This book is about 500% longer than it should be. She rambles and takes 15 pages to say the simplest thing. It's almost painful.
No the genre is excellent, this is an awesome writer, the editor needs to be fired. I know that Anne Rice is a power-house in the industry, but she needs an editor who will stand up to her and tell her that this is crap.
Ron McLarty reads with passion and conviction. Very well done.
Not unless Anne Rice actually creates an outline, a definite plot and then writes the story to follow the structure.
I love Anne Rice. Seriously. I loved the Vampire Chronicles. I loved the Mayfair Witches. But this is not a good example of Anne Rice. I would compare this to a master painter who paints right off the side of the canvas and across the wall. Her talent is undeniable, but it needs to be focused and reigned in. I sincerely hope that she gets help for her next book, someone to help organize and structure her creative thoughts.
I regularly recommend this whole series to friends and this book is a standout among a group of already epic books.
It's difficult to compare this book to any other. It is the best possible conclusion to the best book series ever written. The closest thing I can think of is the completion of "The Dark Tower" series by Stephen King. Rarely is such an epic tale pulled together with such clarity and vision.
Michael Kramer and Kate Reading have once again done a fantastic job of bringing hundreds of characters to life. Their talent is truly unequaled.
There are dozens of very moving moments in this book. Common people in uncommon circumstances doing the right thing simply because it's the right thing.
God Bless James Oliver Rigney Jr. (Robert Jordan), Harriet McDougal (His wife and editor), Tom Doherty (Head of TOR publishing, and Brandon Sanderson (The brave man who completed the series)
If you want to introduce someone to the joy of AudioBooks, this is a great place to start. At 2 hours in length it's short enough to let someone who's not used to listening to a story get completely immersed without requiring them to spend days and days trying to get through it.
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