Saturday, 20 February 2016

Dread Brass Shadows (fifth novel in the Garrett P.I. series)

(Originally posted on Friday, 12 March 2010)

My rating: 7/10 (low re-reading value)
Please read my post from April 2009 to find out about my rating.
Please read my post from May 2009 to learn about Glen Cook’s style of writing.

This book is clearly weaker than previous books in the Garrett series, but it’s still good. Just good - previous were brilliant.The style is the same, but some parts were a little too confusing. I’m talking about some action scenes which I had to read very carefully.

The main problem for me was the fact, that many things happened around Garrett, but HIS actions didn’t make anything happen. The things just happened and he was caught in the middle.

Maybe it was Cook’s goal to show that a person sometimes has to go with the flow and is somehow helpless. If that’s so, than he did it a very good job. Even the surrounding is described as if there was doom coming on everybody, not only Garrett - thunder lizards flying over the city, MorCatha fighting among themselves in the night sky and the war in the Cantard at its peak. In fact I enjoyed such little things more than the main plot, which had some minor logical flaws.

One more thing. The humour is there, but the book isn’t as funny as the previous ones.

Overall it’s a good book, but its re-reading value is low because it comes after brilliant first 4 Garrett novels.

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