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RJ - Slayer of Trolls (hawk5391yahoocom) I thought I would start this thread since I'm just now starting the book. Who else is reading this one?


Sandy | 1665 comments Previously read but will join in the discussion too soon for a reread.


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Roger | 2031 comments Mod
I'm going to start it in the next week or so


Peter | 28 comments I did the audiobook a couple of weeks ago. Overall, it wasn't for me, but objectively, it wasn't bad either. The pacing felt a bit too slow and there was a lot of world building that got in the way of the story in my opinion.

Curious to see what other people think since most of my gripes were based on personal preferences.


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Lel (lelspear) | 1997 comments I read this a few weeks back as well. I didn't think it was brilliant but I wanted to know what happened. I didn't really think the characters were very realistic. They all came across a little one dimensional to me although I did like Angel. I found his sense of humour quite funny.

I found Toomie the most contradictory. One minute he was Maria's boss type guy and not nice about it, the next hes trying to help her all he can.

Not sure I will be on the look out for more of the authors work


Jessica | 433 comments I read this not too long ago and I really enjoyed it. I found the whole premise interesting as I’ve studied water rights of the US southwest quite a lot in my natural resources studies.


Sandy | 1665 comments I read it a while back and too found the premise interesting. I thought the world was very well developed but the start was a bit slow because of it.

However, the military guy was a bit over the top for me. Sorry can't remember his name it's been a few weeks. I had to keep reminding myself what time frame it was in because the wife was just totally annoying me.

I too will probably not look for additional works by this author.


RJ - Slayer of Trolls (hawk5391yahoocom) I'm 100 pages in and still waiting for the plot to start. I assume there is a story eventually? So far it's just been a dozen chapters of text reimagined from hysterical emails touting internet eco-petitions. Color me unimpressed.


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Lel (lelspear) | 1997 comments I didn’t have that in my book Randy, mine went straight to story.......


RJ - Slayer of Trolls (hawk5391yahoocom) Lel wrote: "I didn’t have that in my book Randy, mine went straight to story......."

Really? I wish I had your copy. My copy goes something like this:

Introduce a scene of utter depravity and despair in which water is scarce. Illustrate the point with women selling their bodies for the chance to take a shower, cartel-like gangs ruling the southwest with unspeakable violence (which will be shown to us in graphic detail, along with the implication of worse), and corporations and lawyers - let's just go ahead and assume that they are all rich white males for now - abusing everything and everyone for the chance to make a buck. Follow that scene with a scene where two people talk at length about the scarcity of water, and the desolation this has caused, and the horrific lives that characters are leading. Then, a new chapter, describing a scene of utter depravity and despair in which water... (you get the idea I hope, otherwise rinse and repeat as needed).

Just now around page 120 is there a suggestion of a story with the discovery of two tortured and mutilated bodies of water rights attorneys. A lot of authors would have started the book here to draw the reader in, but then I guess we wouldn't have the chance to wallow in misery for 120 pages.

This isn't really a story: it's just eco-terror porn dressed up like a book.


Peter | 28 comments Looks like I got the same copy as Randy since that's the same impression I got. I think the story only started to kick in just before the halfway mark. Up until that point, I wasn't even sure who the main characters were.


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Lel (lelspear) | 1997 comments To be fair I felt like I had been dropped right in and had no clue what had built up to this water shortage or the whole deal with water rights. It might have been better to slog through all that info.


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Alan | 158 comments I found it slow at first as well--mostly I felt like the setting just wasn't capturing me--but around 150 pages in something clicked and I tore through the rest.


Sandy | 1665 comments Sandy wrote: "I read it a while back and too found the premise interesting. I thought the world was very well developed but the start was a bit slow because of it.

However, the military guy was a bit over the ..."


Well heck forget this - I commented on the wrong book!


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Roger | 2031 comments Mod
I just finished with this and it was a solid "meh" for me, it was an alright book with fairly decent pacing, some brutality which seemed to fit the time and some sex scenes which while not badly written aren't something I ever really care to have in a book. (it's not just sex scenes, i'm pretty much against most relationships in books and especially love at first site types...)


Efrat | 90 comments The beginning was slow and depresing, but afterwards I realy got into the plot. I loved the way the inner logic of the charecter moved the events in unexpected way


Sandy | 1665 comments I found that the sex scenes didn't make a lot of sense to me. Why does she want him to strangle her. It didn't seem to fit her character although it did say something about her. I found the rest of their interaction interesting.

I did find it a bit depressing because it seemed everyone was out for themselves except for the guy with the food cart. His character I liked, the rest I wouldn't even want to meet even in a lighted busy street. ;-)


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