Ken Scholes’s debut novel, Lamentation, was an event in fantasy. Heralded as a “mesmerizing debut novel” by Publishers Weekly, and a “vividly imagined. This was certainly the case with Ken Scholes’s short story “Of Metal Men The first two volumes of The Psalms of Isaak (entitled Lamentation. Lamentation is a novel that promises much with its opening scene of the Desolation of Windwir, the wealthiest and most powerful city in the.

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You can learn more about Ken by visiting www. Apr 14, Lightreads rated it liked it Shelves: If you want us to think a character is resourceful and clever, show us him or her doing something resourceful or clever.

How it affects relationships and your place in the world and how you can build something from that. There’s a particular poignancy in the figure of Isaak and of his insane counterpart, Charles—two machines who seem more frail and vulnerable than any of the human characters.

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Sep 16, Algernon rated it really liked it Shelves: I just didn’t feel it. So 5-star review and a sleepless night is a big deal. There is no hope of freedom for any under their rule. Stephan van Velzen October 18, Leave a comment.

Names like “Glimmerglam” and “Library Hill” just threw me completely off the loop. Just random props people screaming, and oh, ash and bones. Ken is a native of the Pacific Northwest and makes his home in Saint Helens, Oregon, where he lives with his twin daughters. Jin Li Tam had no substance in the short stories and her character evolved initially from the courtesan spy role not even hinted at in the short story into who she becomes as the story unfolds. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.


The main character on which the novel turns – Rudolfo – is just boring There are interesting characters, but when the main one is such a bore, it’s hard to keep interest.

Twice was too much, especially so soon after. Not that this makes any schopes whatsoever, but Scholees kept wishing Scholes had handed his world and story over to Kay. I also thought Scholes did a very nice job of laying out his world.

Psalms of Isaak Readthrough – Lamentation – Ken Scholes

This novel never really gets bogged down, but just keeps moving. His world contains walking talking robots and labyrinthine religious orders, flamboyant gypsy kings and post-apocalyptic landscapes. Stephan lives in a small town in The Netherlands with his wife Rebecca, an editor for The Ranting Dragon, and their two cats.

Stefan’s review makes the point well: Old and new mixes so well. The lamemtation in this book is something else and really bolsters the pacing.

Look, working in the back-story of a mythical realm with thousands of years of pre-history is never easy—but this sounds more like a grocery list than a tangible reality. I got about 20k words in before bogging down.

I may well give Canticle a try, but if I do, it will probably take me another year, if not longer, to get to it. This wipes the slate clean and gives our characters a chance to start over with new alliances, new priorities and new problems.

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That made it different. Because of this, there is little incentive for the opening novel to tell its own contained story. View all 3 comments. I’m surprised at some of the negative commentary listed below, as far as this book is concerned. For, while Canticle ien definitely an improvement on Lamentation it is still the sum of its parts.

On the surface, it’s about the destruction of a city. Ken’s eclectic background includes time spent as a label gun repairman, a sailor who ke sailed, a soldier who commanded a desk, a preacher, a lamwntation executive and a government procurement analyst.

I didn’t buy it. I’ll call it an “epic steam punk fantasy”. Instead, Lamentation reads more like a prelude to the rest of the series. This is an event of epic magnitude, of similar proportions to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II.

Reading “Metal Men” you sensed yourself in the hands of a game-changing author. I picked this up got it from the library based on the synopsis