Readers shouldn't be daunted by the novel's length. The University of Corporeal & Ethereal Studies is a lengthy book. Ijoke that I have only the time and attention span for short stories andquick novels. So--when I saw the length of this book, I was a littleworried. However; I shouldn't have been. The novel's hundreds of pages are broken into smaller segments as the author tells the individualstories--and then connects them all as the book concludes. In spite ofthe length, I had a tough time setting the book aside between stories.Readers will be drawn into each story--and caught up in the underlyingconnections through to the end.
The author creates a great series foundation with this book. The author puts a lot of time into building this first book of theseries and into his characters and their individual stories. Readersare able to understand each of the characters and their roles in thelarger story with great depth. The author then unites these characterstoward the end as a means of launching them onto the next stage of theseries.
The University of Corporeal & Ethereal Studies is a bit predictable--yet, still interesting. I think most readers will be able to guess the outcomes of some of theindividual stories--and even foretell the ending as the scenesprogress. However; the book is still an interesting read for fans ofscience fiction and fantasy novels. There were moments that broughtthoughts of Harry Potter--while others made me envision Mary Shelley'sFrankenstein. The author's writing style blends elements of darkness,human nature and horror into science fiction and fantasy with ease.
The book's format is a little different. I was immediately drawn to the first story of the book. As that story seemed to end; Istruggled just a bit to settle into the next story--and found myselfneeding to resettle as each character's story was presented. Theindividual stories are rather long and detailed. This writing stylebuilds a very well done foundation to the series--but, it takes a bit of adjustment for the reader to transition from character to character.Toward the end of the book, the transitions between characters happened a little more quickly and were easier to flow through.
Would I recommend The University of Corporeal & Ethereal Studies. I really liked this book and I really look forward to continuing to readthe series. The author creates a lot of background, develops a numberof characters, and really devotes a lot of time toward drawing thereaders into the series. There is something for fantasy fans,supernatural fans, science fiction fans--and even for dark, human nature realists--in this book. I would recommend this book to fans of any ofthese genre--and even to short story fans as the authors writing styletends to build one novel from short story like segments.
-Angela Thompson, A Mama's Corner of the World