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Posted December 10, 2003
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Mercedes Lackey, again I am dissapointed. After I hated (with passion) your first book in this series, this one lived up to my low expectations. Everything I have here applies to the first book as well. My main complaint of the first book was the lack of research, but after deep thought there is more. Not only is the culture of that time horribly done, but the feminist characters always have it too easy. In a modern world, I think most people would be shocked how they treated women in 'those days' There is next to NO chance that Maya would have gotten her doctorship, and all the other things she got. It is entirely too easy for them. The book would have been much better done if the main plot was their fight for women's freedom instead of putting magic into a nonmagical setting, which I really don't like (except with Philip Pullman). Also, as other people have said, everything contradicts everything else that is written. I would recomend reading this to see how a book should NOT be written. I know that this review was horribly written, and I spelled everything wrong. Sorry :)
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Posted April 16, 2005
Sleep is right!
I very much enjoyed The Serpent's Tale, adn so eagerly bought this one, expecting to get lost in another one of her books. From the beginning I was disappointed. Obviously a sleeping beauty ripoff that should be ripped up. These characters were all brainless, unlike her usual caliber of cast, and very one dimensional. They acted the same way through out the entire book. Stupid dialogue, even stupider plot. In fact, the book was so boring that I have not finished it, and it was bought in February. As I usually finish novels of this length in 24 hours or less, that is saying something. There are better books out there, and I am not going to waste my time reading one that puts me to sleep instead of the main character.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 3, 2003
Those of you who read Stephan King's first few novels and then began recognizing that only about one in five or more was still decent, and were part of those whispering 'sellout?' may have started to sit up and take notice in a similar fashion. In her series on modern day elf, bard, and witch Ms Lackey spent two books establishing and continuing a bold relationship between the principles(knight of ghosts and shadows 'a tripod is the strongest form in nature') only to toss that utterly out the window in favor of a noncontroversial setting, in a couple of sentences in the next book. She writes a hashed up mess of a retelling of Egyptian history (check Hysos invasion and conquering of Egypt historical references, or read the very good book by Andre Norton, Shadowhawk) with something like the dragons of pern thrown in memorable only for the only slightly developed relationship between jouster ari and dragon tender vetch. It has become popular now to retell fairy stories, as another reviewer mentioned, and there are several good efforts on the market. I'd reccomend Daughter of the Forest, a retelling of the seven swans tale, for example. But Gates of Sleep is just as much a hashed up, and hackneyed, mess of a retelling of sleeping beauty as joust was of a historical romance/fiction novel. Has Misty started writing pap for money, as many felt King did? You'll have to answer that for yourself, but I would advise a new reader to stick to her older books where money is involved, and read the new ones from libraries or friends collections before risking hard earned cash.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 5, 2010
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