If you like "coming of age" stories, this really is one of the best completed stories available. Start reading and be prepared for a very long and enjoyable read. You might find yourself heading back to the cast of characters from time to time, but considering how many years are encompassed in this delightful tale, that's understandable.
Start at the very beginning, you'll find it very understandable as seen through Brian's eyes. Sex, life lessons, a bit of history, oh and did I mention sex, yes there is good sexy sex. Enjoy, you'll find it satisfying and, best of all, you won't need to wait another ten years for the complete story to be told.
I first read LNDTH, part 1, and decided to read LNDTH2 as soon as I was done with it, way back in March or so. The problem, from my point of view, was that only the first 90 chapters had been posted by the time I had gotten as far as I could. Rather than read a chapter here and another there as they were posted, I opted to simply wait until the story was done before continuing. All I can say about that is THANK YOU aroslav for including an introduction and cast list at the beginning of each major section. I had to refer back to it several times to jog my memory as to the different characters.
For plot score, this story earns an A+ (9). The story (between parts 1 and 2) totals more than 7.5 MB in size. Even as voracious a reader as I am, it took a long time to read it all. The main part of the story takes you through roughly two decades in the characters' lives. The author does a credible job filling in the details, not only about the main character, but also about a multitude of other characters as well.
For technical quality, another A+ (9). My biggest pet peeve about the technical side has to do with the Spanish terminology used to describe the internal relationships within the clan. The words "novia", "amiga" and others are used to describe both the male and female in the relationship. I am fully bilingual in both languages, and the male in the relationship is called a "novio" and "amigo". Those are not the only ones, but are representative of the most common errors.
For personal appeal, another A+ (9). There are parts of the story that just had me skimming through it, mainly in the descriptions or quotes from some of the shows. On the one hand, the author talks about some very serious topics in those segments sometimes. On the other hand, I am reading this for enjoyment. One final word of warning. Like with any story that encompasses this amount of time, it has some people passing away. Prepare to bawl your eyes out at those points, as you will have grown attached to the characters involved.
I gave this one of my rare 10's, even before it ended, which I just don't do.
God, where to start. The narrator is likeable and understandable. In some of the more flattering ways I can think of, he kinda reminds me of me at my best. That is not to say he is not flawed, as perfect characters are boring. The side characters are also enteresting, even the ones you dislike or find annoying. I could go on, but you'll just have to read it and find your own favorite parts.
It has a wrap-up-and-summurize the-the-future ending, which I typically hate? That seem such a petty thing to bring up, especeally as it was done so well I almost didn't mind.
The Final Call:
Read it. I mean right goddam now find Book 1 and start.
Why are you still reading this? There are better things to read out there!
This story falls closely on the heels of LNDtH.
I've read both of these stories concurrently with aroslav's postings.
I have to say that I enjoyed all of it.
There were a few chapters (like the 9-11 attacks) that I think were harsh to get through, but probably considerably less harsh than trying to write them. And they did in fact fit the story line quite well.
This world of a number of individuals in a pact agreement and living in their own town, and working together is idyllic, and peaceful, and very nice to be able to read and relax.
The story plot is, of course, a carry-over from LNDtH, since this is 2, but the flow is seamless and the appeal to readers is very high.
I give excellent marks on technical quality. Everyone has a typo or two that get through several sets of eyes, and Jaroslav is no exception. However, they were rare enough that it didn't detract from the story.
I will be anxiously awaiting the next offering from aroslav. Well-done.
Reviewed: 2016-06-14 - (Review Updated: 2016-06-21)
What a journey. Man what a great read. It flows. It moves. Great work. The work and quality of writing aroslav puts into his work is truly great. The proofreading team he has collected works well. The story even being broken up into two books feeds off each previous chapter.
Reviewed: 2016-03-16 - (Review Updated: 2016-03-18)
This is my review of Part IX, which, because I am a graduate student and therefore very smart, I got the whole of Part IX by bribing aroslav, who is plenty smart enough to get me to bribe him; maybe I am not all that smart.
This review is aimed at those who have not yet begun to read this incredible story, rather than those who have followed the arc of The Tribe from the beginning.
The cast start out as children and think and act like children, albeit some of them relatively mature children. Important to note that aroslav writes children speaking as children, as they get older the language matures. The agreement the children reach might seem far fetched to someone my age (too damn close to 69), but I did not grow up in a world where teenage intercourse and oral sex was the norm in high school, nor did I grow up in a world with AIDS. When I left for college in August of 1965 and landed in Connecticut: condoms were illegal, LSD however was not. Weird.
In this last book in the series, and Part IX, like the other parts, is a book, the maturity of the characters by the end is full blown, in that they are adults in behavior, not just in age. The language is reflective, Brian is thoughtful, mature, living with his choices, and pretty happy about most of them, others, not so much. The story encompasses humor, pathos, tragedy, anger, joy, love...it is a book about humans and humanity. It is a book about the choices made about how lives are lived. It is not preachy at all, it is deep where it needs to be deep, shallow where shallow is called for, funny where it is supposed to be funny and heartbreaking when it is required. As much as anything it shows arolsav as a fully matured author and storyteller.
As always the book borders on error free, the editing and proofreading team aroslav has put together are excellent. This is one of my two favorite stories on SOL, the other, "Stupid Boy" by G. Younger is not yet finished. What they share...fuck it, go read.