beccaelizabeth (beccaelizabeth) wrote,

Masters of Everon, Gordon R Dickson

I just gave up on reading this book, skipped to the end, and was not impressed.

It's about a man with a psychic big cat, except apparently it being psychic is meant to be a big reveal, rather than immediately obvious. And the whole planet and its weather is in tune with the psychic gestalt, which was obvious from the first storm and the emotional effect it had. And honestly I don't know what he did with the rest of the chapters because when I skipped to the end it made perfect sense without them. The planet is unimpressed with humans so this one human with a cat has to prove to them that killing all the humans is not a good idea. And he proves it by doing a mind meld with a cow. Well, a big old bison sort of thing that the locals call beefs. This is the climax of the book. Drawing on his ancestral memories of paleolithic humans so he can mind meld with a cow.

Add to that an epic lack of female characters worth the name, and a main character who is a total dumbass and acts like nobody else has a brain yet is clearly really ridiculous, and I give up. I'm not the slightest bit inclined to read the middle of the book.

And that takes work, because who wouldn't want a psychic big cat partner of their very own?

If it takes being mind melded with an entire planet and quite possibly giving up on that whole individuality bit, ma. Do not want.

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