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review 2018-11-25 01:13
A Dance With Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5)
A Dance with Dragons - George R.R. Martin

Look, Martin, we need to talk. This book came out in 2011. I bought the 5-book bundle in 2013 (on a super sweet Black Friday deal too) and then I waited over two years to start reading this monster of a series. I started A Game of Thrones in Jan 2016 and now here I am finishing A Dance With Dragons in Nov 2018 - AND YOU STILL HAVEN'T FINISHED WINDS OF WINTER! WHAT THE HELL, MAN?


Because let me tell you something about my boy Jon Snow. He is

Azor Ahai reborn, dammit, and so there is no way he can possibly be dead. If he does die, Melisandre's just going to have to resurrect him so he can behead all those assbutts who betrayed him in full-on Stark mode, and that's all there is to it. I will not accept any other outcome.

(spoiler show)

So there! Also, it'll really piss off Catelyn, so bonus points.


Also, what is your obsession with cannibalism? Please stop. Thanks!

Unless it's more Frey pies. Then I'm okay with it. ;) Because screw the Freys.


(spoiler show)


Okay, all that aside, here's a list of people you are allowed to kill off in the next book:


Ramsay Bolton

Victarion Greyjoy

Roose Bolton

Euron Greyjoy

Ser Robert Strong, aka FrankenGregor

Cersei Lannister


I know there are plenty of other candidates for this list, but these are my top choices.

(spoiler show)


Seriously, y'all. This book and A Feast For Crows were both a dragging headache and the most brutal thing I've read. Martin has this way of taking characters I despise and making me feel unending empathy for them to the point I'm actually rooting for them (Jaime and Theon) or at least feeling kinda sorry for them while still hoping that they die soon because they are the WORST EVER (Cersei). And while I want Dany to get the hell out of Meereen already, I'm still endlessly fascinated by the chapters set there and seeing how she navigates (sometimes well, but mostly unsuccessfully) leadership and politics. She and Jon have similar journeys here, and while they both have no idea what they're doing, they're both doing the best they can.


And the dragons! OMG, I was starting to worry that title was one big troll, but the dragons are amazing. Moqorro's the troll, if you ask me. At least I hope he is, because if anyone here needs to die worse than the rancid slime turd that is Ramsay, it's that decaying dick worm Victarion (and his brother but Euron wasn't in this book).


Arya's still kicking names and taking ass, Tyrion got a little dark here but it was interesting to see him trying to navigate the world without relying on his name, and Bran just broke my heart. Rickon, the forgotten Stark, is still MIA. Davos, my Onion Knight, 

is not dead. I KNEW IT!

(spoiler show)

and even though I despise nearly all the Ironborn, I do enjoy Asha's POV. She's most the decent of the bunch, after the Reader. Melisandre's still shady as hell. All these prophecies and conspiracies and subterfuges and whatnot - Martin's walls must be covered in post-it notes to keep this all straight. I don't know how the man does it.


I still think A Storm of Swords is the best of the bunch so far, but I'm going to try reading these last two books in chronological order when I do a reread and see if that helps with some of the pacing issues or makes them worse, lol.

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text 2018-11-18 17:47
Reading progress update: I've read 90%.
A Dance with Dragons - George R.R. Martin






*sobbing in denial*


Jon is NOT dead! And he's not Cesar, you regurgitated mealworms! "For the Watch" my ass!

(spoiler show)
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text 2018-11-17 07:51
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review 2018-10-24 19:21
Dance of Thieves- slow beginning but SO worth it in the end!!
Dance of Thieves - Mary E. Pearson

I've got to be completely honest, the first time I started this book I didn't like it. I thought it was boring and a bit trite BUT I wanted to give it a fair shot so after a short hiatus I plunged right back in. The second time around it felt like I picked up a completely different book. I'm not sure if it was just the headspace I was in or if the story just needed a little more time to come together BUT whatever the reason, the change was dramatic. So, if you are stalled in the beginning and are questioning its worthiness then I am here to advise you to dig in and keep going because it is SO worth it!!


I absolutely LOVED this book!! Is there a yummy romance? Yes! Is it an insta-love? Heck no and thank the literary gods for that because it was a hate --> love slow burn, just the way it should be. Did it manhandle and overtake the entire plot you might ask? I'm happy to report that it was just the right amount of Amore. Though there were no sexy-time scenes the rapport was sweet yet palpable.

