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However even that story was muddled and difficult to discern. All the action that the first pages slowly and gradually built up to were over in about 8 pages, including the line "And now I must finish my story quickly, for time is short. There is a good idea here, but it was poorly executed. If I hadn't won the second in the series I would have put this down after the first 60 pages or so. But I felt obligated to finish this so I could give the next one an hones effort, but I'm not really expecting much from HeartStone.

Jul 12, Masquerade Crew rated it liked it. As a result there were times when it took a few pages to work out whose perspective I was reading. Further, some of the parts start and in one case finish before the beginning or the end of the previous part, making it difficult to construct in your mind a linear progression of the story. As the story itself can move months, weeks or only hours in a few paragraphs, BEC'S REVIEW Sufferstone is one of those stories told in multiple parts, with each part being a different first person perspective.

As the story itself can move months, weeks or only hours in a few paragraphs, this task of trying to get a sense of time is made even more difficult. As such I never had an idea how long had passed between events in the story. This was not helped by long paragraphs with no visible gaps between events. As a result there was a bit of confusing when reading Sufferstone. The first part of the story, told from the perspective of Brian, was the one I found the most confusing in terms of time and what was occurring, and was one of the longer ones while doing very little to further the story from what I could tell beyond providing a lengthy background to the actual story.

The confusion I felt in this chapter was not helped by providing terms and customs of the native people to the land that were not were not explained until a later chapter. There were times when I did find myself not only understanding the events of Sufferstone but also enjoying it.

Sadly though most of my time spent reading Sufferstone was spent in a state of confusion. I do feel there is a story under all the confusion somewhere and one that could be quite interesting if only the confusing aspects caused by time and aspects of the natives unexplained could be fixed. When I knew what was happening I was engaged in the story. Jun 18, Lauren rated it liked it.

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I won a signed copy of the book SufferStone through a GoodReads giveaway. SufferStone is one of my very first science fiction books I have ever read and I was not disappointed in the least bit. At times I was confused as it seemed to jump time spans and points of view quite often but with that said, I loved the glos I won a signed copy of the book SufferStone through a GoodReads giveaway. At times I was confused as it seemed to jump time spans and points of view quite often but with that said, I loved the glossary located in the back of the book. The glossary explained different aspects, places, and characters in the book.

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This made it easy for me to follow and proved very helpful if I had questions, became confused, or simply needed to remember something to continue following the story. All in all I enjoyed SufferStone and would recommend it. Feb 17, Cheryl rated it liked it Shelves: first-reads. That was the first thing that came to my mind after reading the first chapter our so. I could tell from the start I would like this book. Stella Atrium created a completely different world.

Her work is literally out of this world! The beginning was fast. Characters were introduced, personalities were established. The middle was full of suspense, turmoil, trouble! Atrium keeps the readers on their toes, wondering what's going to happen to everyone, until the very end, which isn't really the end yay more books in the series!

I'm so thankful I had the opportunity the read this book. It's intriguing, full of life, as well as suffering. A grand, neverending adventure! View 1 comment. Apr 04, Mary rated it really liked it Shelves: outdo-yourself-reading-challen , scifi , favorites. At first this book was hard reading for me, it seemed like I was reading a history textbook instead of a novel; not what I was used to.

Then, as I read more the realization came that the people are there to tell the tale, as Dolvia wills. The story begins with the Company. The Company smiles. The Company gives and gives until greed springs its trap and the Company controls everything and the company wants everything of value on Dolvia. Dolvia is a planet. Dolvia's will controls the people, the e At first this book was hard reading for me, it seemed like I was reading a history textbook instead of a novel; not what I was used to. Dolvia's will controls the people, the ecology, everything that comes in contact with Dolvia.

This is the tale of the struggle between the Company and Dolvia told by the people who were there. I can hardly wait to find out what comes next. Oct 12, Kylie rated it liked it. What comes to mind first is that the style of this novel is Space Colonization meets Heart of Darkness. The writing feels very late Victorian which I enjoy but surprised me anew every time I sat down to read. The Sci-fi, fantasy, and tribal elements of the story balanced very well, I especially enjoyed Kyle Le's reaction to seeing photographs of her planet from space.

The end felt a bit rushed but still wrapped up well. Overall, I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend this to a friend but if a What comes to mind first is that the style of this novel is Space Colonization meets Heart of Darkness. Overall, I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend this to a friend but if a friend picked it up I wouldn't discourage them either. Jul 07, Stephanie rated it it was ok Shelves: first-reads. I give each book I read a shot to intrigue me within its first pages - however this book did not.


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The culture created by the author is very well thought out and was I thought the highlight , however because of this, I believe the characters suffered. Characters had multiple names; actions and dialogues got lost; and overall it just became confusing. This isn't the first book I've read that has a glossary but this one had a lot more in it, so I ended up having to go back to a few times while I give each book I read a shot to intrigue me within its first pages - however this book did not.

This isn't the first book I've read that has a glossary but this one had a lot more in it, so I ended up having to go back to a few times while reading, which became distracting to what I was reading.

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This book is going to be a "hit-or-miss" with readers. Sadly for me, a miss. Jul 20, Teressa rated it did not like it. This book was really hard to read, and honestly I didn't finish it. It's written in first person and the narrator jumps around from event to even without much segue that it's really hard to follow. The entire first part of the book takes place over a couple of years but you just get the impression of a few months. I picked this book up because I won a copy of the second book in the series from a contest, however I don't believe I will be attempting to read the second book.

I do apologize to Ms. Atrium for this, however if she would like her copy back I will send it back. Just message me if you do, Ms. Jul 18, Lesley rated it it was ok Shelves: goodreads-first-reads , apocalyptic-future.

How can so much time go by in just paragraghs??? I don't know I guess this one didn't sit well with me. I won this through goodreads and so wanted to like it but I got bored and would read a chapter here and there. It literally took me from getting this in August to tonight Jan 29 in reading this.

In fairness at times I would go a whole week or two before trying more of the book. The goodreads paragragh to sign up for the book wad so appealing but just wasn't for me. Though to be hones How can so much time go by in just paragraghs??? Though to be honest I will read anything but scifi is not top of my list. Jan 19, Tara Manna rated it it was ok Shelves: giveaway-wins.

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I received this book some time ago from a Goodreads giveaway and recently pulled it off of my to-read shelf. I am sad to say that I put it back on my to-read book shelf. I got maybe halfway through and put it back for a later time. I just could not keep up with the names and the name changing and who's who. This book was very confusing for me. I would have to reread some parts because I felt as if I were missing something.

Time seemed to flash by in a matter of sentences or paragraphs. I don't u I received this book some time ago from a Goodreads giveaway and recently pulled it off of my to-read shelf. I don't usually stop books mid way through, and maybe I will get back to this, maybe not.

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Dec 10, Natalie rated it did not like it Shelves: goodreads-first-reads , could-not-stand-to-read-another-wor. The book is written as though it were an advanced calculus textbook, you have to work at figuring out what the writer is even talking about. I got fed up after the 4TH Chapter and called it a day.