The story was good. The only cons are: The story is told in a series of conversations. And the ending is abrupt and unfinished. Other than that I liked it. I read the first one also. And I'll read the next.
Jump right in.
Everything. Classic Rudnicki
The book is great, but like many an OSC book in a series, there is absolutely no way you could follow this one and have a complete understanding of the story without reading the first book. As a reader, I get the distinct impression that OSC writes the story first, and then chops them up into separate books to make them more easily digestible. This one is no different; it begins as if you just sat the first book down to grab a drink and you're picking up where you left off. It's is great, but I I highly recommend listening to the the first book,or at least the last few chapters, to get a sense of the story first. It took me a while to remember all the details.At any rate, still great. Waiting for the next Mithermages series installment!
To a point. The premise of the story was good - Rigg and his companions cross through different wallfolds trying to learn about them and how to save the world. However, there was so much arguing and endless bickering among the characters as well as endless philosophizing and conjecturing that I found myself yelling at the narrator to just shut up and get on with it!
The author needed to do some serious editing. I felt like a like a lot of the story was simply filler, buying him time to figure out what the characters should do next. Page after page of bickering does not make a good story. Page after page of listing to whining, self-absorbed characters did not inspire me to read further. Nor did I need endless "what ifs" as characters pondered one weighty theory after another.
I would have preferred a single narrator. The woman who read Param's point of view and the man that read Umbo's were more animated and more interesting than the narrator who read Rigg's point of view, who sometimes was dead-pan to the point of being monotone.
Throw my iPod across the room.
The Pathfinder was an interesting book and I truly hoped Ruins would be as good. Unfortunately, it wasn't. There were just enough interesting events to keep me going but more than once I considered giving up. It just got so boring and frustrating at times. If I had been actually reading this, I could have perhaps skipped over all the incredibly tedious parts of this book but with the audio version, that was impossible. I will read the next one in the hopes that it is more like Pathfinder and less like the pedantic Ruins.
There's a lot of repetition in the book. Most chapters seem to have constant recaps of information you've already taken in. Not sure if that was a purposeful part of the writing process or just filler. The repetition really distracted me from the flow of the book. Initially I liked the process of exploring other character's perspectives on the situation but it quickly got old.
Tentatively. The concept doesn't his a broad audience, but those who like the genre would like the story.
The different narrators add a lot to shifting the perspective of the book, but there's definitely a difference in quality between the three of them.
The overall story is good, and i'm invested in finding out what happens. This is more of a if there's nothing else to read book for me.
I really enjoyed the book and the whole story line. I can't wait for Book 3! My problem with this audiobook is the fact they used different narrators for each chapter. I'd just get use to one reader and hearing the characters, then they'd change to another narrator for the next chapter. For me, this took some getting use to and I question why?
Pathfinder: Book 1 was entertaining and Orson Scott Card is rich and famous because he is a good author. Ruins: Pathfinder Book 2 was less interesting because the characters were constantly arguing with each other. I can visit my Brother and Sister if I want to hear screaming, pouting and lying. No need to use a credit when the real thing is free.
I bought this book thinking it was the sequel to "Lost Gate" . I also listened to the first one in this series and thought it was average at best. So I knew what was going on, but the problem is I just didn't care. I thought there was a lot of boring discussions and bickering in the first book. Little did I know, Card had barely scratched the surface. The characters argue so much I found myself hoping the ships would come and destroy them.
Hopefully the title "Ruins" is not an indication of the direction Card's writing is going, but if he keeps producing books like this that is where it will end up.
The story moved pretty quickly and kept me interested and engaged. I enjoyed the plot twists that Card introduced throughout. It was definitely not the storyline I was anticipating.
The constant whining by one or more of the characters got on my nerves and detracted from the pace of the story, but I suppose it served to develop the characters.
I did not like that the narrators switched based on who's perspective we were hearing the story from. I understand why the story was produced this way, but it was a little annoying. That said, it didn't annoy me NEARLY as much as it did with the first book.
There were definitely times when I did not want to put this down. Especially when they were dealing with the computers and expendibles. The story definitely kept me interested and I will be purchasing the next book when it is completed.
I haven't read the Print Version so I cannot compare.
The Time Traveller's Wife. It has the same Time Paradoxes and twists and turns. You really have to keep your mind on the action to stay with the story.
Telling the story from the various characters' viewpoints was quite excellent. I gave one an understanding of the motives and needs of each one.
I can't say that any particular passage in the book moved me, except maybe the frustration with the end, in that it didn't 'end' and therefore I am assuming there will be a sequel.
Overall, the intrigue aroused by the time paradoxes really kept the mind on the edge of reality. A truly enjoyable book excepting for the end, which I trust will mean a sequel is in the making.
A fan of Samwise Gamgee & John Calvin
This series is just fantastic. The second book is a nice sequel to the first, and the story keeps getting more involved and even more unique.
With most OSC series, things get a bit overwrought in the end, and I can see the seeds for that being planted even now while I'm enjoying practically every word. Only time will tell if the follow-up books get tedious.
But for now, the magic is unique, the characters continue to develop, and the plot thickens. I would like to do nothing more than sit and listen to this stuff for hours on end.