Apples and oranges.
I liked them all in the end.
The very last. It should have been predictable, but wasn't.
You'll have to cast me in it first!
A touch of Ambercrombie. A touch of Sanderson. A touch of Salvatore. A touch of Feist.
I think my headline is clear.
I don't know.
Art and craft refined, the man could make a phonebook interesting...for a while...and that's saying something.
How about a modicum, a molecule of whatever fire lived in the author when he wrote the first book?
No. I understand sometimes the business of writing gets in the way of the art, but craft goes a long way, too, which speaks more to professionalism and some ounce of respect for readers, especially dedicated followers. What I just experienced was complete disregard, disrespect, and at the end outright disdain aimed directly at me from the author.
I had the sense that every choice he made for this story was done with a diabolic laugh, solely intended to disappoint the reader. Seriously, I felt intentionally repelled.
This was my first listen at Dotrice. I read the first books myself. I've heard great things about the reader, but I've also heard very bad things about his reading of this particular book.
I'm in total agreement with the detractors, but for different reasons. Most of the existing complaints were regarding the lack of continuity in character voices between the first three and this one. I don't have that history, but I can certainly say that Dotrice, and/or his director (if there was one) put about as much care into his performance as the author did.
I couldn't tell most of the characters apart. He did do some voices, but they all sounded like variations of the same three elderly people. The only difference being some were toothless, some were, well phlegm-y, and some were toothless and phlegm-y.
I really hope Mr. Dotrice is doing OK health-wise. I could easily see something like that having affected his performance, and it wouldn't be fair to allow for it. Whatever his condition, I did not enjoy this reading. I had to listen to a lot of the sections several times just to figure out who was talking. A lot of that is on the author, but not all of it.
Sigh. All of them.
This was much better than I expected, and I did expect a great deal. There were a few minor annoyances with characters, but they couldn't be helped as their trajectory had been set long ago. Still, my first statement stands. Thank you Mat for all the laughs, and thanks Mr. Sanderson.
I loved the first book. Really. But then I got to the second, and I was a little concerned. The story was ok, but it started doing what a lot of good series writing does...get melodramatic in the middle.
By the time I got to the middle of the third, I almost stopped listening. I wondered if it was the same writer. The reader is good, so it could have simply been poor direction in a production of decent writing. I don't know, but something sent the whole thing off track.
The ending redeems it somewhat, but then, I didn't like how the Wolf turned out.
This is definitely an adult series. It does revisit some typical fantasy themes - I even see a bit of Vader and Luke between Durzo and Kylar - but it is very well written and the story is constructed in a very original way.
I also like his magical system. I've not encountered the like. I'm not sure I understand the details, but it isn't really about magic anyway. It's about the characters and the story within which they unfold.
I only gave performance 4 stars, but it wasn't because of the reader. He took some getting used to for me, but I did come to realize he's very talented. The performance has more to do with certain dramatic choices, which I attribute to direction. The accents of the characters are all over the map. It got confusing sometimes until I realized I can't attribute a particular accent to a particular kingdom or people. It's really trivial, but it did distract me sometimes.
This would be a somewhat limited pool of works as most of my reading in this specific genre I do for myself. Among all epic fantasy I've consumed, this is one of my favorites.
As rhythmically gritty as Mamet. As triumphantly tragic in the struggle of the human condition in a universe the too often teeters towards darkness as any Shakespeare I've read. As action packed as any Summer blockbuster, and often uncomfortably naked is the violence therein.
Those of us observers who felt that the ending left them
There were many, but I held off from writing this review just to see what would stick with me. Ironically, it's something I didn't expect because it disappointed me as I read it, and I find I like it now for reasons that I wouldn't have expected. It's the scene when Biaz discovers his apprentice is really his former love, now undead, very powerful and seeking vengence. Particularly, it was learning, which for me was the first time, that Biaz might not only be completely full of s--t but may also be a mad meglomaniac.
That scene made me think a great deal - a great, great deal.
There were two. The first was when Glokta was trying to propose. The second was when Glokta unexpectedly gave hope to Jezal at the end that he might find some way eventually to act as king.
Not much at all to not like about these books in my opinion. I did gently grow tired of the
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