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7-18-2011 @ 5:24PM
Trust me, you aren't the only one who is unimpressed with Golden.The Shattering is honestly a jumbled mess of lost plot points, inconsistent pacing and ridiculous conclusions that actually made me genuinely angry I wasted money on it. The ONLY story that seemed to work properly was the Thrall/Aggra one, all the other stories were such utterly ridiculous crap I'm pretty sure I've read better fan fictions. Baine and Anduin are so utterly without flaw that it's good that Anduin is a priest so he can explain the walking on water I pretty much expect from him. The explanation of where the Council of Three Hammers was so arbitrary and completely contrary to everything we've ever been shown regarding dwarves and humans (and common sense) that I had to re-read it to be sure I hadn't had a stroke and misread it.I too think Golden's style is VERY flat, and that Knaak is probably the better person at world-building (even though his purple prose can get a bit much). I'm not saying I didn't have problems with every single one of the Knaak books I've read (tribal velociraptors...) but at least he can tell a story from beginning to end and not leave me going "that's it?"Can someone please teach Golden how to wrap up her novels? Cuz The Shattering doesn't have a proper end (except for Thrall), Arthas ends too abruptly as well... Grrrrr
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