by Taylor Anderson
Ebook, 400 Pages
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was blown away.
This is a non-stop, seat of your pants, drag me along action sequence. It was exactly what I needed to de-stress today.
I was dragged along the emotional ups and downs right along with Cap’n Matt. Don’t know why things resonated so, but I felt a real connection with his battle with despair against impossible odds.
As for the bestiality hinted at in the previous books, it is expounded on slightly in this book. I realized though, that it wasn’t really talking about bestiality, because these are sentient creatures, and it IS sailors we are reading about. We’ll have to wait and see how cross-species interaction works out. Definitely not over the top or lewd. It is just taking into account how deprived sailors, with no women, would react to females of another sentient species.
Into the Storm
by Taylor Anderson
Ebook, 400 Pages
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I had no idea what this series was about, hadn’t even read a blurb, before I started it.
So I was under the impression it was about super robots, or mecha, or ninja’s or something. I mean, come on, Destroyermen? Sounds like an army of unstoppable killer thingies to me!
Little did I know I was wandering into the dark of Alt-History. Shudder.
However, it turned out ok. It was an interesting story, but it seemed a little too easier for them to solve their supply problems. The Spectre of Bestiality raises its ugly head, and that was one reason I only gave this 3 stars instead of 4.
I am looking forward to more in this series.
Into the Darkness
World at War #1
DTB, 684 Pages
Fantasy, even though it is almost alternate history. Seems to be a World War II’ish story but in another world that has magic. It was well written and even interesting, but I don’t know if I really want to read more of the series simply because it is a big investment of time. And I just don’t care enough to read a war history. Turtledove also throws in completely unnecessarily graphic sexual descriptions and situations.
Seems to be an alternate history fantasy more than just a fantasy. Well written and enjoyable, but not interesting enough for me to want to read any more in the series. And Turtledove threw in completely unnecessary sexually graphic descriptions that just didn’t add anything but lasciviousness to the overall plot.
Victory of Eagles
Now this was a good story. Napolean has landed in England and the English are in shambles. Lots of politic’ing and Laurence and Temeraire are allowed to do what they need to. Fighting and dragons making their own tactics, quite interesting. Ends with Napolean’s army being smashed and Britain liberated. Laurence is exiled to Australia and Temeraire too, since the House of Lords don’t want a rogue dragon around. Hopefully Novik’s next book will follow in the action vein of this one.
Alvin Maker #5
A good ending, imo, to the Alvin Maker series. Alvin has gathered a group of people with knacks who believe in the Crystal City like he does. But the book ends as they are setting out. Card does not make the mistake of actually showing the Making of the City, for that will be Heaven on Earth, and no man knows how to accurately write that out.
Alvin Maker #3
Alvin’s apprenticeship as a blacksmith, but it is also his apprenticeship as a Maker. Very good story, but a little to graphic right at the beginning.
Alvin Maker #2
This takes the viewpoint of the Indian who becomes The Prophet mentioned in 7th Son. A bit too much of “redman is just SO in touch with the land and practically perfect and the whiteman is nothing but evil”. Other than that, it was a good story.
Alvin Maker #1
an alternate history of the USA. Frontiers time, about a boy who is the 7th son of a 7th son. He can do things, and it becomes apparent that he is to walk a greater path than most. This book ends when he is 10. There are several more in this series, I look forward to reading them.
Brilliance of the Moon
Tales of the Otori #3
81 / 3 stars
The final sentence. I was depressed. 4 battles to win, 1 to lose. The one Takeo loses overshadows the others. He and Kaede are separated, surrounded by death, betrayal[by people, the elements and seemingly fate itself] and weakness. The last chapter shows the happy ending, but you don’t get to travel along. You are dragged thru the mud of the sadness, then abruptly going to a party. No time to collect yourself, clean up, and prepare for the good stuff.