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Wraeththu by Storm Constantine
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Mar 03, 09

bookshelves: fantasy, fiction, queer-characters-or-themes, 2009
Read in March, 2009

this book has taken me longer to get through than almost anything else i've ever read, and it's not just because of the size. constantine's prose is extremely heavy-handed, and it often gets in the way of his story-- which, after all is said and done, was not a bad one. the plot he put his characters through was pretty interesting, but so often it was impossible to see the shape of that plot because of the way the story was told. the entire first volume of the trilogy is mostly exposition, which the reader doesn't discover until midway through the second volume-- the strongest one in my opinion. swift's story is interesting, well-told, and moves along both his own plot and that of the entire trilogy.
the last volume was something of a let-down; it resolved the major conflict but in a very predictable way, and in the end it was not very exciting. the world creation was very good; it would have been better if constantine had made it clearer that this was a futuristic ersion of our earth, but as a whole it was very detailed, and he did a good job of communicating his vision of the setting through the story.
i would not recommend this book to anyone who is short on time; after spending almost a month slogging through it, i am a little disappointed in the end result-- i'm glad i persevered through it, but the end was not emotionally satisfying, which a book of this size must be in order to be worth the effort involved in reading it.
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Reading Progress

02/08/2009 page 128
16.0% "a little-- okay, more than a little weird. hasn't 100% grabbed me yet, but it foreshadows some stuff that sounds good, so i'm soldiering on."
02/11/2009 page 340
42.5% "getting a lot better, but still not enthralling. the style is so heavy-handed it only makes the subject matter more outlandish."
02/13/2009 page 450
56.25% "slowly but surely, the paragraphs of two-ton imagery drop away, and an actual plot emerges. frabjous day!"
02/18/2009 page 511
63.88% "if only constantine had condensed the first third of this to 50 pages instead of 200, this'd be getting 4 stars now."
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