I finished Roger Zelazny's This Immortal
a few days ago. Apparently it tied for the Hugo Award with Dune
, with hindsight that's a bit surprising since This Immortal didn't have anywhere near the same long-term impact, but it's still a good read. The world is intriguing, although not described in great detail, and the plot (a seemingly immortal man guides an alien writer on a grand tour around the ruins of ancient civillisations of a post-apocalyptic Earth) was entertaining, with a strong conclusion, although there were some rather unlikely coincidences required for some plot developments. I like Zelazny's writing a lot, the prose isn't quite as accomplished as in later works like Lord of Light and Creatures of Light and Darkness, but it's still very well written.
Alytha, on 13 May 2012 - 02:24 PM, said:
Finished Romanitas. I kinda liked it, although it has its flaws. I'd have liked to have the world a bit more fleshed out, more details anout what people look like, what they wear, what they eat...
It's very character-driven, and at first I really didn't like the female protagonist with her "everybody apart from me is stupid" attitude and passive-aggressive hysteria. She becomes a bit more likeable though, in the course of the book.
Rated it 3/5. Not going to pick up the sequels anytime soon though I think.
I'm reading Romanitas at the moment as well. I agree it's a bit lacking in descriptions of the world, much of the time it doesn't feel quite as alien as it should given the different histories of our world and theirs. It's an entertaining read, although often the plot seems a bit predictable.