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Slog of Slogs, Boys! posted 01 June 2011 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]Slog of Slogs, Boys! by Truth Shines, Candidate

Amazing! Browsing through the forums, not only it seems like the admin forgot to create a forum for the new book, in fact no one has posted a topic for the The White Luck Warrior! Well, let me take the first bloody crack at this thing then. I shall do some ranting here, all about how I don't like this book <!-- s:mrgreen: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt=":mrgreen:" title="Mr. Green" /><!-- s:mrgreen: --> Let's hope this provoke some reaction. I'll post more fanboy-ish stuff later. <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> Warning: some spoilers to follow.

Reading The White Luck Warrior, I really feel like Sarl: this is indeed the slog of slogs, boys! <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> There are three huge problems with this book, first pacing, second style, and third character.

In terms of pacing, this book is just too many pages with too little happening. Huge stretches the book are filled literally with the endless slogs -- both the Great Ordeal's, and the Skin Eaters' travels to Sauglish. For the great ordeal, at least we get two big battles (alas both too short), the first being by far the more interesting. For the Skin Eaters, it's just sheer torture as a reader -- until the very end with the interesting encounter with the dragon, it's just an endless succession of, well, nothing. Bakker could have replaced all of it with just one line -- &quot;one of the Skin Eaters is a skin spy, who protects pregnant Mimara for some ancient prophecy&quot; -- and it would have the same effect on the plot.

As for style, I fear Bakker may be heading toward the deep end here: preaching, preaching, and more preaching! He's becoming Cleric! It's one thing to hear &quot;men are always wont to...&quot; from the lips of Kellhus as part of a developing plot; it's another thing altogether to sit through page after page of this stuff hearing it directly from the author. Ouch!

Last, character. Well, there just aren't any interesting characters. Esmi is flat. Mimara is flatter. Sorweel is the flattest. Kelmomas is not, since he's a psycho, but he's just not interesting. To see how to write interesting psychos: check out Cnauir and Kellhus during PON. For those of you who complain about the all-knowningness of Kellhus -- well see how do you like the book now without Kellhus's point of view! It's as exciting as white bread dipped in water.

I have thought about why I don't like these new characters -- Mimara, Sorweel, Kelmomas (I've never liked Esmi very much). I think it has to do with far too much introspection. Both Cnauir and Kellhus do introspection, but they also emote openly: Kellhus with his preaching and jokes and manipulation, Cnauir with his wild shouts of &quot;who will murder me!&quot; and all that. These new people just think and think and think and eventually lose all energy.

I've read somewhere that the next book will be titled &quot;Unholy Consult.&quot; At this pace, some POV from the bad guys will be greatly welcomed just to spice things up a little. view post


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