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Robyn

Robyn SWINDON, United Kingdom Member Since 2011

I get bored quickly so take ages choosing my books. Preferred authors incl Sanderson, Rothfuss, PBrett, ....tho' C Harris makes me laugh too

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  • "The problem with a trilogy..."

    Overall

    I find that the problem with trilogies is that either 1) book #2 becomes the stuffing in the middle and nothing very much happens, or 2) the second book is just as good as the first, and when it finishes you go charging off to download the final instalment to find it's not yet released, so then you go off to the author's website to find there isn't even an indication of when the third instalment will be written! Much frustration and gnashing of teeth....and trawling through audible looking for a substitute fix (unsuccessfully). This book undoubtedly falls into the latter category!! A worthy sequel. (Although some might say that to suck one's audience into a tale like this, and then leave them hanging is positively cruel. Far too many loose ends, and inticing hints at what is to come)



    The only time I felt concern that we might be entering "padding it out territory" was when Kvothe begins to study the Ketan, and with it the never-ending and unresolved exploration of the philosophy of the Lethani. Apart from this, the pace of the first book is maintained. Kvothe remains the imperfect yet very likeable hero.



    The interludes, set in the present with the very much weaker Kote, are surely setting the scene for a rich third and final instalment? ....come on Patrick Rothfuss, gives us a clue as to when we can expect the completion of Kvothe's story.



    I cannot fault Rupert Degas' performance. He manages to give every character a unique, and fitting voice - even for the wormen. Masterful.

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    The Wise Man's Fear (Part Two)

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
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    Part Two of The Wise Man's Fear Sequel to the extraordinary The Name of The Wind, The Wise Man's Fear is the second instalment of this superb fantasy trilogy from Patrick Rothfuss. This is the most exciting fantasy series since George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, and a must for all fans of HBO's Game of Thrones.

    Robyn says: "The problem with a trilogy..."
  • "Such fun!"

    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am a massive Sanderson fan - both Stormlight archive and Mistborn trilogy rank amongst my best ever fantasy reads.

    The Alloy of Law is an add-on to the Mistborn trilogy, and I think it might be difficult to fully understand/appreciate if you've not first read the Mistborn series (the Mistborn characters are considered "legend" in this book - although "Iron Eyes" does crop up)

    Warning, though - don't expect a book with the same depth or intensity as the epic trilogy. This book is SO much lighter, and a bit swash-buckling-wild-west in its feel (the Wax-Wayne relationship and dialogue is reminiscent of a good Mel Gibson - Danny Glover moment) . I had a good few laugh-out-louds (something that didn't happen in Mistborn) and as with all previous Sanderson stories, I couldn't put this down (or switch it off). It retains its fantasy & magic with the Allomancy and Ferochemy, and is still true to the Mistborn trilogy on this front.

    Like other reviewers, my only criticism is its length - it's not long enough. It's no shorter than most regular novels out there, it's just that one wants more!!!! Sanderson usually provides an epic that runs through around 30hours of listening (at least) - well this is only about 10 hours.....so by contrast one feels a little short-changed.

    This book finishes with loads of loose ends - thereby leaving the way open for another instalment??? (Ever hopeful!). Wax is a delicious lead character, and I can't help but think this story would translate well to the big screen - but who would play Wax?

    Michael Kramer's narration is first rate -as always.

    Highly recommended! Enjoy!


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    The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (300)
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    In a world recovering only slowly from evil, a world where allomancers wield immense power through their ability to unleash the magic bound up in common metals, someone who can burn metals that no-one has burned before can tip the balance....

    Robyn says: "Such fun!"
  • "Outstanding"

    Overall

    One of the best reads (or listens) I have ever had! Easily a five star rating - indeed it's making me question my other 5 star awards, as this is far superior to those. It's label of "epic fantasy" is more than justified. It's a unique story, in a unique landscape. Not so fantastical as to be ridiculous, but really well thought through, and everything gels together to make a world that is almost tangible. The plot is anything but predictable, nor are the characters. Many happy hours walking listening to this - and many "sneak away to keep listening" moments too!

    A really good listen (and the narrators are good - I think the dislike of Ms Reading must be a personal thing for some listeners - apart from pronouncing one of the characters names in a completely different way to the other narrator, I thought she was fine.). Highly recommended. I read with dismay that book 2 is only scheduled to be out in 2012 - gutted at the long wait!

    And a final thought.... it's a 7 part download of between 5& 7 hours each - pence per hour of listening, you'd be hard pressed to find better value thant this!

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    The Way of Kings: The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (924)
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    (606)
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    According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms, but the Voidbringers followed. The Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, the Shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won (or so the legends say).

    Philip says: "Philip from Winchester"
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