For those of you who don’t know me I am my wife’s husband Jeff.  I do not know what I will write or when I will write anything for the blog.  However, my wife continually is pestering me so I am writing today about a book I just finished called Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen) by Steven Erikson.

Gardens of the Moon is considered a dark fantasy, I don’t know what that means.  All fantasy books seem the same to me unless they don’t contain any kind of magic then they are just boring stories set in a medieval times, using different names for places.  Gardens of the Moon is a boring story with magic in medieval places.  So I consider it fantasy because of the magic not because of the setting.  I’m sure fantasy aficionados would disagree with me.  (But they’re nerds, who cares what they think. 🙂  If you noticed I said boring, because holy crap was it boring, I literally fell asleep almost every time I read it until the last two books.  Oh I forgot, the novel has chapters but the chapters are broken up across seven sections called books.

The novel starts off in a world that is already fully developed with characters that are fully developed and have no need for us to go through any character development with them.  I hate it when books do that.  I feel the whole purpose of reading the genre is to see some lowly person attain a higher self-awareness along with heightened power.  Everybody that was introduced was already at their maximum potential; it felt like the story had nowhere to go.  And it didn’t go anywhere until the second book when they introduced new characters who were also already fully developed (except for one, and he was kind of annoying)  and had no real room for growth or so it seemed.  This changes in book six, but still it took way too long to get there.   We see development, not on a personal level, just revelations within the text that people aren’t who they seem to be.  Which I feel is acceptable in most books because we like finding out when people are actually villains or actually heroes.  This book does not do that however, it just solidifies goodness or solidifies not goodness.  I have to say not goodness because I didn’t have a sense of any actually evil characters (until book six), they were just characters, it didn’t matter to me if they lived, died, or did anything.  I think that is my biggest problem with a book like this.  At no time did I find myself rooting for anybody, or being against anybody.  It didn’t matter who won in any conflict because I didn’t know anybody well enough to really care if they lived or died.  I was able to finish the book, mainly because two badass characters were introduced and I wanted to see what happens with them.  I am actually going to continue reading the series only for the purpose of seeing what arises out of their potential conflict.  There are ten books currently and I have read that the series gets much better.  I will let you know.

On that note, I would like to let you know I am not starting the second one soon.  I am actually going to re-read a book I read two years ago.  The book is called The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1). It is by Patrick Rothfuss who has only the one book out and the second book, The Wise Man’s Fear (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2)is coming out at the beginning of March.  When I read Name of the Wind before I absolutely loved it.  I will write a review of the book when I am done with it this second time.  It will allow me to be more concise as to why it is fantastic.

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