- Publisher: Alfred a Knopf; First American Edition edition (Jan. 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0394528573
- ISBN-13: 978-0394528571
- Package Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.7 x 6.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,938,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Maia Hardcover – 1 Jan 1985
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Top Customer Reviews
This is certainly not the case with Maia (Bekla book 2). It was blah blah blah. Strange names for body parts. Blah blah blah. Sex. Blah blah blah. Bit of feeble intrigue. blah blah blah. An officer turns up to fill Maia (ie, the reader) in on something interesting going on elsewhere. More blah blah blah. Maia dances/swims. Blah blah blah. Snore....
By about 75% way through I was ready to give up. And that's a first for me. But I kept on going, thinking that the pain's nearly over, and perhaps something remotely interesting might happen. Not a patch on "Watership Down". He seems to have forgotten about pacing and plot.
I'm very disappointed, and simply cannot understand the high ratings this long-winded bore has received. Apparently he offered to write another book in this series, but the publisher turned him down. That after Watership Down, a book that sold zillions? Says it all.
Save yourself some time and money, read Game of Thrones instead.
This is a wonderful if relatively little-known story by Richard Adams (most famous for 'Watership Down'). The characters are exquisitely drawn, and in contrast to 'Watership Down', almost all the main characters are women or girls. I've been reading this book on and off for the last 20 years or so - one to treasure.
Airport-bookstall doorstoppers of books about Fabled Imaginary Empires always run a risk of self-parody, particularly when they contain a generous lacing of fleshly detail about vile slave-masters and their able-bodied retinues, and I find myself genuinely sorry that Adams saw fit to squander his great talent on a pot-boiler like this. Many of his familiar virtues are still here, to be sure. He has real and exceptional gifts for natural description for one thing, he does very well with giving individuality to a very crowded cast of characters, and he is a born storyteller. Nevertheless he lets his storytelling ability run away with him here. The plot is held together in a very competent way, but really the book could have been half as long as it is, or even, (heaven forfend), twice as long. There is no real reason, other than the limits on human stamina and longevity, why this succession of tableaux might not have gone on to infinity. However the basic trouble with this book is the lack of a sense of humour.Read more ›
I loved this book as a teenager and am thrilled it's now out for Kindle (I already have the hardback first edition). Maia, Occula and Bayub-Otal are like old friends and despite the occasional ludicrousness of the plotting and the very old-fashioned gender politics and social stereotyping, I still love it. Vivid, memorable characters and locations, sumptuously depicted set-pieces like the Rains Banquet, two heroines you really care about, and a doomed and haunting romantic subplot featuring a captive noblewoman.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read this as a kid and really liked it. Very interesting story, and well crafted world. Enjoying reading it again as an adult - from the author of Watership Down.Published on 15 Jan. 2015 by KTRhys
Maia may have shocked in its day due to the section detailing a young girl's use as a sex slave, but I don't recall any mentions of it at the time. Read morePublished on 14 Sept. 2013 by Clare O'Beara
Read this book in my late teens.... Loved it..... It's an excellent story.... Very long and intricate
The book was as described by the seller and came almost immediately... Read more
This was a very interesting read for me coming after Watership Down and Shardik (though I've yet to get around to Adams' other novels), and a pleasant change in direction somewhat. Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 2011 by Mr. J. Rudgewick Brown