When I’m 396 pages into a 600 page book and I have no idea what is happening, how the characters got to where they are, how they can do the things they are doing (a helpless 16 year old orphan suddenly gets a knife and a pair of pistols and he can take down ten or twelve trained killers without breaking a sweat?!), or really anything about the characters, then I begin to get a bit tired, a bit weary, and I want to put down the book.
But I also have this fundamental problem stopping a book in the middle. I’ve written about these struggles before, but I am getting better at doing it. There is just too much good writing out there to waste time reading the bad. And, Stephen Hunt, I’m sorry to say, but The Court of the Air is so bad.
Before I decided to put it down I went to my friends over at sffworld see if maybe I was being unfair or hasty. I wanted to see what other readers had written, as I knew that this book was the Book of the Month for June. Well, only fourteen of the multitude at sffworld even replied to the June thread, all uniformly panning the book, but offering hope for Hunt’s future endeavors. I’ll reserve judgment, but most likely Hunt has lost me as a reader. And so, with disappointed resolve, I’ll remove my bookmark from The Court of the Air and turn to my to-be-read shelf just in time for vacation. I am excited! There have been a couple of books I’ve been reserving for my vacation time coming up because I know they will be good. The only question is, which shall I read first??
The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart by: Jesse Bullington
Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
Under the Dome by Stephen King
Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
I don’t know what I’m going to pick…