I knew the basic premise of this one going in, but I have never seen the movies and knew only the basics. I have to say, for a global phenomenon that this book created, I am rather disappointed. The story held my interest, but the plot was predictable. The book read like a children’s book, but the subject matter was a bit extreme for a children’s book. I felt like it wanted to be Ender’s Game, but Ender’s Game was not a children’s book, it was just a book that children were drawn to. I am in no hurry to read the other two books in the series, but I may pick them up if the mood strikes me.
Katherine Addison has delivered a very unique book that could find itself having a following that makes it a very important genre-defining novel in the future. With that said, let me tell you that The Goblin Emperor did not deliver the level of excitement and plot driven story that I expect and want when I pick up a fantasy novel. This book was much more of a character defining story mixed with equal parts world-building. She cleverly twisted into the traditional high-fantasy story of goblins, elves and magic elements of science and how science is also shaping that world, giving the book a fun blend of steam-punk with zeppelins and giant clockwork bridges. The main driving forces of the book are the politics and racism. And while all of this is very interesting, the plot of the story really doesn’t emerge until the last eighth of the book, and every bit of dramatic tension is resolved within a paragraph. Katherine Addison has created a wonderful world and some really fun characters. Now I would like to see her do something more with them.
Everyone knows this show is the hottest show out there and that the books are supposed to be better. Having read the first book, I can say that the book is not better. There are the words that get typed so rarely. Writing as an art form has millions of advantages over film, making it nearly unthinkable for a movie to surpass the book form; however, in the case of GOT, the show was able to capture the world in nearly every sizzling detail and played tricks on the viewer that the book couldn’t do. One thing that I loved about the show was how (and I’m only comparing first season to first book here) you saw the white walkers at the very beginning and saw nothing else to convince you that it was a magic world until the very end of with the dragons. The book was much more in your face, staking its place as a high fantasy early on with constant talk of the mythical creatures.
Now let me say that I saw the show first. I love the show, and the book was a real joy to read. I look forward to reading the rest of them. I hear they break from the show later on, and I look forward to that. But as of now, I would say that the show was brilliantly made from the very good book.
Eyes of the Dragon has been sitting on my bookshelf For more than half my life. It was a book I got in my youth during the long fantasy obsessed years of my life, a phase that eventually yielded to horror. I now find it ironic that the book sat unread through both stages. The lure of the Dragon was not so great to entice me during the fantasy years, and the lure of the (Stephen) King was not great enough to lure me after. So 25 years the book sat neglected, but now the deed is done, the book has been read. The only question is whether I will remember it enough to not forget that I’ve read it.
The book really is among King’s worst works. It is a mild story in every way. The good guys are good, the bad guys are bad, and the storyline read like a fairytale. But there is a difference, in fairytales shocking things happened: stepsisters hack off their toes to fit their feet in the slipper, stupendous acts of magic occur that leave us spell bound and there is true suspense because you love and relate to the characters. This book has no shocks, no unexpected twists, and the characters are hollow and vague. The narrator paints the picture, but often refers to himself, breaking the suspension of disbelief. And every step through the story the most expected thing is the thing that occurs.
Now that I’ve slammed it really good, let me tell you about how much I enjoyed it. Seriously, I enjoyed the hell out of the book. The world of King is tied into the story in ways that I can’t say I fully understand. Rolland is the King and Flagg is his court wizard. As a fan of the Dank Tower series, this was a fun story to think of how it is meant to tie together.
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