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Posted April 10, 2007
What Went Wrong?
Review after reading the first novel of the series: Before I start, let me say that McKiernan's ideas are creative, his plot albiet interesting and I am not one to write bad reviews. For this, I'll make an exception. For a start: After reading 'Summer's Day,' I felt absolutly NOTHING for the characters at all. No backstory, nothing about them, and I even read McKiernan's second novel in this series, 'Winter's Eve,' and he is very consistent in this. ALL of the characters are flat, without changing tempermant, you feel absolutly nothing for them. The plot is perdictable, to say the least... and it's obvious that near the end of each novel the author throws in plot twists that almost dont even seem to be relevant. Not only that, but the author couldnt even invent his own language and be creative, but used French unnessicarly and, almost, to a point of extreme annoyance. The novel is absolutly filled with lavish deviations from the plot, pointless descriptions of Summerwood Manor, pointless stagnant parts of the plot that go nowhere and mean absolutly nothing to the book as a whole... I found myself reading only the dialouge and kept up just fine, and it wasnt even that they went on and on about a topic, but so much was discussed that didnt even have anything to do with the story itself. I wish that McKiernan had simply handed his idea -- which IS good -- over to more capable hands, to someone who could really make the characters come alive, which he fails miserabally in every way possible. I could go on an on, and be very long winded with this, but I'll spare you any more of my rant. DONT BUY THIS BOOK.
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