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review 2017-10-20 23:50
Where Loyalties Lie by Rob J. Hayes - My Thoughts
Where Loyalties Lie - Rob J. Hayes

I'm of two minds about this book.  There were parts I really loved, but there were also parts that I really disliked.  Most of it was an enjoyable read if you're able to get your head around characters that really aren't one bit heroic - even the likable ones are rather horrible at times. 

Where Loyalties Lie is a very apt title for this first book in the series.  We meet a bunch of pirates, mostly captains, some more wicked than others.  Most of the book, in fact, sets up whole over-arcing plot, I assume, since the pirates we meet don't do much of substance other than cross into each others' orbits and on some occasions work together and others... not so much. I know this is in the same universe as some of Rob's earlier books, but I don't think one needs to read them first.  

So I'm reading a book about pirates, there's going to be lots of violence and blood and gore - I'm aware of this. Maybe it's the atmosphere of the week with all the Weinstein stuff, but I find I have little patience or tolerance for the violence against women in this book.  There's not a lot on the page, but there is some, including one awful scene were the Big Bad Pirate Captain feels he must teach his daughter a lesson.  I think I understand why the author chose to include this, but I question the need of it really. 

Another problem I had was a couple of times, the author made a point of showing (as opposed to not telling) something - how awful a character is for instance - and then a little later on in the book having a need to tell (as opposed to show) us again.  In case we missed it probably.  *eyeroll* 

In the end, as I said, there were parts I loved, parts I hated and many readable parts in between.  :)  Will I continue in the series?  Most probably.  I like Hayes' way of writing.

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review 2017-10-20 21:17
The Great Alta Saga: Sister Light, Siste... The Great Alta Saga: Sister Light, Sister Dark; White Jenna; and The One-Armed Queen - Jane Yolen

Reprints of a trilogy from the late 80s- early 90s.  It feels surprisingly contemporary and should be of interest to anyone interested in feminist fantasy. Recommended.

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review 2017-10-20 17:16
Canines, Crosshairs And Corpses - Angel Martinez

3.5 stars. 

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review 2017-10-20 16:00
No Day But Today - fauvistfly No Day But Today - fauvistfly

2.5 stars. 

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review 2017-10-20 15:15
(K)not Quite What He Expected - Sugakane_01

3.5 stars. 

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