I really, really, really hate to say it, especially being a Camy Tang story, whose writing I usually love, but this felt... clunky.
(Mildly spoilish thI really, really, really hate to say it, especially being a Camy Tang story, whose writing I usually love, but this felt... clunky.
(Mildly spoilish things coming.)
Maylin and Geoffrey are alright as characters taken on their own, but as a couple they really never seemed to click. Their individual, internal character conflicts remained internal and remained their own, "resolved" with a quick summary in the epilogue instead of assisting each other to work through things as a couple should. Over the course of the story they have a lot of soulful staring with "Ooo, I really like him/her, but...", with not a lot of real interaction. They don't seem to trust each other with their troubles, despite their shared external conflict. There's also not very much development of these internal conflicts, and it felt like there was a lot of repetition, especially on Geoffrey's part. Lots of allusions to his time in Japan, but no detail until the end. Until then, his character simply feels distant; not in a good way.
For the external conflict, it starts before we know or care anything about the characters, and the way the story opens is more confusing than intriguing. It doesn't feel like a real mystery/thriller until nearly halfway through, when FINALLY there's more detail on what the heck is going on. The entire story felt like there was no foundation. Maybe if it had been with established characters, rather than introducing new ones, the "jump right into the action" opening might have been better. Yes, Monica is there, but she feels peripheral. There's barely enough of Maylin and Geoffrey to get a whiff of their characters before the guns start shooting (though Maylin's makeshift bombs were nicely revealing about her character, it felt like it was never expanded on. She's obviously smart, and the hinted internal conflict with her ex-boyfriend was also telling about her character, but it really never felt RESOLVED. Dang it).
The way details and clues were presented also felt clunky. The way they were placed in plain sight made it obvious they would be important, rather than being smoothly worked into the narrative as clues in a mystery should be.
In short, it didn't feel fast paced, it felt rushed. :( ...more
The bulk of this book was largely "meh," exacerbated by names that could get confusing and a largely unpronounceable language system (fara'ip? dra'aj?The bulk of this book was largely "meh," exacerbated by names that could get confusing and a largely unpronounceable language system (fara'ip? dra'aj? Trere'if?), with characters that were a bare shade away from "blah." But some of the concepts were interesting, and I enjoyed the tail ending....more
I'm not going to give this book a star rating, because to do so feels like a disservice. Unbroken is brilliantly written and exhaustively researched,I'm not going to give this book a star rating, because to do so feels like a disservice. Unbroken is brilliantly written and exhaustively researched, with a depth of detail going far beyond a simple biography.
The sheer numbers of men lost to simple mechanical failure, accident, or error staggered me. My grandfather was stationed in the Pacific with the B-25 Mitch the Witch. I couldn't stop thinking about what it must have been like. ...more
I had trouble deciding how to rate this book. In the past, there have been 600+ page books that I've read in 24-48 hours. This wasn't one of them.
VashI had trouble deciding how to rate this book. In the past, there have been 600+ page books that I've read in 24-48 hours. This wasn't one of them.
Vasher, who is used in the prologue to hook the reader and establish interest in the world (and the book itself), doesn't do anything of significance (and barely appears at all) for more than four hundred pages.
Honestly, the plot doesn't actually start moving until then, but you can't simply skip the first two thirds of the book, because there is important information scattered in tiny nuggets through this section.
The writing itself is good, and the characters are good (a few of them are excellent), but I wish Brandon Sanderson had been less hung up on trying to hide the "twists" and simply told the story (or even shortened the entire first section, given more of the last hundred pages, and actually shown the rest of the resolution to the conflicts). Vasher's side of the conflict and his interactions with certain characters would have had a much better emotional weight in the climax if there wasn't so much effort put into making him "mysterious."
Basically, if you love complex magic systems and don't mind slow pacing, it's worth a read, but if it's easy to lose your attention, try Elantris....more
Weeeeellll.... It was an early effort. While it was interesting to have a heroine beset with panic attacks, it got old very quickly. Ultimately, DianaWeeeeellll.... It was an early effort. While it was interesting to have a heroine beset with panic attacks, it got old very quickly. Ultimately, Diana obviously didn't learn her lesson from the first book (which I didn't read, but there are enough allusions that I don't need to) in regards to going after the monsters before she simply can't avoid them anymore. When it boils down to it, she didn't do much of anything at all. This book was really all about Dave and his "friends" (view spoiler)[and Dave solves the problem himself. He didn't need Diana or her "sexy" vampire who did just as little. (hide spoiler)]
For much better books by Mercedes Lackey, try anything she's written in the traditional fantasy genre. Even the ones that aren't as good are better than this.["br"]>["br"]>...more
Some good ones, some preachy ones, some bad ones. A Midsummer Night's Dreamteam was funny and the world in Jerlayne was intriguing, but Jingles the ElSome good ones, some preachy ones, some bad ones. A Midsummer Night's Dreamteam was funny and the world in Jerlayne was intriguing, but Jingles the Elf... I'd like that five minutes of my life back....more
This installment basically read like complete filler for the purpose of introducing spellcasting, which highlights the main flaw that keeps bugging meThis installment basically read like complete filler for the purpose of introducing spellcasting, which highlights the main flaw that keeps bugging me across the entire series so far. It utterly feels like the entire world is being made up as we go along, instead of seeing the details of a fully developed world unfold.
We need a Source who breaks the rules? Ok, we have a Source that breaks the rules. We need funky weather? Ok, we have funky weather. We need another culture where we can hide a heretofore unknown heir to the throne? There it is. Oh, wouldn't it be more interesting with real spellcasting, not just this Source and Shield stuff (which isn't magic at all, right?).
Blech. And it's leaving all sorts of little loose threads everywhere. Is this mess ever going to be cleaned up?...more