I will be talking about plot elements nothing from the newest book but stuff throughout the series.
Now Hate might be to strong of a word because I enjoy the first 3 or 4 books a great deal. Its just the last couple that I have disliked.
I got turned onto the series by a friend and read the first couple books, they were pretty decent. I believe i liked the series immensely up until the book where he goes to the Palace of the Prophets or where the sisters of the lights were.
After that book the series became what I would term mind numbingly repetitive. Every book he would have to put a synopsis of the last into the exposition. Im not sure if he assumed that the reader had the memory of a developmentally challenged Orangutan or if he just got paid by the word.
Anywho the mind numbing repetition and reiteration aside the series slowly turned into a politcal commentary that is so painstakingly obvious and ham fisted that only the most obtuse would miss it. Needless to say the author is no Jonathan Swift or Frank Herbert.
The story slowly picked back up when Richard gets taken to the old world by nicci to bask in the glorious splendor of the heart of the empire, I liked elements of the story, and it was a fun read but the fact that he spent the entire book attacking communism was distracting and took away from the joy of the book. Newsflash the commies lost and gave up in 1991, capitalism is victorious.
Now its not that i particularly disagree with what he is saying but the fact that as previously mentioned that he is so heavy handed. I dont mind politics in a science fiction or fantasy book. Ive read through Dune more times than I care to count but really. Also the fact that he is just wringing the series for all its worth. I read the one and the main characters didnt even appear until the last 50 pages of the book.
anyways rant off,
its not a horrible book but as the series goes on it tends to get bogged down in telling the reader what has happened before way to often and also because a red white and blue propaganda attacking communists, advocating a nations right to defend itself and attacking the notions of pacificism.
Zedd, Richard, and co are all fun characters and I will always re-read the first couple books because its to much fun reading along as Richard punches the princess that kept the little girl locked in the box or teaches Verna to care for her horse but that doesnt mean I am going to keep reading the series when it has quite clearly degenerated.
Edited, Wed Mar 16 04:27:41 2005 by bhodisattva