OH HAY THAR INTERWEB! I READ A BOOK!
Actually I’ve read six books so far this year. Technically five and a half. But whatever. Because of last year’s Y I NO READ ANY MORE whine, I’ve challenged myself to read 24 books this year (stopped short of a one-a-week challenge because I know myself). I’m doing well so far. Now my book queue is only 87 books long! D:
“The hunger in his eyes was palpable”
Unless you usually gauge mood by poking people in the eye then no, it wasn’t. Also when I tweeted it I had several people assume I was reading crappy erotica. That is not a good sign.
“Oh,” giggled another poorly-developed female character, “politics! I’m so glad I’m a woman and don’t have to think about that.”
Actually, there was no specific strike three. I just realised that I didn’t care any more. I was 44% of the way through, the main character had just had an encounter with a powerful divinity, everything was going horribly wrong… and I was completely cold.
I found the main character entirely unsympathetic. He does not converse, he bickers. He is hung up on his Parents’ Disapproval Of His Life Choices which is fine, everyone needs a backstory, but after the fifth flashback it began to get a bit tiresome. His only flaw (apart from being really annoying) is being Too Noble, as he refuses all help to Stop Any More People Getting Hurt. People still get hurt. He gets hurt, but he Nobly Struggles On Through The Pain. Ugh.
I just didn’t like him. And the focus is so heavily on him and what he thinks and what he understands of the situation around him that I just couldn’t bear it any more. In this case, the first-person narrative was stifling; I wanted to get more of a feel for the landscape and culture in which the story is set, instead of being trapped inside the brain of a single man. I wanted to know more about the other characters, to know why I should care about them, why the mystery needed to be solved. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.
So, sorry. Did not finish. Interesting premise, but executed in a way that completely lost me.