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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Lamentation (Psalms of Isaak #1) by Ken Scholes – The Ranting Dragon
They’re all recognizable and definitely have some depth, but just not the level of depth I was hoping for. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Maybe I’m just becoming jaded ha. Just random props people screaming, and oh, ash and bones.
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: Lamentation (Psalms of Isaak, Book 1) (): Ken Scholes: Books
Give me anything other than crying robots. Ken Scholes is the author of the Psalms of Isaak series and over fifty short stories.
Added to that is the schole of a great and powerful city destroyed by an ancient artifact long thought to be nothing but a myth. The one potentially interesting character and this is a bit of a spoileris Vlad Li Tam, who uses his legions of children as human missiles, sacrificing them for his mysterious personal goals.
Lamentation is the first book in The Psalms of Isaak, a series that was intended from the start to have five books. Canticle The Psalms of Isaak. I gave this book five stars even though there were elements of it I found under-described and the characters seemed like puppets you get to meet the Puppet Master, or do you?
Yet it keen a fantasy. I liked the plot, what a finely woven web, I was impressed by it. Antiphon The Psalms of Isaak. Except for a a few tech things. Scholes’s mythology is based on the idea of civilizations rising continually from the ashes of lamdntation.
scholea Towards the end of the story we’re supposed to see some depth to Vlad’s character in that he supposedly grieves deeply for each of his fallen children. The characters, despite being somewhat archetypal, are one of this novel’s high points.
A couple of robots and ships of iron. Good pacing and likable characters compensate for a certain lack of originality. You have a robot and out of all the cool awesome shit it could do, you have it act like a whiney teenager?
Open Preview See a Problem? We stayed with him for some ten, highly detailed, event-packed pages, getting to know him, sampling the textures of his life. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Sure, there’s tons of intrigue, but it’s all entirely contrived; for instance, nobles speak in a complex system of hand signals when they want to make sure they’re not overheard, and yet you never have a reason to suspect anyone’s ever eavesdropping on these people in fact, the one time I lamentztion recall someone’s hand signals being “overheard,” it was by a sympathetic character who basically signed back, “fyi, I know whut u’re sayin bout me!!
I liked that the book ended with the completion of a story line and the hint of the future mystery.
The second biggest shortcoming in the book, I think, is probably also part of its strength. This is an event of epic magnitude, of similar proportions lamentatuon the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II. On the surface, it’s about the destruction of a city. I liked his mix of fantasy and tech. Don’t have a Kindle? Yet he creates vivid characters, a world thick with detail, and wonders we’ve never seen before.
It’s real enough that you want to keep going. A couple of new and distinct characters do emerge—an insane mechoservitor named Charles and a shadowy priest named Renaud are both welcome additions to the tale—but by and large the supporting players in both novels are mere foils for the more developed central cast to play off of—and so generic that some, like the River Woman, are known only by the title of their laamentation. Stephan van Velzen October 18, Leave a comment.
So…some back-story that you may or may not already know. I loved Isaak the mechanoservitor and Jin Li Tam.
But I took the dare and wrote Lamentation in six and a half weeks of crazy pushing. Scholes told his story while gracefully weaving in the history, customs and religion of his unique world.
May 29, Marin rated it it was amazing. I felt instant empathy and protectiveness for the character, the only principal character who doesn’t get point-of-view chapters. Why then are we given these vague, ethereal concepts? Notify me of follow-up comments by email.
It starts off with a bang literally and keeps building the tension with just the right amount of information to keep a reader guessing. Mechanobots that seem out of place and are poorly developed. Then you have to memorize the geography and the names of all the Kingdoms and their various Kings and Queens. Jul 03, Monica rated it did not like it. Needless to say, I won’t be purchasing any sequels.
The almost typical fantasy society. The writer does a good job of world building and character building. They are also real enough that when they realize their mistakes and or struggle with moral questions, I care.
This novel never really gets bogged down, but just keeps moving. For me this became a real problem.
What follows, however, had me lamenting for a lost opportunity as we are introduced to the four main point of view characters who are anything but bold in their llamentation.