The show took some fantastic liberties in re-writing and creating storyline and characters, developing this real, but drab experience into an almost The show took some fantastic liberties in re-writing and creating storyline and characters, developing this real, but drab experience into an almost completely fictionalized dramatization.
The real Piper is certainly unique and has some interesting insights into her experience. Her narration seems honest and while sometimes annoying is overall reader friendly, with no grammatical complaints. I appreciated her explaining why vets sometimes choose to become COs and how her pretty blond, blue eyes acted as an advantage in her circumstance. I like that she was social and developed relationships, learned the chicken shit rules of Danberry and how her job on this inside led to some surprising moments. I think her critiques of the overall system, its management and education offerings are important and hopefully have put more attention on those matters. Her personal dedication to running, reading and yoga pretty much summarize how I'd spend my time in those circumstances so I did identify with her in that way. I still didn't find this book a must read, and I say skip it unless you have a particular need to learn about prison.
It isn't that I dislike Piper herself, or that I didn't learn anything, it is that there are thousands of women who have interesting and worthy stories to tell about their experiences in women's prison(s) who aren't in the advantageous position of being engaged/married to a published writer. When do we get to read their stories? Who will help them get published?
My best hope is that her unwarranted success will encourage women with really deep and exciting stories from prison to write their own books. I'd even read a book of prison recipes and crafts you can make with available items, a what to know and do before you go to prison guide that is actually useful? Not that I plan to go to prison, but I think it would be more interesting....more
I can't seem to quit this series. I try to walk away, but Richard is a very compelling character. The reader of the audio version does accents and reaI can't seem to quit this series. I try to walk away, but Richard is a very compelling character. The reader of the audio version does accents and really pulls you along, even when the writing slags and over explanations are being trudged through for the benefit of the irritating Bandakar characters, whose culture is so different they require much explaining and goading. I do appreciate that there were only a few graphic scenes of violence. The newest addition to Jagang's side has a scary ability, but a twisted shallow personality. I can't understand his motivation, and I think it would have been easy to give him clear reasons. This book was in keeping with Terry's strength of taking a world ideal, taking it to its extreme and exploring the resulting culture by challenging it. His writing is mature and accurate, which pleases me, and Richard remains very interesting to me....more
An interesting writing exercise, but not his best. The World and our familiar characters through the perspective of isolated and poorly informed halfAn interesting writing exercise, but not his best. The World and our familiar characters through the perspective of isolated and poorly informed half siblings of Richard. A gorgeous red head in her early 20s and a large violent psychopath. Around every chapter change I anticipated the perspective of our familiar characters, and it went on for a very long time and never fully moved out of the siblings perspective, though it was neat to interact with them as an outsider. Interesting new pieces to the picture of the way magic and this complex world functions, but it had something lacking. Perhaps too neat and tidy at the end, or maybe the characters actions didn't hit anything familiar to me, their thinking and motivation too paper thin. I am glad to see this different approach, but I want to get back to what Richard is doing-he is the most captivating character in this series and I miss being with him....more
**spoiler alert** This is one of the better in the series. The pace of this book is good and my horrible experience with book number four is almost fo**spoiler alert** This is one of the better in the series. The pace of this book is good and my horrible experience with book number four is almost forgiven by having two great books in a row. Richard and Kahlen start out together and even though it is because they are helpless while Jagang is taking over the world and Kahlen has to recover from her terrible experience, you are glad to see them together. I can't help but worry that they are not in a place where ruling the Daharan Empire and making good on their promise to join the Midlands would be easier, but they are getting and giving messages to direct the army.
Then Nicci kidnaps him and changes everything. She is oddly likable but so wrong in her ardent beliefs long carried from a fanatical upbringing. Terry has many disturbing characters and you might like them at first, but this one is unique in how you start to like her more as more is revealed about her. There is a lot of background, in flashbacks. She is seeking a truth she isn't sure what it is. Having myself broken free of the strong hold christian indoctrination had held over me for a lifetime, I can identify with her not really being able to pinpoint what it is she is missing, but that it was everything.
She takes him to her world, where Jagang has imposed her and Jagang's disturbing distortion of generosity on everyone, by force. Terry is very good at making each culture in the different lands distinct, and the audiobook reader uses different accents to represent the different regions. That alone is a joy to be carried through. Each book holds new and diverse characters to interact with, but themes carry over such as deep respect for horses and details about how characters treat horses tells us something about them.
I very much liked how Richard's captivation went. How even under these impossible odds, his spirit naturally thrives and burns off these impurities to get at a truth and it burns a hole through their whole society. He was there for a full year! Who is running the Empire?! The end is a little too neat, but very suspenseful and exciting.
