|Submitted by Jason |
(Nov 04, 2009)
This book starts out as it finishes up with childish boy who refuses to become a man. Though he has plenty of opportunities to grow up and leave his brooding childish ways behind him, he consistently refuses to do so. He consistently makes the wrong decision and ends up getting away with it. People die because of the main character throughout the book and he just tra la la's along while nothing touches him directly. While he is screwing up and others are dying because of it, he manages to still find away to brood and squander talent and opportunity wherever it finds him.
In addition, there are far too many things blatantly taken from J.K. Rowling to discuss here but Grossman steals from other authors also throughout the book. Somewhere along the way over the past few years, people have begun to review books highly just because they are darker than ones that came before. Dark can be good, Steven Erikson writes dark books as does JV Jones, and they are well done. Joe Abercrombie writes dark and those books suck, despite reviews to the contrary. This book is far more Abercrombie than Erikson I am afraid to say.
How this book is getting such good reviews is quite beyond me.