Did I mention the writing? WELL the writing turned out to be far from trite. It was compelling and sonorous though not so cutesy as to be nauseatingly saccharine. I also loved the riddles, especially the last one, they were well worded and helped move the plot in a fun way. I have to admit that I have not read the Remnant Chronicles (yet) but after having been gifted and then devouring this book I will definitely be checking out the previous series which happens to be set in the same world AND what a world it is!! There are assassins and cowboys and dirty captains/magistrates/cousins/kings(?!?) et al. There is Love and betrayal and devious machinations abound AND did you say you like your characters armed and dangerous? If you're in the market for some kickass female characters then this book is for you! The world building is lush and the characters are expertly crafted. I loved SO many of them I won't give a list BUT I will give honorable mention to our two MCs, our dueling POV voices, swoon worthy Jase and our uncommon thief Kazi...they were both beatific/ relatable/damaged/imperfectly human and their trials (as well as their budding affection for one another) felt torturous...in a good way.

Overall, this was such a happy surprise that I am both kicking myself for not reading it sooner and glowing because I got to savor it longer. I dreaded reaching the end and MAN what an ending it was! Warning: there is a cliffhanger so if you are not into stewing in a batch of What-if(s) for a while then maybe you should wait until the next book is out before starting this one...BUT definitely start this at some point, you won't be disappointed!! Personally I'm going to sit in a corner and stew until August 2019 when book #2, Vow of Thieves, comes out.


*** I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ***

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review 2018-10-16 15:35
Sie waren nie für einander bestimmt
The Killing Dance - Laurell K. Hamilton

Laurell K. Hamiltons Urban Fantasy – Reihe „Anita Blake“ war stets als Mehrteiler konzipiert. Nach dem College las sie viele Krimis und fand, dass Frauen dort grundsätzlich weniger taff als Männer auftraten. Sie wünschte sich eine Heldin, die in allen Bereichen mindestens ebenso gut wie Männer war. Sie entschied, in der Welt dieser Heldin parallel ihre Vorliebe für Folklore und Mythologie auszuleben. Die Idee zu „Anita Blake“ war geboren. Sobald dieser Ansatz gefestigt war, wusste sie, dass sie keinen Einzelband schreiben würde. Ihr war damals hingegen nicht klar, wie stark Romantik die Geschichte beeinflussen würde. Erst mit dem vierten Band „The Lunatic Cafe“ gestand sie sich ein, wie wichtig diese Ebene für „Anita Blake“ ist. Diese Erkenntnis war meiner Meinung nach die Voraussetzung für den sechsten Band „The Killing Dance“.


Es gibt schlimmere Schicksale als den Tod. Als der Vampir Sabin Anita Blakes Büro betritt, muss sie sich sehr zusammenreißen, um ihren Ekel zu verbergen: Sabin verfault bei lebendigem Leib. Er bittet um ihre Hilfe als mächtige Nekromantin. Anita ist nicht sicher, wie und ob sie seine Erkrankung heilen kann, ist jedoch bereit, es zu versuchen. Wären da nur nicht all die anderen Probleme, die ihre Aufmerksamkeit erfordern. Irgendjemand hat ein Kopfgeld auf sie ausgesetzt. Mit Edwards Unterstützung bemüht sie sich redlich, allen Auftragskillern aus dem Weg zu gehen und zu ermitteln, wer sie diesmal tot sehen will, aber sie kann sich nicht völlig aus der Schusslinie heraushalten. Eine zeremoniell hingerichtete Vampirleiche, Ärger in Richards Werwolfsrudel und ihr eigenes, chaotisches Liebesleben halten sie fleißig auf Trab. Anita ist so beschäftigt, dass sie nicht bemerkt, dass ihr die Gefahr bereits näher ist, als sie glaubt…


