This book popped up a few times when searching for books like Warded Man or Game of Thrones. But boy were those recommendations off.
Because some reviews said it picked up in the middle I listed for 6 hours. The story line had potential (not breaking any new ground, but hinting at depth), but the characters and dialog were stilted and superficial. I finally gave up due to the extreme predictability, regurgitated characters, and general milk toast nature of the book.
Not for adults. Perhaps pre-teens?
Great series. Interesting, well developed characters. Unique world and plot. Well-written and engaging. Each book is better than the last.
If you can seriously suspend your disbelief and ignore your questions, then the plot is quite engaging as a somewhat different coming of age story.
I'm not in love with this book, but it was an interesting idea. This is a world where to be a poet has immense importance and power--and yet the limitations and the struggle of the craft plague the artist.
The characters are well-written and interesting. The plot meanders a bit. I haven't gone on to the second book yet, but I will probably do so.
i.e. this isn't written for adults.
I've enjoyed some YA (most recently "The Rithmatist" and Red Rising Trilogy). But this book doesn't sufficiently straddle the YA/adult line. While the plot appears to be a fun coming of age story--the motivations and the dialog of the characters are childish and unrealistic.
The idea sounded fun. The language and descriptions were amazing. But the story lost me. Would return it but it has been over a year since I tried to finish it.
At first I couldn't see why this was compared so often to The Hunger Games. It seemed original and written for adults. Later in the book it became very reminiscent of hunger games. But I wasn't put off and still enjoyed it.
This book isn't breaking any literary boundaries, but it is a fun rather light sci-fi/fantasy.
I was not disappointed by this novella. Fun backstory on the characters. I'd recommend for fans of the series.
Audible's advertising caught me. I was curious about a book that Sanderson would describe as his inspiration. While I'd be this was pushing new ground in the 70's, it felt very dated to me. The events, storyline, and characters were not developed to my liking. For the most part it seemed the protagonist just wandered from place to place running into monarch after monarch--each who had some amazing skill to teach him, in under 24hrs.
Entertaining, but I was disappointed I spent $5 on it when it was done. Way too short.
I enjoyed the trip back to the Dune universe. It's been about 20 years since I read the original series but it was still very fun to get some back story of characters like Duncan Idaho and things like the Bene Gesserit breeding programs.
As it was the son and a hired writer recreating Frank Herbert's world, I didn't expect great originality. And I wasn't disappointed...if you catch my drift. The plot was entertaining enough, but there were no impressive, creative ideas (nothing near the scale of the original series). Also the characters felt a bit underdeveloped. Especially the antagonist, who seemed characterchures of villains (were they so trite in the original series?).
In summary, I enjoyed the trip back to Dune and I'm not disappointed I bought this book. However, I'm not going to read any of the other million prequels that this pair has produced.
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