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The Parched Sea (Forgotten Realms: The Harpers #1) ★★☆☆ ½

The Parched Sea  - Troy Denning

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Title: The Parched Sea
Series: Forgotten Realms: The Harpers #1
Author: Troy Denning
Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 310
Format: Digital Edition





Synopsis:


The Zentarim, followers of the god Cyric, are trying to forge a path through the desert to establish a lock on future trade routes. This “forging” includes the pacification of the tribes of the desert, whether by bribery or coercian, the Zentarim don't particularly care. The tribes must either support the Zentarim or perish tribe by tribe at the hands of the lizard mercenaries hired by the Zentarim.

 

Into this situation comes Lander, a relatively new Harper. He has been chosen to oversee the situation and do what he can to unite the tribes against the Zentarim. He comes across a lone survivor of one of the tribes, an outcast young woman named Ruha, who has been outcast for her magical powers. Now it is up to these 2 to convince children in the guise of tribesmen to confront a force that only promises riches.

 

With the help of a god, Ruha and Lander can do it. But the victories that the Harpers win are not without cost, as Lander finds out.

 

 



My Thoughts: Spoilers


I've read enough Forgotten Realms books to know when I've hit a good one or a bad one pretty soon from the get go. Unfortunately, this was a typical Troy Denning book, which means it was mediocre pablum, even given the context of the universe he was writing in. So this was not a good book.

 

The Harpers sub-series is written by enough various authors that I'm not giving up on it just from the first book, but I have to say, this does not bode well.

 

Lander was not a very engaging main character and when he dies near the end, it was more of a “meh” moment than anything else. Ruha is more of token “woman” than anything even while becoming more central to the story than Lander. For a Harpers novel, they certainly didn't play much of a part. The little bit I did see of them makes me wonder if I'm going to enjoy their adventures or not. They seem to be meddlers and instead of taking direct action, manipulate others to do their work [dirty or otherwise] for them. While they claim to be proponents of freedom, etc, they sure don't act like it.

 

★★☆☆ ½

 

 

 

The Line of Polity (Polity: Agent Cormac #2) ★★★★☆

The Line of Polity - Neal Asher

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Title: The Line of Polity
Series: Polity: Agent Cormac #2
Author: Neal Asher
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: SF
Pages: 676
Format: Scanned Digital Edition





 

 

Synopsis:


A rogue scientist begins working for the Separatists that Cormac had a runin with in the previous book. Skellor, said rogue scientist, has discovered a stash of Jain technology. Jain tech is forbidden by the Polity and as the book goes on, we learn why. Cormac is sent out after Skellor before he can become catastrophically dangerous.

 

At the same time, a rebellion is brewing on the planet Masada. Under the control of rigid belief system that is against A.I. Rule, the theocrats have been in communication with the dragon. With predictable results. The Polity gets involved, the dragon gets pissed off and a lot of people are going to die.

 

When Skellor takes over the Masada system, it appears that things have indeed gone “Catastrophic”. With a whole planet to loot and play with, Skellor has grown into something beyond human and his abilities are just beginning. It is up to Agent Cormac to deal with Skellor, deal with the theocrats and deal with the offspring of the dead dragon: thousands or millions of dracomen.

 

Thankfully, Cormac is a Prime Agent indeed.

 

 



My Thoughts:


I enjoyed this just as much as my previous read in '10. I kept the 4star rating, instead of raising it, because it is evident that Asher is as much a fundamental zealot as I am, but his god is Science and he hates any other belief system. The main difference is that he writes books and interjects that zealotry into his books while I just interject my fundamentalism into small blog posts. So that might not even cross your radar at all.

 

This is what I like about Asher's Polity books. Monstrous inhumanity preying upon everything. In later books we found out how terrifying Jain tech truly is. Whole stellar civilizations destroyed by it. Here we see it gaining a foothold in humanity's playground. It might not be sentient, but it has a Directive. We are also introduced to some alien species, namely, Gabbleducks and Hooders. Gabbleducks roam the surface of Masada eating whatever and babbling words. Hooders eat everything, are impervious to most weaponry and eat their victims alive and by slowly dissecting them with a whole arsenal of claws, blades, etc.

