I don't like the tone and overall feeling i get from Danny's world... I dislike the interactions and it feels forced and over sexualized at times. I will not read any more from this author!
NO! (spoiler) I was hooked to find out more about Lowkey and the man in the tree. but I was personally offended by the death of the toddler after the book spoke of such promise. I do not see why she would do that when the death of Lowkey would have hidden the truth about the child's true father. I know the writer was attempting to bring a heartless feeling to the readers but an attempted murder would have been just to for fill that. But again, was not human and felt forced. Why kill the boy after she talked about his potential greatness, and how her true husband was a weak mage.
Better Dialog and Danny's personality seemed to changed mattering on where the writer wanted to go with the story. I felt like I strongly disliked Danny, soon after he found his way to "our realm" for more than half of the book series, hard to see him as a main character, but then I grew to like him only to hate him again.. trickster I understand but his personality flipped in a very disliked manor.
great thoughts and story base, poor execution
Orson Scott Cards writing is ALWAYS superb, even this novel was well written. But (and as Orson Scott Card discussed in the 'epilogue') he dove largely into explaining the science' part of this science-fiction novel. And he balanced it well, it's just that the bulk of it seemed to be very dogmatic at times exhibiting an inner-turmoil to walk right up to the line of blaspheme and then turn away--given the knowledge that Orson Scott Card is a member of Mormon Church-LDS. I know it is fiction, but it seemed SO DEVELOPED that at times it felt like I was reading one man's personal indoctrination manual for either Scientology 101 or post-Mormonism and done so from within the midst of drug-induced haze.
The other aspect was that some of the 'theology' seemed to parallel that which was referenced in the Ender's series--particularly 3rd and 4th books; sort of a re-gifting of an underlying ideal but simply a different setting and characters.
Personally, I always viewed the Mormon faith of the 1800's as simply a precursor for Scientology of the 1900's... this book eerily bridged that unintended gap. It was either that or it felt like the story should have been narrated by Cheech & Chong... like oh wow, man.
(maybe a little bit of both)
Narration was great as it was in the book before, again, the pacing and tempo between these two good narrators could be better blended to compliment as contrast.
And as in the first book, this book was only the second part to a three part novel.
Say something about yourself!
I liked The Lost Gate. I did not love it, but liked it. It was a solid 3 & ¾ star book. When I read the reviews of The Gate Thief, I was concerned.
Seemed like all the audible reviewers really liked the first book, but disliked the second book, thinking it was a significant departure from book 1. There are lots of discussions on OSC being overly “preachy”. I have read or listened too many of OSCs books, and almost all contain Moral dilemmas and have underlying moral lessons. I wanted to see where Mither Mages was going, so I took a chance.
I really did not find The Gate Thief much of a departure from the Gate Thief. It was a bit slower than book one but I did not find it any more “preachy” than I was accustomed to from OSC. If you liked the Lost Gate, I would recommend listening to the Gate Thief. I intend to purchase book 3 when it comes out.
For people who though they had handle on where this was going after book one your in for a shock. This book takes a complete left turn from where I though we were heading. In the afterwards we learned that this books original outline and story was tossed and completely re done in order to better lay ground work for book 3. The story is good but seems rushed in places and some of the people feel very different then they did in book one.
The plot had potential, but the characters had to become rather stupid to move the story along.
Absolutely hated the ending. If I had known what the ending was going to be I could have saved a few hours of my life to mow my sidewalk.
Narrator was awesome.
The overall story has real potential but the characters just started acting stupider than was established in the first book.
I am a huge Orson Scott Card Fan and have been waiting eagerly for this book to come out - maybe that is why I was kind of disappointed.... It is still good, but the first one was better.
I would not have used two narrators. The woman (Emily) is incredibly over dramatic. It sounds like she is reading a dramatic play to a 5th grader. She reads with a sense of breathy wonder that is completely ridiculous. This coupled with the fact that the book is about a teenager makes the book feel unnecessarily juvenile.Stephan was better, but also overly dramatic.
No. The performances sort of ruined the books for me. I was interested in the story, but I had to keep convincing myself to keep listening despite the performances.
Maybe. I have been doing a lot of driving, so it was a good enough way to pass the time, but Game of Thrones was much better.
I love technology, reading, music, and shoes (not necessarily in that order.)
I was really looking forward to this sequel as I really enjoyed The Lost Gate… but this one, not so much. It was long and drawn out, and boring. I finished it, because I had invested so much listening time, but I don't think I will read or listen to book 3 until after I read a lot of reviews.
I'd give it a plot. This one seems to be sorely missing one, or at least it's moving so slow that it's difficult to find. (Reminds me of Loki being stuck in the tree, moving through the gate a fraction of an inch each day.)
I'd make it tighter, more focused.
Eh--I don't care for Stefan Rudnicki's reading of this--he has a beautiful voice, but it's just not right for these characters. Emily Rankin does an okay job.
I'm disappointed. Although I usually like Orson Scott Card's writing, I don't think I'll be buying these audiobooks anymore. Both this Gate Thief series and the Pathfinder series started off with an interesting premise and a pretty good story, but with both second books I had the same problem; they're just too slow. I'm not even sure I'll finish this one.