Deadhouse Gates (Malazan Book of the Fallen #2)

Deadhouse Gates

Malazan Book of the Fallen #2

Steven Erikson

4 Stars

 

I just realized, the Sha’ik rebellion ISN’T the Pannion Domin. I kind of skimmed over that fact last time. The question I have, is Icarium, a Jahg, the same thing as a Jaghut? Or are those different things? So many details just not explained. Hopefully more explanations in the later books.

Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen #1)

Gardens of the Moon

Malazan Book of the Fallen #1

Steven Erikson

4 Stars

 

definitely appreciated this more the second time around of reading. It really helps knowing a general outline of what is happening so you can comprehend the details.

Cobra Alliance (Cobra War #1)

Cobra Alliance

Cobra War #1

Timothy Zahn

246 Pages

2 Stars

 

A start of a new Cobra trilogy. However, it doesn’t start very promising in my opinion.

In the other cobra books, Zahn starts each new story with a new generation and doesn’t include the old generation very much at all. A clean break. It worked well.

He doesn’t do that here.

Jin Moreau Broom gets a message for help from Qasam and it turns out another Troft Demesne is taking it over to kidnap all the spine leopards to let loose on the main Cobra World to distract the Cobra’s while they take over the Cobra Worlds. It deals with Jin, some of her children and a bunch of Cobra-wannabe Qasamans.

Zahn focuses more on the Qasamam “cobras” than on the real ones. And the whole Qasaman paranoia thing wore thin. Let the Cobra’s kick Troft butt. And that just wasn’t what was happening.

 

Given this is a trilogy, the storyline is going to be stretched out, but still, this opening felt weak compared to the first 2 cobra books. Of course, time and memory might be biasing me against it.

New Moon

New Moon

Twilight #2

Stephanie Meyer

Urban Fantasy

1 Star

 

my final foray into the Twilight universe.

This book sucked. Bella was a completely selfish, self-centered, suicidal, insecure, self-lying bitch. If this is the type of character teen girls want to read about and emulate, then we are all doomed.

But maybe we’ll get lucky and all those stupid types will just off themselves and do the world a favor. Maybe that is actually Meyer’s sinister secret plan. A kind of Literary Eugenics Master Plan? LEMP for short 😉

The Riftwar Saga

Magician (Apprentice and Master)

Silverthorn

A Darkness at Sethanon

Raymond Feist

Fantasy

4 Stars

 

the complete original Riftwar Saga, which includes Magician, Silverthorn and A Darkness At Sethanon. After having idolized this series from my highschool days, it was good to re-read it with a more mature reading taste. It still stands tall :-). A fantastic tale. A bit unpolished, but given it was Feist’s first series, to be expected. Adventure and magic and fighting and bad bad guys and good good guys. I like this and would still recommend it.

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians (Alcatraz Versus #1)

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians

Alcatraz Versus #1

Brandon Sanderson

Fantasy

5 Stars

 

Oh my. What a tale. Cross A Series of Unfortunate Events with something light, upbeat and funny, with a dash of the Mistborn non-hero, and this is what you get.

I laughed the entire way through the book. A thirteen year old boy finds out that he is an Ocularist and must fight evil Librarians, who want to box and order everything. His grandfather helps him along with 2 cousins and a 13year old girl who is a knight. Their powers are hilarious. Alcatraz can break things. His grandfather can be late for anything, his cousins can trip and speak gibberish.

I don’t know how this will hold up to repeated readings, but on a first read, it was GREAT!

Twilight (Twilight Saga#1)

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Twilight Saga #1

Stephanie Meyer

YA

3 Stars

 

 

17year old girl moves in with her dad in a small town in Washington. Going to her highschool are what turn out to be 5 vampires. She falls in love with one, and he with her. They are ‘vegetarian’ vamps, eating only animal blood. Another group of vamps come in and one is taken with the girl. He decides to hunt her. The vege-vamps rally around her and save her and destroy the bad vamp.

This is the epitome of young-girl romanticism. Undying love, mysterious rugged lover, etc, etc. Meyer’s did a good job of capturing what it feels like to be in love for the first time. I suspect that the girl will be turned in later novels.

I kind of enjoyed this, a guilty, embarrassing pleasure.

 

 

 

Through Wolf’s Eyes

Through Wolf’s Eyes

Wolf #1

Jane Lindskold

4 Stars

 

A young girl, raised by Royal wolves [bigger and smarter] is taken back to medieval civilization as the possible heir of a kingdom. Turns out she isn’t, but she ends up saving the King and helping the kingdom.

The first in at least 6 Wolf novels. This was a very enjoyable read. There was NO angst, no bitter self-recriminations. The author kept the emotional tone of the book upbeat, forward moving and didn’t let you get mired in despair and the past.

Worth getting in hardback.

Demon Deathchase

Demon Deathchase

Vampire Hunter D #3

Hideyuki Kikuchi

Light Novel

1 Star

 

D, in direct competition with a clan of Hunters, goes after a Vampire who has absconded with a willing woman. The pair are trying to get to space to escape. Pretty much everybody but D dies. No loose ends that way.

I have one more VHD book, and that will be it. In this one, a woman is raped, repeatedly by her 4 brothers. Kikuchi is one sick ******.

 

Thirteenth Child

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Thirteenth Child

Frontier Magic #1

Patricia Wrede

4 stars

344 pages

 

 

Wrede turns her hand to the Americas, and specifically the Frontiers. Taking place in the mid 1800’s, this is about a girl, whose brother is the 7th son of a seventh son, and she is the 13th child.

Grows up thinking she is somehow bad because of being unlucky number 13, until the family moves west to help expand a college town. This is the pioneer story, like Caddy Woodlawn or Laura Ingals Wilder, with magic. This story ends with Eff, the girl, saving some pioneers by using a non-conventional way with some magic in dealing with some magical bugs. Sounds kind of funny, but this was a good book and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the series as it comes out.