I am a little more than halfway through Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. It is the current book club selection, and I am totally loving it. It is dense in the way that only high fantasy can be. But Sanderson is truly gifted. He has created an amazing magic system, and he is skilled in descriptions that are just right.
I only have one predicition, though it isn’t for lack of trying. The book keeps the end in shadow in a way that makes you want to keep reading. Hit the jump for the prediction!
So, one of the books I am currently reading (in a mad dash to get it back to the library on time) is Boneshaker by Cherie Priest.
I am enjoying it. I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it. Something about the writing isn’t pulling me right into the story. But the story is so damned interesting, and the characters are so likeable that I am keeping at it. I am just shy of halfway through, and if you click the jump, I will share some of my predictions with you.
So continues my YA binge.
Unfortunately, it belongs on the YA-purge pile.
There are a few definite positives to this one that the last few YA novels I read didn’t have.
– The plot isn’t completely transparent.
– As of right now, 230 pages in, there is no awkward and/or forced romance that is so typical of the YA genre.
That… is all I can think of for the positive column.
In the negatives, we have a few as well.
– The writing is, in my opinion, just awful. Every few pages, the main character repeats something. I know how he feels… I am constantly reminded of it.
– While it is good that the plot isn’t completely transparent, it is almost heading too much in the other direction. The plot seems to lack direction.
– The characters aren’t very well-developed.
– There is a lot of fake swearing. Fake swearing irks me anyways, and Dashner is using it far too much. Words like “klunk”, “slint”, and “shank” and some derivatives of such are appearing in every bit of dialogue. I am OK with some swearing, as long as it is not just swearing for the sake of swearing. The exception to this is the rare character who is written as a swearing jerk. But they generally don’t get much air-time anyways. I digress. I have debated making an entirely new post about fake-swearing, but I think I will settle for a new paragraph instead.
(After the jump is some mildly mature language.)
I am not entirely sure how this book got such high ratings, to be honest. I find the writing style to be vague, and the promise on the front of the book is as-yet unfulfilled. This book is written in first person, and it flips back and forth between two characters. Every other chapter. Like clockwork. It is like Twilight in SPACE and without the vampires (yet). I enjoyed Twilight, but I am not connecting to this book.
I am on page 131 of 400-and-something. Below are a few of my predictions. As the plot is fairly transparent, I advise you avoid reading if you don’t want to be spoilered.