3.5 It takes a while to get going, for me, mostly because for the most of the book the narrator Eff is a child that only observes what goes on. The my3.5 It takes a while to get going, for me, mostly because for the most of the book the narrator Eff is a child that only observes what goes on. The mystery of the bugs seemed obvious to me from the start thought that is only a major plot point near the end and we mostly follow Eff in her education and emotional problems for the whole book. For coming from such a big family she feels very isolated. I liked the worldbuilding, or rather the idea of it, but there were things that grated, more and more, - how neatly the magic is divided, the way it's set up it even manages to create 'magical negro' characters in a setting where everyone has magic- quite a feat. And of course the lack of Native Americans. Dissapointing. I hoped they would show up in the next book, but that's appparently not the case....more
There's supposed to be time travel, I hope there is and soon, because otherwise this is pretty bad. It's not an easy read- lots of terminology that isThere's supposed to be time travel, I hope there is and soon, because otherwise this is pretty bad. It's not an easy read- lots of terminology that is supposed to make the protagonist/narrator sound like a professional military guy, but for me is completely alien. The guy also sounds like a jerk and unfortunately its a first person pov. The writing is very meh. A little too wordy in trying to be gritty/funny - the way it describes everyone and everything, its like it wants to paint everyone very vividly but ends with them being unlikable, including the protag and with the plot going rather slowly, bogged down. Maybe it gets better...
1/3 in: The romance is unreal and thin. It's kind of insulting/embarassing how the female captain gets described and acts. Action bogged down by too much description, gets better at times, like when they finally go back in time (1/3 in), but it's uneven.
In the end I won't grab his next book, even though I finished this one, liked the concept, the execution was so so and I'd probably like it as a movie but as a book I don't like the writing style (or characters) enough to continue with this series.
"Błękitnochabrowe oczy patrzyły na mnie z życzliwością. Uśmiech był czymś więcej niż zwykłym służbowym grymasem. Poczułem coś w rodzaju złośliwej satysfakcji, że nie robi to na mnie specjalnego wrażenia." no nie bardzo łapie jak ten nasz bohater dochodzi do takich mysli. to trzecie chyba spotkanie z panią kapitan, wszystkie całkiem słuzbowe. tylko w jego myslach jakby nabrały zupełnie innych barw... no ale to chyba po prostu jakies skróty myslowe autora, bo ma to być zapowiedz romansu - pare stron dalej, pani kapitan i nasz bohater sie całują (ona taka bidna zszkowana brutalnoscia mezczyzn polskich i wdzieczna za pomoc - taa, pani kapitan). (view spoiler)[ no ok, okazuje sie ze ta para ma za soba historie romansu, tylko ze autor nie ujawnia tego az do połowy ksiazki wiec mysli i zachowanie narratora wydaje sie przez poł ksiazki troche dziwne jesli o pania kapitan chodzi (hide spoiler)].
Akcja rusza sie strasznie wolno bo autor nie może sie powstrzymac od opisywania wszystkiego (za dużo wtretów i przymiotników i dywagacji) i zbędnych scen - po co ta cała scena w barze? (jak z amerykańskiego filmu a nie polskich realiów) dla romansu? - który taki dla mnie mocno wymuszony, cienki i nierealny. nie wiem...
Znacznie lepiej czyta się jak wreszcie przenosza sie w czasie - tak w 1/3 ksiązki. Ale nie na tyle, żeby czytac to jednym tchem.
ETA: 1/2 - no dobra, romans nabiera trochę sensu, chociaz nadal nie do konca przekonuje. Ale akcja nabrała przynajmniej predkości. Podsumowując po skończeniu - za długi wstęp, kiepski romans i postacie kobiece (zawsze opisane jak wyglądają- seksownie, krągle etc), zbyt wylewne opisy - spowalniają akcję. Pewnie nie przeczytam nastepnej jego książki. ...more
Three chapters in and I'm giving up. Neither the characters nor the plot grab me, prolly becuase the writing is focusing more on how the main characteThree chapters in and I'm giving up. Neither the characters nor the plot grab me, prolly becuase the writing is focusing more on how the main characters are aroused by each other than describing this, at first glance, interesting post apocalyptic world. Damn the cover....more
This was a very good book. I have absolutley nothing bad to say about it. At least not right after finishing it. The characters were wonderfully compleThis was a very good book. I have absolutley nothing bad to say about it. At least not right after finishing it. The characters were wonderfully complex, flawed and interesting. Faaar from prefect but I enjoyed their journey a lot. There's romance but it's not overdone and its believable. The worldbuilding is impressive - a lot of things to explain to the reader but done in such a way that it doesn't feel overwhelming or boring. Hard to put down; the plot moves fast. All the side characters are colorful and distinct and the main character, Emily, is strong and in control (I don't terribly like it when the main character is just reacting and doesn't have much agency of their own) and yet doesn't feel anachronistic....more
Very interesting premise. Great idea and the interpersonal and inter-group conflicts seemed well fleshed out. I liked the flow of the story and whileVery interesting premise. Great idea and the interpersonal and inter-group conflicts seemed well fleshed out. I liked the flow of the story and while there wasn't enough character development for my liking it was still a very good book. The only thing that somewhat started to irritate me was the fact that the one couple that we got to see the most intimate scenes of was Marian / Swindapa. While I have nothing against lesbians I'd have liked an equal amount of page time (and intimacy) for other couples. Like someone already mentioned in their review here: the author concentrates too much on lesbian sex scenes and the rape / brutal sex scenes. No plain vanilla ones. That's a bit strange. Also, since we have two lesbians I'd have expected at least a mention of a gay man or two. That would have been somewhat realistic, but nope... Overall a very good book....more