A book of Gene Wolfe's is always a pleasure, but I think I would have enjoyed this one more if I had more history and mythology of ancient Greece.
I sA book of Gene Wolfe's is always a pleasure, but I think I would have enjoyed this one more if I had more history and mythology of ancient Greece.
I suggest this book to people who are scholars of Greek history, or those happy to pause reading and look up names and places. That would be the best way to really get all the gems this book is hiding.
The story and characters are more then good enough for you to enjoy the book with some more basic knowledge, but I think that extra level of understanding would really make this feel Gene-Wolfe-good....more
If I were rating this only against other indie/self-pub'ed books it would definitely have gotten 5 stars. Redlisted is a book that features strange delIf I were rating this only against other indie/self-pub'ed books it would definitely have gotten 5 stars. Redlisted is a book that features strange delusions, dreams, forgotten memories, and mind control. It presents an engaging puzzle of plot lines and back stories that the reader gradually deciphers. The vampires in this book are neither depressingly Gothic nor sickeningly romanticized. They're both modern and timeless, and deal with contemporary problems while juggling ancient powers. Best of all is that Redlisted features a sensible, tough, capable heroine. Though Kate often finds herself in dangerous, disorienting situations she never lets circumstances get the best of her. Though she suffers through some pretty gruesome trials, she never plays the victim. The other main character, Adam, is also well-developed. It is such a joy to read a book with ancient magics and blood-sucking revenants and have none of the characters feel flat or trite. An interesting feature of the book is that though most information is revealed through dreams and visions and communion between minds, and the main character seems to spend an awful lot of time asleep, the action never flags. The blood-magic revelations are fascinating vignettes themselves, so the reader never gets bored eavesdropping on characters' dreams, and they always serve to advance the plot. A great, great read for an inexpensive e-book. High-quality editing and formating make this feel more like a mass-produced paperback than an indie title. Looking forward to sequels!...more
This was a good series. The plot is full of twists and turns and Sanderson isn't afraid to turn your expectations upside down, which I really appreciaThis was a good series. The plot is full of twists and turns and Sanderson isn't afraid to turn your expectations upside down, which I really appreciate in a book. Some books you read the first half and you know exactly what's coming in the second half: no chance of that here! The world is novel and believable and there are plenty of mysteries...some you can solve yourself if you pay close attention, and others you must wait for the exciting reveal. A good mix.
What I didn't like was the repetition. Certain elements were repeated often I got tired of reading about them, for instance the frequent reminders of Vin's past and her relationship with her brother. I feel like we got a recap of that three or four times a novel.
Also there was a lot of exploration of how the characters were feeling and all the thoughts and doubts and trust issues and painful growth they were going through. Character's thoughts and feelings were related by long paragraphs of internal dialog, instead of represented through their actions in the story. This is a question of style: some readers like reading this and some don't. I fall into the second camp.
This series might have suffered for me because I read all three in succession. Perhaps some of the recap would have felt more necessary if I had been waiting a while for the next novel to come out.
For me this was a GOOD series, but not a great one. Definitely worth my time and enjoyable, but not destined to be one of my all-time favorites....more