 

Another thing I like about the Polity books is the exploration of the bounds of what it means to be alive. One character who died in the last book comes back as a golem, ie, a recording of the brainwaves put into a near-indestructable metal body. He thinks about what it means for him to have gone from human to golem and how that affects things. Even if I disagree with Asher's conclusions, I am fascinated by the questions and how the questions even come about.

 

In conclusion, I enjoyed this and have no problems recommending this series to anyone looking for a bloody good time. Emphasis on bloody.

 

★★★★☆

 

 

 

  1. Review of Book 1

  2. Previous 2010 Review

     

 

 

 

 

Poetry of the Soul

In which I let loose my inner poet

Don Quixote: Part II: Chapters 5-8

Don Quixote de la Mancha (Oxford World's Classics) - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Charles Jarvis, E.C. Riley

 

Up to page 540

 

Italics are what I penciled in the margins

 

The block quotes are quotes from the book.

 

Everything else are just my thoughts as I’m typing along here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 5

 

In which Sancho and his wife plan their future and their children's future.  A total disconnect from reality, or in other words, total B.S.

 

"I tell you, wife", answered Sancho, "that, did I not expect, ere long, to see myself a governor of an island, I should drop down dead upon the spot"

How naive can one man be?

 

 

Chapter 6

 

In which the Niece and the Maid attempt to reason with Quixote and fail miserably.

 

---without standing upon trifles, or upon the laws of duelling, ---such as, whether our adversary bears a shorter or longer lance or sword,

He just changes the rules to please himself

 

'were you not my niece... I would make such an example of you for the blasphemy you have uttered,'

but in Chapter 3 Quixote himself was saying how historians tell nothing but lies

 

and it will be in vain for you to tire yourselves in persuading me not to attempt what heaven requires, fortune ordains, and reason demands, and above all, what my inclination leads me to.

What he "wants". Everything else is just excuses to bolster his own selfish wants.

 

 

Chapter 7

 

In which the Bachelor upsets all reason and Quixote & Sancho set out upon Adventure #3

 

"What I would be at", quoth Sancho, "is, that your worship would be pleased to appoint me a certain salary, at so much per month, for the time I shall serve you,"

Sancho is learning

 

The bachelor... believed all he had read of him [Quixote], and concluded him to be one of the most solemn coxcombs of the age; and said to himself, that two such fools, as master and man, were never before seen in the world.

 

The curses, which the housekeeper and niece heaped upon the bachelor, were not to be numbered; they tore their hair, and scratched their faces,

I would have attempted violence upon Carasco himself [the Bachelor]

 

 

Chapter 8

 

In which Sancho argues eloquently and the pair head to Toboso to see Dulcinea

 

"There I have caught you," quoth Sancho.

Where did this brilliance come from?

 

"What would you have me infer, Sancho, from all you have been saying?" quoth Don Quixote

"I would infer," said Sancho, "that we had better turn saints immediately, and we shall then soon attain to that renown we aim at.

Wise words!!

 

In these and the like discourses they passed that night, and the following day, without any accident worth relating; whereat Don Quixote was not a little grieved.

Boohoo!

 

 

 

 

Invent Superiority – My Personal Version

Invent Superiority – My Personal Version

 

In which I list all the cards of a deck and put some pictures of the ones I've changed. Won't interest most people who aren't into Magic the Gathering.

 

(It has a lot of pictures of Magic the Gathering cards, so I'm just linking it here instead of copy/pasting. Definitely over the 4mb limit)

SPOILER ALERT!

