Quite possibly the best fantasy book I've ever read. Beautifully put together, the characters at the centre of the movement to re-establish Tigana areQuite possibly the best fantasy book I've ever read. Beautifully put together, the characters at the centre of the movement to re-establish Tigana are the kind that restore faith in humans and Kay's writing is expertly timed and measured. This was the biggest adventure I think I've experienced vicariously through a book. Just a treasure....more
I didn't finish reading this book. And here's why.
1. Martin made it so laborious and depressing to continue reading about these angry cruel people inI didn't finish reading this book. And here's why.
1. Martin made it so laborious and depressing to continue reading about these angry cruel people in this despotic, hateful world that I couldn't go on. 2. I continually lost more and more respect for Martin as a writer when yet another act of violence came up. I get it, it's a violent world, with violent people, their story is violent, violence is a part of it. But it became cheap, trying to succour people into mistaking their shock and horror for admiration of the book. It's not good writing. 3. The plot went nowhere and did it slowly. There wasn't a single part of this book, nor of the first, that wasn't predictable. What more proof is there that this novel is written to conform to an archetype of fantasy sagas as it is expected to do? 4. Again about violence. It kept getting more and more extreme. I have a really high threshold as it is, formed through an education in revolutionary and ancient history, I am not innocent to the fact that humans are absolute animals when pressed. By oh my sweet lordy, Martin had to continuously escalate the violence and cruelty to greater and greater extremities. That's dangerous. Don't make people acclimatised to that shit ('scuse me). Just don't. And a great big curse on the parents who let their twelve year olds read this - you know who you are. 5. I ended up hating all the characters. I got so used to them all dying anyway that I didn't care. 6. Why the freak did all the young characters have to be children? When they're treated like kids, fine, but seriously. Daenerys' story just played out the fantasy of heaps of creepy people - forced to marry, being brutalised, etc etc. She is a child! That is not okay! You know how it's not okay? Because the television series sure as hell didn't cast someone who looks like a fourteen year old for her role. Why is it somehow permissable to write awful things, but not display them on screen? Are people uncomfortable having those images outside of their own minds and in front of their face? I should hope so. 7. The dogmatic pack-like mentality of support for this series that I have encountered nearly every time I try to voice complaints. Way to have a good discussion, guys.
Go ahead, start the refutations, tell me how I just didn't understand it, how the point is lost on me, etc. How maybe because I'm female it's not my kinda thing (genuinely got this from someone). But I'm standing by my reasons. I am so angry that he has made so much money, that the series has grossed so much, when there are writers who could do it 10x better working dead-end jobs because no one gets hyped about their work....more
So I finally read it, and it was okay, I suppose. But in my personal, totally-non-confrontational-opinion, there are much better fantasy sagas out theSo I finally read it, and it was okay, I suppose. But in my personal, totally-non-confrontational-opinion, there are much better fantasy sagas out there. I've found better ones just by going to a second-hand bookstore and finding the books with filigree patterns on their spines. Maybe if people hadn't hyped it up so much, I would be less disappointed. And just a thought, at uni whenever I overheard (*eavesdropped*) people talking about it, they always guffawed admiringly at the battle scenes and wanton violence - and so maybe it's because I've read so many battle scenes, and studied histories of unspeakable violence to the effect that my threshold, I think, is quite high, that I didn't love this book like many have. Nothing surprised me. I'm not engaged and intrigued by constant displays of cruelty, I'm bored of it. Is it just me that thinks this kind of writing is a little cheap?...more
There was some kind of freaky genius swimming around in Douglas Adams' head. I loved this book. I'm a philosophy student, and some of the ideas that AThere was some kind of freaky genius swimming around in Douglas Adams' head. I loved this book. I'm a philosophy student, and some of the ideas that Adams wrote, such as the god that disproved his own existence, were the kind of thoughts that made me lean back, close my eyes and softly chuckle for a good four minutes. I've been pushing my CHAS group at uni (Cosmic Hitchhiker's Appreciation Society) to hold a competition for who can most convincingly re-create the Pan-galactic Gargle Blaster. This is the kind of fun and humour that Adams gifted to his readers. And gosh are we grateful. If you're tossing up whether or not to read this book, just do it, even if you hate, you'll love the fact that you've read it....more