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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Very, very dry.

    The premise behind the series is a good one. The main character is definitely not your standard cookie-cutter protagonist. The writing style and how paragraphs stretched on and on without really anything substantial made the book less enjoyable. I was literally forcing myself to finish it. Also the technical terms and descriptions used for the machinery really didn't help me visualize, only burdened me with googling terms I didn't know so that I could figure out what he was talking about. At the end I was frustrated with the monologue given to explain the protagonist's motives, it made him feel two-dimensional and I was trying to find spoilers for the rest of the series so I could at least find out what happens without having to muddle through another volume I couldn't enjoy.

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  • Posted May 27, 2010

    To much perspective shifting with no continuity to go with it.

    I liked the overall story and idea behind this book and it's sequels. It has a nice solid and believable story line. I mean what hero doesn't want to get back to their family regardless of how many people have to die?

    While I like the story as a whole I really did not care for K.J. Parker's writing style. There were often times I was left trying to figure out which character was talking or thinking. And sometimes in the middle of the same paragraph the perspective would shift from one character's thoughts to another's and not in a very contentious way. I often had to reread paragraphs to figure out just which character's head I was in (not a problem I typically have).

    I also had a hard time getting into K.J. Parker's attempts at humor. Again there were inconsistencies in this area. I definitely saw some Terry Prachett influences here which really did not fit well with the over-all theme and approach of the story.

    Overall it is an okay story but not one I would read again.

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