Not sure if the forum police will allow another thread on KNF but...
P.S. I am not using spoiler tags (can't find them
). You have been warned.
Why I love KNF (in no particular order):
1. It is exactly the right length for the story. Some of the recent HH offerings have felt a little bloated and padded to me (TOD and DL).
2. It is pacey and never drags. It builds nicely and then continues at a sprint that perfectly reflects the nature of the story.
3. It is a great ensemble piece (I have seen people complain that you don't get to spend enough time with some characters [insert your personal favourite] or that the change of character perspective happens too often and is jarring) - I simply do not agree (see next point for why)
4. The book/story is structured like one of those 1970s disaster movies (think Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Poseidon Adventure)
= a large ensemble cast that you only get limited time to build the characters (particularly in Act 1) but required to show the scale of the human tragedy (ie full range of people from different strata of society each with their own tragedy or heroics)
= Three act structure (Act 1 build up to the disaster, introduce characters and storylines, Act 2 Disaster, show the epic scale and revel in the special effects, kill off some characters (ideally some unexpected) to create empathy with their plight, Act 3 The survivors find their way out/get saved/fight back)
5. The Third Person Omniscient Present Tense approach perfectly lends itself to the immediacy of the story, the pacing and the level of the threat that is unfolding
6. The generous scattering of easter eggs and story threads for others to pick up and run with (I hope)
7. In the epilogue we get our first glimpse of something that happened during The Scouring (I really hope we get to see more, even though I know they have already said this will not be part of the HH series).
Why I hate KNF:
Er there is nothing I hate about it. I think this is one of the best HH novels so far. Absolutely superb and perfectly composed for the nature of the story that was being told.
What do others think?