„The Killing Dance“ erwischte mich kalt. Ich habe das Buch schon einmal auf Deutsch als „Tanz der Toten“ gelesen, ordnete meine Erinnerungen an die Handlung allerdings späteren Bänden zu. Ich war nicht darauf vorbereitet, bereits so früh im Rahmen meines Rereads mit einem der traurigsten, tragischsten Bände der Reihe konfrontiert zu werden. Mein Herz blutet. Es war unglaublich schmerzhaft, Anita und Richard dabei zu beobachten, wie sie sich permanent gegenseitig verletzen. Dennoch mochte ich „The Killing Dance“ sehr, weil ich den akuten Fall trotz mehrerer Komponenten im Vergleich zu „Bloody Bones“ erfreulich klar strukturiert, rund und in sich geschlossen fand und er bezüglich der übergreifenden Geschichte sehr aufschlussreich ist. Laurell K. Hamilton etabliert einige der Hauptkonflikte der Reihe, gewährt tiefe Einblicke in die von Dominanz geprägte Hierarchie eines Werwolfsrudels und erklärt Anitas belastete Beziehungen zu verschiedenen Figuren, darunter sie selbst, Jean-Claude, Dolph, Edward (von jeher mein liebster Nebencharakter) und eben auch Richard. Ihr betrübliches Drama trägt entscheidend zum Verständnis von Anitas Persönlichkeit bei und bot mir reichlich Gelegenheit zur Analyse. Die Anziehungskraft und die Gefühle, die Richard und Anita füreinander empfinden, stehen außer Frage, doch sie harmonieren einfach nicht. Liebe allein reicht eben nicht aus. Ich glaube, sie sind hauptsächlich in die Idee voneinander verliebt, die mit der Realität ihrer Beziehung katastrophal kollidiert. Zwischen Anita und Richard geht es stets darum, wer das furchteinflößendere Monster ist. Sie können einander nicht so akzeptieren, wie sie sind, weil sie sich selbst nicht akzeptieren können. Sie lehnen die inhumane Brutalität, die in ihnen beiden schlummert, sowohl in sich selbst als auch im jeweils anderen ab. Richards Wolf erzeugt eine Resonanz mit Anitas Düsternis; Anitas Bereitwilligkeit, zu töten, die sie sogar dominant in sein Rudel integriert, erinnert ihn an die kompromisslose Skrupellosigkeit seiner animalischen Seite. Er verlangt von ihr, sein Tier zu umarmen, kann es aber selbst nicht. In „The Killing Dance“ entscheidet er, ihr seinen Wolf in voller Pracht zu präsentieren und wählt dafür den krassesten Augenblick, der überhaupt möglich war. Extremer konnte er den Kontrast zwischen Wolf und Mensch gar nicht betonen. Das riecht nach Sabotage, denn er hätte Anitas ersten Kontakt mit seinem tierischen Ich durchaus schonender gestalten können. Ich werfe Anita nicht vor, dass sie Schwierigkeiten hat, diese traumatische Situation zu verarbeiten und kann nachvollziehen, dass ihr Jean-Claude, mit dem sie die Illusion, er wäre ein Mensch, deutlich leichter aufrechtzuerhalten vermag und der weder seine noch ihre Natur verleugnet, automatisch attraktiver erscheint. Ich denke mittlerweile, dass Richard und Anita nie füreinander bestimmt waren. Sie sind nicht fähig, die Wunschvorstellungen voneinander zu erfüllen und hadern mit den daraus resultierenden Implikationen: einen weißen Gartenzaun kann es für sie niemals geben.


Ich weiß, dass meine Rezension den Eindruck vermitteln könnte, „The Killing Dance“ hätte außer Herz-Schmerz-Drama wenig zu bieten. Das stimmt nicht. Es ist ein wirklich aufregender, spannender und atemloser Band, der mich auch neben meiner Lieblingsbeschäftigung, Anita zu analysieren, sehr gut unterhalten und einige Male überrascht hat. Für andere Leser_innen sind Elemente wie das Kopfgeld oder der abstoßende Vampir Sabin vielleicht präsenter, aber ich konzentriere mich gern auf Anitas Liebesleben, weil die Entwicklung ihres Charakters, die sich darin spiegelt, für mich der interessanteste Aspekt der Reihe ist. Sie ist der Grund, warum ich diesen Mehrteiler sogar im Rahmen der von Stereotypen geplagten Urban Fantasy als einzigartig ansehe. Vampire, Werwölfe, Nekromanten – alles schon da gewesen, doch Anita ist ein echtes Original. Nehmt es mir also nicht übel, dass es mir so viel Spaß bereitet, ihre Persönlichkeit zu entschlüsseln und mich lang und breit darüber auszulassen. Irgendwo muss ein Fangirl ihren Gedanken ja freien Lauf lassen können. ;-)

Source: wortmagieblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/16/laurell-k-hamilton-the-killing-dance
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