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[Oct. 27th, 2008|06:26 pm]
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Anyone read Brethren: Raised By Wolves by W.A. Hoffman? Is it any good?
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[User Picture]From: la_vie_noire
2008-10-28 04:33 am (UTC)
Yeap, I have. And no, I won't recommend it. I could even finish it. I disliked the characters and the tropes used too much.
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2008-10-29 05:53 am (UTC)
Thanks for your input. Makes me wary of it.
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[User Picture]From: flyby311
2008-10-28 06:46 am (UTC)
I have. :O I actually liked it. It's long and meaty and, hrm. It is well written, in my opinion. I pretty much devoured the entire thing in a day. It IS a bit too wordy in parts and yeah, it does make one raise an eyebrow at the thought of all pirates being gay when they're on a ship, but... I liked it. XD I bought the first book and have the second too. I still need to get the third, but, eh, I'll get it eventually (I like the first book better than the second, but that's because there's more female characters thrown in and a plot point which... I really despise being played--but that's my personal preference. x.x).
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2008-10-29 05:54 am (UTC)
From the (admittedly completely unscientific selection of) comments, it seems like the book is well-written. I really wonder if I'll like it but I might give it a try, just to give it a try.
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[User Picture]From: auburnnothenna
2008-10-28 07:50 am (UTC)
I too have read it. It's written well enough in terms of prose, but suffers from the author transposing twentieth century attitudes into fifteenth (maybe it's sixteenth, but you get the idea) century characters. Actually, there's a very fanfic-ish feel to the plot and the way the characters relate and the narrator is a bit of a Mary Sue. And about the seventh time the narrator starts in on his sheep and dogs and wolves analogy of people, I did think of throwing the book at the wall. There are plenty of bestsellers that are much worse, but I'm not ordering the other two books, so I'd have to say it's a non-recommendation. The cover's gorgeous though...
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2008-10-29 05:55 am (UTC)
The analogies sound tedious and slightly lame. Hopefully the won't piss me off nearly as much as I think they will (which, I fear, will be a lot).

The cover is *lovely*. I didn't give it a good look until you mentioned it. XD;
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[User Picture]From: zehavit_lamasu
2008-10-28 09:27 am (UTC)
It is a love or hate affair really - I loved it to bits ... it tries hard to be a serious historical novel but feels much more like a lengthy trashy romance. There are some seriously repetitive parts the talk in animal metaphors had me laugh but I suspect that it would drive you insane. The melodrama is sky high too and there is substantial amount of info dump...

I think it is very flawed but I like it for those flows.

I reviewed the first volume here: http://zehavit-lamasu.livejournal.com/277628.html

and the second with more snark here: http://zehavit-lamasu.livejournal.com/295032.html

I have volume 3 but not read it yet - they are lengthy and can be a bit of an undertaking ^^;;
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2008-10-29 05:56 am (UTC)
Your reviews make me want to try reading them despite my considerable misgivings. Maybe I'll like them, I have a bad feeling I won't...
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[User Picture]From: ariss_tenoh
2008-10-28 05:39 pm (UTC)
It's lying on my table. Still haven't found the time to read it. It's a really big book though.
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2008-10-29 05:58 am (UTC)
Big book is a good thing in my opinion. As long as it's not mind-numbing in it's length...which doesn't seem to be a problem judging from the other comments.
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