Mar 04 2005
I’ve recent finsished read all ~4000 pages of Tad Williams’ Otherland series. It is an epic journey into the virtuality worlds of Otherland and the dealings of the Grail Brotherhood.
The series is split into four books:
- City of Golden Shadow
- River of Blue Fire
- Mountain of Black Glass
- Sea of Silver Light
Once started this really is a compelling story however, in parts it is rather long and drawn out. I’m not the best book critic in the world but I’ll have a go:
- Book one was very interesting the way Tad introduces the series and very compelling. I didn’t want to put the book down and infact I often didn’t put the book down until I had fallen asleep (I read when I go to bed). Top marks for an excellent multi-threaded story line. COuldn’t wait to start the second book.
- The second book becomes rather mundane as the characters travel from world to world. You get the feeling that Tad had the basic ideas for a hundred books but didn’t know what to do with them so wrapped them into the Otherland. Getting to the end of the book was a bit of a challenge for me but I’m glad I did.
- Book three starts to bring all of the threads of the story together and you start to see some direction in all this world hopping… or so you think. Just as you think you’re starting to see the story lines converge they all suddenly disappear off at a tangent and you’re suddenly flung into the the same dispair that you experienced in the second book.
- The final book in the series does see all the story lines brought together but not in the way that you might expect. ANd just when you think you’ve got the hang of new direction things are heading in … WHAM!!! Tad inserts as nice little twist in the story that makees you wonder what the hell is going on. The ending was almost what I expected… only twisted to 90 degrees.
All in all Otherland was a great read and I’m not sure how to follow it up. I’ve got Dan Browns Da Vici Code sat on my bookshelf waiting to be read but I think I might take a break from reading for a while.