A Succession of Bad Days Egalitarian heroic fantasy Experimental magical pedagogy non Euclidean ancestry and some sort of horror from beyond the world

  • Title: A Succession of Bad Days
  • Author: Graydon Saunders
  • ISBN: 9780993712616
  • Page: 437
  • Format: ebook
  • Egalitarian heroic fantasy Experimental magical pedagogy, non Euclidean ancestry, and some sort of horror from beyond the world.

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    1. There are so many reasons I could give why this is not a good book: There's no plot to speak of--things happen, and then it ends. There's no conflict to speak of until the last chapter. Most of the book consists of detailed descriptions of civil engineering projects and the magical techniques used for them. The characters are ludicrously overpowered special snowflakes. The language is nigh-impenetrable, and the innocent comma is tortured beyond all reason.But you know what? To hell all that. I l [...]


    2. This book lies at the intersection of three topics of influence.The first is Magic, but not the kind of magic that works despite physics saying that it should. This is magic that is clearly deeply integrated in the physical laws of their world, and works with them instead of against them. Transhumanists will also appreciate the ideas set forth in the book - to them, I can sell this book in one sentence: part of the process of becoming a mage is that you literally upload your brain into magic. Th [...]


    3. A Succession of Bad Days shares some characters and the setting with The March North, and picks up, timeline-wise, not long after the end of the previous book. Both books are reasonably self-contained and stand on their own, but reading in publication order seems advisable (a number of things will be easier to understand and more meaningful that way).This is a (to borrow the phrase the author's blog) "go-to-sorcerer-school" book, but it manages to avoid retreading tired old ground in a number of [...]


    4. It's a bit sad. There's so much potential, so much to love; the characters are likeable and interesting, the world-building is fantastic. there's a real sense of immersion and wonder. But the book just doesn't _go_ anywhere with it. The characters become students, learn, become stronger. And then it ends. No conflict to speak of, no actual plot. No opportunity for the characters to prove themselves. No hurdles to overcome or hard decisions to make. Everything is just handed to them, including th [...]


    5. It's hard to explain exactly why I love this book so much.I have been reading fantasy for 40+ years now. I have read any number of "learning to be a mage" stories, from James Schmitz to Patricia McKillip to Caroline Stevermer to Anne McCaffrey to Susan Cooper to P. C. Hodgell to Diana Wynne Jones to J. K. Rowling. This one is special. I liked The March North a lot; I really loved A Succession of Bad Days.My high school English teacher would classify this one as "Man against nature", but that's t [...]


    6. Somehow I missed hearing that a sequel to The March North had come out until about last month, and then I had to rush to to buy it. And then it took me about a month to actually finish it, because (a) it is really good, (b) it is really dense, and (c) I didn't want it to be over. I really liked the first book, and this is even better.I seem to have a fondness for the kinds of books that get described as "this will probably be someone's favorite book, but not yours," if only because I end up spi [...]


    7. In large part, this is a 600-page training montage as a team of apprentice sorcerer engineers begin to learn the skills of their trade. And it is So. Much. Fun. It's also a deep philosophical examination of the utopian society Saunders has built where coercion and other forms of inter-personal violence are absolutely forbidden. Pure catnip.



    8. I eventually settled on four stars for the adventurous and partially-intentionally challenging nature of the book as a whole. Unlike _The March North_, though, where I was tending towards five stars, this was nearly a three.The plot is basically nonexistent. Or it's a really extreme bildungsroman, I can't quite make my mind up. The majority of events are the group of sorcerer-apprentices moving around the landscape, or moving the landscape around. Sometimes they manipulate probability in an area [...]


    9. I can see where some of the complaints about plot (or lack of plot) came from. This is definitely not a book for everyone. It is obscurely written, lacking almost entirely in world-building outside of that which grows naturally from the the dialogue and scenes, and for some people might be boring to boot. I think there's a review that describes it as something like a series of civil engineering projects, with magic!And, well, they're not wrong. But there's also philosophy here, about living with [...]


    10. "For those who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they like". I loved it, but my advice to friends has been to read the prequel ("The March North", which is also shorter and more-accessible), and if they enjoy it, they will enjoy this book considerably more. If they didn't enjoy it, well, this may not be the sort of thing they like.The word-building is special. Take our world, add magic, and let a quarter of a million years go by. The received wisdom in this world is that the ave [...]


    11. This is not a fast read of a book. The writing is extremely convoluted at times, written in a very informal, stream-of-consciousness/colloquial manner. This is not a plot-driven book. There are maybe three(?) "action" scenes (action-like, really). This book is primarily about world-building (excellent magic system, very interesting culture and government, even the terrain is interesting), about character, about what it means to be a person (vs. human) and a useful part of society, and what socie [...]


    12. I don't understand why this book was written. It doesn't do anything and it doesn't go anywhere. Maybe he needs it for the next book, but if so, it should have been a novella.Perhaps is should have been called "A Succession of Chapters". There is no real plot. No real character development. One big victory is things ending up the same as they were. It is kind of interesting but not really rewarding. You learn a lot more about the history of the place.There is a big reveal, but it isn't possible [...]


    13. The author's unique terse-bordering-on-cryptic narrative meets a "protagonist learns to use magic, let's do worldbuilding" story. In the middle there's a great deal of magic civil engineering and a smaller amount of magic legal theory. The "protagonist learns to use magic" theme has been done to death; the author has some ways to make it original and only partially succeeds.This held my attention pretty well, for the most part, except for some bits where it got more than usually cryptic while at [...]


    14. This book is fantastic.The plot here is as light as the text is dense: a workmanlike portrayal of students learning to become sorcerers. The book cares more about showing us the characters themselves and the world-building—in some cases, incredibly detailed world-building by the characters themselves—than it does about giving us an overarching plot token to drive the action forwards, but this doesn't take away from the joy of reading it: it's fantastic fantasy.


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