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review 2018-03-19 16:32
Gap into Vision / Stephen R. Donaldson
The Gap Into Vision: Forbidden Knowledge - Stephen R. Donaldson

Beautiful, brilliant, and dangerous, Morn Hyland is an ex-police officer for the United Mining Companies--and the target of two ruthless, powerful men.  One is the charismatic ore-pirate Nick Succorso, who sees Morn as booty wrested from his vicious rival, Angus Thermopyle.  thermopyle once made the mistake of underestimating Morn and now he's about to pay the ultimate price.  Both men think they can possess her, but Morn is no one's trophy--and no one's pawn.

Meanwhile, withing the borders of Forbidden Space, wait the Amnioin, an alien race capable of horrific atrocities.  The Amnion want something unspeakable from humanity--and they will go to unthinkable lengths to get it.


Although this is the first series by Donaldson that I can stand to read, I still can’t say that I love it. I’m not sure that I even like it. There really isn’t one character that I can actually identify with—there are one or two that I’m interested in and want to know what happens to them, but I can’t say that I like them. Mind you, that’s not necessary for a novel but it does make it easier reading.

The aliens in this universe seem to take a cue from Octavia Butler’s Oankali in her Xenogenesis series. Donaldson’s Amnioin also seem to be rather echinoderm-like and are interested in acquiring humans for genetic purposes. Selling someone to the Amnioin is seen as the ultimate evil in human trafficking. But when there’s money to be made, you know that some human is going to try to make deals with them—and it’s rather like trying to make deals with the Fae. You need to watch your wording and make sure you know all of the ramifications before you sign on the dotted line.

If you’ve got any issues with rape scenes, you won’t have made it past the first book. That said, don’t expect that to stop in this book. Morn actually has to go to sick-bay at one point, to get repaired after particularly rough treatment by Nick Succorso. Donaldson doesn’t go into graphic detail, thankfully, but there are more than enough hints to be horrifying.

The cynicism evident in the book is a bit depressing too—everyone seems to be on the take somehow, even the police force that Morn used to belong to. She followed her parents into that occupation and had taken pride in their upstanding reputation—this is yet another thing that gets taken away from her, along with her personal agency.

Book 275 in my Science Fiction and Fantasy reading project.

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text 2018-03-15 15:20
TBR Thursday
Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World - Noah Strycker
Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Trilogy) - Kiersten White
Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks - Annie Spence
The Shoe on the Roof - Will Ferguson
The Gap Into Vision: Forbidden Knowledge - Stephen R. Donaldson
My Brief History - Stephen Hawking

Actually, this is just a fraction of my library book pile, but they are the ones that I'm going to concentrate on for the next week or so.


Three of them have holds on them, so they can't be renewed--Birding Without Borders, Dear Fahrenheit 451, and The Shoe on the Roof.  The subject matter of the three couldn't be more different, so it should be an interesting week.


Now I Rise is the second book in The Conqueror's Saga.  The first book, And I Darken, is the book for April in my real-life book club.  I read that one last year, so I'm going to forge ahead into the second book before our meet up on April 6.


It seems appropriate to read Stephen Hawking's autobiography, My Brief History, to celebrate the great man's life. 


And Gap Into Vision : Forbidden Knowledge is the next up in my Science Fiction & Fantasy Reading Project.  I'm glad to have finally found a series by Stephen R. Donaldson that I actually kind of like.

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review 2018-03-13 23:54
Heavy on Vision and family
Champions (2016-) #17 - Humberto Ramos,Mark Waid

And yet, it's bittersweet.  I didn't realize Marvel was rebooting until recently, but they are losing a LOT of money for me.   No Inhumans, and no Vision, no Viv, no Vivian.   So I am cutting out all Avengers titles, not picking up anything to make up for the loss of Inhumans - because I was in it for Black Bolt and the rest of the royal family - and unless they announce titles for DD, Wolvie, and maybe Jessica Jones - depending on the author - I will be dropping a ton of titles.  


Not happy, not happy at all, which ties into this series: I will be incredibly sad to see this go.   It was fun, it was thoughtful, and it had Vision.   I'm also scared about how it's ending soon - and given what's happening with Vivian's computer virus, how they plan on ending this so soon. 



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review 2018-03-13 23:47
Why, Marvel, why
Champions (2016-) #16 - Humberto Ramos,Mark Waid

I'm loving this series, I'm loving what Marvel is doing with Vision and Viv, and Vivian, but... ugh... they're killing all the things I love.   Yeah, that's right, I saw the IDBM for the Avengers movie after Infinity War.  


Yeah, I see that Inhumans, and Vision are being phased out of Fresh Start.  I see it all, Marvel. 


This is heartbreaking, and heartwarming, and I forget what else happened: I was all about Vision, Viv, and Vivian bonding as a family.   

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review 2018-03-07 15:40
Review: Vision in Silver (The Others #3) by Anne Bishop
Vision in Silver - Anne Bishop

The Others freed the cassandra sangue to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before; both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes. In desperate need of answers, Simon Wolfgard, a shape-shifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to enlist blood prophet Meg Corbyn’s help, regardless of the risks she faces by aiding him.


Meg is still deep in the throes of her addiction to the euphoria she feels when she cuts and speaks prophecy. She knows each slice of her blade tempts death. But Others and humans alike need answers, and her visions may be Simon’s only hope of ending the conflict.


For the shadows of war are deepening across the Atlantik, and the prejudice of a fanatic faction is threatening to bring the battle right to Meg and Simon’s doorstep…





Where to start with this book? There was so much going on and we get a lot of new information not only about the blood prophets but also about the Terra Indigine and the HFL movement. There are also a lot of things happening with our humans or human pack as Simon calls them.  A big change is happening to Monty of the officers working with the court and it was great to see the court helping the humans. But really they were helping out a few humans in this book and you could see that change is coming when it comes to the humans. But only with certain humans, other are still only clever meat for the most part and after reading some of the stuff I can only agree.

Most everyone is trying to help the blood prophets , helping them cope living outside the compound or really just living in some cases. We learn some new things about them and their life before they have been freed. The search is also on for something to help them other than cutting.

Meg, in this book, was kind of getting on my nerves for some reason; everything seemed too hyped up all the sudden. I mean she was watching movies and would get new images through that, you would think that would have caused some freak-outs but I guess movies don’t count for getting new images for her.  Anyway, she came over a bit annoying in some parts of the book, but overall I still liked her and her willingness to learn and cope. Though she had some pretty dumb moments.  Also, OMG …. I relaise that her and Simon will maybe never have a  traditional romance but  please can they already tell each other how they feel and go from there on . It’s getting old.

Simon didn’t change much from the last book he still brooding. He is also really trying to work with the humans they know and help but also has a struggle with that. He too could start fessing up and telling her how he feels and start figuring it out how to go from there.

Tess, we get to see a lot more of her powers and I love that, I hope we meet more if her kind but I have a feeling not all are as friendly as her.

We get a lot more of Nathan this book which I loved, he is becoming one of my favorite characters in the books and I look forward to part with him. Let hope Bishop will not spoil the fun and hurt him seriously.

I still really enjoy the ponies, Sam and now Skippy. They really are refreshing in this mostly pretty dark world.  

I love the human pack and how they more and more become a part of the courtyard. Except Dr. Lorenzo, I still don’t like or trust him.

I also look forward o learning more about the people on the island, now with some blood prophets as well.

Overall I still loved the book a lot just not as much as the last couple books, mainly because of Meg but I hope that will change next book.

I rate it 4 ★



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