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Sufferstone by Stella Atrium
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Sep 07, 2012

it was ok
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Read from July 25 to September 07, 2012

Well, I was not very impressed by this book. The worlds, societies, and cultures created are very rich, but the story and characters were very lacking. Overall I found this book more confusing than anything. It was relatively slow paced (even though at times months or years could go by in a matter of a few paragraphs). The abundance of characters with strange names, odd titles, and extra nicknames or honorifics made things very difficult to follow through most of the book. Some of the characters went by 2, 3, or even 4 different names and I'm not sure, but sometimes the name being used even changed within the same paragraph. And it wasn't clear at all why one name would be used over another. To make matters worse, I found it very difficult to visualize most of the characters. There are very few physical descriptions given and the few that are given are mostly superficial. Many of the characters were completely covered by burkas, but sometimes they were uncovered (leaving me confused as to when a woman was supposed to be covered and when they could be uncovered), yet I couldn't picture faces of anyone really. Once I resigned myself to the fact that I wouldn't be completely sure who was who throughout the story and just relied on generalities, I was able to follow the overall plot a little better. However even that story was muddled and difficult to discern. And then, just when it was starting to get interesting toward the end (at the 96% mark) it just ended. All the action that the first 320 pages slowly and gradually built up to were over in about 8 pages, including the line "And now I must finish my story quickly, for time is short." The novel would have benefited from a lot of editing and possibly a few rewrites. There is a good idea here, but it was poorly executed. If I hadn't won the second in the series I would have put this down after the first 60 pages or so. But I felt obligated to finish this so I could give the next one an hones effort, but I'm not really expecting much from HeartStone.
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08/04/2012 page 96
28.0% "So far this is slow going and tough to get into. I just started Part 2 and I'm not too sure how it's going to all tie in to the first part. The first part was an odd mixture between fast pacing (sometimes days or months would be covered in the span of a paragraph or two) and tedious dialog that was difficult to follow. If I hadn't won book 2 I'd probably have put it down already and moved on to something else." 3 comments

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