Books Read in 2010: #9
Also, I need a proper football icon - proper meaning pretty, huggy boys of course.
And I've yet again won tickets to the cinema. Four tickets to go see Toy Story 3 in 3D next weekend. I seem to be very lucky this year, so I immediately went and took part in a competition to win a trip to the world cup finale. Not that I think that will be successful, but who knows...
I've also used the hot weather to finish another book:
9) Lynn Flewelling - The White Road
I think the most telling thing about this book is that I thought "Ohh, the real plot must begin any moment now" when there were only 50 pages left to the book. I'm not quite sure what it is that makes these newer two Nightrunner books feel different to the original trilogy, but I think it might just boil down to length. I'm too lazy to go and look up the pagecount of Luck in the Shadows, but The White Road has only 385 pages, and I'm pretty certain that the volumes of the original trilogy were almost twice that long. These new books just feel so straightforward - you can sum up the plot in two sentences, and where I keep expecting conspiracies and unexpected twists, instead everything that happens is predictable and quickly resolved.
It's not that I didn't enjoy the book - I did, I even liked Sebrahn a lot more than in Shadows Return, but it just feels more like this is only half of a novel. I guess the next book will have to deal with the Hâzadrielfaie and the Retha'noi - it better had, because she left enough threads dangling there.
I wonder if the length of the books is something her publisher forced on her? Maybe shorter books sell better? I can't really believe that, though - this is fantasy, after all, genre of the thousand-volume doorstopper series.
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