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Subject: Anyone finish Acheron yet?
Date Posted: 8/6/2008 8:53 AM ET
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I am listening to the audiobook of Acheron.  I am 6 hours into the story (out of 23) and am having a hard time deciding whether I want to continue.  At least with a book it is a bit easier to skip some pages, with the audio book it is much harder to jump ahead in an organized manner.

Has any read the book yet and can you tell me (without spoilers) how long the story takes to actually get past the background of Acheron's life and onto present day and the romance?

I have always loved the way Kenyon is able to portray her tortured heros.  Her scene with Zarak (the one where he is beaten for trying to buy a fresh piece of bread) as a young boy had me crying and still gives me tears.  The power of it was awesome.  However it seems she is taking the torture of Acheron to an extreme that is turning me off.     I understand that his background is key, but I think the abuse loses its impact after SIX hours of listening to it.  Yea I get it he was a tortured soul, now get on with the story and the redemption.   

So, is there actually a story or should I quit now?  (oh by the way I still have no clue who the heroine will be, but am dying to find out -- without spoilers.....

 

UPDATE - I am on 8 hours and just cannot go on.  So far the story is Acheron gets beat, then his sister trys to help him, then he gets beat for it.  Then his sister tries to help him, then he gets beat for it.  Later rinse repeat ad nausem. 



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Date Posted: 8/6/2008 2:32 PM ET
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I had no desire to buy this book when I first heard that 1) it was 700+ pages and 2) the first half was going to be history of Ash.  Sorry, but I like romance, not history.  Sorry I can't answer your question, and sorry you paid for the audio book.

Date Posted: 8/6/2008 3:10 PM ET
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DeeDee, I was lucky enough not to have to pay for the audiobook, I borrowed from the library. 

I went out and read a few reviews and it does appear that of the 700 pages, 450 of them deal with Ash's beatings.  I would have no problem with that if only the history was more varied - you know with actual "history"  I really get that he had a tortured childhood, I just dont want to read about 450 pages of beatings.  The first time I was horrified and could really feel his sadness and  terror, after the fourth, fifth, tenth times I am sooo bored and now immune.  Get on with already....

I think I will wait for the book (I am early on the WL) and just scan through till I find some real content.  I don't need smacked up side of the head with quantity to get the point.



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Date Posted: 8/6/2008 3:23 PM ET
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Oh no, why did I open this thread...lol...I always do that to myself!  But I will read it..damnit!!  I too hate lots of history...I mean you probably would not buy Acheron if you didn't read all the other books and do we really  need that much more history on Acheron to understand who he "really" is?? Okay, I am not dejected..I will read it!!

Date Posted: 8/6/2008 4:40 PM ET
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My BFF read the book yesterday (and mailed it to me today).  She won't give me any spoilers but she said the first 430 pages all are Ash's past.  The contemporary stuff (beginning in October 08) is the last 300 pages.  She said she couldn't put it down.

She started it around 10 am yesterday and finished at 1:20 am this morning and said it was totally worth it! 

Date Posted: 8/6/2008 7:47 PM ET
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Oh so there is hope.  I SO want to like this.    Maybe I will forge on and come back with glowing praise for the ending. 



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Date Posted: 8/6/2008 8:13 PM ET
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I'm partway through.  It is pretty grim but she warns about that in the preface.  We'll see...

Date Posted: 8/7/2008 9:39 AM ET
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Can we just skip to the last 300 or so pages, the romance part and bypass all of his young life beatings, et al?

Date Posted: 8/7/2008 11:02 AM ET
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No, don't skip.  This is grim but you do start to see what makes Ash tick.  And it explains so much about his relationship with Artemis that has thus far made no sense.  As long as you aren't thinking "romance" during this part then I think it's tolerable.   We've read for years about how Ash's past is unbelievably bad and makes him who he is now, so anything less probably wouldn't have played right. 

This one is definately not "formulatic" so far, and that's a good thing!

Still reading.....

Sara

Date Posted: 8/10/2008 12:38 PM ET
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I'm so ticked and somebody PLEASE remind me not to pre order something that I want to jump on from Walmart.com :}   They mailed it out on the 2nd and it finally arrived at work on the 9th!   Heck, it was in our store by then and I could have just taken it home on Tuesday!   I had to talk myself out of buying it on Friday as I left for the day:lol:

I'm hoping that once that history/beatdown part is out of the way that it won't have any further call backs to that part of his life in the remainder and in the second book and will only stick to the good stuff:)   Hang in there it will end eventually=)

Date Posted: 8/11/2008 2:47 AM ET
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My copy is waiting for me at home but I'm probably going to crack and see if I can find it in the Airport when I head back to the US on Wednesday.  I cannot wait!!!!

