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review 2018-10-30 11:32
Sympathy for the Spider – Adrian Tchaikovsky‘s SPIDERLIGHT
Spiderlight - Adrian Tchaikovsky

A priest, a mage, a knight, a warrior, a thief, and a giant spider walk into a bar…

 

Tchaikovsky‘s Clarke Award-winning novel Children of Time (2015) already offered a fascinating glimpse into the arachnid mind – and went a long way to turn me from total arachnophobe into someone who still not really likes, but can at least appreciate spiders from afar. In Spiderlight (2016), the rare beast of a fantasy stand-alone novel, Tchaikovsky returns to eight-legged goodness. Not quite coincidentally, I read it in the same week Doctor Who brought us Spiders in the UK. I mean, what’s more fitting for Halloween than big, hairy, awfully fast spiders?

 

On first glance, Spiderlight is your typical D&D quest: the aforementioned assembly of rogues, warriors of the Light, follow a prophecy to bring down a Dark Lord. The prophecy leads them to Nth, the giant spider in question, who becomes their unwilling scout. Forcefully turned into a man, or at least into something vaguely resembling a man, he has to learn what it means to be human. The little band is guided by the Light of Armes, some bloke who went to become a god, dividing creation into creatures of the Light – humans – and creatures of the Dark – everyone else - with the Dark’s sole purpose being to be slain by the Light, because Light is better than Dark. Lovely fellow, this Armes, eh?

 

Tchaikovsky uses this set-up to thoroughly examine and subvert some of the more questionable fantasy tropes. On their journey into the Heart of Darkness our heroes reveal their motives and ever more of their personality - and don't appear all that heroic all of a sudden. Heart and soul of the narrative is Nth, whose abominable treatment poses a few uncomfortable questions about consent, about the means justifying an end, and puts a taint on all that Light.

Of course, subverting tropes has become a trope in itself by now, so the story’s not entirely new. But Tchaikovsky plays it well, tongue firmly in cheek, and with a palpable love for RPG. He manages to hold a fine balance between hilarious and gut-wrenchingly sad, light-hearted and heavy, Light and Dark… (sorry, couldn’t resist). The book’s a real page-turner, to boot. I finished it in just three days.

 

Recommended, even for people like me, who never quite got the fascination of D&D.

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review 2018-09-07 22:09
The Beginnings Of A Legend!
First Wilderness: My Quest in the Territory of Alaska - Sam Keith,Nick Jans

What a fantastic book! It will leave you hungering for your own Alaska adventure.
The author is best known for his book chronicling another Alaskan pioneer, Dick Proennecke (One Man's Wilderness).
In this book he writes about his own Alaskan obsession, his journey there to work at any job he could find, his hunting and fishing adventures, and the beginning of his friendship with Proennecke.
His descriptions of the Alaskan back country, the characters that he meets and works with, his own great relationship with his own family, and his inner feelings, will all leave you feeling that you are there with him!
A memoir of a time that is probably lost forever, and of the adventures we might have had if we had only had the courage to follow his lead.
Outstanding!

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text 2018-09-04 14:59
Monthly Run Down - August 2018
Too Late - Colleen Hoover
The Rehearsal Dinner - J.R. Ward
A Little Big Rock - Lauren Blakely
Creative Quest - Ahmir Questlove Thompson
The Reception - J.R. Ward
The Edible Cookie Dough Cookbook - Olivia Hops
Eternal Beast - Laura Wright
Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It - Charlamagne Tha God,Charlamagne Tha God,Simon & Schuster Audio
Consumed - J.R. Ward
Seriously... I'm Kidding - Ellen DeGeneres

*Better late than never right?



Books I Read:

 

Too Late - 3.75 Stars - Super intense.

 

The Rehearsal Dinner - 4 Stars - Hot, and not just because the characters are firefighters

A Little Big Rock  - 4 Stars - I need to figure out where I can sign up for a Spencer of my own.

 

Creative Quest  - 3.5 Stars - Interesting, made me think more about creativity than I think I ever have, and that’s a good thing.  

 

The Reception   - 4 Stars - Just as hot as I thought it would be. So ready for Consumed

 

The Edible Cookie Dough Book - 5 Stars - So many fun and delicious recipes that I can’t wait to try

 

Eternal Beast - 4 Stars - So many layers of story.

 

Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It - 4 Stars - Inspirational

 

Consumed - 4 Stars - Great start to a new series. I love these characters

 

Seriously… I’m Kidding - 4 Stars - lots of fun

 

Rough & Ready - 3.5 Stars - Tanner Green is swoonworthy






DNF:

 

Single and Looking Daisy - Balinda Austin - Daisy is a hot mess who needs psychiatric help.



Currently Reading:



Sexsomnia - Anya Omah - So far I dislike the “Hero”

 

Lies  - T.M. Logan - Just started so nothing much has happened




Year to Date Totals:



January: 9 books

February: 10 books

March: 9 books

April: 6 books

May: 10 books

June: 6 books

July: 7 books

August: 12 books

 

2018: 69 books

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review 2018-08-06 19:45
Creative Quest
Creative Quest - Ahmir Questlove Thompson
I Picked Up This Book Because: Curiosity

The Story:

This book is like a class on creativity. What is it, the habits of people who have it. What you can do to get it, increase it, evolve it. As with any class I’ve ever taken there were some very interesting parts and some parts that I completely tuned out. I like to think there were more of the former but don’t ask me for specific examples.

A lot of Questlove’s learning and teachings on the subject obviously were learned from someone who creates music, however, he does explore in to the creativity of writers, chefs and even comedians. I think this book would be beneficial for anyone who is in a creative field but also anyone who is trying to figure out how they can think differently about any subject.

This is one of those books that I think you read, you try to apply it to life then you read again to see how well you interpreted it and if you need to adjust. Or maybe you will get a completely new lesson in the reread.

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3.5 Stars
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review 2018-06-02 20:12
Good Short story
The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe - Kij Johnson

I'm not a huge Lovecraft fan, but I love Johnson's quick and wonderful short stories. This is beautiful, though I would have gotten more from it if I liked Lovecraft.

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