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Offline Overlord

Chapters 1-5 (Only post once you have read chapters 1-5)
« on: May 30, 2011, 08:54:15 AM »
So... What are your initial impressions? :)
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Re: Chapters 1-5 (Only post once you have read chapters 1-5)
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2011, 12:39:58 PM »
I'm re-reading the book - I originally read it about a year ago. The first five chapters are a gentle introduction to Billy, the macguffin and the FSRC, before the real fun starts.  ;D

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Re: Chapters 1-5 (Only post once you have read chapters 1-5)
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2011, 01:56:44 AM »
I feel so lost right now, I'm intrigued but the whole thing feels a mish mash. But overall I'm more than curious enough to keep going.
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2011, 04:55:38 PM »
The first bits introduce us to Billy. Kinda reminds me of Dan Brown books with its theme of occult and mysticism.

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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2011, 10:49:05 AM »
I feel so lost right now, I'm intrigued but the whole thing feels a mish mash. But overall I'm more than curious enough to keep going.

Totally agree. I find the style of writing quite difficult. I don't like the half-arsed explanations without explaining anything! But I'm persevering.
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Offline Rhevian

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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2011, 04:05:13 PM »
The book is a mystery story, a bit like one of the Dresden Files books -- but unlike Harry Dresden, our protagonist Billy does not understand the supernatural and is initially confused himself. Mieville is also trying to cram in about as much plotstuff as Butcher would use in three of his books - we 're getting new story threads intoduced through the first third of the book.

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Re: Chapters 1-5 (Only post once you have read chapters 1-5)
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2011, 04:58:27 AM »
Much different than my norm, I'm with those who are sort of confused or having a hard time keeping up, but I am enjoying over all.  I did like his description of the museum while Billy was giving the tour, and the detailed description of what should have happened, what they should have seen, before the jarring of halt of, but that's not what happened. LOL!

I'm hanging in there, at about Chapter 17 now.  Lots of factions to try and figure out, poor Billy is totally confused!

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Re: Chapters 1-5 (Only post once you have read chapters 1-5)
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2011, 10:11:44 PM »
I can honestly say that I've never read a book like this before. It is quite confusing, but interesting. Since the story is told from Billy's point of view, his confusion is my confusion, so I'm assuming that it will begin to make more sense as I get further into the book and Billy learns what is going on - at least I hope it will!

Offline Mr Soul

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« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2011, 10:58:26 PM »
This is my second attempt at Miéville.  I never finished the first book. Didn't care for it much.

I hope I'm not sticking with this one just because of Kath Collingswood. Lol

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Re: Chapters 1-5 (Only post once you have read chapters 1-5)
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2011, 04:48:29 PM »
You guys are mad. Its kicked off like a Rankin detective novel, but with shades of Neil Gaiman with literary references.i feel like I am being slowly seduced into what will be a mindblowing novel. Great start.   
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