As a re-read I am changing my original rating for this and giving it an extra star. On my first read of these, I had just finished reading Malazan BooAs a re-read I am changing my original rating for this and giving it an extra star. On my first read of these, I had just finished reading Malazan Book of the Fallen for the first time and was amazed by Eriksons story telling. I constantly compared ICE to SE and whilst it is fair to compare the way they tell the story, you have to allow them to be different in writing style. They are two different blokes after all. So 2 years after my second read of MbotF I am absolutely loving being back on the Isle of Malaz and seeing those names that are big part of my fondest reading memories.
Yes, it is a short book. Yes, it isn't as good as it could have been, but it is his first book and plenty of people complain about Gardens of the Moon. So the extra star is all about me loving being back in Malazan :)
Let me start by saying that I am not a big Vampire story fan. Never been my favourite genre or characters. So it is with coffin lid raising (or fridgeLet me start by saying that I am not a big Vampire story fan. Never been my favourite genre or characters. So it is with coffin lid raising (or fridge door opening ) happiness that I announce this is MY FAVOURITE vampire book, EVER!
So why is it different? It's a game of two halves, that is why. First half, you're cruising along with a hip young Vamp in the 70's, nightclubbing, hanging out with other vamps in the subway, snacking on peeps, (you can't peel (kill) them, otherwise other vamps will take you out) and generally enjoying life without being too much of a menace. I mean come on, you go over to a house each Tuesday to watch Soap with a family whilst you snack on their wrists and necks.
If you are familiar with Buelhmans writing, this next part wont come as a surprise. He slowly starts to add a layer of uncomfortable, you kind of laugh along with the character, thinking, ah well, all is well. Then suddenly you stop for a second and realise that this is pretty disturbing and how the hell did it get to this level? I read aloud a paragraph about two thirds the way through the book and my wife was disgusted and asked how I could read stuff like that and still sleep. I was trying to explain that I didn't know how I got there.
Boiling Frog Anecdote. If you don't know it, look it up. This is what reading this book is like.
There is something extra dark about stories with Evil children in it, Midwitch Cuckoo's, The Omen, Children of the corn, Lord of the Flies etc and this is one up there as fascinatingly disturbing.
The ending of this book is, well different. Something that I have never expected and I actually enjoyed the extra effort put in to finish it like that. You can tell from my previous reviews that I am a Buehlman fan. There is something about the way he writes that really engages me in his stories and I have to say that this book is right up there. Probably my second favourite behind The Necromancer's House so if you enjoy a bit of Vampire, a bit of humour and some horror give it a go....more
Definitely the best book in the series and you can't complain too much if the series finishes with the strongest of the trilogy can you. Overall, it wDefinitely the best book in the series and you can't complain too much if the series finishes with the strongest of the trilogy can you. Overall, it was a pretty good story, I think the second book put me at risk of stalling starting book three as it lost my interest for a while. The Ascendancy veil is pretty much non stop action the whole way through with all of the characters stories converging to give a pretty decent ending that I was happy with. Your main characters were already pretty well developed and whilst I thought Lucia had the most potential to develop further into something really interesting, I was somewhat disappointed with the way the character was written in this book.
After reading Ketty Jay series before this, I can really see how well Woodings writing has developed....more
Whilst I am really looking forward to book three and seeing how this story plays out, I was a little disappointed with The Liar's Key. Overall my expeWhilst I am really looking forward to book three and seeing how this story plays out, I was a little disappointed with The Liar's Key. Overall my expectations are 'not quite' being met. But you have to put that into context on what I expect from Lawrence, which is much higher than other authors. The characters are once again a great read, I loved how the light and dark influences effect Jalen's thoughts and the relationship with Snorry, whilst not as detailed as book one, is still a fine read. So where was it not so great for me? The story told seemed a bit, drawn out, very much a travel to town, get drunk, bonk a local lass, sprint to the docks, hop in a boat and sail to the next town. Where it all happened again. The whole story is about getting the key to the door and to me, it felt like I was playing Skyrim, you know where you walk between towns, and find a cave, go in, fight, come out, find another cave etc etc However, I do believe that is now set up for a HUGE book three! Fingers crossed.
This is the third of Buehlmans books that I have read and his debut novel according to GR.
As you can see from the 4 stars, another one that i thorougThis is the third of Buehlmans books that I have read and his debut novel according to GR.
As you can see from the 4 stars, another one that i thoroughly enjoyed. I was a bit nervous half way through that it was just going to be a nice meandering story, the first 50% really does spend time setting the characters up and setting the idyllic southern states scene. Very nice and light and then you start to get a few hints that something isn't quite right. Then you turn a page and get your head bit off by a monster.
The last third of the book is very much like what I expect to read from this author and I can see his writing style from later books in the last third.
This is pretty much a horror story. You do get very invested in the two main characters and when the horror comes, it comes at a disturbing level that creeps you out. Very much Stephen King style for the first two thirds then it's like he gets bit by a snake and gets dark on you.
There is a deep in the Georgian forest scene, when the posse from town is 'chasin' the 'bad guys' in their deep Georgian ways and drawl, it sets up very well and then the pressure mounts and you find yourself deeply immersed in there with them.
Well worth a read, but not as strong as his later books, but still four stars for me. ...more
So it is intersting being back in this world and fun having Jorge mentioned. Was like having a cousin come to visit you haven't seen in ages. This isSo it is intersting being back in this world and fun having Jorge mentioned. Was like having a cousin come to visit you haven't seen in ages. This is a lot slower paced than what we came used to with The Thorn series and the characters are trimmed down to really only the main two. But given all that, it is a fun read, but really doesn't plumb the depths of the previous series.
