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message 1: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Exactly! I understand that we are reading a book about druids, but Hearne's never until now written anything that is tantamount to beating his readers over the head with his ideology. This is the reason I decided to quit reading anything by Steve Alten. His latest book was an absolute mess that served as a flimsy plotline in which he could rant about the evils of big oil, republicans... and alien republicans. I really do enjoy Hearne, but like you I feel like Granuille is an outlet to vent his inner left wing thoughts. I don't care about his politcal beliefs or Alten's for that matter. I just don't like to feel like I'm being preached at by a fictional character up on her soapbox

message 2: by Chris (last edited Feb 12, 2016 07:21AM) (new)

Chris Evans That's pretty much the entire ending of Sword of Truth series. The character literally monologues about morality and how things should be. It was one of the most irritating things I ever read. The Artemis Fowl books were getting preachy too.

I don't mind the character trait, per say, but the de-railing of the story was a huge black mark. That and Granuaile is particularly obnoxious. What really worries me is the way Hearne is having her try to turn Atticus into an Eco Warrior too. I'm wondering if a big focus of the next book is going to be them forming an AVALANCHE type Eco-Terrorism group. I wouldn't put it past him to make Loki a big oil executive and have Ragnarok turn into some kind of pollution Armageddon.

message 3: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Granuaile going full on eco warrior would have been fine by itself. Her spending so much time justifying her actions ended up just turning the character into a mouthpiece for the author. I felt like I was having a guilt trip laid upon me.

message 4: by Chris (new)

Chris Evans That's a good point. Atticus did do something similar in Tricked, but it didn't come off obnoxious for that very reason.

message 5: by Nathanael (new)

Nathanael Wagers Agreed. This book took Atticus and really made him out to be a "fool" more than anything else.

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