Death's Legacy (Blood on the Reik #3) (Warhammer) ★★★☆☆

Death's Legacy - Sandy Mitchell

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Title: Death's Legacy
Series: Warhammer: Blood on the Reik #3
Author: Sandy Mitchell
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 416
Format: Scanned Digital Edition





Synopsis: Spoilers


Rudi and Hanna are on the run, yet again. They head to another big city so Hanna can attempt to join another magic college and Rudi can work. Hanna gets turned away, pretty much goes darkside and joins her mother. Rudi gets captured by the witch hunter and imprisoned at a major temple to Sigmar. There he learns his heritage and finds out that his own parents were going to use him as a vessel to hold a demon prince, only the ritual was aborted. Now Rudi has a demon entwined with his own soul.

 

Now Rudi must work with those who were trying to kill him to free his soul. He must not die or the demon will be freed and destroy the continent. Meanwhile Hanna has joined one of the dark gods and has her own plans for Rudi.

 

Rudi survives betrayal on all levels and ends up being entombed alive with a ritual that will keep his soul attached to his dead body, thus denying the demon access to it. The book ends with Rudi contemplating the coming hundreds of years as he has to lie in the tomb and moulder away.

 

 



My Thoughts: Spoilers


I went and looked up some Wiki info for the Warhammer novels. They have ended and apparently it is because the dark gods win and everything is destroyed in the final series or two. So that is the tone of everything. Even if the good guys can hold off the forces of chaos, it doesn't matter because we the readers know the ultimate end.

 

This was not a good series to get introduced to the Warhammer universe. The story was good and the ideas were neat, but my goodness, Mitchell's writing was technically correct, but more time was given describing their journey (in which nothing happens by the way) than when things were hopping. Long stretches of boringness that should have been excised from the book by a good editor. VERY pedestrian writing.

 

I saw Hanna's betrayal coming from book 1, but I did not expect it to take the shape of the game of gods that it did. I was expecting something more personal but this worked pretty good. Hanna wanted Rudi dead to release the demon, which would have been weakened by the priests of Sigmar. Hanna and company would then have swooped in, killed the demon, gotten major kudo power points for killing a demon and that power would have allowed them to take over the temple of Sigmar in the name of their god. Which would have weakened Sigmar and strengthened their god. But reading chapter upon chapter of Rudi doing research while in prison to get to that? Boring. I thought about giving this 2 ½ stars but the ending pulled it up that half star.

 

Finally, the covers for this trilogy. They've looked really cool. They look like what I want to be reading about in a universe called Warhammer. Scary looking, bad ass beings of power with huge weapons. If the story contained within had only lived up to the bar set by the covers. I feel cheated.

 

I've got my next Warhammer trilogy that I'm going to read, but I wish I could find someone who could point me to a good beginning point.

 

★★★☆☆


 

 

  1. Review of Book 1

  2. Review of Book 2

SPOILER ALERT!

The Enemy Within (Omega Force #4) ★★★☆☆

Omega Force: The Enemy Within - Joshua Dalzelle, Monique Happy

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Title: The Enemy Within
Series: Omega Force #4
Author: Joshua Dalzelle
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: SF
Pages: 279
Format: Digital Edition





Synopsis:


Omega Force has parted ways from their secret covert ops with a small star system government. When violence breaks out across several systems and the Confederacy begins taking over the systems in the name of stability, and Omega Force's liasion is accused of fomenting said rebellions, Captain Burke springs into action.

 

Rescuing a beautiful starship captain, infiltrating a secret ConFed military prison, hijacking a broken starship destroyer, Jason and Crew are kept rather busy. Of course, when your enemy turns out to be the son of your former patron, things get sticky. Throw in rogue politicians who want an Empire and you have action out the wazoo.

 

But no worries! Jason Burke, Captain Extraordinaire, is in charge. He gets things done.

 

 



My Thoughts:


Not a bad Military Science Fiction story. The writing is as rough as ever, but not quite as blocky in the writing as previous books. I don't know how to describe it any better than that.

 

The romance here, between Burke and the starship captain, isn't well done. It is there, but it feels as artificial as the writing describing it. I'd probably complain (maybe) if there was NO romance, but honestly, I'd rather do without this in this kind of story. It just shows that Dalzelle has a lot of growing as an author to do before he can write a character based story. Hopefully he'll do that growing.

