August 2nd, 2005



Just finished Elizabeth Moon's Speed of Dark. Like Bear's
Hammered and Scardown, this one shifted from first person for
the primary character and occasionally into third person to deal with things
that Lou wouldn't have seen. I didn't get the squee! feeling from Speed
of Dark
, though, and I think it is because there just wasn't enough
story in the foray into third person to make me happy leaving such a
strongly-written first person viewpoint.

Funny, but a couple of years ago, I probably wouldn't have even noticed what

Bear's shifts brought the other characters into view and twisted them into
the story. They added richness and depth to the story and the
characters--including Maker--and much would be lost if they were excised
from the books in favor of Maker's POV. On the other hand, I think that the
POV shifts in Moon's book could disappear with little impact. I don't think
they added much depth at all, and they didn't bond me with the secondary
characters any more than Lou's perspective did. Perhaps it's because
Speed of Dark was about Lou, and only Lou.

I did enjoy Speed of Dark, but not as much as I expected I would.