A Succession of Bad Days

A Succession of Bad Days Egalitarian heroic fantasy Experimental magical pedagogy non Euclidean ancestry and some sort of horror from beyond the world

Egalitarian heroic fantasy Experimental magical pedagogy, non Euclidean ancestry, and some sort of horror from beyond the world.

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  1. There are so many reasons I could give why this is not a good book There s no plot to speak of things happen, and then it ends There s no conflict to speak of until the last chapter Most of the book consists of detailed descriptions of civil engineering projects and the magical techniques used for them The characters are ludicrously overpowered special snowflakes The language is nigh impenetrable, and the innocent comma is tortured beyond all reason.But you know what To hell all that I loved it. [...]

  2. This book lies at the intersection of three topics of influence.The first is Magic, but not the kind of magic that works despite physics saying that it should This is magic that is clearly deeply integrated in the physical laws of their world, and works with them instead of against them Transhumanists will also appreciate the ideas set forth in the book to them, I can sell this book in one sentence part of the process of becoming a mage is that you literally upload your brain into magic This pro [...]

  3. A Succession of Bad Days shares some characters and the setting with The March North, and picks up, timeline wise, not long after the end of the previous book Both books are reasonably self contained and stand on their own, but reading in publication order seems advisable a number of things will be easier to understand and meaningful that way.This is a to borrow the phrase the author s blog go to sorcerer school book, but it manages to avoid retreading tired old ground in a number of ways Anoth [...]

  4. It s a bit sad There s so much potential, so much to love the characters are likeable and interesting, the world building is fantastic there s a real sense of immersion and wonder But the book just doesn t _go_ anywhere with it The characters become students, learn, become stronger And then it ends No conflict to speak of, no actual plot No opportunity for the characters to prove themselves No hurdles to overcome or hard decisions to make Everything is just handed to them, including the connecti [...]

  5. It s hard to explain exactly why I love this book so much.I have been reading fantasy for 40 years now I have read any number of learning to be a mage stories, from James Schmitz to Patricia McKillip to Caroline Stevermer to Anne McCaffrey to Susan Cooper to P C Hodgell to Diana Wynne Jones to J K Rowling This one is special I liked The March North a lot I really loved A Succession of Bad Days.My high school English teacher would classify this one as Man against nature , but that s too simplisti [...]

  6. Somehow I missed hearing that a sequel to The March North had come out until about last month, and then I had to rush to to buy it And then it took me about a month to actually finish it, because a it is really good, b it is really dense, and c I didn t want it to be over I really liked the first book, and this is even better.I seem to have a fondness for the kinds of books that get described as this will probably be someone s favorite book, but not yours, if only because I end up spitefully goi [...]

  7. In large part, this is a 600 page training montage as a team of apprentice sorcerer engineers begin to learn the skills of their trade And it is So Much Fun It s also a deep philosophical examination of the utopian society Saunders has built where coercion and other forms of inter personal violence are absolutely forbidden Pure catnip.

  8. I eventually settled on four stars for the adventurous and partially intentionally challenging nature of the book as a whole Unlike _The March North_, though, where I was tending towards five stars, this was nearly a three.The plot is basically nonexistent Or it s a really extreme bildungsroman, I can t quite make my mind up The majority of events are the group of sorcerer apprentices moving around the landscape, or moving the landscape around Sometimes they manipulate probability in an area Som [...]

  9. I can see where some of the complaints about plot or lack of plot came from This is definitely not a book for everyone It is obscurely written, lacking almost entirely in world building outside of that which grows naturally from the the dialogue and scenes, and for some people might be boring to boot I think there s a review that describes it as something like a series of civil engineering projects, with magic And, well, they re not wrong But there s also philosophy here, about living with peopl [...]

  10. For those who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they like I loved it, but my advice to friends has been to read the prequel The March North , which is also shorter and accessible , and if they enjoy it, they will enjoy this book considerably If they didn t enjoy it, well, this may not be the sort of thing they like.The word building is special Take our world, add magic, and let a quarter of a million years go by The received wisdom in this world is that the average Dark Overlo [...]

  11. This is not a fast read of a book The writing is extremely convoluted at times, written in a very informal, stream of consciousness colloquial manner This is not a plot driven book There are maybe three action scenes action like, really This book is primarily about world building excellent magic system, very interesting culture and government, even the terrain is interesting , about character, about what it means to be a person vs human and a useful part of society, and what society owes to its [...]

  12. I don t understand why this book was written It doesn t do anything and it doesn t go anywhere Maybe he needs it for the next book, but if so, it should have been a novella.Perhaps is should have been called A Succession of Chapters There is no real plot No real character development One big victory is things ending up the same as they were It is kind of interesting but not really rewarding You learn a lot about the history of the place.There is a big reveal, but it isn t possible for the reade [...]

  13. The author s unique terse bordering on cryptic narrative meets a protagonist learns to use magic, let s do worldbuilding story In the middle there s a great deal of magic civil engineering and a smaller amount of magic legal theory The protagonist learns to use magic theme has been done to death the author has some ways to make it original and only partially succeeds.This held my attention pretty well, for the most part, except for some bits where it got than usually cryptic while at the same t [...]

  14. This book is fantastic.The plot here is as light as the text is dense a workmanlike portrayal of students learning to become sorcerers The book cares about showing us the characters themselves and the world building in some cases, incredibly detailed world building by the characters themselves than it does about giving us an overarching plot token to drive the action forwards, but this doesn t take away from the joy of reading it it s fantastic fantasy.

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