Inheritance, Christopher Paolini
It’s one of those times that I don’t really know how many stars it has for me. It doesn’t reach the memorable, but it stays close. Very close.
The beginning was a bit slow, like all Brisingr‘s book, but then it got better and it kept me hooked. That part was really memorable, although the battle was a little long, maybe because, from the end of Eldest, there are constant battles.
But… then, the last 100 pages were a little slow again and the end didn’t convince me. It reminded me a lot of a certain book (I won’t say which one, because I would be a spoiler) and the truth is that I don’t see so inevitable what happens. Even so, tears slipped from my eyes.
On this occasion the one I liked the most is Murtagh, although I can’t say more details without spoilering the book. On the other hand, Galbatorix finally comes out in person and the truth is that his personality has pleasantly surprised me.He’s crazy and he’s the bad one, but he has a lot of charm
The last ring bearer, Kiril Yeskov
I loved it. It’s counted on with impeccable humor, and in addition it’s not another version of the war of the ring, but it explains to you the war briefly and soon it tells you what happens next. It presents The Lord of the rings as propaganda of the victors, and pretends to be telling the true version of the story with a very fresh style as if it were a chronicle.
It presents the orc people as lovers of peace and democracy, being dragged into the war of the ring by magicians and elves, who are the bad guys in history.
Many of the characters are those of The Lord of the rings slightly changed (Saruman as Searuman…), I guess for copyright, and with a personality very different from the “legendary”. Baron Tangorn is the one I liked the most, but all the characters have their charm.
In addition to adventures, the story gets political intrigues, espionage and many other things that don’t do it boring despite how long it is.
The android’s dream, John Scalzi
I have seen a lot of bad reviews of the book, but the truth is that I loved it. Maybe because I’m not very science fiction purist, and therefore I don’t care that conventions in this genre are not followed.
Just as I admire Terry Pratchet for bringing fantasy to absurdity, I admire this man for making a science fiction book with a really stupid situation and a development that can only be considered coherent.
How is that absurd and coherent? Well, the story makes sense, even after a diplomatic incident was formed with a device that turns farts into odors with messages for an alien race and that the only hope is to find a sheep that is almost extinct.
The characters are stereotyped, but they are well treated. The one that seems worse to me is Robin, who seems to take his situation too well, to the point of joking. To be a civilian, does not make much sense.
The story has been very enjoyable, well written and with the few necessary explanations to understand it a bit. In short, a highly recommended book.