 

★★★☆☆

 

 

 

  1. Review of Book 1

  2. Review of Book 2

  3. Review of Book 3

     

 

 

The Awesomeness that is M:TG

I play Magic: The Gathering, just in case you didn't know.  I started back in 1994-95, then stopped in '96 and took an almost 20year hiatus. I started again in '15 as a survival mechanism to cope with a coworker who I daily wanted to throw under a bus [and when you swing a machete all day, sometimes you think about "accidents"]. Now I play a couple of times a month and just enjoy when I can play. Low pressure, low expectations. Some games go fast, some last for 2hrs.  It's all good.

So here are a couple of funny pictures. I'm not sure how funny they actually are if you aren't familiar with the game, but I'm willing to chance your boredom for my entertainment.

 

The Original Card

 

 

 

The Meme

 

 

 

 

Now this is just funny!

 

 

 

And that is why I love this game. 15 squirrels CAN take down the biggest baddie the Multiverse has ever known and Angels regularly destroy Demons.

 

 

 

 

Raven in the Foregate (Brother Cadfael #12) ★★★☆☆

The Raven in the Foregate - Ellis Peters

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Title: Raven in the Foregate
Series: Brother Cadfael #12
Author: Ellis Peters
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 244
Format: Digital Edition





Synopsis:


A new priest is installed in the town [as opposed to being at the abbey] when the old priest, Father Adam, dies. Where Father Adam was an easy going, accepting man who loved his flock even when they strayed and was friends with all, Father Ailnoth is a whole nother matter.

 

Moving boundary stones, calling into question whether a man is a freeman or surf, refusing to interrupt his prayers to give last rights to a dying baby and then not allowing it to be buried in the church grounds because it had not been shriven, excommunicating a young woman for her wandering ways, beating the boys who he was supposed to be teaching, Ailnoth has turned the town against him. So when Ailnoth turns up dead, there are more suspects than you can shake Father Ailnoths ebony staff at.

 

The war between Empress Maude and King Stephen is still going on and their vassals fortunes rise and fall according to how things are going. One young man is on Maude's side and of course gets involved in the death of Father Ailnoth while falling in love with a local girl.

 

Cadfael solves the mystery. The End.

 

 



My Thoughts:


This is book 12 in the series. If you've stuck around this long, this book will not dissuade you from continuing.

 

I am finding that I am liking the historic aspects of the novel more than the mystery, as it gets boring with somebody “dying” and then solving who/why, etc. I am not a big mystery fan, so it helps keep my interest by showing other things.

 

I am getting a bit tired of “young man comes to Shrewsbury, gets involved in a murder in some way and escapes with the help of a local lovely and they go off to X to get married”. This young man, Benet, showed some real promise as a Class A Donkey's Head. He was an idiot and I was hoping something terrible would happen to him. Oh well, he wasn't the one responsible for Ailnoth's death and since he's leaving, I'm hoping I won't have to read about him again.

 

Other than that, this is a Cadfael mystery. He does things in his little herbarium, pokes around the scene of the crime, and solves things.

 

★★★☆☆

 


 

 

 

  1. Review of Book 1

  2. Review of Book 2

  3. Review of Book 3

  4. Review of Book 4

  5. Review of Book 5

 

 

 

 

 

What's with all the "Teachers" Suddenly on BL...

I've noticed in the last couple of weeks that every couple of days, when I'm exploring the Just Published section, that there will be an influx of a bookliker talking about a childrens book and either saying it was perfect for Grade X or had a reading level of X.XX, blah, blah.

 

I've come across these so called teacher accounts before, followed one or two until they just disappeared. I honestly can't say they are spam, but they sure do toe the line as far as I'm concerned. Never responded to any overtures I made, even innocuous "good review" comments.  And they've been ramping up in the last couple of weeks.

 

If they're just crossposting here and have interest in communicating, that is their business. But they ALL follow the same exact pattern, much like those accounts whose only post is "Hello, I'm X from Belgium, but have been living in Bajukistan for the last 10 years and I love books..."  Posts from multiple sources that follow the exact same setup always make me suspicious.

