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text 2018-03-21 19:58
Reading progress: 10%.
Too Like the Lightning - Ada Palmer

What's up with all the references to 18th century stuff? Is it eventually supposed to add something to the story?


Oh, okay, fine -enough of a scholar they know such things but already excusing self from writing as if from our century while pointing out (sometimes slipping into) the style of own century.  I get it; this is in the future where of course language has changed along with gender roles/perception/usage.


It's wearing thin having reader addressed constantly supposedly moving between three styles.  If this book will be breaking the fourth wall to address me the entire story length rather than letting story progress and immerse me, it may not be for me.  


Get on with the story already; you've set the scene, the atmosphere and hinted at lots of complex politics and worldbuilding.  Now follow through and stop narrating subserviently to us ignorant readers who must be spoonfed 18th century philosophers with the utmost apologies for doing so.  It ain't an apology or an accident if you keep doing it.


How on earth did this get so highly rated and awarded?  The "what if" of ditching gender and nationalism -- while here -- so far isn't well done.  The writing has yet to flow well into story unless this is one long-ass foreword where not yet into the story part.

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text 2018-03-21 18:00
Reading progress update: I've read 134 out of 574 pages.
Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America - Nancy MacLean

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you.


I'm just not finding enough time to read these days, and it's driving me crazy.

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text 2018-03-21 03:17
Reading progress update: I've read 339 out of 396 pages.
The Wrong Stars (Axiom) - Tim Pratt

can't quite finish it tonight, because I'm too tired after a long day. but there's tomorrow morning, to tackle the finale and clear the decks for Agatha Christie! overall I have enjoyed The Wrong Stars all the way through up to page 339, and hopefully I'm in for a rousing last bit...though I'm braced for a cliffhanger ending. shall keep my eyes open for Book Two.

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review 2018-03-20 17:45
Saga, Volumes 3 & 4 by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Saga, Volume 3 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples
Saga Volume 4 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples


These volumes are simply fabulous! They're fun, they're full of surprises, they're heartbreaking and they're timely. They may be taking place on different planets with different races of people, (and robots!) but the issues dealt with are all too real right here and right now on earth. 


Lastly, there's a creature called a Lying Cat. He basically goes around with you and tells you when anyone around you is lying. How helpful is that? VERY! I want one. 




I was able to request these copies from my local library. LIBRARIES RULE! 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-03-20 14:58
Gyrfalcon - Anna Butler
Gyrfalcon - Anna Butler

Overall, I gave Gyrfalcon 3 stars and feel mostly positive about it, however for a while there it was looking a bit uncertain since the pacing of the first half of the book leaves a little to be desired and it's very clearly the start of a series (with all the additional world-building that involves).


The basic premise is that what's left of humanity is fighting a mostly-losing war against aliens and our main protagonist is a special forces type with serious daddy issues, not the greatest start for a character in my opinion. We first meet Bennett in the context of his team before he's shipped off (sorry, that pun was accidental) on his own to a mission using the eponymous warship commanded by his estranged father as a means of transport. They argued about Bennett's career path and also about the surprise discovery of his sexuality, after said father walked in on Bennett and a much older man. 


Bennett has time onboard the Gyrfalcon not only to start to rescue his relationship with his father but also to get involved sexually with one of the other pilots. Some people might struggle with this aspect of the plot, since it's clear Bennett is still in a serious relationship with the man with whom his dad found him all those years ago; since they're apart a lot, they've agreed to an 'open' relationship and both have taken advantage of this in the past. I'm not sure quite how I feel about it myself, it feels more than a little hypocritical of Bennett to have the attitude he does about Joss getting laid while he's away and yet enthusiastically embrace this opportunity for himself (repeatedly). 


As a result, that whole part of the relationship could be the make or break aspect for me when it comes to reading the rest of the series, though I may well see how the next book (Heart Scarab) handles it and go on from there. Likewise some of the writing is a little clunky, as there are a number of times where we get the same scenes from both main characters' point of view, which seems a little unnecessary. 

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