Title: Dying of the Light
Author: George R. R. Martin
Page Count/Review Word Count: 274
I’ve had this book lying around for a while now, but I didn’t get round to picking it up until I teamed up with a friend on YouTube called Todd the Librarian to buddy read it. Unfortunately, I think Todd enjoyed it more than I did.
I’m not saying that I thought this was a bad book, though. In fact, while I’ve given it three stars, that’s only because I’ve downgraded it from a 3.5. It’s a passable sci-fi novel and the world that Martin creates is as in-depth as you’ve probably come to expect from him, but I just feel as though he’s better suited to either fantasy or horror.
Part of the reason why I struggled with this one is that it’s one of those books that comes with an inbuilt glossary. As a reader, you’re expected to put it down every couple of paragraphs and flick to the back so you can look something up and understand what’s actually happening, but I didn’t bother to do that and so it often got difficult to follow. The central plot was doable, but a lot of the politics and the world-building was lost on me.
The cool thing, though, is that I bought a used copy of this book online and when it arrived and I opened it up and started reading it, I found out that it was signed. I had no idea and I didn’t pay any extra for the privilege, so that was pretty cool. Yeah.