Thursday, June 26, 2014
Review(ish): A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar
To check out this nominee, I listened to A Stranger in Olondria, by Sofia Samatar.
Spoilery thoughts behind the link.
It started out as a breath of fresh air after the violence of the Ramez Naam and Wesley Chu books. It is a nice descriptive story with a lot of focus on the world Samatar has built.
A couple of hours in, however.... Very little had happened. And while the descriptions were nice to listen to, I still didn't really have a good feel for the world. I had a feel for the people, as a people, but I found that I didn't have much feel for the individuals, even the protagonist. I decided to give it a little longer.
After another hour or so, still not much had happened. I was getting bored.
I've put it down for now. I'm checking out the Fancast nominees, and then I'll see.
Am I being too harsh? I know these are all new writers, and I shouldn't judge them as I would judge the Best Novel category.