What happened, Mr. Brett???
First, I must say that I have been counting the days (and weeks, and months) until this release. The other two books, I’ve read and listened to MANY times each. I love the characters, the action, the whole concept of the demons and wards. I was even so starved for the story that I listened intently to the Krasian’s stories, rather than just tolerating them as a means to an end (namely, getting back to Cutter’s Hollow).
I’ve sung the praises of these books to anyone who’ll listen.
So when I saw that Audible had The Daylight War nearly two weeks early, I thought either Christmas came late, or there was some mistake.
And then I WISHED it’d been a mistake. Thank God they used Pete Bradbury again, because that’s the only thing that got me through the **tedium** of the first half of the book. The interactions between Arlon and Rena were especially painful. Not only did I feel like I was back in junior high, but Mr. Brett made sure I REALLY understood the point he was trying to convey about Arlon’s new aww shucks, Regular Joe demeanor (another huge disappointment) and Rena’s neediness. Even Leesha’s parts felt weak. There were many things he glossed over (Leesha and the duke), while belaboring the broader points of Arlon’s and Rena’s insipid interactions.
Finally, around the half-way mark, we get some action, and things progress. We have battles, thank the creator. And then, after all that, the book ends with a cliffhanger?! Ugh.
In summary: yes, you should get the book. It’s got some good content, even if it takes its sweet time getting there. But PLEASE don’t judge the series by this book. And, Mr. Brett, PLEASE write the fourth book as well as you wrote the first two.
I'm not sorry I bought this book, but I don't think I'll buy any more Sandman Slim novels. I love the series, and my hat is off to Richard Kadrey for an original plot line and fresh writing style, but this last installment was stale. Excellent performance by MacLeod Andrews, as always.
I took heed of the reviewer' warnings about the complex plot and long character list. I read chapter summaries on wiki as needed. I understood that the story wouldn't really reach its stride until the second book. In short, I was prepared. I love epic fantasy, and complex plot lines, and rich characters. I was willing to invest the time.
That's not the problem. The problem is the author's style. Yeah, I said it. I seems that he writes scenes and dialogue to be intentionally obfuscatory, thinking that makes for intelligent prose. It's not that the reader has to pay close attention to understand what's going on in the scene; the reader has to be PSYCHIC to do so.
One review on audible said something like, 'you have to make me care. It's your job.' That about sums up how I feel. Yes, the story is interesting. The characters are believable.And the narration is good. But I wouldn't recommend this book; it had no heart. Maybe it does get better with the second listening, but I just don't are about the characters enough to slog through it.
Okay, this is pulp fiction, and should be judged as such. Check your brain at the door, don't think too much about inconsistencies and logic, and enjoy the ride. The narrator made mistakes, like placing the emphasis on the wrong word of the sentence, a few too many times not to mention. (Where was the producer?) Also, I wish the author would've made a few different decisions about the POV, but I understand why he did it. It's just that the were some really scary scenes which could've been more so from another character's perspective.
All that out of the way, I really enjoyed it. I got the ebook and audiobook so I could finish it in one day. I went back to buy the sequel immediately (cliffhanger ending) but it's not out yet. I recommend this fun little jaunt.
Was I the only one who didn't like this book? I kept trying to like it, but I just never really did. It never really captured my interest. I wanted it to, but it was a struggle all the way through. I found it quite dull, actually.
Finally, some stand-out new fantasy. It checks all the boxes for traditional epic fantasy without feeling formulaic. It's well-written, intelligent, and introduces its own flavor of the mystic. Highly recommended to the seasoned fantasy reader.
I would recommend this book to someone new to the genre. The writing is skilled and the story is engaging.
However, I found it to be average and forgettable - literally. I had to reread the publisher's notes to remind myself about it before writing this review a scant couple of weeks after finishing the book. But that's probably because I've been reading this genre for decades. If you've read through Butcher, Sanderson, Martin, Brett, Rothfuss, and Abercrombie, and you're looking for more, this isn't it.
Decent Steam Punk Detective Story. Any necromancy in the story is incidental. I bought it based on the first, which I enjoyed well enough because of the supernatural angle. This book was a disappointment, because it was just a piece of fiction staring a character who happened to be a necromancer. Almost none of the subject matter which made its predecessor enjoyable.
Just a solid piece of fiction, with clever and intelligent writing. I plan to purchase its sequel.
I should start by admitting that I'm sick of YA Fiction. I was jonesing for some great epic fantasy a la Abercrombie, Sanderson, etc. when I saw that this was rated well. Yes, I did see that it was YA, but I gave it a chance in the hopes that it would stand above its brethren. It didn't, but it wasn't bad, either. Just not memorable or noteworthy. I'd say, it was solidly mediocre.
I usually go for swash-buckling adventure, fantasy, espionage, or zombie fiction. You know - fun violence. I have little tolerance for "chick lit," which I know is terribly uncouth of me to say, but there you have it. I did really like _The Help_, which has nothing to do with this novel, and yet it does, for the following reasons: it was well-written (no cloying language), has characters who are flawed and interesting, and has a plot with just enough twists and turns to keep you interested.
If you asked me whether I'd enjoy a novel about elementary school parents, I'd say , "um, no thanks." But this book isn't *about* parents of school-aged kids per se. It's about everyone you know, and their complex yet simple motivations.
I enjoyed it, and I'm going to check out more of this author's work. Right now.
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