what a very cool concept for a story. I wish it had been a little more refined... it kind of felt like the story teller was making it as she went alonwhat a very cool concept for a story. I wish it had been a little more refined... it kind of felt like the story teller was making it as she went along...
also, wish the characters were better crafted....more
ok.... so, lots of feelings going on with dinging this book with only two stars (seriously considered one star because I really DIDN'T like it)... firok.... so, lots of feelings going on with dinging this book with only two stars (seriously considered one star because I really DIDN'T like it)... first, love the story, to me it has so much potential, so much possibility, so much building up to an amazing climax... and thus reveals issue number one... no climax... not even any real building up of excitement.
I haven't read a book in - I was gonna say a long long time, but in reality "Never" - that I soooo regretted starting... there was really not much action or intrigue or thrill or even progression of story... There are huge passages of "Locational Information" (this place is next to this place) and "Genealogical Connections" (this person is related to this person and this person married this person)... all to the detriment of the flow, and honestly of the story... this stuff matters to some minor extent, but tell me about the characters I am actually watching! It feels as though the Author wrote and created this big huge "story bible" of extraneous information and felt like he absolutely had to shoe-horn it into the story to... what, impress us? Thus is issue 2... too much filler not enough story... like a steak that is all gristle...
I should probably mention here that I understood this to be the final book of the series... I very much fear it is not; for these same issues I have with this book, I started having with the previous book. Issue number 3... The series is getting more and more tedious... more and more scattered meandering scenes thrown at us, with no connection... GRR Martin can paint a great scene... but... well this book felt more like a bunch of pretty scenes than an epic story.
Issue 4... Where is The characters we met and love or hate... the ones we have an emotional connection with? Instead of giving us a bunch of new characters that get killed off or serve to move the story only forward a bit, or worse off on another tangent... Show us the old beloved characters... Where are the direwolves? Where is Rickon (the youngest Stark) who ran off with that Wilding chick babysitter? And for that matter, where is Bran - still hanging on to roots in a cave beyond the wall?
Issue 5... hard to say this because it feels a bit like it is a personal dig... but, I feel as though the author is trying to "prove" something, rather than serve his reader... (and granted we can get into a big grand discussion on the role of the writer being to him/herself or to the reader)... To me, This Author early on, established a precedent of shocking me, take the example of killing Ned Stark so early in book one, when it felt as though he was the "star" of the book... That was cool! that got me out of my complacency, got me to not be comfortable with my expectations... This book, felt much, much more predictable... and I don't want predictable... I want what got me "involved and excited" about this series... what I encountered in Book 1 and 2... but has slowly been leeching out of it since...
Anyway... obviously this is all my opinion... and I am amazed to see this book got like 4+ stars average, I would have thought a lot of others would have been as frustrated as I... ...more
Loved that I had NO idea what it was about before picking it up... LOVED the way Erickson, in this book eases his way into the surreal... His best bookLoved that I had NO idea what it was about before picking it up... LOVED the way Erickson, in this book eases his way into the surreal... His best book so far... in a long string of great books....more
I am sorry to say I didn't really like this one that much... didn't feel very complete though... I felt like it was way to soap opera-ey, not enough gI am sorry to say I didn't really like this one that much... didn't feel very complete though... I felt like it was way to soap opera-ey, not enough getting down to business... and what business-getting-to there was was approached really simplistically.
Oh, ya know... that's the thing that bothered me the most... I guess this is a spoiler... so skip to the next paragraph if you haven't read it... but, ok so all these problems that some super-computer named "Jane" has to think about and solve or there will be a xenocide of what... 5 different species?, if she can't figure it out... so, the solution comes in the form of... "ok, well, lets just invent a way to travel the speed of light - yeah! that will get us out of all these problems"... wait...what?
anyway, it didn't feel as well planned as his other books in this series, which I thought were just brilliant. I am hoping this is the anomaly in the series... because I still want to read more of them. children of the mind next?...more