Resolved

It’s funny because I was going to start this post by saying I must not be a very good blogger if I haven’t written anything since May (a post about the novel Night Swimming by Steph Bowe). But then I opened up the WordPress app on my ipad and saw that a post about a Laini Taylor novel hadn’t published properly. And then it posted twice. So three posts in one day must mean I’m an amazing blogger (though perhaps also technology inept). 

I do plan on being a better blogger. Most of this year seemed to get eaten up by work and toddler terrors, thought to be fair I read a lot instead of doing much else in my spare time. I still plan on doing that, the reading that is, I just plan to make more of a conscious effort to blog about it too. Fridays I think, because that’s when I’ll have the time. If anything, I hope it will help me broaden my vocabulary again, I’ve already seen too much repetion of words in these very short paragraphs. Though I doubt it will do anything for my terrible use of apostrophes as predictive text sorts that out for me most of the time.

I read and saw so much I wanted to write about this year. I even wrote myself notes on the back of ticket stubs and started using post its when I read. But I just never did. Not at I have an excuse either. I now have a smart phone, and still have a tablet. Small, easy, portable. Laziness just seems to win out in the end.

But not in 2018.

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The Flipside

Then there is the not so great fantasy.

  
I just don’t think I can do high fantasy anymore. And this isn’t even it in its most purest form because there are portals from the fantasy land to the world as we know it.

I must have like the first story in this series though, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, because I did by this sequel. Though it has been sitting in my shelf for about a year I think. And I won’t be buying the third in the trilogy to see how it all ends because I just don’t care.

Some of the concepts in this series are good. I like the resurrecting, and the mysterious far off land they introduced in this book, but overall there is just too much gore. And not enough explaining. I don’t get why the two different peoples are fighting so much, I don’t get why they want to take over earth, I don’t really see where it could be headed, there doesn’t seem to be a solution to the problem the author has posed. Or at least not one I want to read about.

What is good about these books though is that the love story is not the focus as it is in so much fantasy. It’s important, but more important are the ideas of hope and peace. But that is also one of the problems with the series. I don’t really care about the peace because I haven’t been given enough information/back story to care and so without romance, there is nothing tying me to the characters. I guess it’s just really hard to empathise with them. Perhaps because they are not human.

And that’s another problem with high fantasy, it’s mostly just doom and gloom and nobody gets what they want. Including the reader.

The Flipside

Then there is the not so great fantasy.

  
I just don’t think I can do high fantasy anymore. And this isn’t even it in its most purest form because there are portals from the fantasy land to the world as we know it.

I must have like the first story in this series though, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, because I did by this sequel. Though it has been sitting in my shelf for about a year I think. And I won’t be buying the third in the trilogy to see how it all ends because I just don’t care.

Some of the concepts in this series are good. I like the resurrecting, and the mysterious far off land they introduced in this book, but overall there is just too much gore. And not enough explaining. I don’t get why the two different peoples are fighting so much, I don’t get why they want to take over earth, I don’t really see where it could be headed, there doesn’t seem to be a solution to the problem the author has posed. Or at least not one I want to read about.

What is good about these books though is that the love story is not the focus as it is in so much fantasy. It’s important, but more important are the ideas of hope and peace. But that is also one of the problems with the series. I don’t really care about the peace because I haven’t been given enough information/back story to care and so without romance, there is nothing tying me to the characters. I guess it’s just really hard to empathise with them. Perhaps because they are not human.

And that’s another problem with high fantasy, it’s mostly just doom and gloom and nobody gets what they want. Including the reader.