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Hope! Dashed hope... then more hope! Oh, dashed again.
on 9 January 2008
Why, I wonder does Kevin Anderson build a whole plot-line for some characters then kill them off seemingly at random? In this volume of the SofSS, he does it several times. The death of the character(s) becomes a frustration instead a tragedy, leaving the reader confused and wondering "What was the point of that thread ever starting?". It's like deciding characters will say "We have a great idea, we'll go and do this!" followed by "And at that moment a Piano fell on them all.". Why bother with stating the existence of the idea? It did nothing.
For me, this complaint sums up what is wrong with the entire book. Hopes are simply dashed repeatedly, to the extent that by the halfway mark, we know that any character who is doing something that could rescue someone, advance the fight or solve a problem is going to die before they actually get a chance to act. What's the point of reading the build-up when our minds are cynically predicting disaster already?
Oh dear. I do hope the final 900 chapters (sarcasm now, you see how upset I am?) have a point when they're published. I'll buy the book, because I need to have an ending. I'll be battling to keep an open mind while the plot re-convinces me that hopes are not always dashed in the Saga.