Sunday, 18 October 2015
Sunday, 10 May 2015
Two women survive the combined ravages of a pandemic and nuclear war. They make it their life's work to save a collection of books from before the collapse of civilisation. Unfortunately when they finally come across another group of survivors that community's strong religious beliefs may be a threat to the precious cache of knowledge.
This is an excellent post apocalyptic novel that actually make you think. Is the quest to preserve human knowledge more important than the need to live in community and ensure the survival of the species?
Sunday, 22 February 2015
Sunday, 8 February 2015
With regards to the battle scenes that fill most of the book all I can say is that Abercrombie is that I haven't been as engrossed in descriptions of battle since David Gemmel and that is high praise indeed.
The main flaw of the book for me is that it rook too long to finish up. About a quarter of the book is devoted to tying up loose ends after the main plot is already resolved. Perhaps this is a consequence of the deep characterisation with so many individual sub plots to resolve but to my mind it goes on way too long.
And yes the Bayaz the first of the Magi is involved as usual and yes the outcome is just as you would expect.
Saturday, 3 January 2015
I found the book to be well written and engaging. It is a fictionalised account (see magical medallion) but Scarbrough was really there and the settings and the emotional impacts on characters are based on her real life experiences. I have read a number of books about Vietnam from the point of soldiers so it is intriguing to get a complementary view from a non-combatant.