Reading Update – Ringworld

Okay, so I’m getting into some decent Sci-fi. I just finished “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” (aka Bladerunner). So much better than the movie, real noir, tempted to watch the Maltese Falcon again for some brain knots. However I decided to go with Ringworld by Larry Niven, I don’t feel so silly anymore having two planets on the same orbit placed by ancient aliens races with hyperdrive. Dyson spheres Klemperer rosettes and ringworlds are far more improbable, and certainly more exciting.

In other news, I finally broke the Wheel of Time and slew the serpent. No more Robert Jordan for me! I only just survived the last battle.

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Review: The Eye of the World

The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1)The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What can I say? There are some aspects that seemed quite derivative – or perhaps homage. There are many things that just whisper in your ear “Lord of the Rings”. Definitely a shakey start to the series. It does improve as it goes on, just enough that I decided to read the next book. I think Robert Jordan finds his voice and story. Enough to ensnare me, my course is set on reading the series now.

One of the things that persistently annoyed me over the course of the first few books was all the dreaming/visions. Often, you don’t really know what is happening or if it is happening – it sometimes seems like superfluous fluff. The story is good when things are really happening and characters are actually interacting.

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Review: Warbreaker

Warbreaker (Warbreaker, #1)Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Liked the Biochromatic breath ‘magic’ system and plenty of likeable characters with a reasonable number of plot twists, puzzles and reveals. The system is not gimicky as you might expect, it really adds to the richness of the narrative without being too tiresome with explanations – though there were a number of scenes I suspected an editor’s hand with some judicious pruning. A little too much of the naive, attractive young ladies running around in their underclothes/nothing – but not distastefully handled and mostly appropriate for the context. Nightblood oddly reminds me of one of Asimov’s robots.

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