#6degrees – In Siege of Daylight to…

Wow, it’s been a while since I did one of those #6degree posts. I really need to setup a reminder or something so I do it more often as I enjoy writing these out.   This was a wildcard and we were to start with the book we ended our last chain with.

 

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Last time I ended my chain with In Siege of DaylightI was drawn to this book by the cover and the story inside did not disappoint (aside from the fact that it ended on a cliffhanger and the author never wrote any more I mean).

 

 

 

 

 

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Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Valor. That book also had a beautiful cover but what was on the inside led me to DNF it instead of enjoying it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another book that I DNF’d was Blowback. The main character, Scott Harvath,  was just a jerk and I can’t stand main characters who aren’t cast in the Heroic Mold. I need my Heroes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Now, Erevis Cale IS a hero.  In Midnight’s Mask he helps prevent the world of Forgotten Realms from being destroyed. And he doesn’t whine about it or complain about how hard everything is for him, boohoo. No, he mans up and does his job.

 

 

 

 

 

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Another book with “mask” in the cover is Death Masks, starring that darling of millions, Harry Dresden. I didn’t like Dresden from the get-go but I TRIED to like him because everybody else liked him. This was at a time in my life before I was the self-confident, swaggering man of mystery that I am today. I read up through Book 11 and even watched the rather pathetic, short lived, tv show/mini-series.

 

 

 

 

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Another book that was turned into a mini-series was Childhood’s End.  The mini-series and book were different enough that it wasn’t like watching a clone, but the hopeless despair from the book shone through the mini-series like an evil, malevolent dark star.

 

 

 

 

 

And that’s a wrap! From In Siege of Daylight to Childhood’s End.

I’ve said it before, but doing this tag/meme/whatever is a lot of fun. I get to go through my old reviews and see things I haven’t even thought about for years, sometimes decades.  This Blogger chooses the book each month so feel free to bookmark that page.

 

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29 thoughts on “#6degrees – In Siege of Daylight to…

  1. piotrek says:

    Interesting! I like this idea, to explore the strange connections you own mind is making 🙂 Mine sometimes does really strange associations…

    From that post, I only read Butcher – and I had similar problems in the beginning, but now it’s my favourite Urban Fantasy, I’m anxiously waiting for the nest volume – and Clarke. And I’m not a huge fan of Clarke’s novels, I admire him, I recognize his importance, but his kind of hard s/f does not always age well. Childhood’s End though, it’s still powerful, “the hopeless despair” definitely, and he did not even need to add a classical alien invasion to achieve it.

    We get humanity progressing to a higher stage of being, and we still get depressed. It’s how I sometimes feel knowing I’ve been born a generation or three too early to achieve physical immortality…

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    • Bookstooge says:

      You should try one of these some month. Let us peek into that soup you call a brain 😉

      I have found that I tend to make negative connections much easier than positive.

      As for Butcher, I really like his other stuff, just not Dresden.

      See, I didn’t see it at all as humanity progressing to a higher stage. Sure, it was “called” that, but the reality was they were being assimilated and losing individuality. That is why I get depressed about it. They weren’t human any more.

      Thankfully, I don’t have your issues, as I don’t believe it is possible for humanity to achieve immortality.

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  2. savageddt says:

    Never seen reviews on any of these apart from yours. Valour i can remember as being taken of my list thanks to what you wrote

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  3. This does seem like a very fun thing to do. I wish I was better at committing to things blog wise lol. I have to bookmark tags if I’m actually going to remember to do them in the next 6 months. :3

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  4. Ola G says:

    That’s some zigzagging 😉 Still interested in Valor, though I seem to remember there was a previous book in the series as well? It took me a while to like Dresden, and now… I’m not waiting eagerly for the next book, but I’ll gladly read it. Better than Aaronovitch, anyway 😉

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    • Bookstooge says:

      On this tag, I certainly don’t go in a straight line!

      Valor was book 2. Malice was book 1 and I hated that as well. Gwynne is just not an author for me.

      Isn’t the next dresden the last? I thought I heard rumors that Dresden was winding down anyway. As for Aaronovitch, I gave up on him when his books started getting raunchy.

      So Pio pretty much “promised” that he’d do this type of post, sometime. Would you do it sometime too?

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      • Ola G says:

        Huh, I’ll definitely think about it. Maybe we could do the same one with Piotrek and compare our diverging paths and the end results, which would probably be totally different! 😉

        As for Dresden, I’ve heard so many conflicting info that I stopped really caring 😉 if it’s the last, I’m cool with that; if not, I’m ok with that too – just write the damn books 😉

        I’ll give Malice a chance, though probably not anytime soon. Might not enjoy it, from what you’ve written about it, but then I won’t know it until I try 😉

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        • Bookstooge says:

          Oh man, if you guys did a Duo post, that would be a lot of fun to read!

          I hear you about Dresden. Best of luck 🙂

          It definitely is the type of book that you have to try, as how it is setup “should” have been right down my alley. C’est la vie…

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  5. You are not alone in not liking Harry Dresden: I never managed to move past book 2 or 3, so I commend you on the strength of soldiering on through 11 (!!!) books… 🙂

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  6. This is a fun list of links! It’s fun to see how you chain them together.

    I was never sure about Dresden either. It seems like a series I should love, but I never got past book 4. Maybe one of these days I’ll revisit it, if for no other reason than to know what it is I like and dislike about the series.

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  7. How do you even find the books you want to showcase here? Do you remember them and then hunt down your review for it? Do you scroll through your library?

    I’ll have to give the first Butcher book a try and see if it works for me or not now.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Ah ha, you caught me! I start with the first book and then look 3 or 4 years ago in my Calibre library. I glance at covers and titles to see what clicks with the first book.

      Then I skip a year or 3 and see what clicks again 😀 rinse and repeat

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  8. Awesome that in the Siege of Daylight lives upto its cover (which I really like as well!) Shame same cannot be said for Valour- I really like the covers in that series too.

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