Season of the Harvest had an odd combination of writing styles but it worked. It was as if a sci-fi fantasy author wrote a thriller, which is kind ofSeason of the Harvest had an odd combination of writing styles but it worked. It was as if a sci-fi fantasy author wrote a thriller, which is kind of what happened. The description he used throughout is similar to what you can find in his In Her Name series, but on a toned down level, more fitting for a thriller.
The story follows Jack Dawson, an FBI agent investigating the mysterious and gruesome death of his friend and co-worker. He and his friends, new and old, take on corporations, outlandish groups, and other countries to fight against a nightmarish truth, the end of the world could be closer than they realized. Plot twists and turns leave the reader not knowing which character to love, which one to hate, or even which one to trust.
Very fast paced with engaging characters. Character development was wonderful. From one moment to the next, I couldn't tell what the characters were going to do, yet when they did something out of the ordinary, it was within the character's personality to do so.
The only issue I had was at one point during the middle, the writing felt bogged down by description. While description is something I love, especially with the amount of epic fantasy I read, I could have drawn a map of the building the characters were in. While not necessarily a bad thing, it was the only place in the book where I felt removed from the story.
It was a great read and I would recommend it to any lover of thrillers, especially with how the content relates to goings on in modern day humanity. Comment Comment | Permalink ...more
Book two in the series, A Clash of Kings, easily doubled or tripled the fantastic element of the first. The climax fit the epic genre more than the fiBook two in the series, A Clash of Kings, easily doubled or tripled the fantastic element of the first. The climax fit the epic genre more than the first and the characters were more intriguing.
Catelyn Stark takes on a bigger role in book two when she needs to show strength for her children, especially Robb. The Stark children are spread out away from each other, each having bits of their story told. Tyrion takes on a larger role in the second book, both in the storyline, and for chapters dedicated to his character. Many of the plot elements come to a head during the climax for A Clash of Kings and Martin finishes it all off with an epic battle just outside the city gates.
I wanted to give A Clash of Kings 5 stars, but I don't think it's quite there yet. The story is great, the writing concise and intriguing, but I need just a little more. Since the series feels more like a single massive story broke up into single books, I can't ...more
The book is a traditional fantasy about two half-orc brothers trying to survive in a harsh world. They each have unique powers that eventually lead thThe book is a traditional fantasy about two half-orc brothers trying to survive in a harsh world. They each have unique powers that eventually lead them to their destiny as powerful foes to anybody they choose.
The brother's love for each other drives the story in directions the reader may not expect. Another's love creates a rift that may never be repaired. Within the unique world Dalglis creates, he offers insight into the emotions of the brothers and the internal battles they must endure while fighting actual battles with undead, humans, and elves alike.
There were a few issues I had a tough time with. The modern language the half-orcs used when they were in a world anything but modern, felt out of place. I believe it was an attempt to establish specific personality types for the characters, but in my opinion it took away from the story. If Dalglish removed some of the darker elements, it would work well as a young adult novel.
It was a quick read, one you could read over the weekend with ease. If you are looking for an escape into a fantasy world without too much depth, this is the book for you. ...more
From the beginning, Martin's style of writing hooked me. His ability to write an epic story is apparent from the first paragraph. The book is told froFrom the beginning, Martin's style of writing hooked me. His ability to write an epic story is apparent from the first paragraph. The book is told from multiple points of view, always in third person limited. The name of each chapter, or section, is the character whose point of view we are reading.
Martin does an amazing job with world building in the prologue and first few chapters. The reader is then introduced to a family of lords, which much of the book revolves around. The main plot involves the king asking a grand favor of Lord Eddard Stark, they are old friends and have not seen each other in years. Stark's decision to follow, or not, begins the story. The repercussions of each decision and how they lead to other plot elements is astounding. Much of the story then revolves around Stark's children, and their own personal stories. There are more characters introduced throughout, but their true role in the story is not known to the reader.
The book has an abundance of political intrigues, mixed with some fantasy elements, new forged friendships, betrayal, and death. The depth of character development is stunning, and it is easy to find oneself being drawn into their individual stories.
A Game of Thrones was written beautifully, with a great plot, and multiple sub-plots, but the it felt like a set up for the series, as if it were a prologue in and of itself. Though it was written as part of a series, I would have liked to see a bigger climax, something epic you could say.
The only other negative was that the fantastic elements were rare. There are some in the beginning, sprinkled throughout the middle, then more at the end. As a fantasy, I assumed there would be more. As I stated before, it read like one long prologue, so I am hoping for more on the fantastic side throughout the rest of the series.
Based on the lack of fantasy elements, and the not so epic ending, I was going to give it three of five stars. However, his beautiful writing style, and his ability to tell an epic story make it easy to give four of five stars.
Get ready to dig in for a great read and be aware of the sub-plots. These are dark times; you never know what could happen. ...more
The largest part of my book collection consists of books from the fantasy genre. I have tried reading other SF books in the past but I had a tough timThe largest part of my book collection consists of books from the fantasy genre. I have tried reading other SF books in the past but I had a tough time getting beyond one or two chapters. Establishing much of the world in the first few chapters is similar in SF as Fantasy. This book is the first SF I have read where the author created the world without trying to impress the reader with how many details they can jam in about futuristic technology.
Hicks does a great job of hooking the reader and getting us involved with the characters. I would suggest this SF book to any SF fan I know. The use of clichés early in the book was the only problem I had with In Her Name: Empire, and after the first few, I did not notice it again.
Overall it was a very good read, not as polished as I would have liked, but definitely worth the read. ...more
Robert Jordan was my favorite epic fantasy author until I read Sanderson's work. In the WOT series, Brandon wrote so similar to Jordan that I was a quRobert Jordan was my favorite epic fantasy author until I read Sanderson's work. In the WOT series, Brandon wrote so similar to Jordan that I was a quick fan. However, it wasn't until I read The Way of Kings that I really fell in love with his writing.
The storyline and plot are amazing. From beginning to end, he holds the reader's interest. The reader feels as if they know and can connect with the characters, as if they are part of the story themselves. The pacing was wonderful. Many times an epic fantasy will feel too drawn out or slow. Whenever the reader thinks the story might be at that point, Sanderson throws in a great action sequence, or a scene with so much tension you can't put the book down.
There are multitudes of characters we meet and each has unique perspectives and life lessons to pass on. Not once did I feel there were too many. Each had their place.
The most amazing aspect of Sanderson's story is the world building. From grass that hides underground during storms, people with marbled black and crimson skin, to people with eyebrows over a foot long!
The Way of Kings is action and tension packed. I often found myself sweating while reading. Any book that can leave your heart pounding is a great book in my opinion.
There is no doubt; I give The Way of Kings five out of five stars. I honestly cannot think of one aspect of the book that I disliked. Except a couple of the characters. But what is a great book without a few characters to hate? ...more