Its like a hybrid of Shirley Jackson's The Lottery and The Long Walk by Stephen King, but less bleak. While the story isn't particularly original, itIts like a hybrid of Shirley Jackson's The Lottery and The Long Walk by Stephen King, but less bleak. While the story isn't particularly original, it is extremely well paced and I found it impossible to put down until I'd finished it....more
This is as far as I've gotten in the Song of Ice and Fire and I'm pretty sure it is as far as I'm going. While I liked the first three books, they didThis is as far as I've gotten in the Song of Ice and Fire and I'm pretty sure it is as far as I'm going. While I liked the first three books, they didn't knock my socks off. My big issues are 1.) too many characters I just do not give a crap about (requiring lots of skimming); and 2.) chapter and chapters and chapters where nothing really happens AT ALL (these three books could have been one, I think) and 3.) predictable outcomes. I predicted the outcome of every turning point well before reaching them, so that go old after awhile.
Also, it got annoying after awhile to see people making clearly stupid decisions over and over again. It would have been great if every once in awhile Martin could have manufactured some circumstance where the reader was left to ponder whether the character made the right decision or not. But nope, virtually anytime someone has to make a choice, it is as plain as day whether that was the right move or the wrong one. And always knowing that it is going to come back and bite them in the ass sort of takes the fun out of it. It's like none of these characters ever read a fantasy novel before LOL
That said, the books were more entertaining than a lot of other crap I have read -- enough so that I waded through three books. But I can't help but wish that the size of it had been pared done. The pace is really plodding. I prefer a gallop....more
**spoiler alert** Another extremely FRUSTRATING Connie Willis novel. It is getting to the point where I feel like my frustration with her recent books**spoiler alert** Another extremely FRUSTRATING Connie Willis novel. It is getting to the point where I feel like my frustration with her recent books is changing the way I feel about her older ones. I'm especially disappointed now in her explanation for slippage and the closed drop points. Basically everything seems to come down to fate and amazing coincidence and nothing our characters did really seems to matter because the universe made sure to step in at every possible point to make sure things went the right way.
I spent most of both Blackout and All Clear extremely frustrated with the characters' inability to to make forceful decisions. At every turn they are waylaid by other characters conscripting them to their own ends and not once does one of them just say, "No, I can't help you" and then WALK THE FUCK AWAY! I mean really, if getting to the drop is so damned important, then you don't spend all night ferrying around a doctor in an ambulance. You get out of the ambulance and walk away. What do you think he is going to do? Chase you? Even more than their constant interior monologue, Polly's, Mike's, and Eileen's passivity in the face of other people's demands just really drove me around the bend.
As a result it is a real kick up the backside to basically have their passive behavior rewarded -- what, they won World War II because a fully grown woman can't move past a street urchin who is blocking her exit from the Underground? They won World War II because none of them are capable of uttering the word, "NO"? I just can't accept that LOL
And yet, it is getting two stars instead of one because there is an interesting story here with interesting characters (if they weren't so freaking passive) -- I just feel that it could have all been edited down to a single volume. It would have made for a much tighter story and perhaps less frustration. Or she could have taken out a lot of the filler and let us know what was happening in Oxford. I would love to have seen more of Colin's search and reactions of the characters up the timeline to being blocked from an entire historical period. But as thing stand right, I think I'm just done with Connie Willis....more
I picked this book several months ago and it took me forever to actually get around to finishing it. It's a shame really because it had some potentialI picked this book several months ago and it took me forever to actually get around to finishing it. It's a shame really because it had some potential. Catholic Nun assassins and modern day Knights Templars are right up my alley, but this book just wasn't all that interesting. I only finished it out of guilt :)
I suppose I should maybe give it a one star, but I prefer to save that for books I truly loathed. This one was merely uninteresting....more