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review 2017-05-15 01:34
Spiderlight by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Spiderlight - Adrian Tchaikovsky

This book’s blurb didn’t sound very interesting, but I’m glad I went ahead with it anyway. Rather than a boring old fantasy quest adventure (yawn), we get a spider turned into a man (of sorts) who allows us to see the hypocrisy of the characters on the side of the Light. The spider, Nth or Enth (depending on whether he’s in spider or human form), is a creature of Darkness who gets dragged into Dion’s mission to defeat the Dark Lord. Dion, a priestess of the Light, would be an admirable character in any other book, but we rapidly see her flaws and the rigidity of her mindset here.

 

Parts of the book read as a kind of tongue-in-cheek spoof of the typical fantasy adventure, right down the title of the first chapter: Mirkwood Blues. Overall it has some very serious themes among the laughs, though, and I recommend it.

 

I read this for booklikes-opoly’s Adventureland 27 “Read a book by an author whose initials can be found in the name ‘Tarzan’”. At 284 pages, that’s another $3 for my bank, bringing my total to $80.

 

Some updates:

40%

24%

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text 2017-05-14 20:20
Reading progress update: I've read 40%.
Spiderlight - Adrian Tchaikovsky

Awesome retort (and childish):

"Your deacon's a corrupted secondary source!"

I'm easily amused, apparently.

 

You know, in any other book, the priestess Dion would be portrayed as an admirable character, but we see her hypocrisy in her treatment of Nth (the spider). The whole reasoning wherein the creatures of Darkness can't feel pain because only the Light allows you to feel pain (there were a few more details admittedly) has me shaking my head.

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text 2017-05-14 16:13
Reading progress update: I've read 24%.
Spiderlight - Adrian Tchaikovsky

This is so much better than I was expecting.

 

I picked it up just because it was by Adrian Tchaikovsky. If you read the summary or blurb, it doesn't actually sound all that interesting:

The Church of Armes of the Light has battled the forces of Darkness for as long as anyone can remember. The great prophecy has foretold that a band of misfits, led by a high priestess will defeat the Dark Lord Darvezian, armed with their wits, the blessing of the Light and an artifact stolen from the merciless Spider Queen.

 

 

So I was basically expecting fantasy quest blah blah...

 

But the book (or novella as it's marketed) starts off from a giant spider's point of view, one of the offspring of the said Spider Queen ("Mother") who gets sent along with our band of adventurers to show them their path. They find travelling with a giant spider objectionable, however, so their wizard turns him into a spider-like man, the poor thing, and he continues to be one of the point of view characters. So he's technically one of the forces of Darkness and he's travelling with these people who are obsessed with Light (alright, some of them are) who are probably just going to kill him after he helps them and don't consider him a person at all.

 

It it to Adrian Tchaikovsky's credit that he makes me sympathize with the spider character.

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review 2017-02-25 13:34
Children of Time
Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky

Children of Time

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review 2017-02-09 16:01
Empire in Black and Gold (Shadows of the Apt #1)
Empire in Black and Gold - Adrian Tchaikovsky

https://bookstooge.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/empire-in-black-and-gold-shadows-of-the-apt-1/

 

Sorry folks for just the link but since I watched my review of Eyeshield 21 disappear before my eyes here at booklikes in some kind of database refresh/whatever, that was the last straw. I won't be putting this little blurb up again, so as not to bother you.

 

I'll keep putting up links, but that'll be it. Best of luck to you all.

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