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
I went into this story with not expecting much at all. I mean, come on, re-writing a classic like Robinson Crusoe into a post apocalypse story? So whaI went into this story with not expecting much at all. I mean, come on, re-writing a classic like Robinson Crusoe into a post apocalypse story? So what was I expecting? A skinny plot, cheap characters and a pasted on theme. What did I get? A pretty good sotry actually. A 4 star story, so that certainly puts above the standard 3 star books I have read.
The plot really works. A nice build up with explaining the world as we know it and then Robinson goes off to survive in the post war world in the US. There are some cheesy moments and some boys own heroics, but all in all, i looked forward to getting back into the story each day. You can't ask for more than that.
Enjoyable read in a genre I have struggled to find good reads in....more
A thoroughly enjoyable read. Reading the back of the book would have probably had me passing this one. A teenage witch story isn't really my cup of teA thoroughly enjoyable read. Reading the back of the book would have probably had me passing this one. A teenage witch story isn't really my cup of tea. But I gave it a go and instantly fell into it. Novik is a wonderful teller of stories and the two main characters were extremely well written and developed.