My Favorite Books

The Walking Drum
Ender's Game
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Curse of Chalion
The Name of the Wind
Chronicles of the Black Company
The Faded Sun Trilogy
The Tar-Aiym Krang

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Review: Lords of Uncreation

Lords of Uncreation Lords of Uncreation by Adrian Tchaikovsky
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the final installment of the Final Architecture trilogy and it pretty much maintains the quality of world building and character development found through the work since the beginning. In fact, there has once of the best depictions of diverse [and at times enigmatic] alien cultures that I have ever encountered (along with the subsequent political drama between them). Here we rejoin Idris, Solace and company while they deal with suspicion, corruption, hubris and betrayal to solve the problem of the Architects permanently … with Idris fighting a one man crusade to reveal the “man behind the curtain” in order to avoid a xenocide. However, despite all of the great things in here, the story did suffer from a few pacing problems where parts of the story started to drag as it dived into details and character interactions that at times seem somewhat superfluous … and I would put it aside for a time before returning to it. I would probably enjoy it better as an audible. Still, trilogy as a whole was excellent and if well with the effort.

I was given this free advance reader copy (ARC) ebook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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My Ratings Explained ...

  • [ ***** ] Amazing Read - Perfect story, exciting, engrossing, well developed complex characters, solid plot with few to no holes, descriptive environments and place settings, great mystery elements, realistic dialogue, believable reactions and behaviors; a favorite that I can re-read many times.
  • [ **** ] Great Read - Highly entertaining and enjoyable, exciting storyline, well developed characters and settings, a few discrepancies but nothing that can’t be overlooked. Some aspect of the story was new/refreshing to me and/or intriguing. Recommended for everyone.
  • [ *** ] Good Read - Solid story with a 'good' ending, or has some other redeeming feature. Limited character development and/or over reliance on tropes. Noticeable discrepancies in world building and/or dialog/behavior that were distracting. I connected enough with the characters/world to read the entire series. Most of the books I read for fun are here. Recommended for fans of the genre.
  • [ ** ] Okay Read - Suitable for a brief, afternoon escape … flat or shallow characters with little to no development. Over the top character dialog and/or behavior. Poor world building with significant issues and/or mistakes indicating poor research. Excessive use of trivial detail, info dumps and/or pontification. Any issues with the story/characters are offset by some other aspect that I enjoyed. Not very memorable. May only appeal to a niche group of readers. Recommended for some (YMMV).
  • [ * ] Bad Read - Awkward and/or confusing writing style. Poor world building and/or unbelievable (or unlikeable) characters. Victimization, gaslighting, blatant abuse, unnecessary violence, child endangerment, or any other highly objectionable behaviors by Main characters. I didn't connect with the story at all; significant aspects of this story irritated me enough that I struggled to finished it. Series was abandoned. Not recommended.