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review 2018-05-21 22:18
The Thief
The Thief - J.R. Ward
Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 16

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the series, love the author, love the characters. Pick one.

The Characters:

Pretty much any other BDB character you can think of makes an appearance- or is mentioned. Jane and Vicious are also pretty heavily featured.

The Story:

There is soooo much going on in this book. I’m just going to stick to the main storylines of Assail/Sola for the review. I won’t like. I’ve never liked Assail. Have always kinda zoned out on his parts of pervious books, however when it come to him and Sola I’ve been there for it. I like Sola. I like her strength and I like her love for her grandmother. Her relationship with Assail, though strained at times, seems meant to be. She wants a partnership and though he will have to do some adjusting to get used to that idea the seem to belong together. I do wonder how we are going to handle Sola aging.

Jane and Vicious go through a very rough time in their mating in this book also. And the new challenges that Throe is coming up with have me excited for the future. Honestly I hope this series never ends.

The Random Thoughts:

The Score Card:


4 Stars
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review 2018-05-12 15:41
The burden of backstory
Hearts and Minds (Star Trek: The Next Generation) - Dayton Ward

When I was a kid one of my favorite shows was the original "Star Trek." Though dated today in many respects (I'm sure somewhere on the Internet there's an essay about those minidresses that the female crewmembers wore), it was an exciting and fun series that offered an optimistic picture of the future. That was not easy to envisage in the Cold War-dominated 1960s, and the show reflected this with episodes that referenced the nuclear tensions of the late-20th century and even the ominous-sounding "Eugenics Wars" of the then-futuristic 1990s.


As it turned out, the show went on and the Cold War didn't. As the Star Trek franchise spawned movies and additional TV shows, the canon on which it was all based looked increasingly outdated. The problem was that was impossible to ignore it. After all, how can you dismiss the "Eugenics Wars of the 1990s," which it was the basis of not just one of the best episodes of the original series, but the best movie of the entire franchise? So the solution was to construct an ever-more-elaborate backstory that connected it all together, one that, had to evolve to take into account additions made by subsequent shows and even novels.


This effort is at the heart of Dayton Ward's book. In it the Enterprise-E is on a mission in unexplored space that brings it into contact with an alien species still recovering from a nuclear war that took place centuries before. The war was tied to an exploration effort the species undertook three hundred years before one that brought it into contact with early 21st century Earth. Through this premise Ward connects events in the 24th century to characters and plot strands from three different "Star Trek" series, as well as novels written by other authors. It's really an impressive exercise from a writing standpoint, though one that is hobbled by two problems. The first is the underlying plot, which staggers out the development of the backstory to cover for the fact that the story involving Picard and company just isn't all that substantial. The other is Ward's apparent need to incorporate nearly every possible character from "Star Trek's" take on 21st century Earth history. It's an impressive effort in some respects, but it also left me thinking that Ward was more interested in creating a Grand Unified History of the Star Trek universe than he was in telling a good story. It makes for a frustrating read, yet one that should be enjoyed by fans looking to fill in some of the gaps in the Star Trek universe at least until another series or movie introduces new elements that renders it all contradictory or irrelevant.

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review 2018-05-04 00:29
First Watch by Dale Lucas - My Thoughts
The Fifth Ward: First Watch - Dale Lucas

I read a blurb about this book where it said that it reminded the reader of an episode of the TV show Hill Street Blues. And I think I must agree. 

The story is told through the eyes of Rem, a young man of noble blood new to the city of Yenara.  He's left home - I believe he's a younger son - and I can't quite remember if we're ever told exactly why.  We are told that his father was quite demanding and, to Rem, belittling towards him. Rem gets thrown into the city dungeons and then, stroke of luck, gets offered the chance to join the Watch Wardens.  Which he takes, because lets face it, it's better than rotting in the dungeons, right? 

Rem is teamed up with a cantankerous dwarf by the name of Torvil to begin with, Torvil's regular partner having not shown up for his shift. And the adventure begins.

There's no new ground broken with this book.  It's an adventure, a buddy tale, about two mis-matched guys in the city police force who have a mystery to solve.  A mystery that includes murder, theft, drugs, kidnappings and elves, orcs, dwarves, mages and humans all existing together in this melting pot of a city.  It's a fun read and while maybe predictable in spots, the characters are definitely charming and the writing is quick-paced and the narrative flows quite well. 

I liked it and I'll definitely be looking for the next book when it comes out this summer.

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review 2018-05-02 03:15
Dearest Ivie by J.R. Ward
Dearest Ivie: A Novella Set in the Black Dagger World (Black Dagger Brotherhood) - J.R. Ward

This was so sweet. I am son impressed that being novella length it was able tell a complete and satisfying story. So emotional. Great addition to series. 

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review 2018-05-01 16:13
Last issue
Black Bolt (2017-) #12 - Saladin Ahmed,Christian Ward

It ends with a bang. 


And Black Bolt cooking eggs. 


Then again, me before this issue: Naw, thanks, I don't want to read about Black Bolt cooking eggs. 


Me after this issue: I will read a series about Black Bolt cooking eggs.   And other things.   And being a househusband.   Or, failing to learn to be one, whatever.

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