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review 2018-09-07 14:41
Nihilist SF: "A Clash of Kings" by George R. R. Martin
A Clash of Kings - George R.R. Martin

It shows how far fantasy has fallen as a genre if people think GOT is the high water mark, but in truth, the "rot" started with Tolkien and his world building, now everybody thinks that a few maps, a few dragons, and providing the nominal GDP of every region in your world, is enough to constitute a 'fantasy' book. I blame Tolkien for making it sound so easy...In its defense, “A Clash of Kings” is one redeeming mark is that it's not Robert Jordan's God awful “Wheel of Time” series, but that's not much of an endorsement, is it? As for “A Clash of Kings”, what do we have? A Medieval soap opera with some fantasy elements tacked on, war of the roses with dragons thrown in for good measure... There is little of metaphor, landscape, or humor. Nihilism is the keyword here, nasty brutish and short, to say nothing of the rampant misogyny that pervades this book at every turn...
 
 
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

 

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text 2018-08-09 01:40
Even more grim than the previous book
We Were Kings - Douglas Graham Purdy,Thomas O'Malley

I didn't it was possible, but this installment of The Boston Saga was even more downbeat and depressing than the last one.

 

Booze, drugs, guns, mobsters, and now the IRA have got involved. Just another day in 1950's Boston.

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review 2018-08-07 19:48
Review: “Kings Rising” (Captive Prince, #3) by C. S. Pacat
Kings Rising - C. S. Pacat

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

 

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review 2018-08-07 14:45
Kings & Queens of England and Scotland
Kings & Queens of England and Scotland - DK Publishing;Plantagenet Somerset Fry

Kings & Queens of England and Scotland by Plantagenet Somerset Fry is a 96-page concise reference book about the monarchs of England, Scotland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom.  Though is primarily focused on the monarchs of England (and successor unions) with each ruler getting their own individual article from 1066-to-present, while the Scottish monarchs were only briefly covered in comparison.  Not all the information given in monarch articles is correct, at least to those readers well versed in history, but overall the book is a good reference book.

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text 2018-08-06 23:19
Reading progress update: I've read 230 out of 384 pages.
We Were Kings - Douglas Graham Purdy,Thomas O'Malley

Boston August 1954 - Temperatures in the high 90's and it's so hot, your clothes stick to your skin. Bad-tempered drivers yelling at people. Red Sox put up a dismal display against the Yankees at Fenway Park.

 

Boston August 2018 - Temperatures in the high 90's and it's so hot, your clothes stick to your skin. Bad-tempered drivers yelling at people. Red Sox put up a dismal display against sweep the Yankees at Fenway Park.

 

I have to smile while I'm in Boston during a heatwave, and reading a book set in Boston during a heatwave, but unlike the book's protagonists, at least my A/C is working, and as an added bonus, I'm not being shot at or beaten up by mobsters. 

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