First off, I have an issue with the title. Mainly as i purchased the book thinking solely it was indeed the third book of the Rain Wild Chronicles. Unless Robin Hobb draws somehow from the two or three stories held within that are set in the Rain Wild world for the next actual book then this book is irrelevant to the series. **WARNING** less than half this book is set in that world, and the stories are so detached from the series that they could equally as well be in a different world.
My next gripe is that whilst reading these short stories i had an oppressive shadow question my own ethics as every story has a righteous female protagonist and a unscrupulous male antagonist. True, one story was purely about women, though you can easily exchange the theme of female circumcision as a metaphor for man's subservience of women...
The majority of the stories are great. Most (maybe all?) had a cat theme, which was more adorable than the man-hating commentary.
The book is good, though be warned of the pretence of title and the continued portrayal of men as selfish and violent, excluding secondary characters; such as the nice fatherly figure.
I first read this book over twenty years ago, I think. I was a teenager and all my friends loved it.
It was one of the staples of teenage sci-fi reading in the late eighties, such was Donaldson, Eddings and Fiest. Piers Anthony is the lesser of these four.
It is entertaining, and the story spans over several books. I started listening to book 4, which is new to me, and immediately felt it betrayed the first three.
Martin captures the thoughts and motivation of one with so many fractures that rings with truth, though proliferated with lies. Like An Object of Beauty, the book is the narrative of journey. A journey that leads no where, but where characters have time to grow, as does your affection towards them.
Steve Marin: You either love him or hate him, and I cherish him as a genius.
The story is refreshing. The narrator, Roy Dotrice, in my opinion adds to the text, and is not a mere recital. I downloaded this due to Leo Leporte's recommendation from This Week in Tech, and I must say that i beleive it lives up to the hype.
That said, i am sure this is not for everyone. Listen to the sample and if you dont love the narrator then avoid as it will just ruin it for you.
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