I have a confession to make.
I'm not terribly far long in Ilium. I started to read, and at first I have to admit that I had trouble getting into it. There are three different storylines with entirely different characters and locales (and, for all you know at the beginning, time periods). One of these storylines I found very interesting; one I found rather sleazy and monotonous, and one I absolutely hated. (Keep in mind, this is all very early in the book, but still, two of the three were just not hooking me) One night I read a decent way into a chapter of storyline #2 (sleazy) and put the book down for the night. It just wasn't happening for me, and I was afraid this was going to be a very, VERY long read.
I have to admit, I didn't pick it up again for a couple of days, partially because I was lazy, and partially because I was tired and was afraid of being put to sleep.
Finally, two days ago, I pick the book up and read a couple pages, and two and a half pages from where I left off.......
*very minor spoilers*
A GUY GETS EATEN BY A DINOSAUR!!!!
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Holy crap! I would never have stopped if I had known that was going to happen so soon!
Needless to say, the story has picked up dramatically from that point, and we've had epic battles, internal organs spilling, gods plotting to kill other gods, and all kinds of goodies!
The lesson here, kids, is never give up on a book; you never know. You may be two and a half pages away from
*same very minor spoiler*
A DINOSAUR EATING A GUY!!!
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