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Posted March 4, 2010
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I was so looking forward to Black Hills. The Terror is one of my favorite books and after being disappointed with Drood I was hoping for much more from Black Hills. I almost gave up on this book and stopped reading it (the fact that I'm so anal and can't NOT finish something I've started is the only thing that kept me going with it). The jumping back and forth from different time periods didn't bother me in the least. The premise of the story is something that really interested me but, sadly, it just couldn't keep me engaged in the book. I could see no purpose whatsoever in Custer's letters to his wife, other than to showcase their freaky-deakiness in their sex life. I am far from a prude, but I just didn't see any purpose in the crudeness of those sections of the book. For me, they didn't enhance the story in any way or make me view Custer and Libby in a specific manner, if that was the author's intent. It didn't serve to make me feel some deep connection between the two of them. I found myself skimming A LOT through the Custer chapters. The most interesting part of this book for me was Paha Sapa's son's life. How I wish the book would have included more about Robert's life! It would have been a much more interesting book for me. By the second half of the book, I was forcing myself to finish reading it, which is a sad, sad thing for me because I get so much enjoyment from reading. Time to pick up the book again? Darn. It was almost like a punishment. Quite honestly, I found myself not really caring how things turned out. I forced myself to finish the book and can only hope that Dan Simmons' next novel is better than his last two. After The Terror, I expect so much more from him.
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Posted January 27, 2011
Lucky to even get 1 star
I completely agree with the reviewer who wrote that they found this book a chore to read. I LOVE to read and and am a bit more then half way through this one and don't think I'll be able to finish it. I've never NOT finished a book but I find myself extremely aggravated when reading it because there is so much unneccessary crap in there. I would not waste my time with this book nor will I pick up another book from this author.
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Posted July 10, 2013
I sure wish non-Natives would stop writing about cultures they d
I sure wish non-Natives would stop writing about cultures they don't understand. Within the first pages I found many errors and improbabilities. Some is downright incorrect and offensive. I don't know where he got his information, but someone must have been messing with him. He misinterprets Crazy Horse, as well as Lakota spirituality. No one would keep a ghost of the enemy when there were medicine men to get rid of it! Fictional books that are based on facts distort history and desecrate traditions and spirituality. People should stop trying to interpret Crazy Horse's thoughts. In this instance, the author is culturally inaccurate. He doesn't know the man, the culture, or the spirituality. It is very insulting. I can't even finish the book. It's too ludicrous.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 20, 2011
waste of time!!!!!
this book had a great beginning but lost me in the middle and the end was awful!!! took me forever to finish because it was so dry and boring. wish i could get my money back.....Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 6, 2011
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Posted February 9, 2011
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