Well, this one was a bit befuddling. The choice of structure, where the storyline proceeds forward on odd chapters and backwards on even -- while clever -- ultimately made the book more difficult to appreciate. The unnecessary, and not entirely helpful, reversal at the end only distanced me even more. I have to say, the Series as a whole is shaping up to be unexpected and uneven.
I had trouble overlooking the character flaws of the protagonist which are deliberately pronounced at the outset and reinforced throughout. I'm also a bit out of practice with fantasy, so the excessive Tolkeinesque adaptations of songs/poetry and thesaurus reaching diction were a bit offputting. Other, more avid, Fantasy readers enjoy this series immensely.
Potentially the most complex piece of science fiction I've ever read. To understand what is happening requires your full attention. Even at the end, I'm not entirely sure I understand the whole thing. Challenging read.
In my ongoing quest to find the origin of the "boy wonder" sub-genre of Science Fiction, this remarkable work by Clarke elevates the genre to a whole new level. As I was reading it I was consistently asking myself, "Can this book really be this good?" In short, it is amazing. One of my new favorites for sure.
First off, been a bit busy editing so I haven't been reading as much of other people's work. This was the audio book version and the narrator is fantastic. Enjoyed the book, specifically captivated by her descriptive power and interlaced plots. Fun read.
Better late than never, right? I have read many Orson Scott Card books over the course of my life and have developed a deep and abiding appreciation for his work. Which made it all the more surprising that I had no idea that this book existed! A very valuable read for someone interested in writing genre, and for understanding the life and business of writing as a whole.