Let's start with positive - I liked Scorpius and Draco Malfoy really surprised me pleasantly. That's it.
Now, let the rant begin.
If I could separate it from Harry Potter books, it might be a rather good play but because it needs knowledge about Harry Potter characters I can't do this and it turns the whole book into a disappointment.
I was prepared to read a play and submerge into Harry Potter world but this wasn't the eighth book. This was like really bad fan fiction. One of my favourite characters was turned into a pathetic joke. Rose's role was so tiny it was almost non-existent. There was no social interaction between James and Albus and it was just weird. They were brothers and I thought at least Harry and Ginny taught their kids how to stick together but apparently they didn't. The way school didn't do anything before the 4th school year was just stupid and made me angry. Where were the teachers when the problems started on day one? Those are only few of the things that popped into my mind while reading this book.
I have to admit that I would like to see the play because while reading I also asked several times how they would do things, like did they drop the temperature while dementors were on stage.
Author: C. A. Blocke
After taking the time to take pen to paper in my reading journal. I've updated my review.
This was a futuristic, fantasy-scifi story set in the not-too-distat future in space. A small band of mercenaries are tasked with stealing a highly classified prototype from a corporation. James, the captain of the Sio and leader of the ragtag group goes on the mission alone, leaving his crew free to pull him out of danger if necessary.
Enter Michael, the corporate R&D drone that James is trying con into handing over the tech. What James hasn't been briefed on is what the tech actually does. The "Rose" is a teleportation device in not-quite-working condition. While trying to escape with the prototype and his life, James inadvertently activates the device, sending James and the now "kidnapped" Michael across space to a backwater planet on the outer rim.
From there a grudging partnership--and later an intimate relationship--ensues between the duo. James and Michael do their best to stay alive and avert capture while awaiting rescue from the crew of the Sio. Once aboard his ship, James learns that their benefaction is upset at him for failing the impossible mission and now he has to find a way to placate her, keep ahead of the corporate police and bounty hunters chasing after Michael, and keep himself and his crew afloat.
There are threats of vengeance, gunshot wounds, betrayals, murder plots and a lot of running. Honestly the story was a bit all-over-the-place. I never made a connection with the protagonists and therefore didn't feel for them in their plight to survive. There were too many secondary characters introduced that were of little importance, which made it harder still to connect with our protagonists. Some of the sex seemed thrown in just for the sake of it. Some if it really fit well with the flow of the story, other times it was a bit too much.
The story itself was interesting; it had a great scifi feel to it. I enjoyed the talk of space and the technology. And I loved that the protagonists were gay/bisexual. It wasn't a great read, but it was a good read.
Book source ~ Library
Geralt of Rivia is a witcher, someone who is a monster hunter for hire. This massive volume contains several comic series: House of Glass, Fox Children, Curse of Crows, and Killing Monsters. Plus the usual goodies at the end, like a sketchbook and such.
The Witcher series showed up on my radar when my teenager asked for the books. I think he discovered the books after seeing the video game. Then he heard there was going to be a series and now he’s witcher obsessed. I want to read the books, but haven't gotten around to them yet. When I saw there were graphic novels out I jumped at the chance to dive into the witcher world with them first. I can fit a graphic novel (or two or three) into my schedule much more easily than some hefty books. I have to admit, I’m hooked.
The monsters are plentiful in the witcher world as this graphic novel will show. There’s not much background on how Geralt becomes a witcher or who his traveling companions are to him, but the stories are self-contained and entertaining. Geralt has principals that chafe him when they go up against witcher code, but I like his unique ways of resolving the situations. Also, Geralt is hot. Nom nom! My son has asked me to stop saying that. LOL I consider this an excellent volume to get started in the world of Geralt and if you have already been through the books then I imagine it would be a wonderful addition. Finally, the artwork is gorgeous. I may have suggested this purchase to the library (and they bought it-I love my library!), but we’ll be adding it to our own home library soon.