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The Dragonbone Chair

This book was only barely okay for me. I usually give a book about 100 pages to hook me, and this one didn't come close to doing that, but I kept thinking "It must get better. Right? Yeah, it must." I wasn't totally wrong about that, but it was a near thing.

The first, I don't know, 2/3 of this story (tome) were not particularly good. The story is told from the perspective of a not-too-bright teenage boy who may have been a bit mentally-challenged. I got the impression that there were really interesting things going on around him, but these things were filtered through his perceptions and he didn't care much about anything. There was a lot of whining about sweeping the floors. If you decide to read this one, you'll need to steel yourself for a whole lot of this "Waaaa...Rachel wants me to sweep the floors, but I'd rather catch a frog or go climb something. Waa."

The last 1/3 was pretty good. That's when stuff starts happening. There's mystery, betrayal, travel, travails, a fight, a neat new companion, a wolf, and the whinging switches from sweeping to sore feet and hunger.

I don't remember why I started reading this trilogy. I don't think I really like Tad Williams' other work, but I think I read somewhere that these were good. I'm about 2/3 of the way through the second book, and the story does improve. Slowly, slowly.

Here's the Amazon link. That's just in case I haven't turned you off of the story. Somehow.
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Terrence said...

I read that series a loooooong time ago. If I recall, it does improve, but I can't remember anything specific about it.

Mike Matteson said...

Yeah, I acutally didn't notice how old this series is. It's from 1988. I'm pushing through the second book, but only because I'm committed to it at this point. I don't know that I'll worry about reading the third book.