Subject: Ash...
Date Posted: 8/20/2008 11:00 AM ET
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Sorry guy's, but the torment last for about 400 pages.   The last hundred of these is a little different though...I won't say how.  The romance section in the present is about the last 300 pages.  I know the first 300 are awfully difficult, but in my esteem are not to be missed.  I did like the romance, but it's not my favorite to date.  If you love The Dark Hunter series then I'm sure you'll like this book.  I had my likes and dislikes with this book but I'll keep them to myself until everyone has the chance to read it.  I will say that in spite of some disapointment I did like this book and thought it was well worth the price of a hardcover.

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 4:12 PM ET
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I enjoyed the book but I felt the 2nd half (the romantic half) wasn't as stellar as it could have been.  It was great to see old faces and to learn more about some of the newer folks but it just wasn't the WOW experience I was hoping for (at least about the romance).

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 4:46 PM ET
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I thought the "romance" part was almost too light in comparison to the first half.  And the more I reflect on it, the more some things bugged me about the romance.

 

Excuse me as I mix my metaphors here, but talk about tying everything up with a ribbon and calling it done!

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 7:43 PM ET
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Ani - I hear ya on the romance seeming "light" in comparison.  And I was kind of disappointed that none of the Dark Hunters ever found out the truth about Acheron.  I wanted to see that truth come out and the consequences and then see the Dark Hunters rally around Ash.  Or at least someone like Talon finding out the truth.  And when did Styxx become nice?  Did I miss something from a previous book??

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 6:29 AM ET
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I wish that Kenyon had split this book, one his history the other the present.

I feel she could have have waited on Ash's present life

I know Ash is not out of the picture, but I feel the series is not going to be the same now that his story is told, that was the big mystery that kept us going. But there are still questions to be answered I'll give her that.

Great book,  worth the buy  and read

I also wish we could talk openly about this book, but it will take at least 6 months before  that could happen

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 3:04 PM ET
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I stopped listening to the audio book before I finished the first section  and have the print on its way.  I am hoping that I can just page through the parts that are boring.  I am not sure why the first part didn't touch me.  I usually love a tortured hero and LOVE crying for them.  I just found it too repetitive.  It felt to me like the Kenyon wrote the scenes separately intent on picking the most wrenching one, then in indecision, decided to use them all.

I am hoping the rest kicks butt...

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 7:54 PM ET
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Talk about anticipation... I went to comic con and guess who was there... Yep our Lovely Author... (AND ASH!~!!!) Lol I've got pictures. Anyhow guess what she had with her...uh huh...the book was going to come out in three days and she had a copy of it right there...*cough* I was salivating.

Anyhow, the day it did come out, I went and bought it and read it in one night. I couldn't put it down. I admit I'm a bit prejudice because I like this author, and I got to meet her in the flesh, but I enjoyed this book a lot. On a whole I think that the world Sherilyn has created is amazing. That's not to say that there's not a lot of history and torture (and yeah some parts I got frustrated) most of the time I was saying...it's not fair...and then I kept waiting for retribution lol I don't think I would have cared if the world was destroyed. Anyhow I did think that the heroine was a little random, but in any case it was worth reading and buying and I can't wait for her new books.

Date Posted: 9/1/2008 4:15 PM ET
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I was excited about this book, but I have to say I was disappointed.  Even though there is a huge portion of book focusing on Ach's torturous childhood, it did answer a lot of the questions I had about his past.  It was the second half of the book that I was most unhappy with, I just didn't like his lady.  He deserved someone much more interesting.  Overall, he comes off wimpy in the end.  I have several Dark Hunter books on my keeper shelf, but this isn't one of them.



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Date Posted: 9/1/2008 5:18 PM ET
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 I dont think I want to take my time reading this now......  She lost me as a fan few books back, not sure I want to bother with it.  I wouldnt mind reading some huge spoiler though. :D

Date Posted: 9/2/2008 8:03 AM ET
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I loved the whole book!! It was worth the money and my time spent reading it.  Yes there was a lot of history but you needed that to really understand Ash and who he is (it may have been a tad excessive but I did not mind).  I liked the second part as well.  Once we have a spoiler thread than I will go into what I didn't like as much.

Date Posted: 9/3/2008 5:20 PM ET
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See now, I think the first part has a bit of the romance to it as well - it explains his love/hate relationship with Artemis.

You've got to read the whole thing.