This was basically a romance novel with some "magic" thrown in. The author did not create any kind of world within the story, nor did she really explain how the magic works. The story was boring.
This is the worst kind of pretentious fantasy that makes everyday people really dislike fantasy. The plot doesn't grab me, I can't relate to the characters and it literally makes me fall asleep. I was hoping for more. I didn't receive it.
Yes, Harris does tend to get bogged down in the mundane details of Sookie's life. As many reviews have noted-- she spends a lot of this book cleaning, for some inexplicable reason.
However, this was a VAST improvement on the last book. The characters are evolving, and we have to let them do so. Eric and Sookie are NOT going to have the same chemistry and lust for eachother that they had in the earlier books. Their situation has changed, the world has moved on. It can be disappointing for people looking for the exact same thing, but I think its a fair decision on the author's part.
This installment seemed more of a wrap-up and correction of the last novel. There were some new developments that I'm looking forward to, but mostly, I think the author was regaining her footing. In my opnion, she did.
Johanna Parker, the narrator, is AMAZING, as usual. Seriously, that woman is "Sookie," in my opinion. I'd love to see her have a bit part on the show. I'm even tempted to buy more of the books that she narrates, even if they're not my style/ genre.
This was just the typical second book in a trilogy. It dragged. It was all exposition: seemed like the characters just sat around and talked for a majority of the book. But the action (when it occurred), was good. Loved the first book and looking forward to the third.
Reviewers compliment McKillip's "fairytale style," but I found it to be overboard, as if written for a child-- not in the new, edgy YA fashion of fantasy, but in literally a bedtime story for a 6-year old. I kept thinking I had dazed out and missed something. I didn't. It was just that simple.
If you love Terry Pratchett already, you'll love this book. He has a rambling kind of social commentary that is indeed very clever. The narration is great and the characters are well-developed. But there's not a strong plot. I just came off reading Garth Nix (who has the opposite problem) and I found this book to be a bit TOO light. I kept waiting for key developments, then I realized it's about the journey through the characters lives. I don't dislike the book, but it wasn't quite what I was looking for.
This book read clunky and slow, much like the gadgetry within it. I wanted to like it, due to a strong female lead character, but this book was simply a cut-and-paste of trendy subjects-- ooh steampunk! zombies! Seattle! These themes don't work in isolation and unfortunately, this book doesn't work at all. There was too much dialogue, not a strong plotline and very little imagination. Good cure for insomnia, though.
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