Thraxas Under Siege (Thraxas #8)

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Title: Thraxas Under Siege
Series: Thraxas #8
Author: Martin Scott
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: SFF
Pages: 272
Format: Kindle digital edition

 

Synopsis:   Spoiler

Turai is besieged by the orcs. Everyone, including Thraxas, must pull duty on the walls. At the same time, it gets out that there is an artifact that can raise storms and it is missing. If it falls into the hands of the Orcs, Turai is doomed. The head mistress of the Sorcerer’s guild hires Thraxas to find said artifact. He is also hired to find 14,000 gurans of hidden treasure, the finders fee which will enable Thraxas to get in on a high stakes card game. Because hey, being under siege doesn’t mean life has to stop.

While this is all going on, it is deep winter and the winter malady is hitting people right and left. Sometimes a little to close to Thraxas’s circle of acquaintances. The book ends with the orcs over running Turai and Thraxas dragging Makri and Lisutarius into a boat and escaping.

 

My Thoughts: 

Thraxas is dense. There is no denying it. People literally falling ill, with no symptoms beforehand, as soon as they step into the Avenging Axe and he doesn’t suspect a thing? Throw in that an orcish sorcerer named Dazeez the Unseen is known to be out and about and you have to roll your eyes.

This was exactly like the previous books. Thraxas complain, Thraxas eats and fights, people harass Thraxas, Makri prances around in her chain mail bikini, Thraxas ignores said spectacle. Thraxas solves some of the issues and not others.

The card game was the highlight for me. In it Thraxas is playing against an orcish sorcerer and other high lords of Turai. The stakes are Makri’s hand in marriage or the storm artifact. What a game.

The ending was ok.  It could either be taken as the end of the story and series, or just a temporary set back. In the omnibus edition, this is the last story but i know there are 2 more, as I have them in my tbr list. So I’m wondering if Martin ended the series and then picked it back up again. I am glad to know that there are more Thraxas stories. We all need more stories about fat gluttons who are more worried about their bellies than beautiful women. Even beautiful women who fill out chainmail bikinis 😀

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Thraxas at War (Thraxas #7)

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Title: Thraxas at War

Series: Thraxas

Author: Martin Scott

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 272

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

Synopsis:

While the war council for Turai is in session, a Senator is murdered and Lodius is the main suspect. Lodius’ wife hires Thraxas to prove his innocence. Thraxas reluctantly takes the case. The orcs pull a sneak attack on Turai with the help of a traitor and while the city survives, no allies are going to be able to help for months.

Thraxas solves the case but it is completely overshadowed by the traitor and the war. Ends with Turai under siege.

 

My Thoughts:

This really sucked me in. A lot of the time the “mystery” doesn’t do much for me and I just swing along for the ride. But for whatever reason, this time around, it just sucked me in.

The war story is bigger than one book so while this is the start, it doesn’t conclude anything or even really continue. I guess I’ll have to read the next book or 3 to finish that.

 

Thraxas and the Dance of Death (Thraxas #6)

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Title: Thraxas and the Dance of Death

Series: Thraxas

Author: Martin Scott

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 256

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

Synopsis:

Lisutarius has lost a priceless gem that helps protect Turai against an orcish invasion. So she hires Thraxas to find it without anyone else finding out. But of course things don’t go quite according to plan and everywhere the gem goes, death follows. So much so that an enterprising fellow starts a betting ring on how many people will die before Thraxas can find the jewel.

An undead sorcerer comes to town to steal the jewel for himself, falls in love with Makri and threatens Thraxas.

 

My Thoughts:

It was nice returning to Turai and watching Thraxas threaten, bluster and bumble his way through yet another investigation.

Things get a little bit more serious as Thraxas must deal with politics, having his investigators license revoked, Tanrose leaving the inn and a possible orc invasion just as the city is being wracked by a dwa epidemic and the elves are weaker than ever.

I tore through this in about 3 lunchbreaks. The only problem is that by the time I get around to writing a review, I’m halfway through the next book and get the details muddled in my head. But I remember having fun reading this, so I think that is enough.

Hominid DNF@5%

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Title: Hominid

Series: —–

Author: R.D. Brady

Rating: 1/2  of 5 Stars

Genre: —-

Pages: Abandoned

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

My Thoughts:

Due to some of the subject matter, I will not be continuing this book or read any others by this author.

Abandoned at 5%

 

 

Obsidian Worlds

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Title: Obsidian Worlds

Series: ——

Author: Jason Werbeloff

Rating: 1 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 247

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

Synopsis:

11 short stories showcasing the writing talents of Jason Werbeloff.

 

My Thoughts:

Filth. Pure and simple. I felt like I had spent the time reading immersed directly in raw sewage from the author’s mind.

Moral and Sexual perversions. Hatred, cruelty and loathing, against self and others. Whenever a character wasn’t completely and deliberately unlikable, they were crass and vulgar to the extreme. And this was not crap writing. Werbeloff does a good job showing his writing chops. Sadly, he wastes it with subject material so vile. The only thing missing was child abuse.

I can only highly recommend skipping this and I know I sure won’t be checking out any other writings by this guy.

Thraxas and the Warrior Monks (Thraxas #2)

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Title: Thraxas and the Warrior Monks

Series: Braxas

Author: Martin Scott

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 256

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

Synopsis:

Thraxas is hired to defend an apprentice who is accused of murdering his master. At the same time, some dolphins want him to find their magic healing stone, 2 rival groups of monks are trying to kill him to recover a 2 ton statue AND a shipment of the king’s gold goes missing. And if that isn’t enough, thugs are after Thraxas as are some of the leaders of the Guards.

In fact, it seems everybody wants Thraxas dead.

 

My Thoughts:

This was complicated, convoluted and fun; in fact, it was just as fun as the previous book. Sometimes, humor across books can change but this keeps the same tenor.

I tried to keep things straight in my head while reading so I could write about it, but half way through I just gave up. I just let the story roll me along like a pebble in the ocean.

When I’m done these Thraxas book, I’ll have to go see if Scott wrote any more.

The Complete Stories #2

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Title: The Complete Stories #2

Series: The Complete Stories

Author: Isaac Asimov

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 560

Format: Kindle digital scan

 

Synopsis:

A large collection of short stories from Isaac Asimov.

 

My Thoughts:

Unfortunately, most of these stories I had already read. So there was almost nothing new and without the shiny of “new”, I can’t say that Asimov’s stories are all that engaging.

Nothing is bad or boring. They just aren’t the type of stories that I want to read again and again. Most of them have a “hook” at the end and if you already know that hook the whole story loses most of its punch. I also found that a large portion of these were longer stories than in volume 1.

I have seen references to a 3rd volume of short stories but as far as I can tell, they were never published. That is too bad because I would like to see a finishing up of all of Asimov’s stories.