I wrote previously about books that I wasn’t really into – not necessarily for any particular reason, but just that they ain’t my thing! And now I’ve got a couple more to add.
Stoneheart by Charlie Fletcher.
I was recommended this series by a friend, who loves them. Unfortunately, it felt like wading through treacle! I kept at it, but I was reading this in chunks of about two chapters a time – and for me, that’s not a sign that I’m enjoying it. But, once again, it’s me. The book’s very action-based and the plot races along nicely. The characters and setting are vivid and realistic; the world building and mythology is fantastic. I can see why it’s recommended as a “book for boys”, as it’s very action-central and the Gunner in particular is a nice figure. Overall, it should have been fantastic…but I just didn’t get into it. So…nothing wrong with it, but just not my thing.
The Painted Man by Peter V Brett.
Well, it’s unusual. The world-building in this is fascinating; it’s got some brilliant elements, and I love the demons and the wards. Each of the cultures and landscapes is sketched out vividly, with so many different parts and ideas. The characters are also very well done, particularly the secondary ones – everyone has motives and character traits that are interesting and real. I like the moves between the characters, going from Arlen’s childhood and then diverting to Leesha and Rojer. In terms of plot, I was more interested in Arlen’s early story and Leesha’s than any of the others; I felt that Rojer got rather short shrift compared to the other two, and at the moment he certainly seems like a more minor character. However, their stories wound together nicely, and kept the book going. Overall, it’s an interesting and entertaining read.
That said, I won’t be picking up the rest of the series; I’m not interested in how the story continues. I don’t care enough about the characters or the world to want to know how things turn out. I’m sort of grateful for that as I’ve spotted up to Book 4 on Amazon, so I don’t know if the series continues beyond that or not! It’s not that the writing is bad or the books aren’t interesting; I think this comes down to another “just not entirely my thing” read.
Beyond The Veil by Pippa da Costa.
I’ve had to give up on. I just cannot get on with this at all! I’m sure the story’s interesting, but every time I start reading, I just lose track of where I got to and have to put it down. I have no idea why it’s so bad for me; it’s a decent story, the characters are ok, I’m usually ok with a mystery plot and demons, and it’s got some nice elements…but I have to admit defeat. This was one of my Discoverability Challenge books, so I’m going to substitute something else in.