Customer Review

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of people talking, 19 Mar 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Shadow of Freedom (Honorverse) (Hardcover)
And very little of what they say is interesting. This has been a problem of a lot of Weber's books of late, partly I suspect because he doesn't have an editor with the gumption to sit him down and tell him to cut the excess fat. Shadow of Freedom as a Novella is pretty good, not quite as good as the early Honorverse stories, but not bad. Note I say the Novella, not the novel. I say this because there is an awful, horrible in fact, lot of conversation and counter-conversation where things that the reader already knows are repeated by myriad characters. It doesn't help that there are at least two plot-lines that go absolutely no-where, one which starts as a single chapter and then is never mentioned again, and one which gets three of four chapters and is left hanging in waiting for the next book. The end result is a story that feels like not a lot happens. Which is where the novella comment comes in, because I'm fairly certain that if Weber had been able to cut some of his bad habits when it comes to constant exposition via essentially meaningless dialogue that Shadow of Freedom could have been completed, as a story, in a hundred and fifty pages. Maybe less.

It doesn't help, as well, that everything going on in the novel is happening after, or at least only just after the characters in Shadow of Freedom have found out what happened. Which leads to a lot of bits and pieces where events that previously played out to the reader as actual story are transformed into info-dumps.

Anyway, at this stage I think Shadow of Freedom is the last Honorverse book I'm going to buy Hardback, and it may well be the last one I buy new. I like the universe, I like some of the characters, and I wanted to like this book. But frankly with both this and the Safehold series I can't see any real improvement in how Weber is writing, and until someone gets through to him the maxim of showing and not telling, and he gets an editor willing to take him to task for all the excess fat on his stories, there isn't much point in wasting money on a mediocre story or a series that seems to be grinding to a slow and unremittingly dull pace.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.0 out of 5 stars (25 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (9)
4 star:
 (10)
3 star:
 (5)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:
 (1)
 
 
 
19.50 15.19
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: The UK

Top Reviewer Ranking: 157,896