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Thirteen Orphans by Jane Lindskold
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May 15, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: fantasy, library-books-read, 2010
Read from May 11 to 14, 2010

I was all set to give Thirteen Orphans 3 stars. Even though it had a lot of flaws, it kept me interested and entertained. However, I downgraded it because of the way it ended. Rather, I downgraded it because of the way it stopped rather than ended. It was as if someone had taken a bigger book and just arbitrarily chopped it in half. I can't even call the ending a cliffhanger, it was just a non-ending. It may have been the worst non-ending ever.

As I said, up until the non-end, Thirteen Orphans was entertaining but flawed. It had way too much exposition. The characters just talked and talked and talked about what was happening rather than doing and experiencing. There were too many sequences that reminded me of the original Star Trek series. You know what I mean, Kirk and Spock encounter a culture that parallels Native Americans and spend the end of the episode definitively telling each other how the culture evolved with an exact replica of the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence. In this book, 19-year-old Brenda is Spock. Her deductive reasoning is astounding and always correct. She was on student council in high school, so she is also (of course) the most qualified of the group to hammer out treaties with the enemy. Other than ridiculousness, the book is fun but forgettable.
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