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  • Not too bad

    You can tell that James is becoming more and more gifted with his storytelling in this book compared to the first. At this rate of experience gain i expect James to crack out some amazing books in the years ahead!

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  • Justifiable praise

    Now I can see where the praise is coming from. The first book was shallow. The characters flat, and basic. That changes markedly this book, but it's still got a lot of polish to go. You can certainly see that 3 years has been spent improving and honing their craft here. Far greater care has been taken. Far more of an investment made. Far fewer careless choices made for the sake of expediency rather that quality story telling and world building. There are still some however. I've found it a little annoying in the past, but I also find I notice when it's missing, because a book just doesn't quite feel as personal. There's a distinct absence of banal detail. Descriptions of meals and their flavours. Fine details of clothes and gear. One scene that's stuck with me over the years is the leather maker talking with the sister, as he works a new saddle in the wheel of time series. It's a fluff scene. More or less totally irrelevant to the story, even to majority of characters minor or major. Yet it's told in a fascinating level of detail, the craft clearly having been researched deeply, or familiar in the real world to the author. Yet it's completely and utterly human. One thing that truly bothered me is language. I understand the creative choice, and the daunting and intmidating task it presents. Still though, people walking into a 3,000 year old library, in another country, another people, yet anyone can just pick up a book and read it? You can do better. These details matter.

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  • James Islington Novels

    What I dont like is...... When the journel and notebook was written the PAGE contained just one or two Letters all down the page.. Enjoyed the story though.

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