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Books: Ghost Ship eARC 
8th-Jun-2011 12:11 pm
Read Irresponsibly
Grah. Urgh. Murf.

I'm not all that happy with this book. We are back to merc-n-slang speaking Miri, a lot of conversations that imply actions, and a lot of contemplations with jumped-to conclusions. There is some interesting history about Pod 77 and Pod 78 that was fun to learn. And Clarence shows up again. But...

The book jumped from scene to scene very quickly, leaving me little time to warm up to a scene or person. It also walked around previously pubished short stories ("Allies" for one), leaving readers either wondering what happened or wishing for their chap-book collections to be right at hand for reference. As the unification of the I Dare plotline and the Saltation plotline, as well as two short stories, Ghost Ship was an encore performance for every speaking member of Clan Korval. I mean all of them, from Lukin to Padi. Because of the effort to get everyone in on the action and move forward on the main plot lines, the story read like the middle of an 80's space opera trilogy. You know: that's the book where everyone is scattered to the far ends of known space, everything is going wrong, and the bad guys are winning. It had its moments, to be sure. But very little got resolved, and almost none of that resolution was immediately meaningful.

Why am I following this series still? Because it will start to trail off, then something like I Dare comes along...

Eta: This is the first new-to-me book that I have tried to read solely in the iPad. I wonder if that contributed substantially to my feelings of disjointedness and lack of connection to the story. It could be that I simply could not get into the story because of the jumpy interface and incredibly short "page" length (due to my preferred font size). I will have to ponder this thought some more.


-- New-to-me books read in 2011 (as opposed to re-reads) --

January
Little Dee vol 2
Little Dee vol 3
Unusual Suspects
Harvest Moon
The Black Stallion (yes, I know, I should have read it with Black Beauty)
Ravens in the Library: Magic in the Bard's Name, with a pre-finished commentary here
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
Fang Bangers: An Erotic Anthology of Fangs, Claws, Sex and Love
Must Love Hellhounds
Truthseeker

February
Dark and Stormy Knights
Tortall and Other Lands
River Marked (2/28 - it arrived a day early)

March
Questionable Content, vol 1
How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf
Lifeblood
Magic Bites
Skinwalker, A Jane Yellowrock Novel
Running with the Pack
Magic Burns
Blood Cross

April
"Skyblaze" Adventures in the Liaden Universe #17
Kings of the North
Goblin Tales
Do Not Sniff the Bees, Two Lumps book 6
Magic Strikes
Magic Bleeds
Mercy Blade
The Initiate Brother

May
Angelology
City of Pearl
An Artificial Night
Late Eclipses

June
After Hours: Tales from Ur-Bar
Magic Slays
Ghost Ship (e-ARC)

-- Books abandoned rather than completed in 2011 --

February
Sing the Four Quarters, by Tanya Huff

-- Books Still in Progress --
These are books that I haven't totally given up on, I've just... put them aside... for now. And gee, look at how many of them are non-fiction!
The Brand Within
Gamestorming
If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails
Swords and Dark Magic
Battlestations
Wise Man's Fear
Comments 
8th-Jun-2011 07:18 pm (UTC)
I love the series, and read Saltation and the other one chapter by chapter as the published it on their website, and then read the finished product and was amazed at the improvement. Maybe that'll happen again?

And I keep reading the series because it's so good at being bad space opera... I hated the two prequels (the stories about cantra), but enjoyed pretty much everything else.

Also, it's all about Twooo Lurve. How can that go wrong?
8th-Jun-2011 10:39 pm (UTC)
I certainly hope that there is improvement in the final book, but this version is supposed to be everything but the typos. ::shrug:: It's fun anyway. Despite the similarities in my complaint here about Ghost Ship, I did enjoy Plan B in all it's whack-action, too-much-dialog glory. (Fledgling and Saltation read more like YA books than space opera, in my opinion.)

Ok, so you didn't like the Crystal duology. What did you like the best?
9th-Jun-2011 12:52 pm (UTC)
I agree that Fledgling and Saltation are YA, and it'll be interesting to see how they fit that in with the ongoing series (if they do, that is).

As for favorites, that's tough. I enjoyed both Local Custom and Mouse and Dragon (True Love!), the Plan B / I Dare conclusion of the series, and will reread Carpe Diem at the drop of a hat.

So, there yah go. I'm not quite sure what conclusions you can draw from those.
9th-Jun-2011 02:52 pm (UTC)
It sounds like you appreciate the clash of culture but you want action with it too. I prefer Scout's Progress to Mouse and Dragon, myself.
8th-Jun-2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
I only scanned this review (i.e. read the first two sentences and then stopped), but it's good to know that I don't have to buy the e-ARC
8th-Jun-2011 10:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it can wait.
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