Considering this was the shortest book of the series, it seemed to drag on much more than the previous books.
Once again, like most of the series, Rachel seems to just like filling pages with belabouring conversations when we’re in the middle of seriously important stuff to do. One can’t help but wonder just how much of the problems faced by our characters in this series would have been avoided if they just got on with things instead of continuously stopping to have a conversation about something completely unimportant.
It gets quite ridiculous when it takes 4 times as long to read about something happening than the something happening is taking to happen because everyone has to have a conversation about something before anything can finish happening.
But, none the less, i got to the end because — belabouring conversations aside — it is a rather good tale. It is such a shame that it wasn’t edited more strictly and seriously cropped to keep things moving along.
Moving along from the first four books, Rachel throws in ever more magical beasties, deeper plots and characters.
All good, and now it’s time to read the last book in the series, which just happens to be the very shortest by a long way.
…one more of these huge books is read, only two more to go. My goodreads book reading tally is going to look a bit sad after this series: i was a few books ahead of my 70 book per year schedule when i started this series, i am now 6 books behind schedule and soon to be more when i finish the series. But, ho hum, i think it’s very worth it.
This book picked up a bit with a few extra elements being thrown into the mix: various spirits, mages and other things besides, and i’m thoroughly enjoying the whole experience.
So yeah, keep on reading the earlier books when you feel they drag on a little as it’s all pays off well in the end.
And now it’s straight into A Dragon of a Different Color, which is the penultimate tome of dragonistic adventures.
Still the same feeling that i was getting with Nice Dragons Finish Last, in that the pacing is still annoying me a bit. I think it’s totally to do with there being so much going on in these books with so many great characters that sometimes the story takes one away from something that one really doesn’t want to be taken away from, leaving one chomping at the bit to get back to that one character’s story line, thus giving the impression that everything’s suddenly going slow and plodding along when it actually isn’t. And then, when you find youself back at that one character’s story line you’ve been aching to get to, you’ll more than likely find that you’re now chomping at the bit to get back to another character’s story.
But — guess what — you keep-on-reading-and-a-reading because these books are really, really good with plenty of really, really great characters.
Which, you guessed it, left me chomping at the bit to get started on No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished.
As usual i check the loc points when i open a book on my Kindle. This one said 800, so was obviously a short, but i was rather disappointed when it suddenly ended after 242 loc points and i find the rest is just a marketing exercise for a future book in the series. It’s a very short, short masquerading as a normal short.
But, ho hum, it was free for signing up to the mailing list so maybe i shouldn’t moan too much. But just as you’re getting into Bethesda’s character and you’re really looking forward to the other 3/4’s of the 800 loc points being filled with even more revealing stuff, you realise you’re not getting what you hoped so much for.
So what’s the 242 loc points about? Bethesda gets interviewed on another dragon’s chat show.
Sadly, only a little bit of background into Bethesda’s character, and her attitude towards her children, before moving onto the rest of the series: i so wished there was more.
All mostly very enjoyable. My only moan is that some passages are a bit tedious: it’s like you just really want the pace to keep going but instead it slows right down to tell you what someone is thinking, or some long winded conversation, right in the middle of a load of fast moving chaos that you want to be enjoying in a fast pace way. I admit that i only felt like that a few times, so it’s not like the book is like that all the way through, and that’s probably why those few passages stand out so much as the rest of it is really on a good pace throughout.
So, yeah, that’s my only moan. Other than that, i really enjoyed it and i’m looking forward to more, and there’s certainly plenty more books in this series. Rachel really has done something wonderful with dragons in this dragon centric story, placing them in a dystopian capitalist environment as totally psychopathic creatures, essentially, the ultimate capitalists. And the dragon clans’ internal and external politics that get explored are really good.
Basically, everything you wanted to know about dragons but were too afraid to ask. Now doesn’t that sound like fun?