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If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
This book may appeal to the younger reader - possibly a younger reader with very, very low standards.
On the other hand if you are an aspiring writer (of any age) you will doubtless be heartened by listening to this as it will demonstrate that the stumbling drafts you discarded on the grounds of being overly cumbersome and unsatisfying are at least not this bad.
What was most disappointing about Samit Basu’s story?
This book tries very hard to be witty and clever in the fantasy style of Terry Pratchett... very, very hard.
However I (and I can only speak to my own experience) found it lumbering, disjointed, flatulent and characterless.
In short it was terrible!
Have you listened to any of Ramon Tikaram’s other performances? How does this one compare?
While I haven't heard any other narrations by Ramon his performance was by far and away the best part of this listening experience.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
I can at least say that this book evoked strong emotions in me. On occasion I ground my teeth in anger, at other times I found myself groaning at yet another clunky bit of dialogue, ham handed cultural reference or incoherent rambling plot point.
Now I seldom write reviews, let alone negative ones, but finding this book (audiobook at least) as a highly starred recommendation seemed somehow cruel and unjust.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
now this will not be to everyone's taste, but this books cynical absurd world building is more reminiscent of hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy than Terry Pratchett work. and all the characters are reasonably likeable and interesting. I found the story gripping and the humor goddammit delightful.
now this book isn't flawless it has 2 major problems. firstly the beginning is super unfocused and confusing bit that clears up quickly
second I'm pretty sure some wordplay and satirical elements where lost in translation
despite all that this book worked it's way among my favorites for being silly, absurd and serious in a magnificent balance
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Amazing imagery, characterization, and plot in general! I don't see enough modernized magic stuff and this one was amazing! The beginning and sample seem confusing but the whole story is very immersing and does a wonderful job of revealing information through dialogue that feels almost natural!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful