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Witch World by Andre Norton
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Apr 05, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: adventure, science-fiction, never-finished

I confess, I did not finish it. I am finding that navigating Norton's efforts at exotic to be tedious. I'm sure that if I had read it earlier in my life I would have enjoyed it more, but I don't have a tolerance for fantasy that does not explain itself a little. I'm a quarter way through the book, a short book, and I'm still being introduced to new characters that could be likable, but I just don't know where it will stop. I'm comparing her to Moorecock or Howard who use just such unreal exotic devices, but in a much briefer format. You are neither expected to understand these locations or connect with these characters. With Norton it is different. She clearly wants her reader to engage the story on a significant level, but even as the last location I read was blown to smithereens, I still didn't know the characters or care that they had died. I was still trying to figure out the relationship between the doomed place and the home of the main characters. I Couldn't weed through it. I'll set this aside and perhaps pick it up again someday, but not while I have reading I know I'd rather do.
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04/05/2012 page 15
7.0% "the premise, that history is unknowable and therefore all theories are of equal value is quite bad, as if there were no criteria by which to judge."
12/04/2012 page 70
31.0% "I have not quit reading this book yet. I should. It's not very engaging."
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