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review 2017-08-13 20:32
Reaper of Souls (SPECTR #3)
Reaper of Souls (SPECTR) - Jordan L. Hawk

The Fist is back, and they're not the only ones causing trouble for SPECTR and other paranormals at large. A political fervor is getting stirred up, and while that whole thing and its outcome were mostly predictable, it still amped up the tension and the stakes - but not actual wooden stakes. ;) No stakes near this vampire, who once again proves that real vampires do NOT sparkle. 

 

The situation with John/Caleb(/Gray) is getting more complicated too, but in a way I found interesting and compelling. It's still way too rushed, but since the time factor sort of dictates that, I can roll with it. I am bemused at John's continued PDAs while at work where anyone can walk in on them at the wrong time while simultaneously worrying about people finding out. Um... then stop calling Caleb "babe" where anyone could hear you! And stop sneaking kisses. And how are the empaths not picking up on any of this anyway, for that matter? Or maybe they are. Dun dun DUN! :P

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text 2017-07-16 17:18
Reading progress update: I've read 345 out of 411 pages.
The Transmigration of Souls - William Barton

I blazed through a big chunk of this, this morning...I'm farther ahead than I expected by this time today. the book reads like a dream, and I love the big concepts that have led to a crazy ride through various timelines (and impossible offshoots of "valid" timelines)...but the book is coming in at about 3.5, in terms of a star-rating. I'm not connected to the characters, in a way that I was hoping for. probably too many characters (and they tend to go away, and come back!; no winnowing). and the author's style is of a type that can detract from my pleasure--repetitions of words and word-chains, in ever-smaller phrasings that seem to be reinforcing a point, or even an emotional vibe, where once for that word, phrase, or thought is enough (have faith in the effect of your words and images, right when you unleash them; maybe don't repeat, repeat, in a clumsy attempt to make bigger noise).

 

overall, though, I'm glad I took this strange journey.

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text 2017-07-15 22:59
Reading progress update: I've read 173 out of 411 pages.
The Transmigration of Souls - William Barton

I'm trying to wrap my head around the fact that the "stargate" has transported the main characters to somewhere that...doesn't exist as true reality. and yet, the adventure continues, and there are natives...and, impossibly, an old friend. the book has become more challenging, but it's still fun.

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text 2017-07-15 18:20
Reading progress update: I've read 128 out of 411 pages.
The Transmigration of Souls - William Barton

it's a wonderful Science Fiction novel so far. I don't think it will outperform Version Control, from earlier this year--and yes, there are a few similarities sneaked in amongst major differences--but I am very happy, and, of course, occasionally in awe. naturally, I fear the Juggernaut, but until whatever that thing is makes an actual appearance, I'm morbidly enjoying the adventures of the scattered humans who have resumed mucking about with the...I guess I'll call them time-space gates. addictive frothy SF fun. Happy!

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text 2017-07-15 01:03
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 411 pages.
The Transmigration of Souls - William Barton

lemmee see...I want--what do I want--I want, yes, what I require now is a big, exciting, fast-paced, action-packed SF extravaganza. with a weird title. and a portion of back-cover synopsis that mentions "Fortress America", which "recalled all citizens, expelled all foreigners, closed its borders, severed all communication, and shot down every person, plane, or satellite that strayed near.". just what I want...a crazy SF scenario that sounds like pure drivel and could never happen! of course, drones didn't really exist to be "shot down' when this novel was written, so that detail is missing from this crazy, never-happen, loony scenario; this novel is from 1996, and even if it ends up proving the old adage that truth is--or will shortly become--stranger than fiction, I'm going to read this fanciful "Fortress America" stuff anyway.

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