 

Thank you for your time. Please buy my new book, How to be Suspicious and Paranoid of Everything and Still be Right.

 

 

March '17 Roundup & Ramblings

 

03mar17

 

 

This month was a short month in regards to the amount of books I read.  I have a total of 17, but 5 of those are 24 page comic books. So 11 novels and 1 manga. It wasn’t that I read any particularly hard books or even books that I hated.  In miscellaneous info, I got to 100 followers, realized I am burned out on manga and started in on some small comic books to keep me in the visual book game.

 

United States of Japan was my worst read of the month and even it was a 2 star.

 

An Empire Asunder was my most fun and I enjoyed the heck out of it.

 

My most satisfying read was a tie between The One Kingdom and Dreams of Distant Shores.

 

Part of my reading cutback has been due to work issues.  Work has been very unsettled since the end of February and that just affects everything. Our new manager, my former field coworker, is pulling his hair out trying to fulfill obligations left by the previous manager, I’m stuck with working with part time people while our boss tries to find someone full time who likes to work outside year round AND [more importantly] can get along with someone like me for 8rs a day, 5 days a week.

 

bad-boss3

 

 

Another reason is church. Our new pastor has been taking a very hands off approach and people have been having ideas pop up like daisies. Not only that, they’re acting on those ideas, which is fantastic; it just means that we’re more busy overall. We’re also trying to do some big Audio/Visual changes that is going to include re-wiring everything.

 

running-sound-christian-meme

 

 

And finally,  I have been trying to make Sunday my Magic: The Gathering day. Since I go to church on Saturday, I use Sunday as my chore/fun stuff day.  Having a couple of people to play Commander with is fun and I’ve been customizing one of the new 4color commander decks that came out late last year. I’ve also finished collecting a complete set of 4th Edition cards from 1995. That  is the edition I started playing MTG with and so those cards, while not a good investment, have so much nostalgia in them that I could sink a ship with it.

 

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So getting back to books, and wrapping this up, here is some cover love:

 

 

Spiderman 2099 #1

 

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Dreams of Distant Shores

 

 

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The Specialist, Blood Oath (Spiderman 2099 #4 & 5) ★★★☆☆

Spider-Man 2099 #4: The Specialist - Peter David, Rick Leonardi

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Title: The Specialist, Blood Oath
Series: Spiderman 2099 #4 & 5

Author: Peter David

Artist: Rick Leonardi

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Comics

Pages: 48

Format: Digital Scan





 

Synopsis:


Gabriel O'Hara, brother to Miguel, our erstwhile Spiderman 2099, gets involved with a woman who is on the wanted list by one of the Corporations, namely, Stark-Fujikawa. She is taken in front of Gabe by some Super Samurai. Gabe immediately runs to his big brother to cry for help. Miguel is being wooed back to Alchemax by Stone himself.

 

To get out from under Stone's eye, he accepts reinstatement and immediately takes Gabe's call. Miguel, affectionately known as “Miggy”, dons the suit and rushes to rescue Gabe's latest girlfriend. He rescue her from the Samurai and then starts a very public battle with the Samurai, who is named The Specialist. He starts the fight to test his own capabilities but unbeknownst to him, “Spiderman 2099”s movements are being watched by Alchemax and publicly broadcasted.

 

The Public Eye, a sort of private/public Security Force are under orders to capture Spiderman, but one of the higher ups takes things into his own hands and has his forces fire on Spidey. These 2 volumes end with Spidey falling to the undercity of New York.



My Thoughts:


“Miggy”? That really is the tone here. A ton of one liners and cutesy quips. Miguel is desperately trying to keep his identity as Spiderman secret from Stone but fooling the CEO of a Mega-Corp isn't easy.

