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April 4th, 2010 - Phil's Rambling Rants

April 4th, 2010

April 4th, 2010
08:48 pm

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Book review: Ship of Destiny
I'm getting behind on book reviews again, and I don't want to let that happen, so I'm going to do this now, though I probably won't do it as well as I'd originally hoped.  It's been over a week since I finished the book and I'm starting to lose some details, and I'm really tired.

Anyway, today's book review is Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb.

This is the third book in the Liveships trilogy.  Read Ship of Magic and Mad Ship first; a whole lot of stuff carries over from them.  This book does tie things up reasonably well.

This book is a satisfying conclusion to the series.  A lot of important things were pretty well foreshadowed, so they might not be surprising enough to satisfy everyone, but it made me fairly happy.  The big problem that I had is that these books are just too long; even though I was really enjoying the read, I was having some trouble keeping track of all the threads and it just took too long to get through the book.  I felt this more with the third book than the first two, even though it's actually slightly shorter in page count.  This isn't really 3 800 page novels, it's one 2400 page novel printed in three volumes, and I felt the full weight of it as I was finishing the third book -- all the interesting world building, all of the characters, and all of the interwoven stories.  It's pretty tightly written; this isn't one of those books where it's obvious to me that a lot of it should have been cut.  All the different characters' stories are interesting; it's just overwhelming.

8 out of 10.

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