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review 2016-07-08 00:00
Quid Pro Quo
Quid Pro Quo - Manna Francis Three years after I've read the free stories online, I thought it about time to finally catch up with the infamous Selman Case. It turned out to be one of the best "plotty" stories in this series - and I've always been more interested in the plot-focused instalments than in the relationship-focused ones.
Quid Pro Quo is a very solid police procedural about kidnapping, corporate sabotage, and the usual Administration politics. Watching Toreth at work is always fun, and I kind of wish I'd read this sooner, then I wouldn't have doubted his intelligence for as long as I did.
This story also shows some classic Warrick moments of opportunistic hypocrisy and... wilful ignorance is too soft an expression for his behaviour. I mean, he undergoes great effort to not see what is right before his eyes. „I'm fucking you, not your job“, my ass! There are very, very few authors who manage to write characters that make me so angry – until I get these characters' POV and fall in love with them all over again. That's brilliant writing, no less.
And frankly, I always have to laugh a bit when I read the reviews fretting about Toreth's chronic infidelity and his (alledged) sociopathic tendencies, culminating in a chorus of „Warrick deserves better“ - because seriously, dear Keir might not be a torturing rapist, but he's by far the worst of the whole lot.
Anyhow, brilliant Manna Francis is brilliant. I just hope to see book #9 sometime soon this year.
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review 2016-03-29 09:56
This feels like...
Blood & Circuses - Manna Francis


The main story and the Toreth & Warrick bits would've earned a higher rating, but the B-C lead investigation confused me. (I'm pretty sure the author forgot the history she created for the character earlier.)


I don't know what to do with myself now. Sit on hands and wait for the next story? Sounds plausible.




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text 2016-03-26 16:27
Seven things about The Administration series
Mind Fuck - Manna Francis
Quid Pro Quo - Manna Francis
Games & Players - Manna Francis
Control - Manna Francis
Quis Custodiet - Manna Francis
First Against the Wall - Manna Francis
For Certain Values of Family - Manna Francis
Blood & Circuses - Manna Francis

1. Mind Fuck: A brilliant, stand alone book. Dystopian, erotica, gay and bisexual. Introduces Toreth (my favourite) and Warrick (the very near runner up).


2. Quid Pro Quo: Oh, look it's a series now, and maybe somewhat a misstep considering the rest of the series, but it and the shorts after are important for the characters and their development. Really, you need to read this in order to get to...


3. Games & Players: Hey, we're back to what really matters, that is to say there's more Warrick and Torreth. And then there's Carnac, who you love to hate except when you forget the love part. But honestly, we all end up thanking Carnac in the end. Truly.


4. Control: Oh, look we're back to character development and it's weighty in substance. Try counting the ways the title could reference to the content.


5. Quis Custodiet: This is the one that fades from memory, mostly because Control was so much better. At 33 I understand the characters a bit better than I did at 31, and so the ending isn't *as* bad as it was the first time I read it.


6. First Against the Wall: My. Favourite. It's all about showing the love, and suffering, but mostly all about the love. And suffering. Carnac's back. And you'll thank him again. I promise. Sort of.


7. For Certain Values of Family: It's in the top three with Mind Fuck and First Against the Wall. The series just keeps getting better and it's lovely to know that all those earlier books actually lead up to a payoff. Of sorts. Because this is not the end...


+ Book 8: Blood & Circuses. I need to start that.


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review 2016-03-26 15:52
All caught up!
For Certain Values of Family - Manna Francis

Oh, the horror.


Now I get to pick up the new book and read more of Toreth and Warrick. Words I've never read before (in this sequence of these two characters).

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text 2016-02-16 19:15
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 264 pages.
Mind Fuck - Manna Francis

A series reread before I get to the new book. I've missed Toreth and this world so much.

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