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text 2019-10-14 02:46
Reading progress update: I've read 333 out of 333 pages.
Wolves and the River of Stone - Eric R. Asher

It's over. I managed to finish.

 

Asher may have learned his lesson after the first book. Only one joke, that I can recall, about vampires eating ferrets, and Damian didn't kill any animals for giggles. Granted, most of the readers who'd have been bothered by those things would have quit after Book 1. The only reason I continued on was because I bought both books together and generally hate offloading books without at least attempting to read them.

 

Overall, I think this was a better book than the first one. Still, I thought I'd be in for an easier read since I'd already been introduced to this world in Book 1. Instead, Asher added a little over half a dozen more named characters readers had to remember and keep track of, a few more supernatural beings, and more world rules. It was exhausting.

 

On the plus side, I'm now done with all of the physical books in this series that I own (I have a freebie omnibus audiobook that includes books 1 to 3, but I don't know that I'll ever listen to it). I plan on offloading them soon.

 

I'll use this for my Vampires square. The Ren Faire bit was extremely short, so Creepy Carnivals would feel a bit like cheating. Also, it's probably better for me to stay focused on my best chance for getting my first and possibly only Bingo in this game.

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text 2019-10-13 18:22
Reading progress update: I've read 232 out of 333 pages.
Wolves and the River of Stone - Eric R. Asher

Okay, I counted. During a slightly more than 6-page breakfast/strategizing session, the characters laughed 6 times. The number increases to 7 if you count "For some reason, everyone found that rather amusing." Now I'm wondering if the laughter rate is always approximately one laugh per page during the non-action scenes.

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text 2019-10-13 16:12
Reading progress update: I've read 174 out of 333 pages.
Wolves and the River of Stone - Eric R. Asher

Nice, I'm now a little over halfway through.

 

Book 2 feels more focused than Book 1, but I'm still having trouble following everything that's going on. Philip, a fellow necromancer and Zola's ex-boyfriend, wants to bring a demon into this world for...reasons. Damian's blood can help him accomplish that, but so can a special stone containing a piece of the demon. Damian and Zola have some of the things they need in order to stop Philip, but I can't remember what else they have to do. Right now everyone's in an all-out battle against Philip and it's going badly. You'd think they'd want to keep Damian safe and hidden, since Philip could skip using the stone and just decide to use Damian's blood instead (unless I missed something?), but no, Damian's out there fighting alongside everyone else.

 

I'm joining the ranks of those reviewers who are annoyed by how often Damian and his group laugh about things. At some point, someone must have told Asher that he needed to have lighter moments in his series, so his characters are constantly cracking jokes and laughing, even when those jokes aren't really all that funny. And I just noticed one of his writing tics: he often ends scenes and chapters with characters laughing, smiling, or grinning.

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text 2019-10-11 17:20
Reading progress update: I've read 114 out of 333 pages.
Wolves and the River of Stone - Eric R. Asher

I thought demons in this world were supposed to be 100% bad, but Damian and his group are currently meeting up with one that works at a Ren Faire and is just going to give them a powerful tool that will help them destroy another demon. Not one of the characters has asked why the demon would be willing to do this, or whether it's okay for a demon to be so close to a bunch of oblivious humans.

 

And hey, now I need to decide whether I'm going to use this for Vampires like I originally planned, or use it for Creepy Carnivals instead. Assuming it's okay to use something for that square that isn't primarily focused on/located at the Ren Faire. Vampires would get me closer to a Bingo, but Creepy Carnivals would be a more difficult square for me to get - the only options I had in mind were books I'd already read before and didn't particularly want to reread.

 

Ugh, I've only been to a Ren Faire once, and even so, the Ren Faire bit makes me want to eat a turkey leg. It doesn't help that the characters never shut up about food. Waffles, beef jerky, fudge, pizza, sushi, rice krispie squares, and probably other things that I've forgotten.

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text 2019-10-11 15:46
Reading progress update: I've read 98 out of 333 pages.
Wolves and the River of Stone - Eric R. Asher

I could potentially believe in romance brewing between Damian and Ashley, the witch (?) who, if I remember correctly, he first met in high school and became reacquainted with at the wedding in Book 1. They both thought the exploding pigeons were funny, so they're both horrible in about the same way, and Damian thought Ashley's eyes were amazing.

 

However, Ashley is also chubby, so I guess that's a no. Instead of a more believable romance involving a character readers met (however briefly) in the previous book, we have romance with Nixie, the smoking hot water witch who once used her own beauty to lure men into the sea to drown. There was no mention of her in Book 1, although she's apparently the cousin of one of Damian's fairy boarders. She just suddenly popped up at the beginning of this book, dressed in a sheer nightgown.

 

Here's hoping Nixie tries to kill Damian at some point.

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