Poobah Posted July 16, 2020 Share Posted July 16, 2020 5 hours ago, ASOIAFrelatedusername said: Personally I blame the editor. They should have noticed the drop in quality and encouraged (read: forced as much as possible) the go over the book again delays be damned. Yeah this book definitely needed more time. I don't know exactly how much of the blame to put where but Butcher certainly needs to shoulder some of it. The impression I've gotten from other fans is that it was a publisher decision to split the book but I can't really verify that. At the very least after it was split more time was clearly needed to get both books into some sorta shape where they can function as individual novels, and between Butcher himself, his editor, and his beta readers this should have been flagged up since it's so obvious. Right now though I can't imagine that even reading them as a pair Battle Ground will somehow redeem all the mess and general badness in Peace Talks which seems to indicate a bigger problem. Not really spoilerific thoughts but I'm sticking it in a spoiler box just in case: Spoiler So for me having thought about it a bit I think one of the big root problems from which a lot of the pacing and plot issues in Peace Talks flows is that it's way way over stuffed with plot ideas, and as a result none of them are sufficiently developed. We end up with this patchwork quilt that's been loosely sewn into something that might look like a plot in low lighting but which falls apart under any kind of scrutiny. People have been describing this as half a book but honestly the more I think about it this feels like about 1/4 to 1/3 of about 3 or 4 different books (plus some stuff that feels more like "shit I thought up and it seemed cool so why not?"). Throughout the book Dresden gets hosed down with a near endless barrage of plot hooks, and instead of developing any of them Butcher just rolls on and introduces a new hook, a new complication, another returning character for what turns out to be a cameo that ultimately goes nowhere because uh oh we're 300 pages in and it's time for the book to end before anything has really gotten anywhere. I feel like Butcher needed to either realise that there was no way he could handle this much within the formula of a Dresden novel and have the discipline to take the axe to some/most of it so he could turn what was left into something that'd make a solid, cohesive entry in his series, or that he'd have to go way outside his comfort zone and write a single Stormlight Archive length brick if he wanted to do justice to the multitude of plots, ideas, and characters he was trying to bring together for this big world changing showdown. Regardless of wider speculations being made in this thread, for whatever reason this is a huge step down in quality. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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