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The Omen Machine Hardcover – August 16, 2011

3.6 out of 5 stars 799 customer reviews
Book 12 of 15 in the Sword of Truth Series

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“Goodkind's greatest triumph: the ability to introduce immediately identifiable characters. His heroes, like us, are not perfect. Instead, each is flawed in ways that strengthen, rather than weaken their impact. You'll find no two-dimensional oafs here. In fact, at times you'll think you're looking at your own reflection.” ―SFX on Blood of the Fold

“Few writers have Goodkind's power of creation--phenomenal piece of imaginative writing, exhaustive in its scope and riveting in its detail.” ―Publishing News on Temple of the Winds

“Mr. Goodkind's compelling prose weaves a magic spell over readers.” ―RT Book Reviews on Faith of the Fallen

“Outstanding…. Highly recommended.” ―San Diego Union Tribune on Temple of the Winds

“Makes an indelible impact.” ―Publishers Weekly on Faith of the Fallen

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"THE OMEN MACHINE - This is the extraordinary story of what happens next in Richard and Kahlan's world now that the great war has ended.  (A few have asked, and no, there is no connection whatsoever to THE LAW OF NINES.)  I'm having a great time writing this book and can't wait for people to read it.  From the first sentence you will be just as mystified as Richard, Kahlan, Zedd, and many of the other characters we've all come to care so much about.  I can't say much more for now... except fear what is about to happen." - Terry Goodkind, December 2010
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Product Details

  • Series: Sword of Truth (Book 13)
  • Hardcover: 525 pages
  • Publisher: TOR Books; 1st edition (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765327724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765327727
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.7 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (799 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
First off, I am (was?) a huge SoT fan and like most everyone else, enjoyed the earlier books and tolerated the last few. I just finished The Omen Machine and quite frankly, I think I'm done with Richard and Kahlan (and TG as well). Don't get me wrong, I loved these characters early on, but with every installment, they get weaker and more one dimensional.

But even so, this one surprised me. A couple of the reviews already posted hit it on the head. ALL the characters are mere shadows of what they used to be. The dialogue is very weak, stunted and repetitive, and absolutely nothing exciting happens in the whole book. Seriously, not one thing.

What happened to the awesome power of Richard Rahl, when in a rage looses his power to blast through massive doors, blowing them from the hinges and reducing them to splinters skittering across the floor? What happened to 'calling the target' and 'dancing with death'? Now Richard just steps aside, "raking his fingers through his hair", wondering what to do. In this book, Richard's power and presence as a War Wizard and The Seeker of Truth is gone, and he comes off as just a guy with a cool sword.

The rest of the characters come across the same. Bewildered and ineffectual. It's a shame because there used to be so much depth to these individuals, but in this book they are just taking up space. They're just not the awesome characters we've come to love from 'Stone of Tears', 'Blood of The Fold' and 'Faith of the Fallen'. Those books are among the best Richard and Kahlan novels. I'm afraid this one falls far short.
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Format: Hardcover
As a strong fan of the Fantasy Genre, and an avid supporter of the Sword of Truth series, I found this book vastly disappointing. There are a great number of reasons not to read this book. A few of such are as follows-

1 - The Circus of Stupidity
The whole short book comes off as a carnival show meant to display how everyone in the whole world who isn't Richard's close friend is an absolute moron. Every character that they encounter is viciously, unforgivably unintelligent. But it doesn't stop there; even the characters that we have grown to love (Nathan, Zedd, etc) have lost their edge, wit, and depth. These characters have suddenly lost the ability to grasp complicated concepts, and it is just sad.

2 - The Televised Evangelist
I am among the few who actually enjoyed some of the heavy preaching in the SoT series, but this book takes it over the top with endless snippets of proselytism that somehow completely lack the substance to actually engage, amuse, or teach anything at all. It is as Terry Goodkind is trying to hammer us over the head with his philosophy, but doesn't seem to have the time or inclination to follow his preaching through to conclusion. It only serves to cause frustration.

3 - The Ink is Fading
The text of this book has no impact. It has none of Terry Goodkind's usual depth or tension, and feels as if it had been written by someone completely different. It doesn't pack a punch. There is no spark. The writing is repetitive. The dialogue is boring. The words fall flat. No matter how much I tried, I just couldn't get myself to care about anything that happened.
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1. Purchase the Audio version of the book.

2. Invite over a roomful of friends.

3. Play the "Dark Darkness" Drinking Game.
Rules: Drink every time Goodkind uses the word "dark" or "darkness".
Caution: Do not use hard alcohol or your drinking game will be over far too quickly.

4. Play the "Prophecy is for Prophets, Not for Profit" Drinking Game.
Rules: Drink every time someone demands that only prophets (or only the gifted) should engage in prophecy.

5. Once you and your friends are good and drunk, have a rousing debate on whether Goodkind prefers:
A. Cara's blue eyes or Kahlan's green eyes.
B. Red leather outfits, brown leather outfits, or white leather outfits.

6. Pull out your poker chips and place bets on the total number of times each of the following will be stated, restated, reworded, and paraphrased:
A. We have no idea how the books in the library are currently organized.
B. The books in the library really ought to be organized.
C. I have decided that the books in the library will be organized.
D. This is how the books in the library will be organized.
E. A sheet of paper will represent each book in the library.
F. I'm not sure you should bother organizing the books in the library.

7. Cash in your poker chips and have a great night.
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By Json on August 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
TG doesn't have the story anymore. He's just filling pages with tired rhetoric playing off the fact we all used to love his characters.... hell I still love his characters and wish he would go ahead and write a book about them. You know.. the witty ones that invoked reactions from me while I read the the books.. the ones that made my eyes water and my chest heave, the ones that made me literally throw back my head and laugh. The ommmminous knowledge of a mord-sith and that if there are magics like that in this world WHAT ELSE WILL MR GOODKING HAVE IN STORE FOR US! or OMG the mud people, I laughed so hard when Richard slugged one of them. Just so many great memories from the series.

Apparently he has crap in store for us though. I used to be a really big fan, I've recommended and got numerous friends to start/buy this series.. Then I read the last 3 books, and was terribly underwhelmed. But hey, I finished the series, I was mostly content, and had every intention of reading any book Mr. Goodkind put out. I'd enjoyed huge swaths of the SoT series and felt prepared to give him a chance in any universe. Seems fair? I thought so.

Anyway, one of the 5 star reviews hit it on the head. It's like TG has turned this into Harry Potter. Lamest War Wizard EVER. Richard never does anything even moderately interesting with his almighty powers. I don't want to read Harry Potter or anything remotely like it, I don't want things spelled out for me to the point a moderately intelligent 6 year old could puzzle it out..

AND SOME WIT? Can we have some wit? ...

I'd still recommend you checkout the series, the first half of it is amazing (And Faith of the Fallen was a real gem)... but I wouldn't bother reading anything after Chainfire. All it does is make me angry. </10cents>
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