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Re: Lucien21 Books 2016

Postby draclvr » Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:07 pm

Have had this series on my list for awhile... must follow up. I kind of got away from Stephen King for awhile, but did enjoy a couple of later books.
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Re: Lucien21 Books 2016

Postby Lucien21 » Fri Jul 22, 2016 3:08 pm

Dark Run - Mike Brooks

The Keiko is a ship of smugglers, soldiers of fortune and adventurers, travelling Earth’s colony planets searching for the next job. And nobody talks about their past.

But when a face from Captain Ichabod Drift’s former life send them on a run to Old Earth, all the rules change.

Trust will be broken, and blood will be spilled.


Space Pirates on the edge of the law, Blackmailed into doing one big job for a old client. