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Fall of Light Hardcover – May 5, 2009
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About the Author
- Publisher : Ace Hardcover; First Edition (May 5, 2009)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0441014682
- ISBN-13 : 978-0441014682
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.6 x 1.12 x 8.32 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,903,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Opal's character was introduced in "A Fistful of Sky" but was not developed much. "Fall of Light" builds on what we learned and gives us a look into the world of make-up artists but I find what I remember enjoying most was the family dynamics. I remember this book as being about the difficulty of being your own person and loving family without being smothered by an interfering, domineering parent.
My feelings re this book retrospectively is that I am glad I got it but I would have been happy with the Kindle version as opposed to "A Fist Full of Sky" (which I own in hardback, 2 paperbacks (one to loan), and have considered getting in kindle version so I can read it for the 5th ? 7th ? time as I travel) or "The Thread That Binds the Bones" which I want to keep readily available in my personal library for reading again and making available for friends and relatives. I will probably re-read this book at some point but it didn't capture my imagination enough to remember details of the plot 3 years later.
This book was highly frustrating to me. I was SO excited about it because I really enjoy Hoffman's books overall and when I saw it featured a character from A Fistful of Sky - my favorite novel of hers - I was all the more anxious to read it.
But I found it was a severe letdown. Opal let things get so far out of hand. She never asked for help and just kept going along with the events even when it looked like people might be in danger. When she finally does ask for help, she turns it down as soon as it's offered. There's some unrealistic and irritating "reason" given about how if she asks for help once, she'll never stand on her own two feet. Fine! But then stand dammit! Stop just letting events happen in, on and around you!
The book also just up and ends. Suddenly, abruptly and with no warning. Nothing is resolved and you don't even understand what it was that happened thus far. None of it is explained. It's like Hoffman had this idea for a book but instead of writing the whole story, she drew out the boring and annoying bits to the right number of pages to call it a novel and then just decided not to finish it. Seriously, it's as if the publisher left off the back 150 pages or so from the print run.
I just don't get it. I wanted to love this book and I couldn't wait to read it. Now I'm left wondering what the point all was and why Hoffman was so mean to readers by giving them an utterly incomplete story. If we're expected to go out and buy some follow-up sequel in a year just to get the rest of the ending we deserved in this novel, well, count me out.
Just a shame any way you look at it.
On a larger level of events, we've got this strange possession force on a movie set, which is taking power and mad liberties with the actors and even from Opal herself. What does she do? She calls her brother and Flint sends a shield over the phone. She asks for her Uncle, but then vacillates and ultimately we don't see much of Tobias. In essence, Opal does nothing but watch an unfolding *bad* situation! Then the book ends.
I found the best part of the book was a short three page flashback involving a Lazalle clan party with Gyp (from "A Fistful of Sky"). No mention of Gyp's end-book boyfriend or Altria, but it does show Gyp mingling.
Since I didn't like the weakly plotted and abruptly ended main story, the best I can give is two stars. Hoffman's prose is not high quality, perhaps because she never has a shown resolution of events, thereby stealing the impact from her writing.