This is the sequel to The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters - a book destined to divide literary loyalties - and I am sure it was as 'eagerly anticipated' around the world as it was by me. I should say that I was just as apprehensive about this book as I was excited. I enjoyed volume one enormously, despite some pretty serious flaws, but how often does the follow-up disappoint? Far too frequently, in my experience, and as such I approached this title with excitement, tinged with some concern.
The cover isn't as pretty. It's pretty and enticing but not as startlingly beautiful as the original hardback edition was. For some reason, despite the old adage of not judging a book by… Read more
There is nothing wrong with this music. Unfortunately, there is nothing that right with it either. Great song-writing this isn't. Great melodies? Nope. Great lyrics? I'm afraid not. It is okay in all these areas. Nothing offensive; nothing that startles. It plods along and all the songs sort of melt into each other like slices of cheese on a piece of toast under the grill. And that's actually not a bad simile. Cheese. If this album were a pound of cheese it would be Cheddar: mild, unoffensive, instantly forgettable but you will probably not hate it.
Having read this book, I feel I ought to go back and re-score all the other books that I have previously reviewed, knocking them down at least one star each. Either that or I should apply for the right to give this a 6 star rating! 5-stars just doesn't do it justice.
It is epic but has a delicate touch, particularly in terms of characterisation. The minutae of detail (historic, geographic and scientific) for example, is extra-ordinary but never 'bogs you down.'
I have never come across a book like this and doubt I will again. It has it all (including - off the top of my head):-
A wonderful, sympathetic - but never sentimental - study of two contrasting,… Read more