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review 2017-09-21 05:35
Spiders in Space
Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky

I bought the book based on the blurb thinking I had an idea of what the story was about. Well...I wasn't entirely wrong but had I known it was partly about a race of giant, intelligent spiders I probably wouldn't have picked it up because a) I really can't stand the beasts and b) it would have sounded too ridiculous for my taste. However, I started to read it and once I realised what was going on I somehow wanted to find it silly but I couldn't, I got entirely drawn in. The civilisation building was amazing - I'm always in awe of someone who can imagine something like that. It did drag a little in places but I think that was just because I wanted to find out what was going to happen. When it came to the show-down I couldn't decide who I wanted to win. It felt like a mixture of Doctor Who's Planet of the Spiders mixed with The Face of Evil episodes (yes, I am a Doctor Who fan) add some Rama to it and finish it all off with Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora and still it had a flavour all of its own. Fantastic!

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review 2017-08-12 18:21
Dragonfly Falling by Adrian Tchaikovksy
Dragonfly Falling - Adrian Tchaikovsky

Series: Shadows of the Apt #2

 

Adrian Tchaikovsky's earlier books aren't quite as good as his later books, but they're still entertaining. This one took me quite a while to get through for a variety of reasons, but in my defence, it's a good 700 pages.

 

This installment brings war to the Lowlands in the form of battles for ant cities and a siege of Collegium. Each city battle doesn't actually take all that long, so I'm not sure they quite qualify as sieges, but I'm not sure what other word would be more appropriate. The plot was interesting and the battles were handled well, but I think the sheer amount of war in this one became a bit of a grind. Part of that was the subplot with Totho, which I wasn't sure I really liked at first.

 

I'll admit that I was starting to doubt whether I really wanted to continue with this series partway through the book because of the aforementioned sensation of the machinery of war just grinding along, but the ending and resolution helped rekindle my interest so I'll definitely slot the next one into my reading schedule at some point. This is most definitely not a series I'd want to read all ten books of at once though.

 

My copy had the newer cover:

 

 

I like it better, so I'm adding it here.

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text 2017-08-01 02:47
Reading progress update: I've read 30%.
Dragonfly Falling - Adrian Tchaikovsky

This translates to 206 pages if you take the total to be 688 like on the BL edition page or 216 if you take Kobo's 721. Either way, this gets me $6 for my booklikes-opoly bank for my Free Friday read that's been dragging for weeks because other books have taken priority. I'm not abandoning the book and I'm going to continue reading it tonight, but I doubt I'll get to another dollar threshold before midnight. It's good, but not enthralling.

 

Final booklikes-opoly bank total: $269

 

By the way, this book could be summarized as: everyone's going to war! And we haven't run out of new Kinden yet.

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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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