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1635: The Tangled Web (The Ring of Fire) Mass Market Paperback – June 28, 2011
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As I normally gulp down the Ring of Fire books in one night or 2, with as few interruptions as I can manage, let me say that I was VERY disappointed with his book.
The characters and the plot are just not interesting - with the exception of one much-married beguiling rogue, I just don't like this book. At one point I realized I was drowning in an endless series of names of characters and families, and the explanations of them. It just seemed like it went on and on. If I see this writers name on a book, I just won't buy it unless I can pick up a real used bargain.
And that is the ONLY way I would advise anyone else to buy this - it is a waste of money.
Which is a shame, compared to Eric Flint's excellent, interesting, and thought-provoking writing for this series.
The author seems to have a propensity for going down long blind, and VERY boring alleys of convoluted and confusing family relationships, and in this case a disjointed story that makes little sense.
There's a LOT of talk, not very interesting, and no real action to break up the boredom.
The 1632 story is interesting, and possibly the best time travel tale ever written, certainly the biggest and most wide spread.
However, Flint needs to realize that not everyone can write good material in the 1632 universe.
This one wanders off into a singularly uninteresting maze and never returns.
My biggest indictment: When I'm reading a book that looses my interest, I tend to start skipping sentences or even entire paragraphs.
With this one I started skipping entire pages, and then multiple pages.
I'll continue to read Flint and the anthologies in the 1632 universe, but no more of this author.
Flint needs to realize that some things just don't work out, and Professional writers tend to be impressed with the skills of other authors, but may not see that they just don't impress the readers for who its all about.
These books aren't written to impress other writers, they're written to sell books to people who want to read the story.
When the story causes a buyer/reader to not want to read or buy anymore, its time to step back and reevaluate whether to continue.
In this case....Not.
It's not Eric Flint's writing that's the problem. None of the books done solely by him or in collaboration with other authors has been anything other than stellar. I really hate to point fingers, but it's time someone at Baen wakes up to the fact that Virgina DeMarce might be a crackerjack researcher, but she hasn't got the touch to write entertaining long fiction. It's time for the publisher to step in and save this series.
I won't be buying any more books with her listed as an author, either prime or secondary, and I recommend others do the same if they dislike the trend that is showing in this series. If Baen wants anyone to be loyal to this series, Virgina DeMarce needs to be shown the door as an author and fast. She's already done enough damage. Stop her before she ruins even one more book.
I also think that it is very unfair of Eric to promote Virginia's works as moving the story line forward, when in fact that is often not the case, and he should know that her writing skills are not up to par. I have assumed that he is more interested in other series, and will milk the 1632 series for all its worth by writing a "real" story every few years, and hope that her stories keep the series alive. Maybe that is a good business model, but it does leave many readers not too happy.
So, as much as I like the 1632 series and main characters, I would not recommend purchasing this book nor any other from this author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's ok. Interesting politics and characters. Solid, not remarkable, but certainly not bad.Published 7 months ago by Jeromy
To paraphrase Salieri in "Amadeus, too many names, Virginia. Sorting the sects from the religions was difficult enough to make the book rather ponderous. Read morePublished 8 months ago by jdp
YOU DON'T PUBLISH A 1635 STORY IF YOU AREN'T MORE THAN GOOD READING..Published 9 months ago by L. W. Clodfelter
Enjoyed thoroughly, but the extended timeline got confusing. Otherwise the quality was everything I expect from a ring of fire book.Published 13 months ago by J. Hennig
Yes, too many uninteresting characters talking about other uninteresting characters. I am a Ring of Fire fan but it is now clear that there are two types of book in the series: one... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Richard Jackson
Virginia DeMarce's book suffered from not being allowed to progress the main stream history of the 1632 series in that long drought of "canon" books, and so she was limited... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mu
Extremely difficult to read! If I had not read the printed version several years ago, I would not have been able to follow the plot(s) and the story line. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Joe P. Sanders
the author jumps around way too much. It was hard to follow the different story lines. Too many story linesPublished 19 months ago by DAVE