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Midwinter Paperback – March 24, 2009
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"With the publication of Midwinter, readers are about to discover what comic fans have learned over the past few years, and what I've known longer than any of you--namely, that Matt Sturges is one of the most talented writers working today." --Chris Roberson, award-winning author of Three Unbroken and End of the Century --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Midwinter starts out well. The prose is pleasant -- perfectly readable and without any pretensions. Usually this is the first place an author will lose me, but Mr Sturges didn't.
The main characters, especially Mauritane, Silverdun, Satterly, and Raieve, are intriguing and I was fully expecting to be drawn into their lives. However, I never was. Part of the problem was the third-person point of view that shifted unexpectedly. It never settled down long enough to examine the hearts of the key players. Some of the secondary characters such as Lady Anne, Queen Mab, Hy Pezho, and Purane-Es were given excellent characterization, so I know that Mr Sturges is capable. But, the main characters never opened up for me, so I felt like an outsider during their quest.
I also never quite felt the setting. It's midwinter and our heroes are traveling, eating, sleeping, and fighting outdoors in the snow, but I never felt cold. Most of the characters are fae and we are several times told how different they are from humans, but we are never shown how they are different (except that toward the end of the book we're told that they are drained by cold iron, and they have funny ears).
There are some flashes of imaginative brilliance (I loved the shifting areas in the Contested Lands, and the messages sprites were hilarious), but there are also a lot of elements that just seem weirdly cobbled together (e.g.Read more ›
Midwinter started out strong. Immediately following the prolog, there's an awesome prison fight. But from that point on, the rest of the story was like being in a thick fog. Details are vague. There's nothing that seems particularly elfish about the elves. Winter is supposed to play such a big part, but I kept forgetting it was even cold. The pace alternates between moving too fast and getting side-tracked down boring and ill-fitting tangents.
Magic is so infused into this world that it warps natural order and has become part of almost all of the denizens. It's there when you need a light, when you want to give your horse the ability to talk, or when ya just want to make yourself look more fashionable, but for reasons never really explained, it may or may not be usable in a tight spot.
One of the important elements of Midwinter is a relationship between our real world and this land of the Fae. I tend to like having a link to our Earth in a fantasy story, but I found the introduction of our modern technology into this setting to be jarring -- almost laughable. Hey, I think a `71 Pontiac Lemans is one of the coolest cars of all time too, but that doesn't mean I want to find one in this sort of fantasy novel.
I'll readily admit that maybe I just didn't "get-it." If that's the case, it's because by the time I got to the last third of the book, I was too bored to even care anymore. For the Dirty Dozen theme to work, you have to make the reader care about the characters.Read more ›
Despite my enthusiasm, the book never really delivered on its earlier promise. Just as I suspended my disbelief and became engrossed in the action, I would chance upon a scene or description that would gently nudge me back into the real world and make me aware that I was reading. Some of it is minor: for example, every character rolls his or her eyes at least once in the book. No matter how grave the scene, how dire the situation, someone finds a way to express their disapproval by rolling their eyes. Not only is it not believable in places, but because Sturges uses this turn of phrase so often, it feels contrived even when a good old fashioned eye roll seems quite appropriate. Then there are issues with presentation. The book is divided into chapters but could have used further subdivisions into sections. Think I am quibbling here? Just wait until you are merrily reading along and seemingly in the middle of a scene, with no typographical and spacing clues that the action is about to shift in both time and space, you are reading about the thoughts and doings of characters far removed from the preceding sentence in the same paragraph.Read more ›
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Being a fan of Fables, it was a no Brainerd that I would read Matt Sturges' first novel. Midwinter is a mixture of common fantasy story structures while managing to add in New and... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Lord Akiyama
I picked it up on a whim because I liked the cover (yes that is how I judged my book this week) and it did not disappoint. Read morePublished on September 13, 2013 by John Mark
"Midwinter" by, Matthew Sturges
In the land of Faerie a war is brewing between the Seelie and the Unseelie courts. Read more
This was a good story with a lot of interesting little details for my imagination to hang onto. He's a witty writer, many of the exchanges were quite humorous. Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by January
Mathew Sturges is a great new fantasy writer and I will be eagerly awaiting his books. Actually I read this book after the one that comes after it, The Office of Shadows, and the... Read morePublished on April 3, 2011 by mike allen
The idea of this book is phenomenal, but the execution... not so much. The author acts as if we were all born in Faery and know exactly what he's talking about. Read morePublished on September 24, 2010 by Melissa A. Crockett
I was familiar with Sturges from his comics-related work so I knew I could expect a decent tale. While not a complete homerun it was a good, solid double. Read morePublished on August 30, 2010 by Wade Warren
I'm one of those readers who really wanted to like Midwinter. The premise and plot are fairly good. Read morePublished on August 29, 2010 by Antony Chow
I've started this book twice, that's how much I wanted to like it, but sadly I do not. Chris McGrath's haunting cover did more to draw me into the story then most of what I've... Read morePublished on April 12, 2010 by Gail Reed