“Perhaps it was a tired thing, all the references the world had already made to the Ptolemaic Royal Library of Alexandria.”First line in The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake
As the title suggests, today I’m reacting to 5-star reviews of books I didn’t like. I’ve done this before but almost two years ago so I’ve given a lot of books 1 or 2 stars since then so I had plenty to choose from for this post. And I’m also on holiday so I needed an easy post.
The last time I did this, I learned that it was easier for me to accept people not liking my favorite books than it was to accept people loving books I hated. So I’m sorry for what you’re about to read if you loved any of these.
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
If they think it’s reminiscent of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue then that explains why I hated it so much. Now that I think about it, Addie and January aren’t that different. They go on different journeys but essentially they’re the same person. Both don’t have much personality outside of being stubborn.
I also didn’t like the prose because it’s the kind of prose that’s trying to be beautiful while saying stuff that doesn’t make sense. Take two seconds to think about a sentence and you’re going to realize this book isn’t such a masterpiece after all.
Fool’s Fate (Tawny Man #3) by Robin Hobb
Both review and my commentary include SPOILERS
…Did they just say they loved the ending??? HOW?!? It literally unraveled everything and set several characters back to somewhere in The Farseer Trilogy and made the entire trilogy pointless! What was that ending the reviewer had imagined that was supposedly worse than this? And they didn’t think this “happy reversal” was forced? What book did they read?!? It’s the most forced ending I’ve ever read! Just because Hobb dedicated (too much) time to give everyone a “happy” ending doesn’t mean it’s any less forced when everyone was acting out of character. And Molly’s “evident regard of poor old Fitz”? First of all, isn’t Fitz like 36? Old? Second of all, Fitz literally forced his way into her life so where exactly is that evident regard of hers? And how is it heartening?
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
I also had so many feels reading Elantris but I doubt they were the same ones. And it IS his worst book. I think even people who like it say that and I’m seriously concerned for this person if everything else they’ve read is so much worse. I wonder what they ended up thinking of his other books when they clearly didn’t think it could get any better than Elantris.
I guess you can say his character development is flawless but that’s just because his characters are so one-dimensional it’s hard to make a mistake when writing them. And the reason they didn’t know how it was going to end was probably more because glaring plot holes made it impossible to guess anything rather than it was because of good writing.
The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
I’m sorry but this review is blasphemous! They dare compared The Last Magician to Six of Crows and The Night Circus, both books that are superior in every way. Yeah, no, those books weren’t as basic as The Last Magician so I guess that was what the reviewer was looking for. I’m also curious to know where they spotted those “well developed” characters because I didn’t see them. Were they hiding?
The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake
No, no, no, no, no. You do not have Parisa as your favorite character! I’m sorry, but I can’t help but judge people for that. She spends the entire book assaulting people but the reviewer loves that for her? Okay then.
I can get behind finding all the characters interesting in some way but I wouldn’t say I was excited to read about all of them, only two. And I guess that if you love a pretentious book, The Atlas Six is great. I just don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say that pretentiousness “completely made the book” for them.
Next week will be the opposite of this: 1-star reviews of books I loved and then my holiday will be over and my creativity could return (hopefully). I’m also writing this part as we have a heatwave and it’d be great if that could disappear too. I’m doing everything in slow motion including dying.
But have you read any of these books and agree with either me or the reviews? Let me know in the comments!