River of Blue Fire are Book This is now my second book not counting novellas by Tad Williams and while I finished it I will in fact not be continuing on with the series Book in the
River of Blue Fire are Book This is now my second book, not counting novellas, by Tad Williams and while I finished it, I will in fact not be continuing on with the series. Book 1 in the Otherland series was just interesting enough to continue and finally the ending ramps things up and I was actually entertained. I get that this series is one long book to the author, but it's so absolutely boring I need something to happen and I start to expect it to at least be at the end of the book. Spoiler alert: (view spoiler)[the ending was barely less boring (hide spoiler)]. Again, just about nothing happens. Yes we had some big-ish revelations but it was so not worth the tedium. Because, yet again, we have a hugely long book where absolutely nothing happens, or I should say, things happen, but they take so long to happen it's like nothing happens. Listening to A Game of Thrones right now really emphasizes this. Things are constantly happening in that book.To add to the tedium, the characters are suddenly going from one "land" within this computer system called "Otherland" to another with no end in sight. I just can't possibly see a reason for all this nothing.And if I haven't already warned enough about spoiling the ending, here's another warning, but the last book at least got my expectations up to believe I might get another solid, entertaining ending. And yet no. I have the entire series of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn and this book really does not recommend it right now. And I do feel bad. I know there are lots of fans, Williams has had a huge impact on the fantasy genre and I definitely have seen glimmers of greatness, but by and large, there's just not enough going on to keep my interest anymore.2 out of 5 Stars (I finished it so that means something right?). Otherland In many ways it is humankind s most stunning achievement a private, multidimensional universe built over two generations by the greatest minds of the twenty first century But this most exclusive of places is also one of the world s best kept secrets, created and controlled by an organization made up of the world s most powerful and ruthless individuals, a privOtherland In many ways it is humankind s most stunning achievement a private, multidimensional universe built over two generations by the greatest minds of the twenty first century But this most exclusive of places is also one of the world s best kept secrets, created and controlled by an organization made up of the world s most powerful and ruthless individuals, a private cartel known to those who know of their existence at all as The Grail Brotherhood Though their purpose in creating Otherland is still a mystery, it may not remain so for long For they have exacted a terrible price from humanity in the process, and even their highly organized global conspiracy cannot hide the nature of their crimes forever And now a small band of adventurers has penetrated the veil of secrecy that prevents the uninitiated from entering Otherland But having broken into the amazing worlds within worlds that make up this universe, they are trapped, unable to escape back to their own flesh and blood bodies in the real world And as dangers and circumstances split their party into small, widely scattered groups, their only hope of reuniting lies in returning again and again to the River that flows in one form or another through all the worlds.But the odds seem to be completely against them as they and the one outsider with whom they might join forces become hopelessly lost in realms where an Ice Age tribe s fears can only be quenched in bloodwhere insects are as large and deadly as dinosaurswhere they are caught in the war between a man made of straw and one made of tinwhere cartoon ads take on a life of their ownwhere humans strive to survive in the aftermath of an alien invasiond where one among their party is actually The Grail Brotherhood s most terrifying weapon a sociopathic killer who has never failed and whose current mission is to make certain that not even one member of this little invasion force lives long enough to reveal the truth about Otherland to the people of Earth. Popular Book River of Blue Fire So, this one goes straight onto the favourites shelf becuase this continuation turned this series from one I really liked into one I loved. The story picks up straight after the ending of the previous book, and I really loved seeing the instant re-immersion.Some of the elements of this series which I most enjoy: - The blend of Sci-Fi & Fantasy elements into a convincing, bizarre and fun world filled with exciting scenes.- The characters - there are SO MANY great characters within this series from Renie & !Xabbu to Martine (who really developed a lot for me in this one with the addition of her diary entries and backstory) to Orlando and Fredricks (a gamer pair who are great friends) to Cristabel (a young girl and the narrative is told from her world-view so you see everything through a lens of innocence) to Paul (the lost wanderer) to all the others. We honestly get to meet so many fabulous characters and I loved all the plotlines which is marvellous becuase it's a long book.- The pacing - I know for some people a slower story isn't what they like to see, but I find myself falling more and more in love with super chunky books and stories (if they are done well and spend the slow plot time to develop characters & worlds)- The imaginative worlds - This story is set in a world where VR (Virtual Reality) is a huge part of day to day life and some of the ultra high tech is so capable of simulation that it's virtually like you're in another world. We pass through all sorts of crazy places within this story. Some of my favourites being the Emlar land where all the Emilies live, the War of the Worlds version of London and the giant Kitchen world (you can see they're a bit crazy). We definitely see a lot of travelling in this book and see our character encountering all manner of creatures, cartoons and manifestations in these wacky worlds. - The plot - we're following a group of characters who are trapped on the Net and travelling through various Sims. The plot didn't ever feel too drawn out for me (especially if you compare it to something like Malazan or Wheel of Time - both super long yet I enjoy both a lot) and I found myself speeding through the majority of the audiobook (which is excellent by the way) in a day when I was travelling. - The diverse elements - we have characters from all walks of life and from all over the world. Although it's set in South Africa predominantly when we follow the characters of !Xabbu and Renie, we also have an Englishman, Frenchwoman, Australian people and much more. I also love that we have people from vastly different cultures even within the same country like !Xabbu who is from a Bushamen tribe and has excellent stories to tell about this. - The fun - this story truly is that. I feel as though we're always encountering new things and it's always a little on the crazy side. We get to see God-like beings ruling over their own specially crafted domains, meet the three blind mice and the scarecrow from Oz, and a world where everyone has the same name. All of this, and much more, made this into a crazy story but one I always knew was filled with vibrant, imaginative ideas.Overall I really, really loved this. I whizzed through the book and I devoured it, and I NEED to go into the next book and final book really, really soon. I just found this to be a book which I loved from start to end, and I think it really worked out well for me at the time to be travelling and binge reading this. 5*s and I will certainly saw this is a series which stays on your mind and is just filled with life. Highly recommend this story!!