1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This review could apply to the previous three books in the Malazan sequence with its general criticisms. However firstly to focus on House of Chains itself. The book is certainly the weakest so far. A real lack of compelling characters, far too long and the sense that the entire book is just setting up for later novels.
Erikson would have benefited from proper editing. On every page you can guarantee characters will pointlessly start their sentences with "Thus...", whole sections could have been cut and his habit of adding apostrophes to basically every noun is extremely annoying. If you enjoy fantasy but are put off by lots of silly made up words then these novels are not for… Read more
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I was initially drawn to this book by the outstanding cover art. Reading the author's website it appears he went out to create a series that stayed clear of some of the familiar fantasy tropes. He is partially successful - the main character being a pacifist healer, the lack of dragons etc are welcome. There are however some very clear similarities to Lord of the Rings (I realise the same criticism can be made of many fantasy novels).
Orthlund - The Shire
Mandrocs - Orcs
Lord Dan-Tor - Saruman
Sumeral - Sauron
Riddin - Rohan
Rgoric - Theoden
Narsindal - Mordor
Still, the book is enjoyable and moves along at a brisk pace. I… Read more
by Kim Stanley Robinson
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This book appears to follow the standard Stanley Robinson template - heavy on scientific fact, severely lacking on plot/excitement.
The novel begins promisingly enough showing a credible yet fascinating future solar system. Cities on Mercury roving the planet on tracks? A possible conspiracy of sinister AIs? Terrific. Yet how could it be so dull.
The plot is essentially non existent. Whatever thrills come from the attack on Terminator are quickly quashed by a lengthy sequence where the characters walk down endless tunnels whistling. Reading this book feels like a similar experience.
If you are interested in the scientific or technological side of how human… Read more