As an annoying git of a prince, Jaelen does a great job, The writing of the character is just enough to make him out as someone you'd love to slap, but not overdone where it grates your nerves reading about him. Kip Guile anyone?! Snorry the Viking is a well rounded character, if somewhat, no, a lot, predictable. But I guess that is the nature of the norsemen is that are predictable in their actions and mannerisms. It defineitely feels like a 'laying the foundation' book, the plot, whilst moving, kind of ambles along at a average pace, with lots of drunken tavern scenes intersperesed with some battle scenes.
Overall it is 3.5 stars, but bumped to 4, just because it is great being back in this world. I do have big expectations for book 2 though. I need it to step up the tension as well as the pace. ...more
Now have that book three commitment dilemma. Book one held my attention enough to launch into book two. But The Skein of Lament barely kept my attentiNow have that book three commitment dilemma. Book one held my attention enough to launch into book two. But The Skein of Lament barely kept my attention. In fact the middle half of the book I struggled to keep going. I forced myself to read at least a chapter a day, even as I write this, it is becoming obvious that I didn’t enjoy this anywhere near as I was expecting to. The story does finish with a big ending and the last 20% was actually a good solid read, that really had me looking forward to turning the page. But I shouldn’t have had to slog through the first 80% to get the pay off. If I wanted that kind of read, I’d go back to Wheel of Time. Ouch! Ka-ching! The main story, well the only story really, carries on with the same characters from book one, but 5 years older. There was some character growth to keep me interested in what they got up too and the addition of a couple of new characters were reasonably interesting. I’ll say one thing about Wooding, is that he is a good character writer. The world building continued to develop and you really understood and felt the environment he was delivering. But the story really didn’t have the legs for a complete book, there was much filling where events happened that really didn’t add to the story, but were added to make the story and events seem relevant and that is when and where I started to get bored. The story ended with plenty of opportunity to continue to grow, I am interested in the development of the heir apparent who seems to have finally woken up in the last 5 pages and now should become a major force? Player? In book three. I’ll probably rad book three, out of interest, but I imagine I’ll be reading something else or two in between. ...more
Every now and then you come across a great story that holds your attention and you are hopeful that you have found a new series to look forward to. OnEvery now and then you come across a great story that holds your attention and you are hopeful that you have found a new series to look forward to. On rare occasions you come across a story that is told in such a way that makes you feel ......different compared to reading other stories.
This is one of those rare occasions.
There is something about the way Jemisin writes, and I don't know how to explain it, but she finds a way with the small insignificant things, or casual conversations that just make it seem so real, you fall into the story and it stops being a book you're reading and story you are absorbing. I have read loads of fantasy books where they talk about peoples before writing remembering their history and the story teller holding the village spellbound with their story telling skills. That is Jemisin's skill.
Wonderful read, the world building, the interaction, the characters, all just bloody well written. For a dark story, there isn't much to be cheerful about in this world, there is always just a crack of hope to be bothered to wake up tomorrow. Certainly my favourite book so far this year.
In the last 6 or so years I have read the Malazan Fallen series twice, all of the Esslemonts and now the Kharkanos trilogy. So my reading world reallyIn the last 6 or so years I have read the Malazan Fallen series twice, all of the Esslemonts and now the Kharkanos trilogy. So my reading world really hasn't had many large gaps without me being immersed in this wonderful world.
I wanted to outline the above, because reading Fall of Light is a little bit like doing a Genealogy project. I know all these people, I know what they end up doing and I kind of know where they are from. But the reality is, you really just don't comprehend how much you know about the Tiste people until you start reading this. Suddenly you are given all these characters and their early lives and you know loads of them and even the characters that had slim roles in MbotF suddenly come to life, like Spinnock Dev (a dashing young man most women are trying to bed), the old codger Endest Silann, Scara Badandis, what about the story behind Sandalath Dukorlat? She played a big part in the final war against the Liosen in the CG. Speaking of which, how did the Liosen become? why did the Andii form and where does the Edur fit in that? There are Dog Runners with Tribes like Logros and they have bonecasters and you read things like this: The Dog-Runners will speak of their goddess of the earth. They name her Burn, and they have held that she sleeps and eternal sleep. in her dreams, she makes a world of men. but Olar Ethil stands near, sometimes beside the Sleeping Goddess, sometimes barring the way to her.
What about Draconus and Drgnpor and the big bloody wagon? Mother Dark? The Azathani? What about the Azath houses and the Finnests? There is a Azath house in this, where the Jaghut haven't been able to tread, remember those 4 laughing Jaghut in the end of CG, yup, they are here. Hanging out at Gothos, whilst he write that short history. Oh Hood is here too, building an army to war with Death........
I could go on, but you get the point, all these words and I didn't mention Anomander, Silchas Ruin and Andarist.
It is a really absorbing read, as it isn't like reading fantasy, it is like reading history, it honestly feels that this actually happened and not something Erikson made up after the series. I was nervous about taking on Kharkanos, I was never a bog fan of the Andii. I found them a dour, unimaginative lot, with a bent for using long flowery sentences. Well, this book is full of long winded prose between the characters, but you know what, I can really now understand why there are Andii, Liosen and Edur and the types of people they are and become. I have absolutely loved being back in this world and cannot wait for the last in the series.
Yeah.....see now, aren't you curious to see how it all started?
This book was just okay for me, at times I just completely lost concentration and started thinking about stuff, whilst there was all these discussionsThis book was just okay for me, at times I just completely lost concentration and started thinking about stuff, whilst there was all these discussions on the back ground. I listened to this on audio (redundancy?) and though the narrator was brilliant with all the voices, but at times it just got a bit boring. It was grim and depressing a lot of the time, as the world was a grim and depressing place, so whilst there was some highlights in the story, it didn't completely capture my attention. Still enough for a three star rating, because the world building and characters were excellent, but the overall story telling stops it from being a four....more