A spectacularly imaginative space opera from a new indie author. Highly recommended.
Brandon Sanderson announced today that he’s completed Oathbringer, volume three of The Stormlight Archive. Well, the first draft anyway. That’s the third thousand-page book in this epic, which started at around the same time that George R. R. Martin published the most recent Thrones book and Rothfuss published the most recent Kingkiller book.
The 2016 Goodreads awards are out, and while I felt this was kind of an “off” year for both genres, I noticed that the vote tallies for one category were far greater than for the other.
I just could not get into this one. The synopsis is certainly intriguing enough, about an aging space freighter from a bygone era that goes through some sort of crisis while the crew tries to pull it together. I wanted to like it. But it was so focused on the minutiae of human interaction that it just got under my skin in a very bad way. Endless, slow narrative describing how the position of someone’s hand and a hair out of place means that they’re planning to destroy you and also to sleep with you, maybe.
What a mess. Returned unfinished for a refund.
I’ve got about 20 books to catch up on here so more reviews are coming soon!