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I've read several of Scalzi's books now. They are light, entertaining, well-paced and just surprising enough to keep me coming back.
I've never been blown away by Scalzi... he is very creative, but his execution never quite matches the the promise of his premise.
Always fun. Never amazing.
I'll be back anyway.
The story promises to be more exciting than it actually is. The setup hints at the supernatural and extraordinary... instead we find that all the mysterious stuff is not so magical after all.
Also, Robin Sloan did not do her research. As a result, the ending of the book is not just stupid, but flat out WRONG.
In spite of this unforgivable flaw, I did enjoy the narrative flow, and the story did keep my attention the whole time.
It gets 3 stars from me because it was fun, and there were some clever bits.
I love Stormlight Archives and Mistborn, and a bunch of other Sanderson stand alone books, despite the fact that he has significant overlaps in plot and character development.
He has a formula and it works. He's one of my favorite authors, I'd say.
I can even say that I honestly enjoyed this book. It might even get 4 stars from me if this was the first Sanderson book I'd ever read. But I am taking away a star because of the lack of originality.
Mr. Sanderson, I KNOW you can entertain me... but would it be too much to ask for you to surprise me with something new?
So, I guess I hate Larry Niven's writing.
I mean, I've listened to at least three of his best books, and they've all bored me. His characters are people I just can't force myself to care about, and his plots are all pretty dull.
Once again I've sat through a book where Niven took a perfectly good premise and turned it into a dull experience where none of the dramatic moments have any emotional impact because you simply don't care about any of the characters at all.
I wanted more of the Mistborn universe, but this book had none of the charm of the original trilogy.
It was okay as a thought experiment to see what the mistborn magic system would look like in a different technological era... but the value of the book begins and ends right there.
If you finished the Mistborn trilogy and you want more Sanderson, I'd point you away from this book and towards either The Stormlight Archives, or for something lighter, The Rithmatist.
When I first started this series, I was on the fence about it. It seemed a bit lightweight and fluffy.
The second book in the series changed my find. I started to appreciate the scope of the backstory, and really started to like the main characters.
In this finale, I really felt that all the time I'd invested was worth it. The ending was superb.
I immediately went on to read the prequels, and I will happily keep reading more as they are published.
George R .R. Martin got me into the fantasy genre, and Brandon Sanderson kept me there.
This book has likable characters and really interesting and well thought out system of magic, something which I didn't realize existed until Sanderson came along. Even Martin's Game of Thrones suffers from the deficit that magic unexplained and unbounded is just a wide open door to deus ex machina crutches.
This book had me hooked instantly, entertained thoroughly, and I rushed right onto the other two in the series.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great adventure epic. It was incredibly fun and satisfying.
So, I love Stephen King's style. He draws me in and keeps me engaged the whole time. MOST of the time, I find that he ends his books really, really badly. I'm look at you, "The Stand", "11.22.63", "Bag of Bones", "Dolores Claiborne", etc...
Now, "It" started out being all weird and supernatural, instead of starting out normal and turning all weird and supernatural, so at least I knew what I was getting into.
I don't have any aversion to long books... I won't even go near a story that's been abridged. That being said, however, this book could have been half as long and been just as powerful.
The narration was spectacular, and the book was entertaining all the way through. It was a fun journey, and I actually cared about the characters, which makes all the difference.
I find the idea of an evil clown to be inherently silly, and the supernatural to be ridiculous, so I didn't find the book scary at all. (For scary Stephen King, I point you to "Misery" instead). Maybe I'm just too old and cynical for ghost stories.
Anyway, I'm right in the middle on this one. I wasn't moved by this story or bored by it. Not a waste of my time, but it didn't exactly leave me feeling enriched.
So, I'm working my way through all the top sci-fi classics, and I keep bumping into Larry Niven and his okay-ish novels.
My problem with Niven is that he has no clue how to write an interesting character. Throughout all of his novels I haven't been able to make myself care about any of them. That being said, it's hard to care about any plot if you don't have a stake in the outcome.
Footfall was one of those books I had to really work to get through. I was bored almost the entire time.
I found the pacing weird as well. How long did it take for this story to unfold? Months? Years? Decades? I'm not sure. I found the time transitions to be confusing, and I didn't like the book enough to sort it out.
Oh, and the narrator's alien voice was a bold choice... that annoyed the heck out of me. "A" for effort, "D-" for execution.
When I say unmemorable, I mean it. I listened to this less than a year ago and I remember almost nothing about it, except that I had to force my way through most of it.
I didn't care about a single character in it, and the plot devices were not interesting enough to be memorable on their own.
Neil Gaiman is such a hack. Seriously. Between this story and American God's I'm just completely baffled by his success.
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