We follow Kahlen into more battle strategy, and cannot help but be impressed with her over and over. There are some great tense moments there, such as when you are trapped in a tent, right along Kahlen and others, as it is on fire and being drug by an Imperial Order solder on horseback! Perhaps Terry's weakest character skill is writing for young girls and we get one more example. I feel we lose a character prematurely, but yes someone we loved had to die to make the connection back to Richard and keep the warzone feeling of danger, but what a tough choice Terry had in who to take.
So many story lines to follow...um, oh, we get to see an expansion of who Jagang is as a character, what his vision is for this take over and we learn of the true force behind him.
How can such awesome writing be bestowed on the same man who took me through hell in book four? I don't know what to say. I have already begun book #7....more
**spoiler alert** Since none of you remember my review of the 4th book, it won't seem odd at all that I decided to go on in the series. If you are in**spoiler alert** Since none of you remember my review of the 4th book, it won't seem odd at all that I decided to go on in the series. If you are in total shock and dismay that I kept reading after book 4...well, me too. I have began and abandoned 8 books since being essentially shook up by book number 4 of this series. I completed two light easy reads. I ran out of books and fell back into the ready and waiting Sword of Truth series, until I can add more books to my library.
I AM GLAD I DID. Is this what Terry does? Writes a much tamer, even shorter, book after a gut wrenching tomb where you get to experience that most horrifying drawn out torment nearly all the way through, along side your beloved characters? This book has terrible things happen, true, but nothing anywhere close to book 4. I dove right into the next book and it was just as amazing as this one....what is with this guy?
The book opens on the high notes of Richard and Kahlen enjoying being newly weds. You want to strangle the characters sometimes, as they continue to treat Richard as though his hunches are always wrong and hide the truth from him-I can identify with being treated like I am someone who isn't me at all in just this fashion. This draws me more to Richard and away from others. They stay together through this book and they are soon on their way to solve the simple matter of not the chimes. They are joined by the spirit woman he met from his time to the Palace of the Profits, Du Chailu, who insists she is his wife, and is very pregnant. Though it seems to be trouble, without her would be worse trouble. Richard truly is the seeker of truth in some very instinctive way, even though he is so much more that we sometimes forget that role. He changes course to Ander, even though he is not certain what the truth is...Terry has really made a tremendous character with Richard.
The city of Ander is a two class society, using a false history to keep the Haiken class down and believing they should be glad to be given that much, since they have a corrupt nature. We follow several new characters, but Dalton Campbell is by far my favorite. His dance with his position and power, but also his own standards being at odds with the way things are run...oh it is so easy to identify with that! I love his reaction and solution to his own beloved wife receiving the honor or sleeping with the Sovereign. Great storyline and set up.
Richard really grows in his gift at the end, but is shattered when lies take away his support from the citizens, and Kahlen is beaten nearly to death, losing their unborn child he hadn't even known about yet. He gives up on the war, he is broken by these events.
I am trying to think back to write this as I have already swept through to be in book 7. The chimes are interesting, Jagang is closing in on the city and magic is failing, but Richard and Kahlen spend a month in Ander trying to win over its citizens to reject Jagang. Just wrapping my head around the slower way of life, days to weeks to travel, messages are sent by messenger. Characters are totally out of communication for much of the book and there seems to be no easy solution to send a message, unless you have a journey book. To take a whole month there, seemed ludicrous. They are rulers of an Empire, they are needed. To act like that isn't falling apart without them after planning to be gone to be married for only 3 days...just blows my mind....more
Um, Terry, I think it is time we went our separate ways. You have your good qualities as a writer, but I spent this entire book cringing, keeping downUm, Terry, I think it is time we went our separate ways. You have your good qualities as a writer, but I spent this entire book cringing, keeping down my food, wanting to fight and murder your vile characters, even wanting to kill you for putting me through this. I suffered the horrible psychological pain as Kahlen, Richard, Warren, those children, their mothers, as Berdine, as Cara...you are one sick man.
I went through all the torment of the dis-chord, and kept going hoping that at any moment you would let a resolve chord ring. To release me from the tension and horror. I waited and waited. You kept piling it on, and I felt more and more ill. By page 500, I hated everything. I wanted to go back before you were born and punch your mother in the stomach.
I read some of the other reviews on here for this book and people are actually appreciative of your dark exploration of evil. Sir, it is not an exploration, and I am not religious...you embody the most hateful things ever put on paper. To have read them has poisoned me somehow. The reviews say, keep going, the other books are better. I have to take a serious, long break from you before I could even consider such an idea....more
Ok-you got me. I said Terry Goodkind is a pervert and I would not read any more of his books. Something compelled me, tugged in the back of my mind foOk-you got me. I said Terry Goodkind is a pervert and I would not read any more of his books. Something compelled me, tugged in the back of my mind for months, to read one more book and am so GLAD that I did! First of all, Terry is still a pervert. He is obsessed with extreme violence against women, taking pleasure in torture, and horrific rape. I suppose if he wants to unveil how ugly people can be, and is trying for shock and awe-he is a master. Though he didn't magically drop those themes, I can't recall anything in this book that topped the first two. I was expecting it and was totally braced so that I wouldn't be so shocked, but by comparison, this one is within the fiction world parameters I can live with. If I ever meet this man, I will have mace, but I will also have to thank him for taming this one down. Then get away, fast.
