After finishing up Noonshade, the Chronicles of the Raven are still pretty good, but only just this side of mediocre. I also thought of another Gripe: Don’t have characters say things like, “By the gods!”, or “The gods won’t like that…” if those are the only references whatsoever to divine beings. If you want a deity or a pantheon in your story, do the work and create one. Weave it/them into your tale. Have them interact with characters or have characters pray to them but don’t just throw a god line in there because it sounds good.
I think part of the reason I have so many pet peeves about Barclay’s trilogy so far, yet still enjoy reading it, is that there is just so much potential here! The characters are interesting, but a bit one dimensional sometimes. The world is fascinating, but underdeveloped. The writing is ok, but sometimes a bit flat. It’s like I keep waiting for something really cool to happen or a particularly good line to come up and when I think I’ve waited all I can, it happens! And I keep reading! Only to start to get disappointed again. And then it happens again! Incidentally, this is also how I play golf.
Anyway, I am not moving on to the final book of the trilogy just yet – in part because the story was resolved at the end of the second and I have no idea what the third will be about. But the main reason is we are now in the month of October and I find myself in the mood for horror once again. So, remember all those old horror authors I picked up a while back? Now I’m going to read them. One story from one author at a time as I cycle through the various books I have until Halloween. On tap is:
- M.R. James
- J. Sheridan LeFanu
- H.P. Lovecraft
- Algernon Blackwood
- Ray Bradbury
- Stephen King