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Subject: Tales of the Otori
Date Posted: 5/30/2008 11:55 PM ET
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I just finished Across the Nightingale Floor and I'm sorry to say I found it rather dull. I'm just wondering if the series gets better and if I should bother reading the remaining books. If this is a series where the first book is the best, then I probably won't even bother.

Date Posted: 5/31/2008 7:28 AM ET
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I hope the get better! I have the first four books in the series on my TBR because they got such good reviews!

Date Posted: 6/1/2008 9:04 AM ET
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I listened to the first three books, and loved them....but I was listening to them.  I think it makes a difference sometimes.  I remember thinking if I had been reading these, I'm not sure I would have enjoyed them as much...but that's just me.  I can listen to things that I would never read.  Maybe because I'm usually trapped in my car for hours?  LOL..

I thought they were very different, which was refreshing.  I don't think Nightingale was the best; I would say the other two were on the same level.


Date Posted: 6/1/2008 5:38 PM ET
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I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who thought it dull!  There were so many rave reviews, but I had to really push myself not to give up on the book entirely. I'm not interested in going further in this series at all. 

I'm perplexed though.  What am I missing that others are finding so sparkling about these books?  The setting is nice, but that book just got longer and longer.....

Oh, and I was listening to the audio version.  Longest short book I ever read/heard.

Date Posted: 6/2/2008 4:41 PM ET
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Now I don't feel so bad about having it unread on my bookshelf for a few years now. 

Date Posted: 6/2/2008 4:54 PM ET
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Well we could very well be in the minority since most of the reviews I have read were very favorable. I'm not even sure I can verbalize what I didn't like about the book. It just seemed very slow paced in what should have been a very fast paced, riveting, exciting adventure. It had the potential to be just that but the author just didn't come through IMO.

Date Posted: 6/3/2008 11:37 AM ET
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I actually love it. And i dispair that nobody is willing to post the books past 'Across the Nightingale Floor'. It's a very subtible and very japanese (doh!) story. With a touch of fantasy and as far as i can see it right now lots of politics and hierarchy? I have them all wishlisted and can't wait to get my hands on the next ones. :D

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Date Posted: 6/4/2008 9:58 AM ET
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I think the second book is about the same.  Not any better or worse, so I would think if you didn't like the first, you're not going to like the rest.