***Note I wrote this review right after finishing the book and I know that I was a little hard on the author. I really did like the book and I gave it...more***Note I wrote this review right after finishing the book and I know that I was a little hard on the author. I really did like the book and I gave it 4 stars because it was really that good.***
There is alot to like about this book. The story is engadging and the character development is solid. I am looking foward to the other two books in the series. I loved the pace of the book and the level of detail. I felt the author did a good job of "exposing" details; you, the reader, felt that each detail was something you were being let in on, and that helped you feel attached to the story.
I do have some things I really didn't like about the book. This is a first publication of this author and it shows. Rothfuss uses the litterary device of a nested story, which in itself isn't a bad thing. but for a nested story to work it needs to be concluded. It felt like the nested story was a Harry Potter book without the Voldomort struggle (that is a bad comparison because the book is written so much better than HP). The other part I didn't like about how the nested story was used was that I felt the author was trying to lead the readers reaction to the story by taking breaks and having the current characters react to the story. I understand where this is going, "the Hero remembering who he is by telling his story, then finishes what he started and conquors evil." And I understand that in order for that to work the current characters need some time to be developed, but I felt the author lacked confidence in his writing and needed to lead the reader's reaction.
At the end of the book I was left with too many questions and didn't have any resolution. The overall struggle is left largly undefined, and the hero is far too undeveloped. I can't say that there was any progress made to resolve major struggle or theme. I guess what I am saying is that to read the whole book and have no payoff of understanding or resolution is frustrating. An author can do that in a series where the reader is already committed and there has been a payoff with the first book or books(s). I feel like this was the pilot of a TV Show,instead of a novel. The book needed to stand on it's own more. (less)
Well, I hadn't ever read a Don DeLillo novel, and I was told he is a must read author. The Body Artist was short so I thought it would be a good place...moreWell, I hadn't ever read a Don DeLillo novel, and I was told he is a must read author. The Body Artist was short so I thought it would be a good place to start. I liked the way that DeLillo fits his words together, they are beautiful pros for sure. The subject and way that this particular novel is written wasn't at all what I was expecting. The sparseness of the the plot and the unreliable narrative do a great job of capturing the tone of each scene, but it does create a barrier for a casual reader. The other distraction of the book, which was an intentional choice, is that there isn't anything driving the pace of the novel (that isn't exactly it... there is no pace to the novel). What I think I like best about the book is the unity of the content, tone, and dialogue; and the allegory that the unity created.
While I can't say that this is my new favorite novel, This book is a brilliant piece of art. I would recommend this book to those who is serious about reading beautiful writing.(less)
I have read this book 4 times now and I just can't seem to get over the fact that each time it gets better. This time through I feel like I saw more o...moreI have read this book 4 times now and I just can't seem to get over the fact that each time it gets better. This time through I feel like I saw more of the intent of the details, and understood the symbolism and irony of the book. Murakami is my favorite living author, he revels the humanity of his characters in ways that just bring the reader in. The surreal world of his stories lets us relate to them on the level we are comfortable with and because his work is parabolic each reread seems to evoke new thoughts, new meanings, and messages.
As the first widely circulated novel by Brandon Sanderson this book introduces readers to everything that makes Sanderson unique. The cultures and rel...moreAs the first widely circulated novel by Brandon Sanderson this book introduces readers to everything that makes Sanderson unique. The cultures and religions are not only well developed but dynamic and subject to the decay of time. Reading this book after reading almost everything else Sanderson has written was interesting, because I can see that his sense of style and his ability to create something that was intricate yet accessible to the reader was still developing. I think this was mostly due to how hard his names were in this book. They do have a very unique sound and by the end of the book I really like what had been developed, but in the Mistborn trilogy Sanderson struck a better balance between introducing terminology and character development.
Having given my criticism I do have some praise that I want to give that I don't think I can give to any other fantasy writer I have read. What I really love about Sanderson is his ability to give the reader such a deep insight into his characters without giving you a sense inertia that makes them predictable. Some how, for me, he is able to craft his dialog and plot in such a way that it lets you into a characters mind without letting the reader make decisions for a character before the character has made them. There are many authors who are able to write characters who can take a different path at any time, but with his characters there is a sense of reality because it isn't a "choose your own adventure" it is real people reacting to their situations. Many readers and critics will say Sanderson is good because of the worlds, and systems of magic/or natural laws that he creates in his books. And while I think that is true, I wouldn't be drawn into those worlds half as much if his characters were not as well developed.
Elantris is an excellent read. Anyone who enjoys fantasy will love it.(less)