Thursday, November 10, 2011

If You Disagree With My Book Reviews, Read These Books

1. A Dance With Dragons by George RR Martin
I can't explain it besides saying the magic isn't there anymore.

I've gone back and read the previous books again, and they don't hold the same allure as they did when the last book, Feast For Crows, came out, but it's been years, I've changed. But in the first five books, there's still some magic. I made it 300 pages in and couldn't feel the magic; normally, I can feel it by the first 3 pages.

When the hype fades in a few years, and it stops having a reserve list, I might borrow it and try again, but at this point, I'm not going to buy it, nor consider trying to read the next one, which Mr. Martin has said will be the definitive conclusion of the series.

2. Ghost of A Chance by Simon R. Green
I did read this one all the way through, but like his Nightside books, it wasn't terribly long. I also bought it before reading it.

The characters didn't seem to meld right, reach out and touch the surface of reality like they should have. When I read, I like to feel like I'm part of the story, and for this book, I felt as if I was watching it from a floating, glowing, invisible orb floating above the characters' heads. Almost as if instead of being part of the story, I was just some guy reading about the events.

When I look for good science fiction, that's not what I want to see.