DNF at 37%
I have to apologize to my dear and patient buddy reader Celine, but this book was making me so... so... I don't even know how to express my feelings, but going on was becoming a real pain in the neck.
- 1st problem: Aza
I usually love ironic/sarcastic characters, since I am myself a sarcastic person and therefore I enjoy reading about characters similar to me. But if there's one thing that I really find annoying in when a character tries to be cool by using sarcasm but doesn't even know what it means.
Every single time Aza said something (and well, the book is told mainly from her POV, how lucky) I wanted to choke her. Well, it wouldn't have taken me that much.
Really, that attitude of hers is absolutely unbearable.
- 2nd problem: the style
I understand that using a 1st person POV can give more stylistic freedom, I understand that trying to show characters' thoughts can be fascinating and I've already read books with "peculiar" writing style, but this was really too much for me. Absolutely too strange, with made up words, sentences put here and there with only mighty Holland from A gathering of shadows can understand... things get a little better after the 20% of the book, but I still can't get used to it.
- 3rd problem: the story
I thought I was ready for every kind of queerness, consindering that I've read my fair amount of fantasy and sci-fi, but swallowing a bird and having it singing in your own lung was really something I missed. And to be honest, I would have been happy also without this new knowledge.
I appreciated the general idea of Magonia and the possibility that some people would drown breathing our air but would live normally up in the sky, but this whole thing about human birds or people with blue skin doesn't really make sense to me. Or better, it would have made sense in a fantasy setting, not in the contemporary word.
So yes, this time too I came up with an unpopular opinion. I know that I can be rather picky, but I hope you can understand, if not support, my point of view :)...Continua