There was a lot of interesting promise going into this novel I listened to a really good retelling of The Tempest earlier this year, so I thought that reading another spin off of the story would be interesting Turns out it s not a retelling, but instead a and here they all are five hundred years later story Which was okay with me, because that, too, has a lot of potential But, in the end, this is a novel with potential unrealized The narrative is just to inconsistent, alternating between name dropping data dumps, too many exclamation points, and a lot of hand wringing It also bumps against one of my main beefs, which is a novel that isn t a novel This book should have One of Three stamped on it the exclamation point is simply irony I am a fan of series but there should be a story arc that belongs to each novel, so that I can finish it, feel like I I was pretty excited about this book I ve been taking a break from my rather hectic Pulitzer to read list, and enjoying some of what I call my laid back fiction and this was perfect The Tempest is probably my favorite Shakespeare work, and this fantastical play of the characters, however much of a tangent away from Shakespeare s merit, was a really enjoyable read It reminded me a bit of Susanne Clarke Miranda, Mab, and Mephisto I found hysterical, I mean, the chimera traipse around the world trying to find the wizard Prospero, and warn their oh so large cast of brothers and sister of impending doom The reader is devouring tons of fun anecdotes of loosely based historical moments via the Prosperos point of view, and interestingly timed mythological folklore references All in all, entertaining, although I am royally peeved that I didn t have th Than Four Hundred Years After The Events Of Shakespeare S The Tempest, The Sorcerer Prospero, His Daughter Miranda, And His Other Children Have Attained Everlasting Life Miranda Is The Head Of Her Family S Business, Prospero Inc Which Secretly Has Used Its Magic For Good Around The World One Day, Miranda Receives A Warning From Her Father Beware Of The Three Shadowed Ones When Miranda Goes To Her Father For An Explanation, He Is Nowhere To Be Found Miranda Sets Out To Find Her [ read Online Prospero Lost: Prospero's Daughter, Book I ¼ asian-literature PDF ] by L.
Jagi Lamplighter Ã Father And Reunite With Her Estranged Siblings, Each Of Which Holds A Staff Of Power And Secrets About Miranda S Sometimes Foggy Past Her Journey Through The Past, Present And Future Will Take Her To Venice, Chicago, The Caribbean, Washington, DC And The North Pole To Aid Her, Miranda Brings Along Mab, An Aerie Being Who Acts Like A Hard Boiled Detective, And Mephistopheles, Her Mentally Unbalanced Brother Together, They Must Ward Off The Shadowed Ones And Other Ancient Demons Who Want Prospero S Power For Their Own I don t understand.
I like the concept of following Prospero s daughter on a mystery But why undo his character development when all you re going to do is repeat it with his offspring Why go against the word of what Shakespeare says went on in the story for the sake of a simpler tale At the end of Tempest, Prospero broke his staff and swore to no longer practice magic the events of this book would have been little different Miranda, after all, swore no such vow.
But even accepting the author s premise, Miranda is an unlikeable slave driver literally caught outside her home century with outdated morality and a questionable drive She is cruel and heartless to her servants, only mildly interested in the fates of her siblings, and disturbingly devoted to her father I m OK with protagonists that are not heroes, but something about her naive behavior after four hundred Ò Prospero Lost: Prospero's Daughter, Book I æ Jagi s book is a wonderful adventure that harkens back to Roger Zelazny s Amber series, contains hints of C.
S Lewis and makes use of an immense amount of mythology This is a rich tapestry of ideas carefully woven together into a complex story But not woven so tightly as to follow merely linear predestination to an inevitable conclusion, no this is joyful lark that bounds about to numerous locations all in search of the clues that will answer the question What has become of Prospero It is a tale that will delight you with characters such as the sprightly Mephisto, the cynical Logistilla and hard boiled detective, former north wind, Mab This is the story of Miranda, 500 years after the events of Shakespeare Tempest as s I have had this book on my TBR pile for a long time I was initially drawn to the beautiful cover and then intrigued by the synopsis This one was a DNF for me I read the first hundred pages of this book and just didn t connect with the story or the characters The story is slow to start and the writing style is awkward The dialogue is especially tough to read and doesn t sound at all natural The idea behind Miranda is interesting but she comes across as very cold, distant, and ends up being hard to engage with.
I didn t necessarily hate this book but I wasn t enjoying reading it either I ve been trying to be stricter with myself about reading a book just to read it if i am not enjoying it after the first 100 pages I try to stop reading it I hav L Jagi Lamplighter spent 15 years writing, re writing and revising her Prospero s Daughter Trilogy before this first volume was published in 2009 Other compelling data include her history as a roleplaying gamer and the novel s roots in a game she was involved with in the early 1990s All of this can be perused on her website It also explains the slightly dated feeling of the novel.
During those 15 years I was reading and completely enjoying a type of novel that has elements of fantasy or non reality while it crosses boundaries between science fiction, fantasy and mainstream fiction See list of examples at the end of this post Only when I was introduced to Prospero Lost did I learn that such novels belong to a genre called slipstream, coined by sci
i stopped about a third of the way in couldn t get into the story or characters and the writing seemed stilted.
Frankly, I was disappointed I expected a rousing adventure with a good deal of humor Instead, it was a lot of posturing I mean, i didn t LIKE any of the characters At first glance, the characters seem clever Miranda seems a strong female character, Mab is a humorous paradox, a spirit who hates magic, even Mephisto seems kind of cool, a magician with dual personalities, as happy as a child one minute, a huge demon the next But as you read on, the author really doesn t give you enough to keep you interested Instead of revealingvulnerability and becominglikeable, Miranda is a pretty static character, Mephisto gets a little annoying after a while, and even Mab s Sam Spade routine gets tiresome As they go on and find various family members, Lamplighter just keeps bringing upquestions and never giving any answers, none M
Great narrator in Miranda the 500 year old daughter of Prospero who has to solve the mystery of her father disappearance, keep civilization going by smoothing the dealings of supernatural beings which has been Prospero Inc mission for a while, warn her brothers and sister about the Shadowed Ones that Prospero belatedly let Miranda know about and just maybe finally become a Sybil so she can marryA delight from page one to the end,