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Post by Rhoe_Marrow » 09 May 2016, 13:07

So far I am liking the book and am encouraged to read on. It is a little crazy and hard to follow in the beginning, but the more I read on, the harder it is to let go and stop reading. Can't wait to read what happens next

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Post by ellie_calvin » 09 May 2016, 15:47

I really enjoyed reading this book! It was an exciting read and I had a hard time putting it down. I loved the complexity of the plot and the development of the main character. The concept was extremely unique and has left me reconsidering the way I view the world. This book is very well researched and I appreciated the attention the author gave to various fields of science. I do, however, feel that this book may not be for everyone. The time jumping makes the story hard to follow at some points and the complex use of mathematical and physics theory may be off-putting to some readers.

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Post by Vermont Reviews » 11 May 2016, 06:27

ellie_calvin wrote:I really enjoyed reading this book! It was an exciting read and I had a hard time putting it down. I loved the complexity of the plot and the development of the main character. The concept was extremely unique and has left me reconsidering the way I view the world. This book is very well researched and I appreciated the attention the author gave to various fields of science. I do, however, feel that this book may not be for everyone. The time jumping makes the story hard to follow at some points and the complex use of mathematical and physics theory may be off-putting to some readers.

Very nice write up

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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 13 May 2016, 07:31

I liked and enjoyed the book a lot. It wasn't an easy book to read because of the complexity of the plots, but I guess that's part of its charm. It is obviously written by a highly intellectual person and a very talented writer.

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Post by Sarah G » 14 May 2016, 09:09

Some parts of the book I raly liked whilst others I found dragged a little, which makes it really hard to give a 'star value'. I really enjoyed Oktay's storyline however Cuci and the Black Death were not as enjoyable and probably could have been cut down.

I did find the beginning of the book very confusing, however after reading re-reading it after completing the book I found it much more enjoyable. The book is unique but not all of it was to my taste. Some sections were and some weren't,; but that does tend to be the case with these kind of books.
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Post by Taylor Razzani » 15 May 2016, 10:37

Sarah G, I agree about the Cuci and the Black Death storylines, they were basically the same thing. I feel like the Black Death portion could have been interesting if it had not directly followed Cuci's storyline. After reading about invasion and killing for however many pages it would have been nice to read something different.

It is hard to give this book a star rating. It wouldn't be fair to give it a low rating just because I personally didn't understand a lot of it. I did like some parts, like when you find out why Oktay's story was so weird (my favorite part). But overall it felt a little disjointed and I agree that it was a book all it's own.

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Post by stoppoppingtheP » 16 May 2016, 13:25

It's a very confusing book. Each individual story is very interesting and well written in its own right, especially the story about Oktay, but I don't really understand how and why they are tied all together.

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Post by LivreAmour217 » 16 May 2016, 15:09

I have to admit that I found the story to be a little odd and difficult to understand in some places, but it was well-written and original. It would be unfair to undermine the author's talent and creativity, so I would give this book three stars.
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Post by Sarah G » 16 May 2016, 15:31

Taylor Razzani wrote:Sarah G, I agree about the Cuci and the Black Death storylines, they were basically the same thing. I feel like the Black Death portion could have been interesting if it had not directly followed Cuci's storyline. After reading about invasion and killing for however many pages it would have been nice to read something different.
Yeh it was a bit too much of the same thing and might have been improved with reordering of the stories maybe?
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Post by LivreAmour217 » 16 May 2016, 18:47

Sarah G wrote:
Taylor Razzani wrote:Sarah G, I agree about the Cuci and the Black Death storylines, they were basically the same thing. I feel like the Black Death portion could have been interesting if it had not directly followed Cuci's storyline. After reading about invasion and killing for however many pages it would have been nice to read something different.
Yeh it was a bit too much of the same thing and might have been improved with reordering of the stories maybe?
I personally could have done without the Cuci storyline, as it was just too brutal. However, the Black Death storyline was interesting, albeit morbid. The concept of a sentient microorganism was very creative, in my opinion. Plus, I was less disturbed by a non-human entity taking pleasure in human suffering than by a horde of bloodthirsty humans that relish killing.
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Post by gali » 16 May 2016, 22:27

LivreAmour217 wrote:
Sarah G wrote:
Taylor Razzani wrote:Sarah G, I agree about the Cuci and the Black Death storylines, they were basically the same thing. I feel like the Black Death portion could have been interesting if it had not directly followed Cuci's storyline. After reading about invasion and killing for however many pages it would have been nice to read something different.
Yeh it was a bit too much of the same thing and might have been improved with reordering of the stories maybe?
I personally could have done without the Cuci storyline, as it was just too brutal. However, the Black Death storyline was interesting, albeit morbid. The concept of a sentient microorganism was very creative, in my opinion. Plus, I was less disturbed by a non-human entity taking pleasure in human suffering than by a horde of bloodthirsty humans that relish killing.

I agree. I found it too bloodthirsty and way too long.
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Post by stoppoppingtheP » 17 May 2016, 05:59

I actually liked the story about Cuci, I've always found the Mongols so interesting.
Their life is brutal, it always made me wonder why they murdered and lived the way they did, so this insider perspective was interesting to read.

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Post by Taylor Razzani » 19 May 2016, 20:07

LivreAmour217 wrote:
Sarah G wrote:
Taylor Razzani wrote:Sarah G, I agree about the Cuci and the Black Death storylines, they were basically the same thing. I feel like the Black Death portion could have been interesting if it had not directly followed Cuci's storyline. After reading about invasion and killing for however many pages it would have been nice to read something different.
Yeh it was a bit too much of the same thing and might have been improved with reordering of the stories maybe?
I personally could have done without the Cuci storyline, as it was just too brutal. However, the Black Death storyline was interesting, albeit morbid. The concept of a sentient microorganism was very creative, in my opinion. Plus, I was less disturbed by a non-human entity taking pleasure in human suffering than by a horde of bloodthirsty humans that relish killing.
Reordering of the stories or maybe a little less of Cuci's story, either one I could get behind. Cuci's life had it's interesting points, but after so much killing it got boring and repetitive and it seemed necessary. I did find the Black Death to be much more intriguing, probably because I've never read about it from the Plague's perspective :wink:

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Post by Vermont Reviews » 20 May 2016, 19:56

Taylor Razzani wrote:
LivreAmour217 wrote:
Sarah G wrote:
Yeh it was a bit too much of the same thing and might have been improved with reordering of the stories maybe?
I personally could have done without the Cuci storyline, as it was just too brutal. However, the Black Death storyline was interesting, albeit morbid. The concept of a sentient microorganism was very creative, in my opinion. Plus, I was less disturbed by a non-human entity taking pleasure in human suffering than by a horde of bloodthirsty humans that relish killing.
Reordering of the stories or maybe a little less of Cuci's story, either one I could get behind. Cuci's life had it's interesting points, but after so much killing it got boring and repetitive and it seemed necessary. I did find the Black Death to be much more intriguing, probably because I've never read about it from the Plague's perspective :wink:

Agreed

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Post by kklaudi » 23 May 2016, 17:52

All in all I found this book to be quite enjoyable. Not an easy read, at least not for me, but it was interesting and unique. Only thing that bothered me a bit that...it had a lot of small details and storylines but no base or depth. But maybe it is just me. After all, it is far from being my cup of tea :)

But would suggest it.

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