Friday, August 05, 2005

Boy, Was I Disappointed

I finished The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer and thought it was a disappointing entry to the series.

In my humble opinion (and if the reviews at Amazon are any indication, it is only my humble opinion), Colfer goes wrong in a couple of the same ways that Rowling goes wrong. First, he confuses "series" with "serial." The Opal Deception is something of a continuation of The Eternity Code just as The Half Blood Prince is a continuation of whatever the heck Rowling's fifth book was called. Rowling just assumes everyone has memorized every detail in her books. Colfer, on the other hand, spends a lot of time awkwardly bringing readers up to speed. Second, Colfer feels compelled to kill someone off. The Artemis Fowl books are clever, witty, thrillers. They aren't deep, they aren't going to explain the meaning of life to anyone. The death wasn't necessary, and the grieving was out of place in a book that relies heavily on fart jokes. Oh? You say that in a series with so much mayhem it's unrealistic that no one dies? Need I remind you that these are books about fairies, pixies, trolls, and gnomes? We gave up on reality a few years back. What's more, the dead character was replaced with another almost like the one who bought the farm.

The plot is very choppy, too, with all kinds of jumps from character to character and place to place. This was true of one of the earlier books, but it wasn't nearly as grating as it was this time.

What a bummer.

More on the Goose Girl

I read the Grimm version of The Goose Girl. I'm very impressed that Shannon Hale found the original tale inspiring enough to come up with her The Goose Girl.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew the dofus kamas so I always try my best to earn them more and more to make myself strong. I have never played the game before, at the beginning I did not know what is so I went to kill the monsters with the kamas that I earned with myself in the game. I will duty bound to a friend to help brush the dofus gold together with my friends. I spend a good relationship is then fly to tears. If my levels are very high, I can go to buy dofus kamas more and more and I will not depend on my friends to help me to earn them. I get some cheap kamas as the gifts to encourage me.

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