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« Reply #30: May 29, 2010, 02:57:41 pm »

Worse than Nancy Kress' Steal Across the SkyCheesy

Worse than the plot of Under a Confederate Moon? To be fair, I've never read this book or anything by this author, so for all I know it would be fantastic. But the plot summery is hilarious.
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« Reply #31: May 30, 2010, 10:22:21 pm »


Worse than the plot of Under a Confederate Moon? To be fair, I've never read this book or anything by this author, so for all I know it would be fantastic. But the plot summery is hilarious.

Done right, I think that could be pretty awesome...even if only in a campy sort of way. 

Whereas Steal Across the Sky just made me want to throw it; I expected better of Nancy Kress.
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« Reply #32: June 03, 2010, 10:30:35 pm »

Garth Nix (except Lirael, ptui!).

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I really thought he was onto something with Sabriel, but then I read Lirael and Abhorsen, and it was...so...GRAH!

And in the theme of the thread, it sold because:

 - People read the first one and wanted to find out the ending
 - The characters other than Lirael were not bad (not really good, but not horrific)
 - The concept of the series was reasonable
 - Some degree of morbid fascination.

Worse than Nancy Kress' Steal Across the SkyCheesy

Can't say I've read it - does it compare with

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killing off a supposedly invincible character using a weakness that she chose not to reveal until he was actually dying of it?

'Coz that nearly made me throw the book against the wall.
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« Reply #33: June 03, 2010, 10:34:49 pm »


I really thought he was onto something with Sabriel, but then I read Lirael and Abhorsen, and it was...so...GRAH!


I remember mostly liking Sabriel, and then just not being able to deal with Lirael. Just didn't click for me.
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« Reply #34: June 04, 2010, 12:39:49 pm »


Can't say I've read it - does it compare with

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killing off a supposedly invincible character using a weakness that she chose not to reveal until he was actually dying of it?

'Coz that nearly made me throw the book against the wall.

That's pretty stupid, I must admit.  But in Steal Across the Sky, it's about human Witnesses who are brought to alien worlds by a species calling themselves the Atoners, to Witness a wrong they did us as a species thousands of years ago.  It sounded like a cool concept, and I really wanted to know what the hell they'd done to us; I really expected it to be something crazy interesting and a trenchant comment on human nature, but...

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...no.  You know what they did to us, what they were supposed to Atone for?  They took a bunch of prehistoric humans and placed them on several binary planetary systems around the galaxy.  They left people on one of those planets as is, and they removed a gene from the other set.  The same gene on each experimental planet.  So far, so good, right?  Maybe they took out the gene that keeps us from killing each other all the time or something.  But no.  They took out our gene for seeing the dead. Roll Eyes  Stupid and disappointing.  I damn near stopped right there, and it certainly didn't get any better.  And in the end, they Atoned by kidnapping some girls from the unmodified planets and marrying them off to Earthling men.  Never mind that they're modifying us against our will again, or that it would surely spread the gene faster if you had kidnapped men from these worlds and told them to sleep around.

Gah, it was just so stupid and disappointing.  I discovered her when I read the Beggars in Spain trilogy, which was pretty good and definitely interesting.  It was good enough that I then immediately read her Probability trilogy.  And to follow it with this?  Ugh.
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« Reply #35: June 13, 2010, 09:19:02 pm »


Buh? Guhbluh?  The hey?  What and how?

OK, you win, hands down.  *That* is a stupid plot twist.  Can I use that book as a 'how not to' guide?
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« Reply #36: June 20, 2010, 06:39:52 pm »


Buh? Guhbluh?  The hey?  What and how?

OK, you win, hands down.  *That* is a stupid plot twist.  Can I use that book as a 'how not to' guide?

Heh, I'm fine with it, but I don't know that Ms Kress will be. Cheesy
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