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Great story, let down by some slightly odd elements

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-07-19

I like this book a lot; I really want to love this book, but it will have to stay with ‘like.’
It’s interestingly structured, but the structure isn’t well flagged, and takes some back-and-forth listening to understand at first.
There’s wonderful deep and creative writing, let down by some slightly jarring potty humour; not unlike early Pratchett.
There is insightful character writing, but again this is occasionally balanced by uncritically explored, very old-fashioned gender politics.
The first book in the series was fresh and tightly-written and creative, with some of the same oddities rearing their heads like childish humour amidst something fascinating. This second book expands on the creativity and scope of the first in a very satisfying way; but if it’s to continue to grow into something great, then it needs to finish growing up and shed the little weaknesses.
It’s not unlike early Pratchett, or The Orville. Here’s hoping it follows their trajectory into something wonderful.

The weakest entry in the Wheel of Time?

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-19

Probably my least favourite book in the series. The momentous events of the previous book are let down by a structure that sees the reader visiting each of the main characters exploring their own side-stories, but only up to the same point as the end of that last book.
The result is what feels like a collection of short stories that do not interact with each other and are themselves cut short when they get ‘up-to-date,’ even if that means they do not reach any kind of real moment or conclusion themselves.
It’s a long exploration of character and minor plot development - okay if you love the world of the Wheel of Time, but turgid if you want to see the main story progressing.
Reading the first and last chapters of each storyline would probably achieve as much as reading the whole book.
Kate Reading and Michael Kramer are excellent as always.

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Colourful!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-12-16

An intriguing and very well-written first book... although it's been a long wait for the sequel.

Very good, but fails the Bechdel test

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-11-16

Frankly, this book, and its performance, are almost outstandingly awesome.

Patrick Rothfuss writes engagingly, emotionally, and satisfyingly.

Rupert Degas narrates beautifully and very skilfully.

The minor issue is that this audiobook, like many others, could do with a little more level balancing between soft and loud passages, and even between the base and treble of the presentation, especially if you listen in a car. Female voices or whispered or tense sections can get lost, and when you turn up the volume to hear better, out booms a loud or deep bit.

The major issue is that the book is almost uncomfortable in the extent to which it fails the Bechdel test. In a book of such scope and duration, it shouldn't be so hard to find a meaningful female character having a meaningful conversation without reliance upon romance or being defined by major male characters.

On the other hand, this may be a clever device by Mr Rothfus. The settings are naturally male-dominated, and PoV is such that we never explicitly hear a female internal monologue.

I'd say it's still well worth reading, but I found it the single discordant note in an otherwise captivating performance.

Slow-burning, surprising, and wide-ranging

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-10-16

Anathema takes a touch of patience, but it more than pays for the investment. A fascinating, engaging, exciting book, with real depth.

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What a great sequel

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-04-15

The potential of this series is astonishing. Brandon Sanderson is an incredibly talented author, building on his experience in helping finish the Wheel of Time. This is a series to follow.

Awesome

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-03-15

The scope and potential for this series are tremendous. Not since the Eye of the World have I been so excited by the first book of a series.

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Rendezvous with Rubbish Narration

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-10-09

Don't get me wrong, the book is superb. Typically Clarke, more interested in the wonder of discovery than in deep and rounded characters, the book is nevertheless compelling and convincingly realistic.

The narration however, leaves much to be desired. From a main character who can't decide between the Queen's English, the strains of the South Pacific, or Cockney, to general narration that is so staccato and uninflected that it could be voiced by Microsoft Narrator, this is quite possibly one of the single worst readings of a book I have ever come across.

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