Sunday, September 19, 2010

D+ for "The Steel Remains" by Richard Morgan

D+ for "The Steel Remains" by Richard Morgan

I really didn't enjoy the novel, despite having all the elements that I typically need for a fantasy novel to be considered "good." It had violence, sex, some kind of mystery, but for whatever reason I cared not-at-all about the characters of this novel. I've heard great things about his novel "Altered Carbon" but this deserves a pass until you've read everything by GRRM, Rothfuss, Abercrombie, and Lynch.

For the most part, I agree with fellow reviewer Linda Boden, who had this to say:
"His trademark gritty style is certainly prevalent in this story, but it didn't translate so well with the other experimentations in this book. The characters take standard stereotypes and turn them over, but in such an overdone way that they become comical and ridiculous. None of the characters were remotely believable, the world was thin and underdeveloped, and the story was slightly convoluted and boring. "

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