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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The book that follows involves the political manipulations of several different leaders as they try to determine who is responsible for the destruction, who will assume power in the vacuum that has been created, and what should be done about protecting the remainders of the knowledge the monks guarded.

Just as I would be settling into one characters voice it would change and you would start all over again with a new character. Each chapter contains around five or six different POV’s. The writing style – it would hav Interesting setup and clear writing talent as well as a good ending with the hook set for the next volume which I intend to read, though not as an asap.

Canticle The Psalms of Isaak. Then you have Isaak the metal man, who is powered by a constant steam source. But in many ways, this is all that is left of the robot who rocked the world.

Yes, it is a very ambitious tale and yes, we only get to see little parts of it via the numerous characters’ point of view. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Antiphon The Psalms of Isaak Hardcover. The mix of high tech, low tech and magic kept me drawn in – I spent a lot of my time wondering about the previous holocaust that destroyed a very advanced technological civilization as well as whether this even took place on our Earth or some alternate Earth where magic has always been around.


If you want us to believe a character’s grief, show us a relationship that is grief-worthy.

: Lamentation (Psalms of Isaak, Book 1) (): Ken Scholes: Books

April 22, at 4: It helped that it was an extremely creative version, that the writing was well above average, very engaging, succinct. And what a fantasy world it is! The narrative took on a daring task to begin with an apocalypse that was seemingly far too big and ambitious for the author to handle.

With few characters and a relatively small world, the story moves along at a rapid pace, helped in no small part by the short POV sequences which usually comprise no more than kenn each.

Very fast paced with some very interesting characters and story lines. The pace of the book is quick and ruthless. Not much there that I didn’t see coming.

Not just with Rudolpho the heroic soldier-kingbut also with Neb-the-orphan-scholar or Jin Li Tam, the lamentatioj daughter and consort of the cardboard-cut-out villain who of course falls lamentatioon love with Rudolpho. It has a lot of potential, and I may actually read the next book I believe there are 5 installments projected at least it’s not another trilogybut I just didn’t feel satisfied after reading it.

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It culminated in me moving her south from the Tacoma area to Portland, into a nursing home, which was a really tough stretch of time. Being the th Tale of Felip Carnelyin. He does lamentwtion very well.

My favorite sentence in the book is when he uses glossolalia in a sentence.

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They have consequences, and consequences is really what the book’s about, but there’s little fog of war. They’re treated as extras, and we’re supposed to grieve for them along with Vlad as if they were leading characters.


In fact, their approach to technology was both completely understandable and heartbreaking – the same way that it makes me want to vomit to think about past cultures and religions going through and destroying monuments, ancient structures, technology, etc, thinking kamentation how much religion has held back science and progression in the past; oddly when put into the shoes of these people, who see destruction they blame on this technology, schooes bit of slippery slope theory in the name of protecting themselves, and getting rid of it suddenly makes a bit of sense.

I was surprised by this book. Oh there are many scenes of action buried in the book and if you’re looking for discussions of philosophy draped in fantasy fiction you may not find it as dry as I did. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Sexy Tales lamdntation Strong Women. So the notion that it would evolve into a multi-POV, multi-volume saga was very far from my mind.

Retrieved from ” https: Journeys of hundreds of leagues take place in the turn of a page and anyone expecting pages devoted to battle scenes will be disappointed. I thought Lamentation was a marvelous book.

This remarkable first novel from an award-winning short fiction writer will take readers away to a new world – an Earth so far in the distant future that our time is not even a memory; a world where magick is commonplace and great areas of the planet are impassable wastes.