many answers weren't forthcoming in the end.
Suarez really knows his stuff. That's what makes his books so appealing to read! What's really scary is that today I stumbled across a New York Times article that mentioned a new computer chip designed by IBM. It's an attempt at recreating the computing capacity of the human brain. The article went on to talk about how these chips could be used in drones! It's like fiction brought to life! Or Suarez saw this coming ages ago, and it's only starting to come to the layman's awareness.
Needless to say, I will always be a Daniel Suarez fan. I still vividly remember scenes and dialogue from his previous duology, (Daemon and Freedom.) that was largely about a kind of Google Glass becoming mainstream. I eat this stuff up! Thank you, sir!! (less)
Oh my, this was emotionally draining; riding the roller coaster of emotions up, down, and all around. But not in a bad way. I can honestly sit here an...moreOh my, this was emotionally draining; riding the roller coaster of emotions up, down, and all around. But not in a bad way. I can honestly sit here and say that I'm better for it. It's a satisfied weariness.
I wasn't entirely pleased to learn that this book takes place a decade later, but knowing that going in eased the sadness of leaving behind young Nijiri. I really should learn to trust when authors make this kind of move, as I liked this book so much more than the first, in the end. It satisfied my hankering for things I don't have currently. Someone's caress, hugs, snuggles.
I usually never purchase a hard copy of a book unless I've read it and absolutely adored it. I took a chance and bought this duology before having read it. I'm happy to say Jemisin didn't let me down. Such a creative and thoughtful mind. I think she would be a very intriguing person to have lunch with, if only in Ina-Karekh.
I literally just finished Jemisin's interview of herself found in the back of the book. I was a huge fan of hers even before, but now I respect he...more3.5*
I literally just finished Jemisin's interview of herself found in the back of the book. I was a huge fan of hers even before, but now I respect her and like her even more. Not just for her witty repartee, but there's more to it.
She truly puts a lot of research and thought into the setting, the peoples, the culture, the religion(s), and even the science of her books. I really like that she looks to write books in non-traditional epic-fantasy settings. I would even dare to say she is today's young Octavia Butler, whom I adore!
As unique and fresh as this book was, I felt it was somehow lacking a... je ne sais quoi. I did quite enjoy it, even if things didn't necessarily turn out the way I had hoped. But on that note, I should really have known better. Jemisin never takes things where you expect or want, which is frustratingly quite lovely. Life doesn't usually fit into a neatly wrapped box complete with a perfect bow. It makes her stories that much more... realistic, if one can say that about fantasy.
Anyway, despite the book not blowing my mind, I will always be a big Jemisin fan. I look forward to getting my hands on anything of hers that I can!(less)
Ugh. Most thoroughly disappointed. Apart from typos, poor editing, & some discrepancies in narration, generally speaking the premise and story lin...moreUgh. Most thoroughly disappointed. Apart from typos, poor editing, & some discrepancies in narration, generally speaking the premise and story line were growing more and more intriguing. It felt like the story was just getting rolling. It was headed for possible greatness, even. Then... dun, dun, dunnn... it ended abruptly. Like the author didn't know what to do going forward, having introduced plot points without any substance or background.
So many pieces were left unanswered. I felt like what was the point? We learned very, very little, really, in the end. And darn it, I wanted to know more!!
If it weren't for it becoming increasingly more intriguing and drawing me in deeper near the end, I'd probably give this 2* for the reasons mentioned above. But... the author caught me & kept me, later than I should have been awake. I think that's worth something.(less)
Hmm... 4.5*? I'm torn. I'd like to give this 5*, but some things just rubbed me the wrong way. Afterward, I wanted to shake off the ick.
Okay. First, I...moreHmm... 4.5*? I'm torn. I'd like to give this 5*, but some things just rubbed me the wrong way. Afterward, I wanted to shake off the ick.
Okay. First, I am SO not a fan of my partner calling me baby. I can't exactly articulate why, apart from telling you that I'm obviously a grown woman not a cooing baby! But I think there's more to it that I just can't articulate.
Second, although I enjoyed the story quite a bit, I didn't feel that parts of the relationship were very healthy. I'd knock a guy upside his head, if he acted in some of the ways that Epic did. I liked Nix's character, but needless to say they were both greatly flawed people. Maybe that's why the story was so enjoyable?
Despite my quibbles, I'd quickly pick up more stories about these two. What can I say, the authors hooked me! LOL(less)
Okay. So, I've been trying to read this in fits & starts, but in reading Erikson's dense work & being distracted by everything else going on r...moreOkay. So, I've been trying to read this in fits & starts, but in reading Erikson's dense work & being distracted by everything else going on right now... Well, I'm forgetting things & finding it slow slogging. I fully intend to pick this up again, very likely from the very beginning, once I return home from holiday. I'm still hopeful. (less)