Comments: 3
BrokenTune 8 years ago
LOL. I had the same problems. Also, I thought that at some point Follet made reference to the wrong Kaiser - but, I had the audiobook, so it was difficult to go back to try and find the reference again. (And having finished I certainly did not want to spend another penny on the book in another format.) It is ludicrous. Apparently, part two - Winter of the World - is similarly hilarious / incredible.

There is just so much suspension of disbelief that I can muster, though. So, the story ends after book one for me.

Loved your review!
Merle 8 years ago
Great review! That sounds really annoying.

I completely agree with you about the flat villain problem. I always groan when I'm reading fantasy and it has a bunch of villain chapters, because, well, why would I want to read a villain POV in fantasy? All they get to do is be villainous. And if there's no opportunity for change or growth or redemption, no chance of interesting internal developments, what's the point of spending pages upon pages in that character's head?

Oddly, it didn't bother me in Pillars of the Earth. Maybe because I read it several years ago and have gotten more critical since, or maybe because Follett is a thriller writer who's all about plot rather than character development anyway.
BrokenTune 8 years ago
"Follett is a thriller writer who's all about plot rather than character development anyway".

Thank you! It just occurred to me that this is why Fall of Giants doesn't work for me: The plot is pretty much predetermined by history.