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©1982 Gene Wolfe; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
I enjoyed the audio version more than the printed text because Davis so carefully brings out the subtle, deliberate, inconsistencies in the main character's first person recitation of events. He has a melodious voice which is easy to listen to for hours on end.
I feel like all these books end abruptly. I guess that is what you get when you take a huge book and break it into 4 parts. I long for the ways of french romanticist literature when a 1400 page book like the Count of Monty Cristo got published commonly. Anyway. It is good. Though I noticed that whoever put the cover art together spelled Conciliator wrong (or the people who listed it on audible did, either way someone screwed up).
The character's are developed a bit more, but still seems to never have a clear climax or resolution.
great follow up, sometimes in a fantasy or science fiction series the magic dies after book one because all of the world building has been revealed, Wolfe keeps you guessing and I'm sure I'll still be guessing when I finish the fourth book (but in a good way).
In this book the author provides little more than a window into his own insanity. The lauded prose of this author seemed so mysterious to me that the human motivations behind the characters were simply impenetrable. In a single word, this book can be described as "non-sequitur." It is ironic that the main character is a professional torturer. Listening hour upon hour to this book, I was on the rack myself. As Thecla did in the volume preceding this one, I decided to end my own misery rather than see it through to the end. I shut off the book and returned to Audible, a first for me.
This book could have been one chapter of the next one. Just goes on and on and on and . . . .
I'll try the next book in the series before I give up. The first one was very good.
Every time I opened the book the misspelling of the title on the "cover" was annoying.
No not from this author, but I enjoyed the narrator.
No I still love sci-fi, but this was not a story that was easy to follow, nor one that rewarded the reader for doing so.
This could never be made into a movie.
I know that people are saying things like the prose makes it worth while, but I beg to differ. What makes a story good is just that, the story. In this case the story really doesn't give the listener anything solid to go on. It's incredibly confusing and disconnected and there really isn't a point to the tale.
complex, layered, fascinating
nuanced and adult
mostly gives greater context - age, experience, personality
not possible nor desirable, its a book (series) to be soaked in slowly
looking forward to books 3 and 4!
No, I wouldn't, because it gives no sense of resolution. This is the second of the series and like the first the book begins in the middle and ends in the middle. I picked it up because the world the author is painting is an interesting one, so I figured I'd give the series a second chance. However as a story the book doesn't hold up well. The language is imaginative, descriptive and enjoyable to read/listen to. You feel immersed as you're traveling along with the character, Severian, through his journey. In fact it picks up right where the last one left off. Quite exactly so and because the last book had no ending, this is more like a continuation of the first than a second book. Unfortunately, like the first, it can not stand on its own. With no ending, there's no emotional payoff. For me, I need that piece of closure. This book essentially just runs out of pages, as if there's more to be read, but someone has stolen those chapters (or opted to sell them to you in guise of another novel). To me, that "style" is disingenuous and feels like a cheat. So no matter the raves this series has gotten, I think I'm going to take a pass on the rest of it.
Opt for a more conventional story form with a hook, middle, ending. Trite I know, restrictive I know, but the forms exist because they supply a need. I don't mind some ambiguity and I understand the need to keep a series going. However, to get me to follow along and need an occasional piece of cake and not just a trail of crumbs.
The entire story is basically told from the point of view of Severian. Some small characterizations are done, but they are thin, basically Serverian's characterizations of them, not Jonathan Davis's. Evoking Severian, Davis does an adequate job of and he's a good narrator. I just think the story limits him.
No. On it's own, this book does not stand. The series, taken as a whole may, but a book needs to stand on its own merits for it to be worth my time. This one does not.
I'm really torn on this series. I get the stylistic choices that have been made here and I respect that, but I have to be honest. I simply didn't enjoy it.
I purchased this book, because I wanted to see how the series ended. But couldn't finish it. Mr. Wolfe, starts to go off on tangents, which do not really follow the main story line. For example, he spends approximately 30 minutes of time reviewing a story in side a book, that the main character is reading. Next, he spends a great amount of time, retelling a play that the main character had a part in. This series had such potential, but I couldn't keep going on with the series, or even the book, due to these diversions.
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