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1.0 out of 5 stars A boring and 'tedious' read..., 1 Oct 2009
This review is from: Fallen (Paperback)
WARNING - POSSIBLE SPOILERS

Unusual for me; I bought this book and started reading it straightaway. I have masses of new books un-read and awaiting me, and so I normally choose one to read randomly, but for some reason, I was eager to get going with this; it had an eye-catching cover, and reading the brief Synopsis on the reverse got me curious.

First of all, I found the style of writing extremely irritating... For example; the words 'heartbeat', but more notably 'beat' kept popping up literally in every other sentence - almost as if the author had an obsession with these words. In fact, at times, these words were repeated more than once in a single sentence. Apart from being words/phrases I don't particularly like, I failed to see the purpose of their over-use, when numerous variants, such as 'in a second', 'in a moment' or 'in an instant' could have been used, and would have been suffice. They were so frequent, I began to anticipate them. I have come across the term 'in a heartbeat' in over-use before in the Fantasy genre for some reason, but never quite so irritatingly repetitive as this - it must break all records for sure here! It became distracting.

There is also some swearing and four letter words. As I've said in previous Reviews of books that use these unnecessarily; in the right place/context - they are fine by me (I am not a prude) but when they are so clearly used as nothing more than for the 'in' factor for a certain type of Reader, I find it both pointless and distasteful and rather cheapens the novel... But again, as with the words mentioned earlier; these were a bit repetitive too, in fact, there was one phrase of profanity in particular : 'P... on you' which became tiresome after the first few uses...

I felt 'conned' with the actual story, because one is led to believe that one is reading about characters who are on a long journey - and having some form of destination. However, by page 400, it is very apparent that this novel is about a journey 'period' - and very little else... There is no real destination or 'climax' to the novel. That isn't to say that they never actually arrive 'somewhere', but if you call fifty or so pages consisting of the 'destination' enough for having read a whopping 400 or so of mere 'preliminaries', and still think it is worth it - then this is for you, but it's not enough for me... I want more results for my efforts! I felt the book was very slow when I'd got to around page 150, then 250 I found I felt the same - then 350 the same still... Call me stupid, but it was then I finally realised that 'this is it' and as about as good as it gets...

I felt the most exciting points (if one can call them that) was when the Voyagers began to story-tell around the first campfire, and then when they reached some form of 'ruins'. I was most disappointed to find that these were soon passed by, and were nothing more than 'red herrings' - in which in this novel, there are way too many... They really held very little significance to the story, and what at each time I thought was at last a 'beginning' to a better plot, was in fact a simple 'page-filler'...

I'm afraid I found this a most pointless read...
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