I'm on the fence! (Looking for some info)

Discuss the November 2016 Book of the Month, Roan: The Tales Of Conor Archer by E. R. Barr.
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Re: I'm on the fence! (Looking for some info)

Post by bookowlie » 14 Nov 2016, 14:27

gali wrote:
bookowlie wrote:I am also on the fence about reading this book. I was a bit put off by the length, even though the story looks interesting. It's a big commitment since I also belong to an in-person book club, read review books, and books of my own choosing. Added to the mix is I am still in the middle of last month's BOTM and don't want to continue to fall behind with future monthly picks.
Knowing your taste, I don't think the book is for you. 8)
Thanks for the "un-recommendation." :) I still am thinking of trying it at some point, even if I don't start it this month.
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Post by gali » 14 Nov 2016, 15:32

bookowlie wrote:
gali wrote:
bookowlie wrote:I am also on the fence about reading this book. I was a bit put off by the length, even though the story looks interesting. It's a big commitment since I also belong to an in-person book club, read review books, and books of my own choosing. Added to the mix is I am still in the middle of last month's BOTM and don't want to continue to fall behind with future monthly picks.
Knowing your taste, I don't think the book is for you. 8)
Thanks for the "un-recommendation." :) I still am thinking of trying it at some point, even if I don't start it this month.
lol I hope you will enjoy the book if you decide to read it. :)
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Post by lucymn11 » 14 Nov 2016, 17:45

For those who have read it, do you feel like it's worth moving up the "queue" of my current books that I want to read? Thanks so much :)

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Post by Janetleighgreen » 14 Nov 2016, 17:55

It is a good book and if you want to get in on the discussions, you might want to get started. ?

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Post by lucymn11 » 14 Nov 2016, 17:56

Janetleighgreen wrote:It is a good book and if you want to get in on the discussions, you might want to get started. ?
Thanks! I think I'll go for it; I'm pretty busy but also eager to read something new.

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Post by Janetleighgreen » 14 Nov 2016, 18:06

lucymn11 wrote:
Janetleighgreen wrote:It is a good book and if you want to get in on the discussions, you might want to get started. ?
Thanks! I think I'll go for it; I'm pretty busy but also eager to read something new.
I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

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Post by Jennifer Allsbrook » 14 Nov 2016, 21:26

Gravy wrote:I am super interested in this book, but am still hesitant to invest myself in reading it. I'm hoping that someone can help me with this.

For those who've read it:
  • Does it end in a cliffhanger, or with other gnawing questions left unanswered?
  • Does anyone know if or when the second book will be out?
Please, no spoilers :no-spoil:

Thank you!
The book is well worth the time investment. It does not end in a cliff hanger and though there is a direction for the future provided it is a satisfying ending. I did some fishing for an update about a sequel but found nothing online.

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Post by Janetleighgreen » 14 Nov 2016, 21:43

Jennifer Allsbrook wrote:
Gravy wrote:I am super interested in this book, but am still hesitant to invest myself in reading it. I'm hoping that someone can help me with this.

For those who've read it:
  • Does it end in a cliffhanger, or with other gnawing questions left unanswered?
  • Does anyone know if or when the second book will be out?
Please, no spoilers :no-spoil:

Thank you!
The book is well worth the time investment. It does not end in a cliff hanger and though there is a direction for the future provided it is a satisfying ending. I did some fishing for an update about a sequel but found nothing online.
I agree that although I was frustrated by the pace, the book was worth the time invested. There were no cliffhangers. I don't know if or when there will be a sequel. Just be ready to invest the time.

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Post by gali » 14 Nov 2016, 23:03

I was also frustrated by the pace, but as others pointed out it does worth the time if you like the genre.
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Post by Gnome » 15 Nov 2016, 03:11

Janetleighgreen wrote:
Jennifer Allsbrook wrote:
Gravy wrote: Does anyone know if or when the second book will be out?
I did some fishing for an update about a sequel but found nothing online.
I don't know if or when there will be a sequel.
I think in the author interview he says that the hope is to have the next book out in September. We "stragglers" have nearly 10 months to finish reading.

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Post by gali » 15 Nov 2016, 05:14

Gnome wrote:
Janetleighgreen wrote:
Jennifer Allsbrook wrote: I did some fishing for an update about a sequel but found nothing online.
I don't know if or when there will be a sequel.
I think in the author interview he says that the hope is to have the next book out in September. We "stragglers" have nearly 10 months to finish reading.
Yes, he did say that. I finished the book and will wait for it! :)
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Post by Gravy » 15 Nov 2016, 18:09

Awesome! I look forward to trying it :)
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Post by Seamusberen1955 » 15 Nov 2016, 19:38

Seamusberen here the author of ROAN. I have really enjoyed this forum topic. I t to
1. There will be a sequel called SKELLIG hopefully out by September 2017.

2. About the length. This is the first website that has ever talked about the length of the book. Some thought it too long to even start, others that it was just right. So I had to do some thinking about this and I want to explain what is behind the length.

A. A lot of people including me like throwaway novels. Those are books that you binge through in a day or two. And you never read them again. They are fun, but not memorable. I wanted to write a novel that meant something with a lot of different themes.v

B. I really love Charles dickens. He wrote very long books. But he had very short chapters because they appeared first in the newspaper. Long books with short chapters are really easy to navigate. My book resembles that. I'm not in Charles dickens league but I do copy the structure. This is a book that takes time to read. I want you to spend quality time with the characters so you not only witness their actions but know why they do the things they do.

C. The genre of this book is fantasy. Good fantasy requires world building. That takes time and requires words for descriptions of things and places that might not be familiar to readers. The sequels to this book will not be as long because the first book has already done the world building.

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Post by gali » 15 Nov 2016, 22:52

Seamusberen1955 wrote:Seamusberen here the author of ROAN. I have really enjoyed this forum topic. I t to
1. There will be a sequel called SKELLIG hopefully out by September 2017.

2. About the length. This is the first website that has ever talked about the length of the book. Some thought it too long to even start, others that it was just right. So I had to do some thinking about this and I want to explain what is behind the length.

A. A lot of people including me like throwaway novels. Those are books that you binge through in a day or two. And you never read them again. They are fun, but not memorable. I wanted to write a novel that meant something with a lot of different themes.v

B. I really love Charles dickens. He wrote very long books. But he had very short chapters because they appeared first in the newspaper. Long books with short chapters are really easy to navigate. My book resembles that. I'm not in Charles dickens league but I do copy the structure. This is a book that takes time to read. I want you to spend quality time with the characters so you not only witness their actions but know why they do the things they do.

C. The genre of this book is fantasy. Good fantasy requires world building. That takes time and requires words for descriptions of things and places that might not be familiar to readers. The sequels to this book will not be as long because the first book has already done the world building.
Thank you for the info. I like long books and wasn't deterred by the length, so that wasn't the issue. The world building was great and made the setting comes to life.

Will look forward to the sequel! :tiphat:
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Post by Gravy » 15 Nov 2016, 23:03

If Amazon stated the length at being over 900 pages, that might make me think twice, just because...WOW, but given the length Amazon provides, I have no problem :)
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