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PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Loved the First and Second Chronicles and have re-read them many times over the years. The TRTE seems written in a very different style, which I guess is understandable, an authors' style will change over 20 years. It just seems a little plodding to me. Add that to a dislike of Time Travel stories, and a deep burning hatred of LA.... well I have not been able to complete it.
I am quite dissapointed. Can I just skip to the last chapters and proceed to Fatal Revanent?

I thought the same thing when it first came out and read it. But after Fatal Revenant and Against All Things Ending came out and I read both, I went back and re-read ROTE. You know what? I found it much more satisfying.


Alright, I'll give it another try.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ärrr...the emergence of TLD messed up my re-reading of ROTE and now Malazan stole the time yet again, but the 50-60% I put behind felt considerably better than upon the first read (I gave the book back then only a single star, now upgraded to three). SRD's writings have a tendency to mature.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Ärrr...the emergence of TLD messed up my re-reading of ROTE and now Malazan stole the time yet again, but the 50-60% I put behind felt considerably better than upon the first read (I gave the book back then only a single star, now upgraded to three). SRD's writings have a tendency to mature.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

not sure i would say disappointed but it seems as if this is really just a setup book. it seems things really get exciting after the scene Spoiler:
at melonkurion skyweir
and hasn't let up for the most part all the way through the end of against all things ending (where i am up to now)

[mod edit - spoiler tag added for event that occurs in FR.]
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oops will be more careful about spoiler tags in subsequent posts, my bad. wont happen again Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No problem!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Re-reading ROTE for the third time I believe, perhaps the fourth. Started in January with LFB and am reading one book a month. Every book so far has pleased me, and I have gotten something new from each book so far. But all I can say about ROTE, almost halfway through, is:

This book still sucks.

It just feels disjointed and bloated. The story stumbles from one bland scene to the next. Halfway through, there is still no point. Linden Avery is just wandering around the southern Land clueless, she has no purpose, no plan, just kind of staggers around in everyone else's wake. She is not learning anything, not doing anything. I just don't get it.

I thought maybe this time around it would feel a little different. But it is just a bad book. It takes everything I have just to pick it up again and try to limp through to the end. I probably won't ever read it again. If I re-read the chronicles again ten or fifteen years from now, I think I would be better off just skipping Runes and instead reading the last part of WHGB in FR.


Ok.
Sooooo....I am not doing a 180 degree turn. But, I must say, almost immediately after I posted that, things...well...they picked up!

So the first 40% of the book I find unenjoyable. But then Linden meets the Ramen, and it's all: hold on to your horses, we're going for a ride!


There was a point in which I was ready to throw this book out of the re-reading cycle, but every time I read it it seems to get stronger and stronger. I still agree with my most recent assessment: once Linden meets the Ramen, this book takes off like a lightning bolt!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to see you around, Shuram. Good -- for your sake -- you find more to appreciate. (I've always said, you can't really compare the Last Chronicles until you've spent as long a time contemplating it as the earlier ones.)
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+JMJ+

wayfriend wrote:
(I've always said, you can't really compare the Last Chronicles until you've spent as long a time contemplating it as the earlier ones.)


No doubts there. The LCs are a masterpiece.
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