No salvation for me…

Salvation (Salvation Sequence #1)Salvation by Peter F. Hamilton
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Putting this one on hold after listening to roughly 5 hours of the audiobook, which is about 140 pages.

I like Callum and Savi, but generally I do not care about the story. Not sure if my lack of interest is the book‘s fault or due to my usual atumnal reading slump. Last year was the same—the later in the year, the fewer pages I read. So, might be me! Or not, based on the comments of my reading buddies…. long, slow, plodding plot, not covering any new ground, etc.

Listening:
The narrator in this one here does not do a good job with women‘s voices or expressing emotions. I find his accents confusing as well.

I might listen a little further, I might now. For now banned to the DNF shelf.

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A Plague of Characters

A Plague of Giants (Seven Kennings #1)A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Very wordy beginning. 10% into this I am utterly uninterested in the story telling part. Some bits are nicely done, but I would quite like to have some plot. I had looked forward to something similar to his Druid Chronicles, but with a classic fantasy setting. This is not it.

At 18% I am calling it a day. Probably the most boring war I had every the misfortune to read about. Maybe because there was no war, just a never ending row of interchangeable, flat characters, introducing their race, culture, magic system and specific kenning. It felt like reading endless prologues. Why should I care, if I never get to know any of them well enough?

DNF at 18%, which should equal about 118 pages.

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Boats, gates, portals and nodes…

Dragon Blood (World of the Lupi, #14)Dragon Blood by Eileen Wilks
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Best read back to back with the previous book. Avoids frustration at the end of that one, due to the massive cliffhanger, aka it stopped practically in the middle of a chapter. Some heavy editing of this one here with some massive cuts and publishing those two books in one might have been the way to go…

The book starts with immediate action (middle of the chapter, remember?), followed by a veeery looong info dump. 70 pages in, I starting skimming just a teeny-weeny bit. 100 pages later I was still knee-deep in explanations, more explanations, details upon details, portals, gates, Dis, Hell, magical philosophy, snore, skim skim skim…. And more skimming. Oh boy, this really did not do it for me. Large parts of the plot just felt like boring attempts to rack up the page count. Jumping here, jumping there, more detailed explanations, pages after pages of… I don’t even know, because I was skimming so much! The only highlight was Grandmother.

What the heck was that? Possibly the end of me reading this series. 2 catatonic stars, whimpering away, possibly through a gate into another dimension, that might or might not have a congruent timeline. I wish I had a gate to go through, back to the time before I started this book!

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