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review 2018-05-06 16:20
5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior - Boya Sun,Matt Rockefeller,Xanthe Bouma,Mark A. Siegel,Alexis Siegel

In true Ghibli-style artwork, every turn of a page reveals a brilliant new set of colors. This would make a stunning animated film, maybe Studio Ponoc could do it or Dreamworks based on their amazing CG sand work in Rise of the Guardians. It was a little difficult at first to get into the story with so many different words unique to this universe thrown about and there is so much put in bold that if it's supposed to be the character's emphasizing all of them in one speak bubble, it makes the dialogue sound off. There was a lot of that, but the artwork - for me - makes up for it, it's a graphic novel and a wonderfully crafted one at that. Can't wait to read the second volume!

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review 2018-03-24 18:02
All Good Things by Emma Newman
All Good Things: The Split Worlds - Book Five - Emma Newman

Series: The Split Worlds #5

 

*Mild spoilers but nothing that isn't hinted at earlier in the series*

 

This was the last installment in the Split Worlds series and it was great! The Split Worlds is an urban fantasy series that features Cathy, a woman who grew up in the Nether (a kind of pocket dimension that divides our world, Mundanus, from the world of the Fae) under the patronage of the Fae. She wasn't keen on spending the rest of her days under the yoke of this ultra-conservative society (people don't age in the Nether, so the people in charge were born hundreds of years ago), so she arranges to go to university and then runs away.

 

The series starts off with her being dragged backed to her family kicking and screaming to be married off, and as the series progresses she tries to find avenues to be a force for change from within. This book starts off with her having run away from her husband and her learning more about sorcery (note: the sorcerers in this universe are pretty awesome but are also major dickwads) and then she finds herself in a position with the possibility of burning the whole thing down. Should she help merge the Fae reality with the mundane world and would this essentially mean condemning the people who have lived in the Nether with the expectation of living more or less indefinitely to death by eventual old age?

 

Well, read to find out. I definitely recommend this series. I shall have to pick up the last three books in audio so that I can enjoy them again on a reread.

 

I just keep picturing the final world having the possibilities of that episode of Doctor Who where time got broken.

(spoiler show)

 

Previous updates:

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Review of fourth book

Review of third book

Review of second book audiobook

Review of first book audiobook

Review of second book

Review of first book

 

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text 2018-03-22 23:58
Reading progress update: I've read 66%.
All Good Things: The Split Worlds - Book Five - Emma Newman

I'm having quite a lot of fun with this one, so I thought I'd share some of the quotes I'd highlighted.

 

49%:

“I’ll look through the desk, you look for a safe.”
“The deeds won’t be in there,” Cathy said, heading over to the nearest painting of bleak moorland.
“I agree. I just want to see what he keeps in here.”

49%:

Catching a glimpse of the mundane clothing previously hidden by the large cloak, her uncle raised an eyebrow. “Catherine, dear, I assumed that all was not well in your marriage, considering your eagerness to expose your father-in-law’s crime, but…trousers? Are you quite well?”

53%:

“I would find that very difficult, my Lord. I feel most passionately about this.”
He seemed interested again. “How passionately?”
This was it, the thing she feared the most. The moment of self-sacrifice she had always known would come. “I would be willing to…to go to extraordinary lengths to earn your support for our freedom, my Lord.”
“Would you be willing to have your soul forged into a little diamond pin I could wear on my cravat?”

Oh, Lord Poppy.

 

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review 2017-12-26 23:23
A Little Knowledge by Emma Newman
A Little Knowledge: The Split Worlds - Book Four - Emma Newman

Series: Split Worlds #4

 

More hijinks and suspense with the Fae and others and well-meaning characters acting at cross purposes. I was almost tempted to dive into the last one right away but I think I'll read a couple other things first. 

 

I'm counting this for the Advent book for 16 Festive Tasks "read the 4th book from a favorite series".

 

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text 2017-12-21 04:21
Reading progress update: I've read 28%.
A Little Knowledge: The Split Worlds - Book Four - Emma Newman

She'd left the shop with a bag full of books for her new library, including a hardback with crossed flintlocks on the cover that a random woman in the shop had gushed about. 

 

I see Newman is plugging Adrian Tchaikovsky's Guns of the Dawn. I still need to read that. She's also the audio version's narrator.

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