Didn’t Like It
“Halstead has a vivid imagination, and has created an impressively different universe. Unfortunately, he's short on details. The 'spaceships' are wooden, and armed with catapults - but beyond that, there was no real description. Several chapters in, I still had no idea what these vessels looked...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Halstead has a vivid imagination, and has created an impressively different universe. Unfortunately, he's short on details. The 'spaceships' are wooden, and armed with catapults - but beyond that, there was no real description. Several chapters in, I still had no idea what these vessels looked like, how they operated, or how this very different universe worked! For some that might not be a problem - but for me it's a big one. I need to be able to visualise what's happening, see the characters and their environment. And though I can suspend disbelieve sufficiently to cope with wooden spaceships, there needs to be some sort of logical reason (however fantastic) for things being that way. Lacking that background development, I would at least need something in the characters, the dialogue or the plot to keep me reading. None of that happened. I gave up on it - reluctantly, because the idea had potential, but it needed much more work on the detail to capture my interest.”Paul Trembling wrote this review Sunday, March 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It took a while for me to get into this book. The method of travel is...different, via wooden boats that sail the void using sails catching the solar wind. I'd say this book was more fantasy than science fiction, featuring dwarves, elves, wizards and magic.
The other thing to bear in mind is that this is not really a story as such; more a collection of events that are loosely linked, or that is what I took out of it. I also thought it needed a good proof-read. The only thing that grated really was the repeated reference to characters 'chuckling'. Got on the nerves after a while.
In all, though, it was quite entertaining to read, once I got into it. The series of events, devoid of a real plot line to follow, was actually useful where it was not possible to sit down and read uninterrupted for long periods.
I think I'll read the others in the series at some point.”