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1.0 out of 5 stars As exciting as the Sargasso, 30 Mar 2010
This review is from: Set the Seas on Fire (Paperback)
I think people are being generous with their reviews. This may be one of the worst books I've ever read. Unbelievably bad. I usually struggle through with bad books as a matter of principle, but this one bludgeoned me into defeat. Anachronisms aside, the main crime of this novel was its utter lack of characterisation. This read like vanity publishing gone very wrong. The 'Hero' is two dimensional at best and a cipher at worst. The other characters are infinitely forgettable and about as wooden as the Fortitude. There is a back story about the protagonist growing up that adds nothing to his character and nothing to the plot. There is some utterly bizarre prose and whoever edited this dog's dinner deserve a lick o the cat. There are clumsy word repetitions, more clichés than you could shake a stick at, laborious prose, and clunky and plain ungrammatical sentence structure. One chapter (if you can call 5 paragraphs a chapter) even ends with an exclamation mark! Painful. I laughed out loud when the young Hieronymus suspects Dulac, his aged mentor, might want to bugger him, and seems fairly nonplussed by the thought. How old was this kid? He seemed about ten to me. The love affair Hero has with the native girl is paper thin and utterly unconvincing. When, over half way through the book, some bat monsters flap feebly onto the stage I had to give up. Save trees. Don't buy this book.
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