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Acacia by David Anthony Durham
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Jan 25, 2010

it was ok
Read from January 05 to 16, 2012

Joyless.

That's what it boils down to. There's nothing wrong with the writing. Or the world building. Or the character development, for the most part. I really wanted to like this, and it is well done, except for the fact that in 700+ pages I don't once remember smiling, let alone laughing. None of the characters ever makes a real joke - one of them is supposed to be known for his sarcastic wit, and others jeer at misfortune, but that's all we get.

I understand it's a war, the empire falls, yadda yadda. I wasn't expecting Terry Pratchett. But people laugh at funerals. People make jokes in trenches and in their deathbeds. You have to have a little comedy in your tragedy - ask Shakespeare (or George R.R. Martin, or Robin Hobb, or...). Everyone in this book is determined and earnest all the time, and I just don't care what happens to them (I *almost* care about Mena. Almost.)
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