- Unknown Binding
- Publisher: Harper Collins Childrens H/B (6 Jun. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007734034
- ISBN-13: 978-0007734030
- Average Customer Review: 124 customer reviews
Lord Loss Poster Unknown Binding – 6 Jun 2005
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As a 15 year old boy, I thoroughly enjoyed this book of twists and turns. It is a little more scary/intense than darren Shans previous series. It brings a new sense to his books but with that classic darren shan touch. I honestly wasn't sure if I would enjoy this book but once I started reading I couldn't put it down. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the darren shan saga . It will not disappoint you
Lord Loss is my first jump in my adult years into YA "horror", in a somewhat erratic attempt to widen my reading pool. Honestly, this one felt like more of a miss than anything, and doesn't really persuade me that horror can actually work for such an audience beyond that half baked R.L Stine fodder we all read as kids years ago.
Ignoring the lack of any real terror or scares, Lord Loss's main problem is the plot is very inconsistently mashed together. The book is barely much more than the standard novella size, yet somehow feels immensely ploddy for the entirety of the middle build before finally getting to the crisis point which pushes the book into the final act, and the confrontation with the titular monster. The problem of which I'll come back to.
Grubbs isn't the worst YA protagonist I've seen in a novel, but his indifferent and emotionally stilted characteristics make him rather hard to affiliate with. Though the book was crying out for a maturation type plot after Act I, Shan mainly concerns himself with Grubbs' physical progress in the world, and simply tells the reader of his emotional state with a few sentences after being in an asylum after the horrendous things he witnessed in Act I, which is more ridiculous than a missed opportunity, but is further made worse when he tries to slip in the internal changes toward the end of the novel. It's too little too late at that point.
As for the overall plot... as said before, Act II is a lot of shoe leather, that otherwise bogs down a pretty good sleight of hand at the end of it. But a pressing issue I have is with the final "battle". Without spoiling anything, the battle revolves around a certain game most people are at least familiar with. The problem with using such a device is that you either have to go into in mechanical detail about it, so the people who understand it can really get on board, or you merely leave out the detail and make the battle revolve around other aspects outside the technical tedium of the game in question. Shan seems to meet the reader half way with this, and it doesn't pay off. And the ploy with which Grubbs overcomes it all is pretty hackneyed, and quite unbelievable, given his opponent.
Also worthy of note is Shan's writing style. For the most part perfectly acceptable for YA fiction. But at times he uses jarring staccato sentences, to cheaply add the impression of immediacy. If you're going to write like Lee Child or Ellroy.. you've got to do it all the way through, otherwise it just falls flat, especially when the rest of your passages dwell in the excessive use of adjectives and split infinitives.
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For starters, it is a lot darker than I thought it would be.Read more
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