 

Gabe, as the token relative, is a real idiot and I foresee a lot of drama coming from his direction. The Specialist was a bit overblown as a character and was more about showing off how another Mega-Corp worked than as a serious threat or evil villain. It's hard to take him serious when he's spouting off about “Honor” and “Chivalry” while taking a graffiti artist in to be a human experiment.

 

We also get a few panels of Doom 2099. I like that character and hope he's more involved even while he has his own comic line from the time.

 



★★★☆☆



 

 

The Specialist, Blood Oath (Spiderman 2099 #4 & 5) ★★★☆☆

Spider-Man 2099  #5: Blood Oath - Peter David, Rick Leonardi

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Title: The Specialist, Blood Oath
Series: Spiderman 2099 #4 & 5

Author: Peter David

Artist: Rick Leonardi

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Comics

Pages: 48

Format: Digital Scan





 

Synopsis:


Gabriel O'Hara, brother to Miguel, our erstwhile Spiderman 2099, gets involved with a woman who is on the wanted list by one of the Corporations, namely, Stark-Fujikawa. She is taken in front of Gabe by some Super Samurai. Gabe immediately runs to his big brother to cry for help. Miguel is being wooed back to Alchemax by Stone himself.

 

To get out from under Stone's eye, he accepts reinstatement and immediately takes Gabe's call. Miguel, affectionately known as “Miggy”, dons the suit and rushes to rescue Gabe's latest girlfriend. He rescue her from the Samurai and then starts a very public battle with the Samurai, who is named The Specialist. He starts the fight to test his own capabilities but unbeknownst to him, “Spiderman 2099”s movements are being watched by Alchemax and publicly broadcasted.

 

The Public Eye, a sort of private/public Security Force are under orders to capture Spiderman, but one of the higher ups takes things into his own hands and has his forces fire on Spidey. These 2 volumes end with Spidey falling to the undercity of New York.



My Thoughts:


“Miggy”? That really is the tone here. A ton of one liners and cutesy quips. Miguel is desperately trying to keep his identity as Spiderman secret from Stone but fooling the CEO of a Mega-Corp isn't easy.

 

Gabe, as the token relative, is a real idiot and I foresee a lot of drama coming from his direction. The Specialist was a bit overblown as a character and was more about showing off how another Mega-Corp worked than as a serious threat or evil villain. It's hard to take him serious when he's spouting off about “Honor” and “Chivalry” while taking a graffiti artist in to be a human experiment.

 

We also get a few panels of Doom 2099. I like that character and hope he's more involved even while he has his own comic line from the time.

 



★★★☆☆



 

 

Dreams of Distant Shores ★★★★☆

Dreams of Distant Shores - Patricia A. McKillip

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Title: Dreams of Distant Shores
Series: ----------
Author: Patricia McKillip
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 290
Format: Digital Edition





 

Synopsis:


A collection of short stories and a novella showcasing McKillip's writing style and preferred story content.

 

 



My Thoughts:


The majority of this book is taken up with the novella, Something Rich and Strange. I read that back in '05 and wasn't very impressed then and this time around nothing improved. That is the reason for the 1 Star deduction.

 

Now, the rest of the stories, they were excellent. They were what I EXPECT from McKillip. My favorite was about an artist who draws the Gorgon's mouth and it becomes his muse, until it convinces him to fall in love with a real life girl who then becomes his true muse. Not being an artsy guy myself, most of the time I poo-poo stories dealing with art. However, this story, appropriately entitled The Gorgon in the Cupboard, drew me in and made the artist character sympathetic enough that even I was able to like him. The counter-story about the woman who becomes his muse, is poignantly sad and heartwrenching and provides a sad canvas upon which a happy story is drawn.

 

The Forward by Peter Beagle I could have done without. I am not a fan of Beagle, so his musings on meeting McKillip at various times came across as self-serving and very faux-humble.

 

If I ever read this again, I'll just skip the novella and concentrate on the short stories.

 

 

★★★★☆

 


 

 

  1. 2005 Review of Something Rich and Strange

 

 

 

 

 

A Milestone

A maudlin post in which I reveal my Secret Agenda now that I am a "Power to Contend With".