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I'm lazy and didn't really summarize any of them...

Black Man aka Th1rt3n by Richard Morgan )

Dust by Elisabeth Bear )

The Dreaming Tree by CJ Cherryh )

The Beginning Place by Ursula K Leguin )

Black Ships by Jo Graham )

Claudius the God by Robert Graves )

Kushiel's Mercy by Jacqueline Carey )

Next time, I'll have to do the reviews right after I finish the books, not wait a month and a half in some cases, it makes for sucky reviews... >_>;;
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Finished reading Kushiel's Justice. The Kushiel books are funny, you know. I enjoy reading them, very much, the language is pretty, and the characters likeable, and I love Carey's sense of world building mixing real historic references with a sort of fantasy uchrony. Very, very pretty and shiny. And then I close the book and I think : there wasn't any plot in there.

There wasn't any plot in there. It's time passes sex scene travel travel time passes climax sex scene travel travel time passes travel climax travel travel travel travel the end. With two climaxes in the book the only two moments where something actually happen.

There were even less plot than in Kushiel's Scion, which was already pretty low on the plot quota.

Also Imriel is way too broody for my taste. Sweet kid, but he broods way too much. The book was lacking in Lucius, and too little of Mavros.

And it was still very enjoyable to read and made me feel much better.

Weird, heh?

Previous Kushiel books reviews : Kushiel's Scion, Kushiel's Avatar.
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I haven't done a proper book-post in too long, I have a huge list to catch. I'll try to see how much I remember :

Let's start with

Shaman's Crossing, Robin Hobb
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A secret atlas, Michael A. Stackpole
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Kushiel's Scion, Jacqueline Carey
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The Oracle Queen, Lynn Flewelling
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Temeraire, Naomi Novik
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Privilege of the Sword, Ellen Kushner
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River of Gods, Ian McDonald
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Pfff, that's all I remember reading recently. Well, and Crown of Shadows but that was only the fourth time :) (Karril's still a darling, Damien's still awesome, Tarrant's still an ass, Narilka still kicks ass etc., etc.)
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I finished reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel the other day, and quite liked it. Very, very slashy book ;)

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel )

books bought )

Banebreaker by Jackqueline Carey )

Fable : Homelands )
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Happy birthday [ profile] knullabulla / Sheri !

I finished reading Kushiel's Avatar yesterday. Thought it was fun getting back to that colourred world, luscious prose and SM thematics, I must say it has ot be the weaker book of the three. At least in the others she actually tried to have plot, as obvious and contrived as it was. In this one there were no intrigues to talk of, and the mysteries were not worth talking about. Some of the episodes were way too reminescent of what happened earlier (thought Carey is aware of it and mentions it to give it coherence) and there were little new character development or new characters to speak of. (With two or three exceptions). I did like the scrappy kid, and I heard she would write about him in the future, so that'll get me interrested. The ending was too easy and happily IMO, and it was rather agravating to see that every plans went according what had been expected by the heroine. Carey needs to read more Miles : no plan survives contact with the enemy.Which reminds me, is the new Bujold book out in paperback ? Need to check. Also get Guy Gabriel Kay's Last Light of the Sun.
Anyway, despite all those criticism it's still a very enjoyable reading. Carey writes beautifuly, in a very lyrical way. I love her world building and the twists to History and real world culture she plays with. And I love the whole thematic of "what yields is not always weak". So from that side it was a good reading.

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Long day, but I feel pretty reliefed. I confronted my mother about it all this morning, did myself a bit of yelling, and broke a cup of coffee on the kitchen's floor. Now, I know what she does that with me... really good for the nerves. Talked with my father about it afterward. I think the main reasons I was that upset was besodes I was given all that violence, all that turmoils, and I had no laying out, because my mother wouldn't listen to me shouting back, would only shout harder and accusingly. Being able to recriprocate, it's not so hard anymore.

Was late to class, but learn it was in another building. So let me explain to you how Nanterre works. There's mainly two lines of building, perpendicular to each others, with the subway station at the corner. In the serie of building I'm in (Bat E, D, C, B, A, I'm mostly in C) there's all those useless Social Science like psychology, history, I believe there is philosophy too but i'm not sure, geography, sociology, anthropology, art history etc. It's also the place where there's very big ads from the extreme left student syndicates and the unique left one. In the other buildings (Bat G, H and maybe some others), there's the class of things like Law and Economy, well you know, serious humanities class. They are also favorised with many cafetaria where to buy sandwiches (we lost ours a long time ago...) and it's also where there's the right student syndicate, and did I learn the UEJF (Union des Etudiants Juifs Français = Union of the French Jewish Students). Anyway, as I was searching for the room in which I was supposed to have my class I saw an add from the UEJF saying there were an occasion for meeting Israelian students and talk to them, ask them questions etc in... fifteen minutes, and I decided to go.
So, that conference was pretty much interresting and the people very welcoming. Apparently most of them were from this building majors, and didn't go anymore in my part of the building because of very bad reactions from those syndicates, and because their ads were removed anyway by them. :( Anyway, they said they were around by lunch time in the syndicate's local and were organising lots of activities etc. so I will definitly be there again.

I had two different results from the same taste from minor changes, for here's the test.

You are Form 5, Dragon: The Weaver.

"And The Dragon seperated the virtuous from
the sinful. He tore his eyes from his sockets
and used them to peer into the souls of those
on trial to make a judgement. He knew that
with endless knowledge came endless

Some examples of the Dragon Form are Athena
(Greek), St. Peter (Christian), and Surya
The Dragon is associated with the concept of
intelligence, the number 5, and the element of
His sign is the crescent moon.

As a member of Form 5, you are an intelligent and
wise individual. You weigh options by looking
at how logical they are and you know that while
there may not always be a right or wrong
choice, there is always a logical one. People
may say you are too indecisive, but it's only
because you want to do what's right. Dragons
are the best friends to have because they're
willing to learn.

Which Mythological Form Are You?
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You are Form 9, Vampire: The Undying.

"And The Vampire was all that remained on
the blood drowned creation. She attempted to
regrow life from the dead. But as she was
about to give the breath of life, she was
consumed in the flame of The Phoenix and the
cycle began again."

Some examples of the Vampire Form are Hades (Greek)
and Isis (Egyptian).
The Vampire is associated with the concept of
death, the number 9, and the element of fire.
Her sign is the eclipsed moon.

As a member of Form 9, you are a very realistic
individual. You may be a little idealistic,
but you are very grounded and down to earth.
You realize that not everything lasts, but you
savor every minute of the good times. While
you may sometimes find yourself lonely, you
have strong ties with people that will never be
broken. Vampires are the best friends to have
because they are sensible.

Which Mythological Form Are You?
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Finished the Cherryh book yesterday evening... wonder what next I will read ?

Book of the day is Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey, and the sequel Kushiel's Chosen. There's third volume in hardcover I haven't read yet, but so far it's pretty good.. It's fantasy set in a very changed Europe, centered around Terre d'Ange (that's France :p) where among other things prostitution is a sacred art and very influential among the Court of the Night Blooming Flowers. Anyway, the main character Phède, is one of them, and a compulsive masochist to boot (due to the mark of the Angel of punition Kushiel) but she's also a spy and a pretty observant one. With such a stereotyped base, the author write a very good and believable character. The world is very interresting to read, and takes interresting basis from european and other mythologies. The style is very lyrical, and it reminded me of Orson Scoot Card. The stories are still a little bit to easy to guess the plot of, but for a first book it's definitly a great work.

Oh, and I nearly forgot : my opinion of miss_rynn is "it don't see her often enough".


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