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Book Title: Lost in Translation|
The author of the book: Margaret Ball
Edition: Baen Books
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.89 MB
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Date of issue: October 1st 1995
ISBN 13: 9780671876883
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Reader ratings: 7.9
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5/10 stars (3/5 stars).
I'm soooo glad to be done reading this book. A coworker/friend lent it to me because she said how great it was and she really wanted me to check it out. We seem to have similar taste in books so I was totally okay with it. Plus, it's such a small book I figured I'd be done it in no time.
How wrong I was.
This book was painfully difficult to get into. The first while was slow and uneventful. The main character Allie seemed to be way too okay with being in a place that is medieval and strange and completely unlike her own world. I mean, she questioned it and seemed to have been affected by Aigar's magic but it still seemed weird. I mean, the moment you realize there isn't indoor plumbing, you should be asking a LOT of questions.
Anyway, I really enjoyed the difference in magic. It was different from what I'm used to reading in books or seeing in media. Although, some of it was a little hard to picture since the author didn't always describe things clearly enough. The monsters and magic was interesting but there wasn't enough of it or enough action for it to be utilized properly.
The book is short but the chapters are long... like REALLY long. Sometimes painfully long depending on the chapter. When the book finally picked up, some chapters were interesting and made me want to keep reading more, and other chapters were dull and boring and made me want to throw the book across the room. The only thing that kept me going was that I really wanted to finish it because of my friend (so I could tell her I read it and so I could give it back to her) and because I wanted to get on with it and read the next book that I recently purchased (The Perilous Sea). I was so happy when I read the last sentence. "Finally! FINALLY!" I shouted with glee.
I gave this 5 out of 10 stars because of a few reasons.
1. There were very few swears and no sex/smut and really very little violence/gore (some of it was described but not much).
2. Domerc and Allie weren't paired up or didn't fall in love out of nowhere. Although I'm a sucker for romance, I dislike unnecessary pair ups when the story doesn't call for it or when the characters are doing just fine as friends (and I HATE it when the author wants romance so bad they rush into things so the characters can kiss or whatever).
3. The main characters were likable enough (for the most part).
4. I adore high fantasy and books about magic and the magic in this book were unique and well written (as were the monsters of magic and how they come about).
5. Fairly unpredictable storyline (I really didn't have a clue where the story was going).
6. Domerc was well written (but like the only character with depth).
1. Long boring chapters that were uneventful.
2. The bad guys weren't that great. I mean, Aigar was written well enough but I felt like his character wasn't deep enough or whatever. He was kind of lame.
3. Not clear enough visuals some of the time.
4. Not enough explanation on the magical world and the Elder World, how it came about, and how everyone got there (since they said everyone was from the Elder World, what even was their current world and how did they come to live in it and when?).
5. Allie could've been a stronger/better written character.
6. All of the main characters should've been explored better.
7. The first part of the story kept focusing on Allie being a 90s kid and how she loved these different bands. Totally irrelevant to the story (for the most part) and really a waste of time.
8. Nonstop ups and downs with how the chapters were written. Bad, bad, good, bad, good, bad, bad, good, bad, good, etc. Just irritating.
Overall, I didn't mind this book but it definitely didn't help with my reading slump. It took me an entire MONTH to finish it. It's such a small book and I'm so irritated it took so long to finish it.
5/10 stars (or 3/5).
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Read information about the authorMargaret Ball lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and near two grown children. She has a B.A. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Texas. After graduation, she taught briefly at UCLA, then spent several years honing her science fiction and fantasy writing skills by designing computer software and making inflated promises about its capabilities. She has written a number of science fiction/fantasy novels as well as two historical novels, and is currently working on a science fiction series to be released on Kindle and in paperback in the fall of 2017. She would love to be influenced by Connie Willis and the other authors listed but fears that is mainly wishful thinking.
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