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Good books, bad books - Qualified Perceptions
firstfrost
firstfrost
Good books, bad books
On the good side, I reread Robin Hobb's Assassin series, and then the first two books of the Tawny Man series. I really should have reread Liveship Traders, as I didn't realize until Tawny Man that they're actually connected, and not just plots set in vaguely the same universe. But I didn't have them, so I didn't. :) The first two Assassin books I like quite a lot; the third suffers from long-windedness, but isn't bad. Tawny Man is interesting.

On the bad side, I failed to finish Tiger Burning Bright - over and over they tell you how Strong and Competent and Marvellous and True to their Blood the three main characters are. Said main characters obsessively plan all the important things they're going to do, and then fret when Unforseen Circumstances Foil their Plans. But by halfway through, they hadn't actually done anything... And I'm going to fail to finish Convergence, which is the most mind-numbingly tedious thing I've read in a very long time.

Introduction to A, who goes to the city and defeats a fireball through the use of their magic powers.
Introduction to B, who goes to the city and defeats a fireball through the use of their magic powers.
Introduction to C, who goes to the city and defeats a fireball through the use of their magic powers.
Introduction to D, who lives in the city and defeats a fireball through the use of their magic powers.
Introduction to E, who goes to the city and defeats a fireball through the use of their magic powers.
A goes through an archway, is given directions, discovers the buildings are made of an interesting substance, and begins their Magic Test - which may kill them! Oh no!
B goes through an archway, is given directions, discovers the buildings are made of an interesting substance, and begins their Magic Test - which may kill them! Oh no!
C goes through an archway, is given directions, discovers the buildings are made of an interesting substance, and begins their Magic Test - which may kill them! Oh no!
D goes through an archway, is given directions, discovers the buildings are made of an interesting substance, and begins their Magic Test - which may kill them! Oh no!
E goes through an archway, is given directions, discovers the buildings are made of an interesting substance, and begins their Magic Test - which may kill them! Oh no!
After the test, A meets B in a bathhouse and there is an Awkward Misunderstanding. A recalls how they passed their test, through learning to do two things with magic at the same time.
After the test, A meets B in a bathhouse and there is an Awkward Misunderstanding, now told from B's point of view. B recalls how they passed their test, through learning to do two things with magic at the same time. Now B meets C in the bathhouse, and there is an Awkward Misunderstanding.
After the test, B meets C in a bathhouse and there is an Awkward Misunderstanding, now told from C's point of view. C recalls how they passed their test, through learning to do two things with magic at the same time. Now C meets D in the bathhouse, and there is an Awkward Misunderstanding.
After the test, C meets D in a bathhouse and there is an Awkward Misunderstanding, now told from D's point of view. D recalls how they passed their test, through learning to do two things with magic at the same time. Now D meets E in the bathhouse, and there is an Awkward Misunderstanding.
After the test, D meets E in a bathhouse and there is an Awkward Misunderstanding, now told from E's point of view. E recalls how they passed their test, through learning to do two things with magic at the same time.


I can't take it any more. I might find the characters interesting, if they weren't all doing the EXACT SAME THING OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN!

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