Jun 16, Craig rated it liked it. This is the second book in the continuation of the classic James H. Schmitz novel that started as a short story over seventy years ago.
It's a nice space opera adventure with fantasy flourishes that picks up where The Wizard of Karres by Flint and Freer with Mercedes Lackey ended, but quickly sidetracks to a new threat and a trip through time for Goth! And I enjoyed the return trip to the circus! There's still an uncomfortable or inappropriate feeling for me in the This is the second book in the continuation of the classic James H.
There's still an uncomfortable or inappropriate feeling for me in the fully grown Captain waiting for Goth to age a bit so he so can legally marry her especially with Goth's father teasing him about it , but perhaps I'm overthinking the situation or taking it too seriously. I hope that Flint produces another book in the series someday to wrap the whole thing up. Aside: I usually like Stephen Hickman's work, but think these Karres covers are awful. The Witches are human, that's kind of the point, but they don't look like it here. Feb 13, Sbuchler rated it it was ok Shelves: read-in , scifi-fantasy.
This is really just fan-fic written by professional authors. Unfortunately, I thought the basic plot of this story was not very engaging. Mar 02, Jim rated it really liked it. Feb 13, Wilson E. Stevens Sr. The third and last book in the Witches of Karres series. While this book is not to the standards of the other two, it is a good read and moves along fast enough to not be boring. I don't like the time travel concepts used in the book, but it is all right I guess. Overall a must read to complete the series. However, I feel there should be a fourth volume to finish out the series. Just too many major problems introduced in the first two books and then continued in this book to just close it as the The third and last book in the Witches of Karres series.
Just too many major problems introduced in the first two books and then continued in this book to just close it as they have.
The Witches of Karres
Jul 20, Herman Ceulemans rated it it was amazing. As good as the original!
There are so many things wrong with this book, that I could not really in all honesty give it a two star rating, but it not utterly dreadful or eye-bleeding bad, so is probably a bit ahead of lot of other horrible one star books. Ignoring the seriously crappy artwork on the cover of this Baen publication and why does this publishing house not hire some decent artists for a change - not ALL of their books are utter dross, contrary to the image they seem to be going for , the first thing wrong wit There are so many things wrong with this book, that I could not really in all honesty give it a two star rating, but it not utterly dreadful or eye-bleeding bad, so is probably a bit ahead of lot of other horrible one star books.
Ignoring the seriously crappy artwork on the cover of this Baen publication and why does this publishing house not hire some decent artists for a change - not ALL of their books are utter dross, contrary to the image they seem to be going for , the first thing wrong with this book IS on the jacket. That is to say, the quoted review on both the front cover and the back actually refers to the PREQUEL, A Wizard of Karres which did not exactly bowl me over either , and the rest of the blurb actually seems to be more of a recap of what happened in the original author, James H.
Schmitz 's The Witches of Karres. That really would have been a warning to me in a conventional bookshop, but buying over the internet, I failed to notice this until it was already in my hands. Still, as another visitation to Schmitz's universe, I probably would have picked it up anyway, as a fun, light-hearted space opera has its place, too - and Witches was exactly that. Of course, Witches was written by a different author.
Apparently a more accomplished one as well. Eric Flint is far from my favourite writer, and when I first saw his name on Wizard , I was deeply suspicious, especially next to that of Mercedes Lackey of whom I have long been suspicious of, despite never actually having read of her stuff and the unknown-to-me Dave Freer. I have read some really bad books by Flint, such as from the Belesarius series another collaberation , and some quite reasonable ones, such as his Wages of Sin series yet another collaberation, but this time with David Weber.
However, Wizard was perfectly fun, and when it seemed fair enough to give two from the same team another go with expectations of a fun read. Apparently this time around, the mix of authors did not work. I don't know who contributed what, or whose work this mainly was, or whether the lack of Lackey ho ho , meant there was a missing element to gel things together.
Perhaps it was just that book was more rushed and got less attention. Whatever it was The writing is poor, right from the beginning. It jumps around and the effect is confusing and rushed. If it is attempting to convey a fast-paced feeling of action, it fails. It just feels like random sections of the book have been edited out, or just failed to have been written as the authors fail to sew their prose together.
There are constant referals back to the previous two books in desperate attempts to connect us with the history of the characters, but without much in the way of the minimum explanation the casual reader will need to even refresh their memory of the events of the previous books if it has been a few years since they read them. Too much re-hashing is a bad thing, but some well handled reminders are a good one - and that does not mean simple mentioning Hulik do Whatsername or grik-dogs once a chapter, almost randomly.
The characters were also really not especially faithfully represented in comparison with the original Witches. This is actually quite reasonably and well dealt with in a couple of cases - notably, that the book is mostly told from the perspective of Goth, who has done some growing up and is the main focus of this story. Sections with the Leewit are rather weaker, as despite the reasonable claim that she too is growing up and maturing it does not work quite so well there perhaps because she is supposed to be seven? Sadly, the handling of the original main character of Captain Pausert is particularly poor.
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