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2018 books: Arrndgros, The Dark Portal (The Deptford Mice #1)

Arrndgros by Pyotr Andreyev
Traditional or self-published: Self-published
Rating: Liked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

In most books and films, orcs are not just bad guys, but generic bad guys. Arrndgros followed a whole lot of different orcs, all different tribes and races of them, through different stories in different parts of the world.

The first chapter (nearly novella-length) was wonderful. I loved the orc character (a young male fighting to become a man of his tribe). I loved the world-building, I loved the writing, I loved everything.

Chapter two... and those characters were no where to be seen. We met a whole new tribe, new characters, all that. I was confused, but quickly enough fell in love with those characters.

Chapter three... more new characters. And these characters/tribe/culture worked less well for me. This book was starting to feel more like an anthology than one single story.

I read up to chapter five. While some of the previous characters started to return, my interest finding out what was happening was waning and waning. I pressed on to the 52% point before I stopped reading.

It's such a challenge to rate a book like this. I LOVED the first two chapters, and then my interest went downhill, so I just averaged out things.

The Dark Portal (The Deptford Mice #1) by Robin Jarvis
Traditional or self-published: Traditional
Rating: Disliked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

I love talking animal stories. This one, about a bunch of mice that fight against a bunch of bad guy rats, should have been a perfect for for me. However, all the characters had very strong accents and they were all written out. I do not enjoy that, so I stopped reading at the 5% point.

Partial book credits:
Point reached in these books: 52% + 5% = 57%
Previous abandoned book total: 407%
New total: 464%

Currently reading: Arena by Holly Jennings
Tags: #1, #1), 2018 books, book review, book: arrndgros, book: the dark portal (the deptford mice
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