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2.0 out of 5 stars Individual parts good - overall lacking, 27 Aug. 2011
This review is from: The Rats and the Ruling Sea (Paperback)
I do like the setting for this series - the giant ship is a good idea. There's nothing wrong with the world-building and the general storyline. I rather enjoyed the first book and expected to enjoy this one in the same way. Each scene was fine - well written and intrigue happening all over the place. But as I went on and on through the breezeblock-sized book, I began to wonder whether anything was really going to happen. There were lots of little happenings, each interesting enough in itself, but the overall plot was getting nowhere.

I ploughed through to the end, and very little had actually been achieved by either side. Still plenty of intrigue happening, a few changes made along the way, but I was beginning to lose the will to live. The author can certainly write, but he really needed his editor to insist that he cut the book down to half its length. That would have made a far tighter, more engaging work. I'd have had far less desire to start banging people's heads together, or to yell at them to get on with it. If I spend a lot of time reading a book, I want more reward than watching the characters run around in circles.

I decided not to bother reading the rest of the story, and a friend who read the third one has got fed up and quit too.

Nice try, but more meat and less fat, please.
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