The Merlin Conspiracy (no spoilers)
Ding, Kylie (KAM.RIC)
Kylie.Ding at us.kline.com
Tue Mar 18 21:00:21 EST 2003
Don't get me wrong, there were bits of it I loved. Some of the characters, most of the concepts and all of the settings! Though I did find some of the characters very irritating as well. I think my problem is in the way it all hung together. I'm not to good at literary criticism, and I find it really hard to put my finger on what I don't like about some books, and I find it even harder to express it in writing. But when I'd finished The Merlin Conspiracy I had a bit of a sense of disappointment. I didn't get that with Deep Secret or Year of the Griffin.
I did rush the reading and I will have to go back and read it again to digest it properly. I should be all fired up and hopefully have firm opinions and criticism sorted out in a couple of weeks time when the debate hits the list.
> > PS I've read The Merlin Conspiracy and enjoyed it a lot,
> but I wouldn't
> put it up there with her best.
> This may be a bit premature, but for the record I disagree. I
> think it's an
> amazingly inventive and exciting book, right up there with
> Deep Secret (and
> a considerable improvement on Year of the Griffin...). I do have one
> quibble, which those who know my views on fantasy monarchies won't be
> surprised by, but it's not a serious one in context.
> But no doubt this debate will take off properly in a few
> weeks, so I'll hang
> further fire till then.
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