In Which Angie Reviews a Book by C. W. Trisef: Oracle-Sunken Earth
~A novel which falls flat on it’s face out of her hands and lands on it’s face, flopping beneath the bed, soon to be forgotten. ~
As is true to my review policy (that has been re-vamped today but the policy remains the same) I won’t finish every book I receive for review if I don’t like said book. While I do appreciate every book given to me for review I’m not going to force myself to read a book–deemed by me–that I don’t either don’t like, aren’t interested in, or think is just really, really bad. I was given Oracle-Sunken Earth, a book by C. W. Trisef, and it left me very disappointed. I struggled through it until about halfway when I couldn’t stand it anymore.
Now, don’t get me wrong, this book by C. W. Trisef has received pretty decent reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads, something to be proud of, but it’s not going to get a rave review from me. The first thing I noticed, the thing that bothered me was the descriptive details. Details aren’t bad; description isn’t bad; but to describe every footstep someone takes or every feeling they have is a bit much. Here’s my boring philosophy: any quote can be said described as, “…,” She said. or “…,” he said and if it can’t, then that needs to be reconsidered. You have to show and, as a reader, I like to both hear the character say it, and see the character say it and see them as they say it; and/or, for that matter, to watch the other person listen. (Life of Pi did a really good job with the latter.)
You can use descriptive language, sure, when following a spoken sentence, but after a while it gets a bit tedious. All I needed was a simple “…,” he said, and I would have understood what he meant just fine, based on his physical movements; but to describe both the way he says a word and then the fact that he scuffed his shoe on the ground “nervously” (not a direct quote) isn’t necessary. As a reader I like to have something open to imagination. Reading this style again and again, for a whole book was just too much for me to enjoy.
There were sentences like,
Ret’s obstinate attitude melted at such a searching question.
and that was too much. Not only were the descriptive words uncessary, some of them were beyond me, something that could prove troublesome for the intended audience of Tweens. In regards to that sentence, a question is usually searching, that’s what a question is; it’s not necessary to describe the question itself. You’ll see that most of my hang-ups about this book are because of the writing style, which is a big deal for me, considering I’m having to read the whole book with said writing style.
As for the story: it’s an interesting concept. It reminded me of Percy Jackson, a book that I enjoyed immensely; this book just wasn’t the book for me. It was slow, so slow that I put it down. Perhaps if it had more action sooner I would have kept reading. But, alas, it didn’t and I didn’t.
I was pleased to find that it received such high reviews from other readers; clearly it’s a book worthy of positive attention, it just wasn’t the right book for me. Thanks so much to the author, for sending me this book by C. W. Trisef for review. It was a kind gesture, and it has found a devout audience, it seems, and I’m sure it will continue to hook readers and entertain them. This book just wasn’t for me, such as a pair of shoes that are so big that my heels flip out of them and I fall flat on my face. (See, wasn’t that wordy?)
As an interesting side note: This is one of those books I may pick up in a few years and give it another try. My reading style is subject to change so it may suit me better then.
Book by C. W. Trisef: Oracle-Sunken Earth
- Published by an independent publishing co
- Interesting cover
- Awesome author profile photo in back
- Too descriptive
- Overly dramatic language
- Probs beyond many Tweens' reading levels