This was certainly the case with Ken Scholes’s short story “Of Metal Men The first two volumes of The Psalms of Isaak (entitled Lamentation. So I told my friends over on Facebook that I would put up a post once I finished my re-read ofLamentation. I’m going to do that for each of the. Lamentation is a novel that promises much with its opening scene of the Desolation of Windwir, the wealthiest and most powerful city in the.

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Children of the Hidden Sea by A. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Lamentation is only for the most patient fans of epic fantasy.

Jun 21, Joel rated it it was amazing Shelves: The story didn’t exactly go the way I’d planned, but it also didn’t exactly go against how I envisioned it, either. No crusades in this one After all my criticism, it must be said that there was one element I truly enjoyed in Lamentation: Showing of 99 reviews.

Strange Horizons – Lamentation and Canticle by Ken Scholes By Hannah Strom-Martin

And scholws already know that my view of my own work is…problematic…at times. With their army of Silver Spears, their elite company of Blade Maidens and lamentaiton holy defenders, the terrifying asirim, the Kings uphold their positions as undisputed, invincible lords of the desert. The magic k system is cool.

I think it was my first complete trip through in audio only and it was well worth it. My favorite sentence in the book is when he uses glossolalia in a sentence.


It keeps the pace fast, but for my taste I found it distracting. Ignorance and superstition have therefore become even more ferocious in their assault upon the “light” of the well-informed.

This book is an eclectic mix of sci-fi elements robots and fantasy elements magic and mysticism. Books by Ken Scholes. Thematically, The Psalms of Isaak is one of the more compelling of today’s fantasies, for at its heart is a war of and about information.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. And he saw how lamentation could become a hymn Give me killer robots. The stakes are too low, the story too meaningless. Science fictionfantasy.

Would the Nuremberg judges have slapped Hitler down scholed the Hilton if he’d sauntered up to them after the war? And where the book starts.

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February 21, at 1: The Weeping Czars Scholes speaks of sound certifiably awesome, but what does their inclusion in this passage really do to clarify our understanding of events or of this secondary world?

Soon all the Kingdoms of the Named Lands will be at each others’ throats, as alliances are challenged and hidden plots are uncovered. At the end of Canticlewhen a character must choose between the end of personal torment and the assistance of an enemy’s magic, magic wins because the scientific knowledge that would have solved the problem has long since been buried by a man-made cataclysm. Especially when they cry as much as this one.

He can make you care about his characters.

The characters, despite being somewhat archetypal, are one of this novel’s high points. It has a lot of potential, and I may actually read the next book I believe there are 5 installments projected at least it’s not another trilogybut I just didn’t feel satisfied after reading it. See and discover other items: There were Sherlockian twists and turns, wonderful characters who I cared about and a super interesting plot.


But in many ways, this is all that is left of the robot who rocked the world. Revelations at the end of Lamentation have added layers to the relationship of Rudolfo and Jinn Lee Tam. Views Read Edit View history. There were more than four characters for them to cover, and they presented some of the characters differently, especially Isaak.

I really liked that there had been wars and ruin in the old days and now thousands of years later this is what we have. We don’t always like being thrown into a dungeon with Ned Stark or forced to drink tea with bitchy Aes Sedai, but by God, we know what both dungeon and tea taste like.

What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Frequent point-of-view switches have worked for many of today’s most successful fantasists, but this is because authors like George R.

Oh, and the moon is terraformed, which gets mentioned in passing but really piqued my interest. So overall Lamentation is so far the most disappointing high-profile fantasy novel for The prose in this book is something else and really bolsters the pacing.