Monday, September 20, 2010

It's not you it's me

The Chathrand - The Great Ship, The Wind-Palace, His Supremacy's First Fancy - is the last of her kind - built 600 years ago she dwarves all the ships around her.
The secrets of her construction are long lost. She was the pride of the Empire. The natural choice for the great diplomatic voyage to seal the peace with the last of the Emperor's last enemies. 700 souls boarded her. Her sadistic Captain Nilus Rose, the Emperor's Ambassador and Thasha, the daughter he plans to marry off to seal the treaty, a spy master and six assassins, one hunderd imperial marines, Pazel the tarboy gifted and cursed by his mother's spell and a small band of Ixchel.
The Ixchel sneaked aboard and now hide below decks amongst the rats. Intent on their own mission. But there is treachery afoot. Behind the plans for peace lies the shadow of war and the fear that a dead king might live again. And now the Chathrand, having survived countless battles and centuries of typhoons has gone missing.
This is her story.
I was recently told, for a second time, to read The Red Wolf Conspiracy by my friend Karen.

She loved it and couldn't stop singing it's praises. I had looked at it before and passed it by, and while Karen is a great mate it's only about a third of the time that we actually enjoy the same books. That should have been my second warning.

But I went ahead and bought it, and I've made my way through 88 pages but can do no more. It's just not my cup of tea.

It's not at all poorly written, in fact it has the kind of prose I would normally get excited about. It's packed full of world building and references to historical events that are scattered like pieces of a broken puzzle readers have to find and piece together.

It has some strong characters and very cool , obscure references to what is obviously technology but now lost to the current civilisation. And I really like that kind of thing.

But unfortunately it also set in the equivalent to... oh I don't know, the late 1600 hundreds? There is gun powder and great navies that are 'expanding the empire' and doctors with 'medical marvels' and the progression of science. There are proper deportment schools for young ladies of a certain class and great trading houses with aristocratic patrons/owners or benefactors and... and it gives me hives.

I just can't do this time period, I could barely do The Pirates of the Caribbean, and certainly not 2 - I haven't even bothered with 3! Chris Evans utilised this setting in the Iron Elves series and I was able to get into that.

The setting wasn't nearly as thickly depicted, as strongly accented in the story as it is in Redicks book. And I just can't get through it, which is a shame because I am sure it would be a great story.

2 comments:

Sarah said...

I wasn't able to do Iron Elves at all. I just thought it was very poorly done. I've been looking at this book for a while and I do plan on giving it a try but I can understand your issues with it completely. Books set in a time when there is gunpowder and etc that you explained tend to be hits or misses with me, as well. It's a very hard time period to read about.

I appreciate your honesty. :)

Mark Timmony said...

Thanks darl.

I really wanted to like this one - I just didn't get it.

The Chris Evan's on the other hand I did like. Horses for courses I guess :-D

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