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review 2018-02-23 17:38
Homeland / R. A. Salvatore
Homeland - R.A. Salvatore

In exotic Menzoberranzan, the vast city of the drow is home to Icewind Dale prince Drizzt Do'Urden, who grows to maturity in the vile world of his dark elf kin. Possessing honor beyond the scope of his unprincipled society, can he live in world that rejects integrity?

 

This novel relates the first installment of Drizzt Do’Urden’s back story, namely his birth into Drow Elf society. As I have come to expect from Salvatore, it is melodramatic in the extreme. Drow society is over-the-top evil, bad in every way. Despite the fact that Drow females don’t produce many offspring comparative to their extra-long lifespans, Drizzt was conceived as a sacrifice to the horrible spider goddess Lloth and he is spared this fate when one of his brothers murders the other. Lloth’s supremacy as spider goddess has yielded a matriarchal society, where women are dominant and, like female spiders, are quite willing to dispense with a male once his purpose has been served. There is nothing resembling honour in Drow circles—not even between family members. So Drizzt’s violet eyes and moral sense set him apart from his own society.

We also learn how he became involved with his side-kick, Guenhwyvar the black panther and how he became the fighting machine that we are familiar with from previous books.

I can see where in a gaming situation, OTT characters such as these would be fun to play. It’s often more fun to be a villain than a hero because you get to do the awful things.

Book number 273 in my Science Fiction and Fantasy reading project.

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text 2018-02-23 14:51
Reading progress update: I've read 192 out of 340 pages.
An Unkindness of Ghosts - Rivers Solomon

flashback scenes back to the earlier years of friendship between Giselle and Aster. girls getting tougher...never an easy life on the ship.

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text 2018-02-23 14:35
Reading progress update: I've read 125 out of 231 pages.
The Gunslinger - Stephen King

Reading about the treasonous cook Hax and The Good Man.

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review 2018-02-23 06:32
Death on Earth by Jules Howard
Death on Earth: Adventures in Evolution and Mortality - Jules Howard

TITLE:  Death on Earth:  Adventures in Evolution and Mortality

 

AUTHOR:  Jules Howard

 

DATE PUBLISHED:  2016

 

FORMAT:  ebook

 

ISBN-13:  978-1-4729-1510-8

 

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This book is horribly written (in my opinion) but some-what entertaining.  The author makes a rather poor (and unsuccessful) attempt to explore death in nature.  There is no focus to this book, no thesis or structure - there is just a collection of chapters that briefly discuss whatever random, sometimes  vaguely death related topic the author came across at any given time (I suppose this is the adventure part of the title?).  The book struck me as being more about life and the strange habits of humans rather than death.  Some of these animal stories were interesting, but all were rather superficial.  The writing style is informal, science-lite, overly chatty with too many far too personal anecdotes and opinions.  This is basically a shallow but fairly entertaining book to read if you don't feel like putting too much effort into your reading matter.

 

 

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text 2018-02-23 04:28
Reading progress update: I've read 143 out of 340 pages.
An Unkindness of Ghosts - Rivers Solomon

Aster makes many fascinating little discoveries, in the midst of big changes on the Matilda. I'm enjoying this SF novel quite a bit--hope it stays strong

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