not at all but the whole genre is full of gems surrounded by cabbages
Carter? or at least reduce his importance. because he really just added fluff.
The Scar starts out with a few interesting anecdotes to introduce the main players. But despite my expectation for slow beginnings to new books, I was forced to take a couple days off from listening till I braved The Scar again. It finally moves into the event that sets up the following story. At this point it painfully slowly drawls out the consequences of this event... but very little actually happens! again I was tempted to give up on the book.
Finally the actually story gets started, making everything before it seem like it would have fit into a prologue or tucked into a fable over the course of 10 or so minutes and then in the following chapter stating that the main character of said fable was a real person and the main protagonist of the story. Now the amount of action increases to a full story, though not a very complex one. It builds up some intrigue and mystery though most of the story before the climax is of human nature between the few main characters.
Then the real action gets started and is short lived. There's a section that is good story though frustrating to anyone who gets wrapped up in the story and finally ends in an important choice which the clever will discern before the character and it's suddenly done leaving you thinking: hey, it just got started.
magical vulgar(humor) adventure
tone and timing of jokes
a couple but to each his own. Though the end is slightly tragic, even though without it, the sequel could never have been.
I read Elegy Beach a while ago, the sequel, knowing nothing of Ariel. I loved it. It didn't really hint that it was a sequel but maybe if I'd already read Ariel I may have caught something of the sort. When I hit the about the author bit afterword or paid attention to the "from the author of Ariel" on the cover I decided to put it on my list of books to get to. I should have put it right to the top. It's a great story, though sometimes predictable. But usually surprising and almost always hilarious. Get this book and you want to listen to it again. If you're the type, you might even want a paper copy too.
The trial for Tavi with the Marat.
perhaps, but the story would have to be very good. there were times when her tone seemed tiring.
it became one later on.
The 1st chapter was pretty good. Then it was pretty slow for a while. The mythos holding up the whole story is stated but in bits and pieces so you have to pay attention to really get it and it builds on bits and pieces of similar ideas from the genre. They're more like familiars than the greek myth; this is what in the title caught my attention but I was happily surprised. Once you get it, it's pretty interesting and sort of complex.
Despite this, it gets a slow start for the 1st 1/4 or maybe 1/3 speckled with little bits of this and that. There's a fair bit of dry humor. However once things get going, I had a hard time hitting pause. The rest was generally pretty action filled, helped along by the namesake furies. Lastly you get sort of the ending you expect and hoped for and lets you wonder what exactly the 2nd book will focus on.
1 or 2 5 sec segments where the audio was incomprehendable but a great reader
really got into the story once I adjusted to the kind of world it was in
the story brought up some unexpected elements but it all fit together very well and made sense when I understood everything that was happening
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