7th Son

7th Son

Descent

Book - 2009
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Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2009.
Edition: Science Fiction Book Club Edition
ISBN: 9781615238040
1615238042
Characteristics: ix, 356 p. ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: Seventh son

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DavidB
Jan 18, 2010

This book has absolutely no cultural significance or historical relevance. The story does reveal or explore any deep facet of humanity. The characters –neither the main protagonists, antagonists nor the supporting cast—have any depth genuine personality or interest; they all seem to be playing out stereotypes of stereotypes like bad photocopies of photocopies. Even after you grant the book the obligatory suspension of disbelief and sci-fi exemption from reality, the plot is still convoluted, absurd and weak.

Instead of trying to explore and develop the characters and letting the story flow from their action and reactions, the book reads like a bad action movie. It doesn’t make colourful, insightful or witty allusions to life but instead references the most bland aspects of modern culture like the Jerry Springer Show, Schwarzenegger films and the DaVinci Code. The writing is so crude and simple that it requires “minimal brainpower” to get through the book.

This book is like literary junk food; cheap, innutritious and hard to put down once you’ve started it even though you know it’s bad for you. Despite it’s many annoying faults I couldn’t stop reading it. I have no doubt that it will one day be adapted into another bad sci-fi movie blockbuster. It’s a book I love to hate.

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