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Bibliomaniac Scarlet

I came here to keep in touch with all my friends who left GR after the censorship debacle. I read a little of every genre. I co-blog at Musings of a Bibliomaniac.

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Burial Rites
Hannah Kent
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Ana Juan, Catherynne M. Valente
Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

Gameboard of the Gods

Gameboard of the Gods - I'm not sure if this is Mead's best book to date but it's definitely her most ambitious.Now that I've finished all 464 pages of Gameboard of the Gods, I can tell you that I liked this book. While reading though, I wasn't so sure. It was a constant now-I-love-you-now-I-don't situation.I'm going to divide the book into 3 parts and give a rundown of what I felt about each of them.First one-third:Confusing, because Mead gives no introduction, no preamble. You're simply dropped in the thick of action in a futuristic world and you must make sense of it as you go. It's like a mental game where you must keep track of all new terms and try to guess their meanings from snippets of conversations and casual references.Interesting, because of RUNA. God, the world-building in this book blew me away. It's so detailed. Mead explains nearly every aspect of this futuristic society (I use the world 'nearly' for a reason; more on that later). Politics, military, social hierarchies, religious sentiments... impressive stuff.Middle part:Frustrating, because for every tiny thing that starts to make sense, a new riddle pops up. Lots of new characters, lots of seemingly meaningless conversations, lots of what-the-hell-is-going-on moments.Annoying, because of the characters. Maybe it's just me, but I could not connect emotionally with any character on any level. Sad, because I've always associated Mead with smart, memorable, kickass characters and that didn't quite happen in Gameboard of the Gods.Justin is what I believe Adrian Ivashkov would have grown up to be if he hadn't met Sydney Sage (and if he wasn't so lazy). But while I love Adrian despite his bad-boy ways, Justin was just plain infuriating.As for Mae, she was more like Meh. I neither liked nor disliked her.I wasn't interested in their romance or their conversations. I did not appreciate the plot digressions. The back-stories were intriguing but it really didn't help in the emo-connect aspect.Last one-third:Rewarding, because finally, things get good. You get answers. Explanations. Some action. And it keeps coming and coming - a little disorienting but in a nice way.Addictive, because I like how it ended. Of course I'll read the sequel.So,3 for the first part, 2 for the second, 4 for the last.Average = 3.Now, coming back to RUNA, here's something I wish Mead had shed some light on:Why is RUNA against religion?I know it has something to do with the Decline, but what? I mean, religion is such an ancient, deeply ingrained concept. Wars are fought over it. So the fact that this society is so staunchly opposed to the idea of believing in a God-like entity is not very plausible. I expected some sort of justification but there was none. Not in this book, anyway.Apart from that, yeah, this was an interesting book. I don't think this will appeal to every Richelle Mead fan because it takes a lot of patience and concentration, and the good stuff starts only after 300 pages which may be too late for less-patient readers.I'm looking forward to Age of X #2. I just don't know how to remember all this till it comes out :o