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le 11 juillet 2015
I read Garden of The Moon last month and liked it engouh to try the second novel in the series. But.

If the world created by Steven Erickson is rich and full and perfect for any fantasy lover, his way of presenting it and his writing style makes it hard to enjoy the read. It’s only when closing the book that you say “wow, so many ideas, no many nuances, it’s great”. But when you’re reading it … It’s too elliptic (“wait … Why is he saying that ?” and five minutes of relfection later “ok maybe because of that”), and too dense to have the time to enjoy everything : every new element or new name is barely explained. While I very much appreciate being told a story of a different world as if I was of that world (it makes me feel intelligent, that the author doesn’t have to explain ten times every news weird element), he does that to the point that you lose all your interest in everything new, rendering the story pretty flat : ok he found that or did that, but who cares since I don’t even remember what race he’s from and his story is ?

It’s a good try at insisting on the realistic dimension of fantasy (by concentrating only on actions and dialogues of the characters, and relinduishing descriptions and static information to a minimum), even though the poetic dimension if non-existent, and the characters are pushed so much into a sort of material realism and scientifically presented that you’re surprised they have sometimes strong feelings. I liked Felisin because she seemed to hate a lot of people, and the only one expressing any kind kind of emotion helping you shaping some sort of lasting visual of her character. As for the others, they give a blurry impression : too many details but nothing standing out enough to differentiate them a lot from the others (even if they’re from different races or tribes … Since you don’t know anything about it anyway, it doesn’t even help). They all seem interesting and complex, more of less going with the flow of the story, but … Contrary to many other fantasy books, I wouldn’t be able to draw the picture I have in mind of each of them, simply because I don’t have one and the book didn’t let me have one.

This book makes you feel like you’re reading an awful lot of nuances and details and interesting small things that might be potentially significant and enjoyable, but you miss the point because the big picture is reduced to a minimum. Only details, lost in a sea of other details, in a world that is very rich and complex. Quite frustrating. I need a big picture and grand things and epic stuff to value the small things. Maybe if I read a second time it’ll be better. I wonder if the third book gets improvements on that …
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le 1 février 2013
J'avais vraiment eu du mal jusqu'à la moitié du premier opus (et du mal à établir l'histoire dans un monde médiéval fantastique, ce qui m'est encore difficile...), mais j'avais lu des commentaires qui m'encourageait à persévérer. Ce que j'ai fait et à raison. Depuis, ce n'est que du plaisir, même si ce n'est pas toujours facile, mais on sait qu'on sera récompensé: les incompréhensions ne dure pas (trop) longtemps, on finit toujours par comprendre.

On rentre plus facilement dans celui-ci, notamment grâce aux (quelques) personnages récurrents du 1er livre. Si vous avez aimé le premier, vous aimerez sans doute celui ci.
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