Fifth Season: recap
We''ve now got a week before starting on The Obelisk Gate. I included the recap weeks in case we needed some slack to make up time, and to give people a chance to reflect on the book as a whole, rather than looking at chapter by chapter.
Here are some questions to start some discussion.
Is this a good book?
There are a few definitions of "good". Use which ones you want.
- Is it engaging and fun to read?
- It is well-crafted (use of language, rich characters, etc.)?
- Does it have something important to say?
Is it a graphic novel?
The book's had some criticism for its inconsistent world-building and events happening as plot contrivances. That's led to people saying the book is more like a graphic novel than a traditional novel. Yet we've read some ripping yarns here in the past: Hiero's Journey and Venetian Masque spring to mind as books with rather ludicrous plots; those books didn't receive this criticism. What's different about The Fifth Season compared to those other books?
The Obelisk Gate
Are you looking forward to the next books? What do you think will happen?
The gaming question
Your friends ask you to run a "Fifth Season" game. What important element from the book would you include? What system would you use? When and where would you set it?