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review 2014-04-27 21:27
The White Road
The White Road - Lynn Flewelling

Started this immediately after book 4, and will likely barge on ahead to book 6 after I finish typing. I think I'm just going to from now on ignore the lackluster reviews from old disappointed fans of the Nightrunners series. I just don't feel the same way. Yes, these new books have a different feel from the first three, with a lot more emphasis on the magic. However, I found it all really fascinating, this new change in their adventuring, and couldn't stop reading. We finally find out about the self-exile of Alec's clan and their closely guarded secret. The whole idea of the tayan'gil, or the white child, was really interesting and Sebrahn just became an even more creepy and adorable character. I became really fond of the little guy and 

really wanted them to keep him...It was really heartbreaking to see him just leave Alec without a backwards glance.

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 The writing is definitely a lot stronger than in book 4 and so it feels like the writer's finally getting her groove back after that long hiatus. I agree with Ayanna-some reviewers are relieved that Alec and Seregril seem to be heading back to their roots and nightrunning antics at the end of this book, but I really enjoyed this whole magic-centered arc. But I'm also curious to see what new twists and ideas are next and to see what will happen when they return to the web of distrust and suspicion at court.(

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review 2014-04-27 21:24
Shadows Return
Shadows Return - Lynn Flewelling

I guess it goes to show that sometimes I -shouldn't- listen to reviews on here (GR). This has remained my favorite lgbt fantasy series, and I soared through the first three books. However, I took a long break because all of the reviews on Amazon and then most on here were very discouraging about book 4, written a decade later. 

I can understand some of the disappointments, but I didn't think it was quite all that bad at all. Maybe I was just in a very patient mood. The writing did seem more YA-ish compared to the first three (though the content isn't really YA), and I'm attributing that to the fact that her writing quality suffered from the ten year break. It's unfortunate, but it wasn't a stark difference and it didn't detract from my investment in the story. And I think it's still eons above the average MM writing (maybe not a good standard to hold to). These are still the same beloved and engaging characters, Alec and Seregril, after all. 

This book was really their most grim adventure, as they are separated from each other and subject to levels of abuse (nothing too explicit or bad) for most of the book. The previous books showed off extensive world-building, with them traveling to interesting and far-off lands. This book had a claustrophobic setting, so I understand the frustrations some people had with the pacing.

For me, I didn't mind the fact that compared to the first three books, the action level was very low and their relationship took a bigger focus here. I saw this as a transitional book. Important things happened that finally made sense of the rest of Alec's strange prophecy. Plus I loved the introduction of Serahn-true, he was supposed to be creepy sometimes...but his child-like innocence made him at once pitiable and absolutely adorable. His powers were also really intriguing. At the end of the book, I was left eager to see how he would affect the dynamic between Alec and Seregril and what consequences they will have to face now. Book 5 is already loaded on my phone.(less)
 
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review 2014-03-17 00:00
The Nightrunners (Mass Market)
The Nightrunners (Mass Market) - Joe R. Lansdale,Dean Koontz This book did not disappoint.

I'm not sure exactly where The Nightrunners lies in Lansdale's chronology, but that it is one of his earlier works is a frequently-mentioned fact. Although somewhat uneven in style and tone (especially through the middle section), this book is written with such a hunger and raw passion that I can't imagine any fan of Lansdale's horror not loving this one.

The language drips with creativity, and even though the end wasn't as wildly creative as I expected it would be, coming from Lansdale, it still certainly satisfied. Overall a nice mix of vivid imagery, violence and the supernatural.

A 5-star must-read for any true horror fan.
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review 2013-01-14 00:00
The Nightrunners
The Nightrunners - Joe R. Lansdale Far from my favorite Lansdale. An early novel that suffers from typical early novel problems and shows none of the lyricism with language or literal restraint that classifies the author's best work. An ugly story about ugly people told in a fairly unpleasant manner. Lansdale only got better from here.
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review 2012-03-30 00:00
Nightrunners of Bengal - John Masters John Masters dramatisation with Michael Cochrane and Eva Haddon.wiki sourced synopsis: The novel is set at the time of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. The central character, Captain Rodney Savage, is an officer in a Bengal Native Infantry regiment. Restless with garrison life, he is still devoted to his regiment and its sepoys (Indian soldiers).In spite of his empathy with the sepoys Savage does not realise that fear and resentment are driving them to intrigue with local rulers and other conspirators against the rule of the British East India Company.The complacent life of the British community in Bengal is shattered by the Rebellion. Most of the British officers of the Bhowani garrison and their families (including Savage's wife) are killed in the outbreak or subsequently murdered.Savage escapes the massacre along with his infant son and an English woman, Caroline Langford. The small group of refugees are sheltered by sympathetic Indian villagers.For some time Savage's sense of betrayal and loss drives him into insane hatred of all Indians and he kills an Indian officer who was his friend. Eventually the humanity and tolerance of the villagers, combined with his growing love for Caroline, enable him to recover and to reach the British forces gathering to suppress the rebellion and infected with their own hatred and desire for revenge.In a final clash an emotionally torn Savage fights against his own former regiment. Ironically it is a charge by Indian cavalry, who have remained loyal to the British, which turns the tide of battle.The "Nightrunners" in the title are messengers who distributed chapatis, shortly before the outbreak of the rebellion. This mysterious historic incident remains unexplained.
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