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Yes. It is a very unique story because of the protagonist. Essentially it is something new and "new" is the hardest thing for a writer to produce. On top of that, it is a very involving story with twists that make it that much better. Even if you've seen the TV show, I'd would recommend it.
Yes. The story teller kept leaving "breadcrumbs" so as to keep the reader/listener engrossed in the story.
No, but I plan to.
It's already a really great TV show, but here goes anyway. "He's a lovable monster Just like Grover, only less furry and more bloody"
The overall story was good, but there were some obvious issues that were not addressed at the end. I presume they will be in the next book, but it would have been tidier.
Yes. It was a good story. Not a super epic, but a good solid story.
There were some elements in the final act that seemed to almost come out of nowhere. Also a lot of the characters seemed to have gotten off lucky. Maybe too lucky. The apparent "end" of the Dark One was not really disputed. You can't just kill the devil in book 1 of an epic. Uh . . . Can you?
During the climax when Rand was running and he heard the screams of a particular main character behind him. I was dramatic because she seemed all but invincible up to that point and now I feared the worse for her. Of course, she was one of those that got off lucky. She even said as much.
I don't now if it's me, but I did not see the hint of romance that popped up. It seemed so random when the characters were proclaiming their love. I half expected one of them to say "What the heck are you talking about?" And I see no reason for two narrators. One of them, Kate Reading, only read two or three chapters (out of fifty!) What was the point? Her performance was fine, but she read characters that Michael Kramer had already read. Jordan's description are very spot as well as creative and beautifully written, but the overall story is needlessly long, given the events that happened. Maybe they are seeds, that will sprout in future books, others there seem to be a lot of diversions just to make it longer. (kinda like those Hobbit movies)
The author's very poetic writing style. The dialogue in particular was so authentic sounding. Characters of many fantasies sound like regular 21st century blokes, but these seemed legitimately foreign. Also his similes were so precise and insightful. I didn't hear a single world that was out of place.
The idea that the name of a people was obliterated from memory. I'm glad the author's after word was included because it added a lot to the reading.
Excellent. Someone could have told me that there was an entire cast and I would have believed them. His female voices could not pass, but I was so into the story, that they blended right in.
When some of the central characters admitted that they cared for each other. There were too such moments but they were written differently so they did not seem redundant. I liked that because as I begin to care about characters, I feel like I'm part of that moment. *sniff* I'm sorry. . .
Sometimes characters acted outside of what I considerate to be their believable range of behavior. The incest seemed to serve no purpose and neither character seemed to give it a 2nd thought. Incest is a big deal. The two romantic "hook-ups" in the end made no sense. Both sere out of the blue and had no basis. Im OK with a twist, but the twist needs to make sense. And both felt like an after thought like when Leia and Han suddenly were in love and Luke was out. It would have been good to know the rules of magic or get an exposition of what wizards could and could not do. Explain why everyone just destiny just do that head explosion thing. Or why everyone doesn't just teleport with some archers, let fly some arrows and blink out again. Also the sister of Berd, died in disgrace by doing the opposite of her mission. That's a big deal too What's up with that. And she does not even have a face to face with her lover/brother. I was expecting that confrontation, and it never came. None of this kept me from enjoying the story, but there is.
Yes. I plan to read other books by Neil Gaiman.
There were multiple narrators, but the narrator that portrayed the main character, Shadow, had a very dull, mono-toned voice that did not seem to serve the character. All the other voices were good or great.
Not so much inspire, but I'll ready other titles by this writer.
The first then chapters were rather dull, and the story was not advanced in many of the 1st 10 chapter. However, the last fourteen were very good. This is picky. . . . but the breaks were not organized in a very logical way. The chapters themselves were too long.
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