Dimming down that aspect of his writing let me finally recognize and appreciate the creative, thrilling and precise writing. I don't like to read a lot of fiction Aside from wasting time I could be learning something useful, I find grammatical errors and plot details that don't line up over the life of the series take me right out of the story and become my most prominent recollection. Terry has no such problems. Everything we know about this world and characters builds on itself like a perfect puzzle. A place for every piece. That is very satisfying! I also feel like I have learned from these series. I feel smarter. That is what I look for in writing! The writing itself demonstrates much talent in the way he follows different characters, good, bad, seemingly minor, doesn't matter and totally sucks you into every scene even if you hate everyone present. Even though these books are long, I can't imagine cutting it down. You learn something critical to the overall plot or something that will be important later in every section.
Yes I will talk about the content, I can't believe you are still reading this far into my review! We have new threats to the entire world. The largest story arc is that the non-magic inhabitants of the world are fearful of magic and want it gone from the world. The dream walker emerges as the force behind the Imperial Order, he is very scary and impressive. He has taken over the world by both magical means and by fighting for the growing cause to eliminate magic from the world. His means and motives are worth fighting against, but he has a good line that made me question my allegiance to Richard for a moment. He said, loosely, that he knows the dreams of man, and how impressive they will be when they rise to run the world in the absence of magic. Alas, I must agree with Richard and Kahlan that magic is a tool and in itself is not good or bad. My favorite moment, possibly from all three books so far, is when the sisters of the dark meet him personally. Yes, we still have sisters of the dark. The Palace of the Prophets continues to play a large role in events.
We also get a strong but confused leader to the Blood of the Fold, Tobias. He is bent on finding the Mother Confessor, as she is a bangling. He hates magic, yet uses it to destroy those who do the work of the keeper. To me, in our world, a religious fanatic who believes the creator communicates to him to eradicate others is the most terrifying place humans go. Tobias, and that bad dude from the Hunchback of Notre Dame, have this particular twisted, unstoppable and crazed dedication quality. Both characters give me chills and reaffirms for me that religion is dangerous. The mriswith are certainly involved but it isn't clear at first how. They appear in Aydindril and we learn a lot more about them.
I was following the plot with great interest. The inventive magic and building drama kept me reading everyday and I would decline offers for rides so that I could read more on the bus. The plot was unresolved and digging our heroes deeper and deeper into seemingly impossible odds even very close to the end. I was so worried that it would end abruptly to force you to read the next book, but I was pleasantly surprised. Still, I instantly launched into the next book in the series. ...more
The reader is quite talented, I liked listening to him. He gave characters accents found in our world, but it serves to separate people by regions ofThe reader is quite talented, I liked listening to him. He gave characters accents found in our world, but it serves to separate people by regions of the fantasy world and adds to the fun. The writing is engaging, descriptive and artistic. There are some disturbing elements but rape is not given the highly detailed descriptions found in the second book and is tolerable....more
I came to this book after getting wrapped up in Legend of the Seeker. I am just now beginning The Wizards First rule, but I picked up enough between tI came to this book after getting wrapped up in Legend of the Seeker. I am just now beginning The Wizards First rule, but I picked up enough between the show and the many recounts of events throughout the second book that it was easy to be dumped into the story.
I read review after review warning of brutal rape, disturbing rituals and complaints that by page 900 there is still build up, but then the resolve is quick and wraps up too neatly. I did not realize the rape and disturbing scenes were going to be so very present throughout the book, with such a heavy and detailed current running through almost every character in some way. The main character is a product of rape and is dealing with having been repeatedly raped and tortured from the first book. Some characters used sex as a tool and others as a weapon. That is an important topic to tackle, but it seemed to be spread too wide for any purpose other than exploiting the shock and horror factor.
There are redeeming qualities, Terry Goodkind paints a clear picture of people, places and events. There is good use of language and wise lessons. I wanted Richard and Kahlen to succeed, though this ending is a little too happy for my taste. I read this 982 book faster than I knew I could read because I wanted to leave off in a satisfactory place in the story, but there isn't one. Nearly every point for more than 2/3 of the book would leave the beloved characters in a bad place in some sort of nasty discomfort or peril and I just couldn't do that to them.
This one takes a very dedicated reader and I don't plan to continue the series. I heard they get worse....more