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Re: Peter Orullian's first book
« Reply #15 on: April 11, 2011, 10:59:22 PM »
He isn't still accepting entries, is he?  I just got one of my WotF entries back that's a demon-centered story.  Dang.

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Re: Peter Orullian's first book
« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2011, 02:26:35 PM »
Peter Orullian has a big idea up on Whatever. I like the ideas in his stories. However, I think I may agree with the comments about his prose. The prose is workmanlike. It seems like he may have all these great and complex ideas, but may not know how to make the words flow well on paper. Then again, I may be thinking that because when I read someone else's comments about a book, it sort of biases me before reading it. I still plan on reading his book. I like the concept of choice and consequences.

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2011/04/12/the-big-idea-peter-orullian/#comment-251262


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Re: Peter Orullian's first book
« Reply #17 on: April 22, 2011, 06:24:05 PM »
This book was not good.  It was not even mediocre.  It was bad.  I actually felt awful about it because Orullian is a nice dude.  This is a near carbon-copy of THE EYE OF THE WORLD.  I actually asked Tor if they wanted me to not even write a review for it.   Turns out they actually value our honest opinion, even if it is negative. 

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Re: Peter Orullian's first book
« Reply #18 on: April 27, 2011, 04:14:30 PM »
The review of this book is up over at EBR.  My least favorite novel of 2011 so far.
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Re: Peter Orullian's first book
« Reply #19 on: April 27, 2011, 06:22:33 PM »
Steve, very different review from your usual. Interesting.

There are a couple typos. One time "his" should be "this" and another time you use the word "composite" when "counterpart" may be a better choice.
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Re: Peter Orullian's first book
« Reply #20 on: April 27, 2011, 06:46:17 PM »
High-five--I'll go fix them.

What do you think?  Think that was a good, non-ass-whupping negative review?  I didn't want to be too harsh on the guy, but the book was legitimately bad.
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Re: Peter Orullian's first book
« Reply #21 on: April 27, 2011, 06:57:42 PM »
It was very conciliatory and completely fair. Pretty much the only other thing I would have done is use "I" instead of "we." Using "we" distances yourself from your own words, which in this particular review you may not want to do.
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Re: Peter Orullian's first book
« Reply #22 on: April 27, 2011, 07:11:41 PM »
This seems to be following the same path that Eldon Thompson's novels traveled.  The opening book being completely derivative and predictable.  While the subsequent volumes may spin everything on its head, I think it's too late for that.  The damage has already been done, and the perception is already out there that this is a poor copy of Jordan's first novel.  Everyone knows I don't exactly care for for Jordan's work, but I actually found myself feeling a tad miffed at the blatant similarities.  Guess I have a soft spot for Jordan after all.
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Re: Peter Orullian's first book
« Reply #23 on: April 27, 2011, 09:05:54 PM »
Is there a link anywhere for that map? You guys made it sound pretty awesome.

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Re: Peter Orullian's first book
« Reply #24 on: May 06, 2011, 02:46:38 PM »
I don't remember the url to his website. just google his name. its on there. Parts of the map were a little blurry in the book.