Imagine my suprise when the second book to such an epic start to a series is a drab, unsophisticated take on the events which transpire in book 1. Take the amazing scope of the universe outlined so vividly in Cryptum; throw it all away and instead wander around inside the brain of a tribal human who's stuck on a patch of dirt.
Pretend this book doesn't exist. Hopefully Bear comes to his senses in the third book.
The narrator does a great job of trying to keep things interesting, but it turned out writing a review for the book was more interesting.
You know that royal, smooth, nice Daenerys voice you warmed to in books 1-3?
Well, that's been replaced with Dotrice's "generic peasant girl" drone - a decision which is not only ridiculous (who re-casts a character with the same narrator mid-series?), but ruinous to the ears.
There is a *lot* of Daenerys in this book, so you might want to dial those performance expectations down a bit.
I picked this up because I read reviews citing it as a cool mix of Pokemon an fantasy. It is not. The "furies" which people seem to equate with Pokemon are nothing of the sort. First of all, there is only 1 type of fury that any person in this world can have, and that fury is seemingly random; changing how the person acts and dictating the person's profession in the world. A cool concept, but nothing like the "use spirits to fight other spirits and find stronger and stronger spirits to become mega-powerful and awesome" theme I expected.
And it is for this gross misconception that I give this less than glowing rating. The read is great, and had I not bought into the "Jim Butcher's cool take on Pokemon" interview I watched, I'm sure I would have enjoyed it more. But alas, I had expectations (possibly because I actually played pokemon?) and they were not met.
In short, it's a good read, unless you're actually expecting a cross between the roman Legions and Pokemon. This is more "random medieval world with spirit guardians for one specific race of people"
This is the harry potter novel of video games and 80s nostalgia. Brilliantly written with twists, humor and adventure. And if you're a gamer, you'll certainly appreciate (and learn from) the dollops of gaming history loaded into the story.
This is how I expected Snow Crash to be. Thank-you Ernest Cline.
Will Wheaton does a fantastic performance that fits the novel perfectly. I'd really really /really/ love to hear more from both of these guys.
Stephen Briggs and Terry Pratchett seem to do no wrong. Every performance whisks you back into the diskworld, and this book is no different. Vimes is my favourite character amongst Pratchett's array, so this book had me a little more excited (and expectant) than his other plotlines.
Fear not. It's a fantastic story. I sincerely hope this isn't the last time I read about the city watch. Get it *now*
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