Enjoyable story and a sense of relief that it's finally done
At first I thought I'd find the shift of readers annoying, but it worked well and helped break up the narrative.
The series was LOOOOONG and about half of the books dragged horribly, but overall the series was very good and this concluded it excellently.
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 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).
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.
I might. In fact, I just listened to it for the second time, in part because I initially forgot I had listened to it before.
He did a pretty good job, even considering the range of voices to do
No, it was good, but neither great nor poor.
I didn't feel the book was as bad as some reviewers suggest. Yes, he could use an editor that forced him to "tighten things up" a bit, but he's FAR, FAR better (in that sense) than, say, Robert Jordan. He occasionally dwelled on things of little relevance, but it wasn't for entire books at a time.
The only thing I thought was a bit crazy was the whole maudlin "farewell tour" in the epilogue. I like a good epilogue (I had to write my own because the one at the end of Harry Potter 7 was unsatisfactory), but this was just silly.
Also, the whole "where do the dragons" go decision seemed a bit odd -- certainly there are other solutions.
It was an interesting aspect of history
A bit disappointing -- I would have liked more discussion of the negotiation process and results.
I found this disappointing for a few reasons:
1) I've enjoyed the authors' "Active History" books (Civil War and WW II) and thought this was one. It's not so it initially looked like a history book with fictional interactions (like "Killer Angels"). However, the authors spent so much time on the stories of Peter and Alan that it ultimately seemed more like a historical fiction book. I enjoy that, but not what I was expecting.
2) The authors spent way too much time on the fictitious characters and too little time on other things -- the actual battle at Yorktown.
3) Most of the characters seemed stereotyped and they all have the same thought processes
A great story, with very good narration.
It seemed like a high Greek tragedy -- like Oedipus or Antigone -- but set in the lands of Tolkein.
When Turin's sister discovers Turing, apparently dead and is told that that the two of them, who had been lovers, are actually brother and sister. She then kills herself.
A good book, well performed.
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