Future Indefinite (The Great Game #3)

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Title: Future Indefinite

Series: The Great Game

Author: Dave Duncan

Rating: 1.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 476

 

Synopsis:

Edward does a 180 and embraces the Filoby Testament and voila, everything gets fulfilled.

And Dave Duncan does his best to show hatred and disgust for Victorian English Christianity.

 

My Thoughts:

I spent a good solid 45 minutes on a review and then because I accidentally clicked the mousepad on my laptap, it all disappeared!

So between my dislike of Duncan’s stance about Christianity in this novel and my review gettting eaten up, I am simply stating that I didn’t like this book and I’ll be sticking to Duncan’s King’s Blades books from now on.

Another indepth, perceptive and engaging review by Bookstooge. Yep, totally!

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Present Tense (The Great Game #2)

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Title: Present Tense

Series: The Great Game #2

Author: Dave Duncan

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 418

 

 

Synopsis:

Edward comes back to our world, after 3 years in Next Door. Only now, because of his acceptance of the Filoby Testament, he is in greater danger here than he ever was over in Next Door. So his friends convince him to go back.

While planning out the steps for returning to Next Door, Edward tells them about the last 3 years and what has transpired.

 

My Thoughts:

This time around, the story was all about Edward. There was no Eleal or other secondary character. One storyline was about him in England, the other about him in Next Door.

This was a good solid read. Duncan knows how to spin a tale that is engaging but without a lot of wind and bluster. Nor do you get your heart rate up by screaming at the idiotic characters. Can’t stand that when an author does that and thankfully Duncan stays away from it.

The ideas of Free Will & Pre-Destination are mentioned, but they aren’t really explored. Edward, his father and others, have all tried to break the Filoby Testament and have only made it happen and in the end of the book Edward seems to have basically given up and just accepted that what it says will happen.

The whole FreeWill/Pre-Destination debate has been going on for Millenia, so I didn’t expect Duncan to solve it, but I guess I was expecting a little more philosophizing about it.

Finally, and most importantly. absolutely nothing Nacreous ever showed up. I was pleased.

Past Imperative (The Great Game #1)

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Title: Past Imperative

Series: The Great Game #1

Author: Dave Duncan

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 444

 

Synopsis:

One young man, by name of Edward, gets mixed up in a prophecy from another world, learns that his father and mother are from there, goes to the other world, meets with a young actress, who is also in prophecy and basically is the pawn of the gods of that world.

Thing is, Edward hates God, all gods and every form of institutionalized religion. And now,in this other world, he has the power to be a god. Will he survive, take his place in the pantheon or try to destroy the existing order?

 

My Thoughts:

Slow.

This starts out very slow, with a story in our world following Edward and another story in World2 about Eleal, the little cripple actress.

Each storyline takes its time to grow and mature, allowing us to see what makes the characters tick and just to see the worlds as they are.

They converge probably at the 75% mark and things actually start to happen then.

Sometimes a “slow” book doesn’t work for me. I want to rush in, growl, shake the plot like a rat and then rush off again. However, just like in his King’s Blades  books, Duncan is a consummate writer and I was glad to take it slow. It was nice to mosey along with the characters and not feel impatient to get to the end.

Edward is a stupid, honor ridden, young english chap, so that got annoying. But he was very well balanced out by Eleal, a curious 12 year old girl who gets into trouble and eavesdrops at the drop of a hat.

A very different book, in terms of plot, from his King’s Blades books but enjoyable nonetheless. Looking forward to the rest of this trilogy.