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Dear R. Scott Bakker -
Yes, we get it...you know more about philosophy and religion than most other people...good for you. It's just too bad that fact got in the way of your very compelling story.
--now for my review--
I've heard people either love or hate this series...I both love AND hate it. And this book is exactly why. All of the important plot points are obfuscated to the point of nonsense or pure guesswork by the reader. The author tortures his few clear points so far that he condescends to the reader. Many characters have absolutely no purpose whatsoever - i.e hundreds of pages/tens of audiobook hours are spent on characters who could disappear entirely and the plot would change not one bit.
I so desperately want to only love this book and series at large. I have also always wanted to see someone make a serious effort at exploring the 'uber man' idea to it's logical conclusion in a compelling story. And I was given that with this series. Unfortunately it was written by someone more in love with his own 'cleverness,' than he is with writing coherent, enjoyable stories.
I love the grimdark sub-genre of fantasy, but also want to enjoy reading such books. This series and this book felt much more like required reading for a college course than something to read for enjoyment, and I almost dreaded pushing through it. Again, don't get me wrong...I love this series and it's incredibly compelling story... but I also hated reading it...if that makes any sense...
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