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The Sleeping King: A Novel Hardcover – September 8, 2015
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"Fans of LARPing will look at this book as an endorsement of their passion for fantasy. Those who like a complex story with a long list of multifaceted characters, this is not a bad place to start either." ―Amazing Stories magazine
About the Author
CINDY DEES is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fifty suspense and thriller novels, including Femme Fatale, Light This Candle, and The Medusa Prophecy. She also draws upon her twenty-plus years of live action role-playing experience to write epic fantasy novels. She has participated in the Dragon Crest world since 1996.
BILL FLIPPIN is the creator of Dragon Crest, turning his fictional world into a national live-action role playing game, with ongoing Dragon Crest events and campaigns all over the United States.
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1. Clunky, overstuffed writing. Awkward phrasing, too many adjectives and adverbs stuffed willy-nilly into a sentence, pronouns with unclear antecedents, poorly-chosen words.
2. Difficult to follow the world that the authors have built. I read a lot of fantasy, so I'm used to taking that leap of faith until I understand the basics of the fantasy world the author has built. This book didn't do a good job of introducing elements in an easy-to-understand way. Elements that were introduced weren't adequately explained.
3. No flow. Unless a book is smoothly written and pulls me in, I have a tough time continuing. I found myself going back and rereading sentences and parts of sentences, or stopping in the middle of a paragraph. When a book doesn't suck me in, but rather becomes an exercise in frustration, it's time for me to move on.
Not every book appeals to every reader, so it's possible that this just wasn't a good fit for me. But I would advise taking a look at the first chapter and reading the first few pages before committing wholeheartedly to this tome.
I love the cover art. It does a great job of being enticing and mysterious--the cover definitely drew me.
I think there is a great story lurking in the almost 500 pages of this book.
Unfortunately the writing reads almost like a screenplay to me.
The sentences, phrasing, and dialogue doesn't unfold or gather you in like good storytelling does.
And when you're writing a fantasy/sci fi book, the writing absolutely HAS to enchant you and surround you in this new world or the story just doesn't make much sense.
This was a slog read for me...trudging through the pages hoping to be captured and relocated to a far, far away land; but setting the book down over and over again in frustration that I had read so many pages and felt so little emotion.
To be fair, I have always felt that fantasy and sci fi were incredibly difficult genres to master.
Yes, it does all of that, but that's entirely okay.
I was actually looking for something that was all of those things. I was growing tired of grimdark, weary of complex shades of grey, and wanted to read something that reminded me of my youth. I saw a big doorstopper of a fantasy epic on the shelf that promised mythical races, deep forests, and magical wonders, and I wanted to lose myself in it.
And that's precisely what I did, except the book seemed determined to keep reminding me of its flaws.
The Sleeping King was written by Cindy Dees and Bill Flippin, and I am sad to say it shows. I have read plenty of co-authored novels before and have (for the most part) enjoyed them. I cut my genre teeth on the Dragonlance novels of Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, and I still enjoy Weis' collaborations with the likes of Don Perrin and Robert Krammes. Similarly, Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory have co-authored several epic fantasy sagas with an 80s/90s feel that I thoroughly enjoy.
What they all seem to have in common, however, is something Dees and Flippin lack - an editor.
Seriously, I have never read a book where the distinction between co-authors is been so painfully obvious. Writing styles change by the chapter, which is fine, but so do important details. Characters that were clearly defined in one chapter become lazy cardboard cut-outs in another. Love affairs seem to come and go, with characters flirting shamelessly in one chapter, only to act like polite strangers in another, before returning to star-crossed lovers, only to act like they've just met. In at least once case that I can recall, a character's hair changes color repeatedly (and drastically), and in the most glaring example, another character's dialogue changes dramatically.
"Easy as pie. You pour over thing you unstick. It reverse effect of all paste or glue. And, no, I not know how it work."
"Oh, I have plenty of tales to tell. Shall I tell you of the Boki insurrection and how the heroes of Dupree defeated them?"
Those two quotes are from the same character, just one chapter (twenty pages!) removed. To make matters worse, it's not a one-off mistake - she falls in and out of broken English repeatedly, for no rhyme or reason, other than (I assume) a change in authors). That just happens to be the last example, but it's the one that made me throw up my arms in defeat. When you find yourself skimming backwards in the text, asking yourself whether that really is the same character, it's hard to stay lost in a story.
The Sleeping King has potential, but it's one competent editor away from being readable.
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