- May 4, 2005
I felt Vatta's War was entertainment candy. Good to read, relax and enjoy the adventure. But that was all I got from it. Maybe a bit better than her earlier space opera (Heris Serano etc.). The one from Elizabeth Moon that I liked best, though, is The Speed of Dark, because it has that extra dimension beyond adventure. Alright, so it is not space opera, but still ...Yes, different views which is great. I struggled a bit with Chanur in books 3 and 4. Cherry seemed to write the same books over and over in that series. The first one is terrific though, and I do like Cherryh genrally, I just feel she can be a bit hit and miss. Her writing has a detail and density to it that can work extremely well (Downbelow or Morgaine for instance) or it can turn into pretty turgid stuff (I really struggled with Invader). Moon's writing seems effortless, which is actually a very clever trick and her story arc is much better handled than Chanur I think (not that the Chanur plot itself isn't good).
I've never gotten to that, but A Passage to India is a brilliant novel, immersive and suggestive and beautifully written.Having read Aspects of the Novel by E.M. Forster a while back, I decided to see if he could practice what he preached. On the basis of the first fifty pages of A Room With a View, the answer is very much yes. It's a slyly witty comedy of manners, in which superbly drawn characters do rather little, but do it grippingly.
I want to like Alastair Reynolds but I also tend to bounce off him. A bit too...slow and pretentious? I liked Terminal World. I liked Hamilton's Reality Dysfunction.I abandoned Revelation Space. It was my second attempt and I got roughly halfway, but just sputtered out.
... snip... I struck out on Peter Hamilton as well, and am thinking I may just be losing my ability to show patience with extended multi-volume SFF.
I finally finished reading the book today, I quite enjoyed it, however I don't want to overdose on Terry Pratchett, so I'll wait awhile before buying another in the series. I might head further into the series for one of his later books. Rated by me 4/5.Well I've started reading The Colour of Magic, by Terry Pratchett. So far so good.
They get a good deal better, in many ways - you're going to have to divvy up quarter or eighth stars to discriminate with other discworld books if you do read more.I finally finished reading the book today, I quite enjoyed it, however I don't want to overdose on Terry Pratchett, so I'll wait awhile before buying another in the series. I might head further into the series for one of his later books. Rated by me 4/5.