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Hope you appreciate this, Scott posted 02 Dec 2004, 12:12 by Aldarion, Sorcerer-of-Rank

Just started the nominations round of the annual OF Awards (winners to be announced Jan. 3rd or 4th) and I think you might get a kick out of this: [url:3fjmwxwl]http://www.wotmania.net/fantasymessageboardshowmessage.asp?MessageID=115342[/url:3fjmwxwl] Look for the part near the bottom for Most Fan-Friendly Author. Enjoy! :D view post


posted 02 Dec 2004, 14:12 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Very cool beans indeed! I'll be passing out firstborns like lollipops before this is through... :wink: I was troubled by [i:1pt2296p]The Iron Council[/i:1pt2296p] pans, though. I thought [i:1pt2296p]The Scar[/i:1pt2296p] was fantastic, and was about to order IC... What went wrong? view post


posted 02 Dec 2004, 14:12 by Aldarion, Sorcerer-of-Rank

Firstborns like lollipops? You planning on remaking [i:dzvgd3wn]The Ten Commandments[/i:dzvgd3wn]? ;) As for IC, it was the pacing - it was terrible for me. Miéville started out strong, developed his characters better, it was quasi-Romantic in style then (I thought of Zola's [i:dzvgd3wn]Germinal[/i:dzvgd3wn] for the strike scene) and then - poof! A very long interlude of a flashback (about 150 pages) and then back to the story. All good vibes gone. And then the end sequences, while some of them were good, just felt like Miéville had painted himself into a corner and then he did the Big No-No, there's something that happens that prevents a more logical ending - he used a deus ex machina-type intervention that almost led to me throwing the book down in frustration. I'm trying not to get into plot specifics, because the book is probably still worth reading, but it's definitely a step or two below The Scar or PSS in my opinion. His characterization skills have improved, but the transitions - yeesh! And considering that I've really enjoyed all the other books published in 2004 that I've purchased, it became the worst by default, but my parenthetical comment was meant to reflect that. It's only merely decent and not good to great, as I was hoping. There, answer your question? Oh, and back to the OF Awards: If you and the others here want to vote for the finalists yet don't want to bother with registering at wotmania, I can set up something where you all can PM me with the votes to be counted. Would that work? view post


posted 05 Dec 2004, 15:12 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Still worth reading though, huh... I trust your taste and judgment implicity, Larry, but I was wondering what you made of all the rave reviews IC is getting. I had a similar experience with [i:g9mdpc9x]American Gods[/i:g9mdpc9x], where I just didn't think it was that well written, and that it was horribly plotted, and yet every critic from here to Oxford Mississippi thought it was a masterpiece... view post


posted 05 Dec 2004, 20:12 by Aldarion, Sorcerer-of-Rank

I thought the rave reviews just overlooked (or refused to admit in a spell of rah-rahism) that this story just has horrible, horrible transitions. It's the power of Miéville's imagination that made me have any favorable impressions. The individual scenes often are spectacular, but the whole is just a poorly cobbled together entity. When I said it's probably worth reading , I meant that there's some value in some of the scenes, including the rebellion within New Crobuzon - think Paris Commune, cerca 1871. As for AG, I did like that book (maybe because I got that joke about Rock City, being a native Tennessean and all), but I'll agree that it isn't the best thing since Faulkner. It was an enjoyable read, but far from Gaiman's best in my opinion. Then again, I'm one of those who thought [i:oi06il2n]Neverwhere[/i:oi06il2n] is an underrated work of his... view post


posted 06 Dec 2004, 14:12 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

I just find it interesting how certain authors build what you might call 'critical momentum'... Gotta get me some of that! :twisted: view post


posted 07 Dec 2004, 06:12 by Aldarion, Sorcerer-of-Rank

Well, I'd say you have some of "that" already ;) I think it takes 2-4 years for most authors to build the groundswell of support for the hype machines to kick into gear (with a few media-driven exceptions to the contrary). So...TDTCB was published in Canada in 2003....this is the end of 2004...TWP is getting rave reviews (mostly) on the net....look out 2005? view post


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