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On Stranger Tides

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    I wonder if I gave it a reread in the future when I would be better able to give it my full attention, if I wouldn't like it better.

    First off, you may have noticed a similarity of title between this book and the fourth film in the Johnny Depp pirates franchise. Let me list for you now everything that's the same between the book and the film:

    *They both involve pirates.
    *They both have Blackbeard.
    *They both mention the fountain of youth.

    And that's all. Moving on.

    I had a hard time with reading this one, which is my fault. I had a number of distractions which made getting through this book take longer than it normally takes me to get through a three to four hundred page book. But the book didn't make it any easier. There were times where it felt very bloated with characters. We have a couple of characters that are introduced, given a backstory to explain how they came to be a pirate, just so that they can have one chapter where they get removed from the story, and thus screw up some other character's plans in some way. Plus, just about every main character (and a few minor ones) bounces between several different names and identities. And sometimes these secret identities are only known one random new character that gets a backstory just so the reader can understand where this new guy has come from and why he's now become important for a chapter.

    Add to this that the second third of the story is a bit of a slog to get through. I can see what the author was trying to do. Sending your characters into a mystical place with very flexible rules of reality can allow you to get away with doing all sorts of things. But when the best description I can come up with is "characters went in, weird stuff happened, characters came out" I would say your losing your some of your readers to the randomness your putting in there. Also, I've never seen a book before where an epilogue was used to end the story. Not really a complaint, but while reading it, my brain kept asking why this wasn't just labeled chapter 30.

    Most of the book is pretty good, and I wonder if I gave it a reread in the future when I would be better able to give it my full attention, if I wouldn't like it better. But for right now, I can't see myself doing that any time soon.

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