No more stormlight…

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1)The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I finally finished, halleluhjah. Only took me two years. I really did not enjoy this book. A lot of my friends love Brandon Sanderson to pieces. I am bowing out. Done, not going to pick up this author anytime soon. Endless, mind numbing details and blah blah blah. Sorry.

Yes, lots of world building, great magic system, lots of good ideas and concepts.

But eventually it all was just so boooooring. The book is long. Long book. It takes forever for something to happen. Long book is long. More plot would be better. A faster evolving plot would be better still.

I started the ebook in May 2016, read about 200 pages and then stopped to pick up something shorter and more exciting sounding. I never went back to it. People kept raving about Sanderson and my buddies continued the series, full of enthusiasm. So, in another attempt at this I got the audiobook, all scary 45h 34m of it… I listened at 2x speed, to end my suffering sooner. I really had to force myself to pick this up every now and then and plow through another hour of it.

Besides the ridiculous length, the institutionalized racism of the book really bugged me. Yes, it is obviously an integral part of the story, but I found it tiresome and the variance of human appearances unlikely. It somehow rubbed me the wrong way.

I was also not a fan of how women were portrayed.

Have I mentioned how boring I found the book for very long stretches of the way?

And many characters were TSTL. I don’t expect this amount of stupid in a fantasy novel. And they all did too much navel-gazing. I don‘t care for pages and pages of what, if, why, if it leads to no action.

What else? The book felt old-fashioned. Lack of humour, sarcasm or irony. Have I mentioned that the book is too long? And lacks action? Too much repetition and endless build-up? Boring?

I am sooo glad I am done with this. I am now going to delete Warbreaker from my kindle. Tried Brandon Sanderson, done, thank you.

1.5 very relieved-to-be-done-with-it stars

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Pointless brain candy

Obsession (The Reckless Rockwoods #1)Obsession by Monica Burns
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Pretty shallow, predictable plot, the usual clichee of characters not communicating with each other, taken to a ridiculous level. It lacked humour and wasn‘t very well written.

I did not get a lot of enjoyment out of it. I kept rolling my eyes constantly through the first six chapters. The plot got a little more interesting eventually. However, the characters were just TSTL all around and it was all just so painfully obvious.

Definitely not going to pick up anything else by this author.

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