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The Briar King by Greg Keyes
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Jul 10, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: fantasy
Read from May 21 to July 08, 2011

Fair to middling. There's entertainment to be had. Not sure if I'll read the rest of the series. Maybe.

This ebook had a serious formatting problem. Scene cuts, or whatever they're called -- where there's an extra space between two paragraphs and usually a shift of some sort, in POV or space or time -- were not marked. One very different scene slid clumsily into another. It wS very disorienting, and there's just no way it could have been deliberate. I expect and forgive these kinds of problems with self-published books but I don't think Del Rey should be making such simple formatting mistakes. Note: I read this on the Kindle app for iPad. Not sure if the formatting problems are unique to that platform or not.

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Reading Progress

05/22/2011 page 34
6.0% "Decent fantasy potboiler so far. Jumping into a lot of different heads."
06/27/2011 page 165
30.0% "Took me a while to get into this."
06/27/2011 page 165
30.0% "He introduces a shit ton of character, many of them POV characters, right off the bat. He uses a bunch of short chapters to skip around in time, and into different POVs, before you really have a chance to settle into the ride. He even kills (maybe?) one of the more appealing POV characters in the first few chapters. Very risky tricksies. I kept putting it down. Once I made a real effort, though, I started to get inte"
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