I enjoyed this book overall. The narration worked for me, with different voices mostly distinguishable - and some memorable characters, if a little idealistic.
The technology side of the writing is clearly dated and this was a distraction. The cultural predictions of the story were difficult for me to untangle from my guesses at the cultural norms of the era when the book was written.
This is one of my favourites so far. I loved the way the fantasy elements blended seamlessly into the background, with the story driven by strong characterisations and intense personal experiences.
If I hadn't read that it had been translated I would have assumed it was written in English - admittedly by someone with the seriousness I associate with Russian literature.
The key traumas experienced by the lead lead character were very vivid.
I loved the gradual evolution of the relationship between the male and female leads. It was such a wonderful twist on the usual fantasy relationships.
I just don't think this book would make a film, people wanting fantasy movies would expect a lot more action and less character interaction driving the plot.
I can heartily recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy as a genre but is looking for a little more depth to the characters.
Smack bang in the middle.
"Saw it coming from a mile off" would be a better description. But that was part of the fun. What kept me going was the pleasure of an Australian story, after way too many listens from the other side of the planet.
This is my first, and an enjoyable listen it was.
An occasional small smile.
This is not highbrow literature, and has its fair share of cardboard cut out characters, but they were fun cutouts.
A ripping yarn - made all the more engaging by being about real events, or at least an interpretation of real events. Being a devotee of books of escapist fiction, I was surprised to find myself sucked into this book so completely. A story you can't help related parts of to anyone who will listen.
The narration was good. I can definitely see myself listening to this one again!
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