“You see? Size defeats us. For the fish, the lake in which he lives is the universe. What does the fish think when he is jerked up by the mouth throug“You see? Size defeats us. For the fish, the lake in which he lives is the universe. What does the fish think when he is jerked up by the mouth through the silver limits of existence and into a new universe where the air drowns him and the light is blue madness? Where huge bipeds with no gills stuff it into a suffocating box abd cover it with wet weeds to die?
Or one might take the tip of the pencil and magnify it. One reaches the point where a stunning realization strikes home: The pencil tip is not solid; it is composed of atoms which whirl and revolve like a trillion demon planets. What seems solid to us is actually only a loose net held together by gravity. Viewed at their actual size, the distances between these atoms might become league, gulfs, aeons. The atoms themselves are composed of nuclei and revolving protons and electrons. One may step down further to subatomic particles. And then to what? Tachyons? Nothing? Of course not. Everything in the universe denies nothing; to suggest an ending is the one absurdity.”
I found an old copy over winter break, and read it. It was pretty good! Especially for a younger kid. I do have some gripes though - mainly about howI found an old copy over winter break, and read it. It was pretty good! Especially for a younger kid. I do have some gripes though - mainly about how sparsely populated the world seems to be:
Why does his village only have 2 other people in it (one of which is a blacksmith)? Where are the farmers and shit? The mayor. The ice cream guy. Et cetera.
Later on, they run into the Prince. Where are his bodyguards? Where is his servant boy? Where is his man about town? Where are his food tasters? Where are his legions of adoring peasants? Where are the swooning, broken-hearted women he leaves in his wake? Where are his evil advisers? Where is his lovable court jester who is more than he seems? Where is his nanny who has raised him since his birth? Where is his faithful direwolf? Where is his...more
Kind of similar to Robert Jordan's last few books in the Wheel of Time series, where he tries to write political intrigue, but doesn't do a great job.Kind of similar to Robert Jordan's last few books in the Wheel of Time series, where he tries to write political intrigue, but doesn't do a great job. I think that real political intrigue doesn't get conveyed well in a page-turner format, since the only way to explain everything is through a ton of exposition.
We're constantly being told to appreciate how smart Bean and Petra are, with no real option other than taking the author's hand waving as evidence.
I think I'm slowly realizing that despite the better writing, and the adult themes in these books, Orson Scott Card is basically writing young adult fiction here. Adults never do anything right, only children understand what's really happening, and our heroes will inevitably succeed.
This book was OK, but I think I'll skip the rest of these....more
I mean, I didn't finish it, but I'm finished, you know what I mean? Or to quote Bean, from Shadow of the Hegemon: "You don't have to eat the whole turI mean, I didn't finish it, but I'm finished, you know what I mean? Or to quote Bean, from Shadow of the Hegemon: "You don't have to eat the whole turd to know it's not crab cake."
Super bad dialogue and poor writing really makes you feel like these aren't the characters we remembered from Dune. Don't we read sequels to get more of what we want? I don't want to read about this imposter Paul, who takes everything too seriously, and alienates everyone he talks to. I know it's supposed to be the story of his journey back to humanity from the ruthless emperor he's become, but I don't think I have the patience to wait around, or the faith to believe that Brian Herbert can deliver....more
Stephen King channels Inception, and the Tales of Beedle the Bard.
Four stars, because Midworld is charming. Not five, because it still doesn't explainStephen King channels Inception, and the Tales of Beedle the Bard.
Four stars, because Midworld is charming. Not five, because it still doesn't explain how Roland's ka-tet became stone cold badasses just from him telling them three stories (Wizard & Glass, The Skin-changer, and The Wind through the Keyhole)....more
I wanted to like this one a lot, since it seems like everyone I've talked to about it says that it blew them away, but for me, it wasn't there. At leaI wanted to like this one a lot, since it seems like everyone I've talked to about it says that it blew them away, but for me, it wasn't there. At least, at first.
As a science fiction story, this story fails to impress (there are a lot of plot holes, and things just seem to 'happen', without much explanation). I get what Gibson was trying to do, but I can see this being a much better book 20 years ago. Gibson relies on extremely imaginative descriptions of visualized cyberspace, made-up technical terms that don't mean anything, and fantastic descriptions of drug trips to cover up what I thought was poor storytelling.
it seemed like Gibson was trying to outdo himself to make the reader feel like they're being hurtled from one scene to the next, like Case flips between real life and the Matrix; like Case flipping between his eyes, and Molly's. Some writers mess by giving us too much exposition, but Neuromancer would have been well-served with some more explanation.
As commentary on where we're headed as a society, however, this book was amazing. This was what saved the book for me. If you step back, and take in the entire work as commentary on a future of drug dependency, reliance on technology, and devaluation of the individual, it's actually brilliant. The problem with this, is that it isn't what you're expecting when you pick up the book. It's not what was 'promised', in the synopsis on the back cover.
However, if you ignore the poorly-written story, and interpret the book like a drug-fueled dream, viewing events in pure symbolism, rather than expecting to follow the flow of a clear-cut narrative, then I think you won't be let down....more
Read this over the weekend. The writing quality was not great, and the characters felt a bit tired to me:
Kelsier is too smarmy, tries too hard to be cRead this over the weekend. The writing quality was not great, and the characters felt a bit tired to me:
Kelsier is too smarmy, tries too hard to be charming, and basically out-Danny Oceans Danny Ocean throughout the entire book. And Vin - well, a street urchin who was betrayed by her brother who has lived an entire life of mistrust and deception would need a TON of time and therapy to work through her SERIOUS issues. But her transformation is so rapid that the only explanation is, well, there is no explanation. It's totally implausible.
Still, character concerns aside, it was a pretty fun book, and an interesting world. I just wish the tone had matched the setting more. Not sure if I'll read the rest of the series, but I don't regret reading this one....more