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Topic Summary - Displaying 6 post(s).
Posted by: jhagman Posted on: 30. May 2010 at 06:13
I gave this book another read recently, and like all vintage Blaylock, it just gets better! I remember the first time I read the "Elfin Ship", I said to myself "what the Hell was that"?, and gave it another read, and have been reading Blaylock ever since. These days I ration my Blaylock reading for when I need serious mental-pleasure reinforcements,,he writes so seldom, he is like a fine bottle of wine, to be taken out only during special occasions. He has been read by me on Mt. Whitney (during a blizzard), Death Valley (during a very scary winter storm), and always during Halloween. It goes without saying that mediocre Blaylock is better than anothers writer's best!
Posted by: hypodoche Posted on: 05. Apr 2010 at 13:55
This one felt a bit rushed and empty to me.  Maybe it was the combination of his "ghost style" and "relic style," but the characters seemed more unquestioning and capable than usual, with very little conflict emotionally.  The tidbits that make things Blaylock-ian seem thrown in... the quick walk by the aquaria, the one bad guy who briefly mentions pickles.  Far cry from a 3am cereal breakfast.

Postum (I assume a wink to the guy in Paper Grail, and maybe Lord Kelvin's Machine?) and Lamar Morris were both terribly underwritten, although the whole thing seemed more like a final sketch that never got fleshed out.  Still very readable, but I can't help think someone told JB to "hey do a knight's templar kind of thing," and this is what happened.   Undecided
Posted by: brufrog Posted on: 22. Apr 2009 at 10:33
I loved it  - it was like a meeting an old best friend in my favourite pub for a few beers and a long chat, or going to my favourite pub with a great book by my fave author who barely ever publishes a book!  I wish JPB would write more frequently. A full novel every 2 years. Is that too much to ask for?
Posted by: Mike Posted on: 24. Mar 2009 at 21:08
It somehow lost me 3/4ths of the way through... It started with great potential, and became quite gripping in the middle when Donna saved Calvin from the Baddies...

But after that, I don't know.  It could be because I got the flu around that time... I'll give it another try in a few months.
Posted by: Peter Brander, Denmark Posted on: 12. Dec 2008 at 04:04
Nice, comfy, warm socks on a cold november-day.

I've read it twice. Enjoyed it both times.

Maybe its a bit too soft. No jagged edges whatsoever... (but sometimes, that is just what the doctor ordered.)
Posted by: Forum Administrator Posted on: 08. Dec 2008 at 16:28
So - the new novel is out at last... What do you think?