It wrapped up the series nicely
The early books in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series (before they got REAL slow). It has a similar feel, with similarly interesting facets (esp. the magic), and also some similar annoyances.
The wrap-up of the two "gods"/powers
I really liked the 3 magic systems and the discussion of the 3 races created by the Lord Ruler.
There were annoying parts to this book, as there were with the others (esp. book 2). In particular:
1) Sazed's melancholy and obsession with religious review seemed FAR overdone and quite out of character for one so stoic and logical. His "analysis" of the religions also seemed deeply flawed.
2) As in the previous books, Elend and the crew's refusal/hesitancy to kill evil leaders cost hundreds of lives and wasted valuable time (though it theoretically "proves" right in the end).
I enjoyed the book and learning more about the history. It did, however, at times seem like that many of the characters were cookie-cutter -- smart, good guy; slightly crazy, dumb guy; etc. The author definitely has clear views of the historical figures involved.
This book was enjoyable but was spoiled by far too much profanity to no effect.
At times it seemed a little like "Crime and Punishment" -- watching someone destroy their life.
But, I was uplifted by what she found on the PCT and it was good to see REI get its rightful plaudits.
This is a great, classic book and an outstanding (though very different) sequel to Ender's Game.
The overall presentation was pretty good, but I found the frequent shifting between narrator's somewhat off-putting. I've seen other books work well with multiple narrators, but here the shifts seemed too frequent and the narration jarringly different.
Sanderson has created another great series and this is a great instance of this series. The story is good, the characters solid, and the plot has some good twists.
A great book and a very good presentation of it.
Anxiously awaiting the next one.
I found this book to be thoroughly enjoyable and will anxiously await the next. The magic system is interesting, the characters fairly well developed, and he's clearly set up for an epic.
However, I do have a few comments:
1) As in his other books, some of the characters occasionally get "noble" to the point of stupidity.
2) I worry that he's picked up potentially bad habits from his time working with Robert Jordan. It's as if he figures, "If they like this, they'll love another few hundred pages and several more books." I worry that, if he really does 10 books as he's planned, they might lose their way and bog down like Jordan.
So, I do hope he continues, but I hope he has a good editor keeping his books focused and (relatively) brief. The first two books are already longer than the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, but haven't told a more entrancing story.
Though I had read other books on WWI, I hadn't read this classic. It gave me a much better understanding of the moves in early WWI and the mindsets behind them. I feel I know the war much better than I had. The book was interesting, with a good feel for characters.
I LOVED "To Your Scattered Bodies Go" and enjoyed the next. However, though this book contained a few of those positive elements, this book was simply too slow and seemed to take a lot of time for not too much action. It kind of reminded me of one of the latter ones in Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series -- lots of philosophical discussion, lots of character introspection, not a lot of action. It was also disturbing that, as the characters had introspective discussions, many seemed similar.
Also, as they waxed philosophical at GREAT length (about Kas, souls, etc) I found I had a hard time believing that mankind (in general) would respond the way the series suggests upon the surprising resurrection.
I love the magic system
I really enjoyed this series when I first read it. However, upon reading it again, I was struck by how "juvenile" and/or stupid most of the characters are. I'm going to have to wait to see if I develop the interest to re-read the rest of the series.
It's a good setting and a I love the magic systems.
Elend Venture's actions as king are just insipid and his "morality" is anything but -- hundreds of people die because he won't have the assaulting kings assassinated.
Yes. It IS entertaining, despite some flaws.
The book is well and enticingly read. He does a pretty good job with varied voices.
Perhaps a movie. Vinn should be played by Jennifer Lawrence.
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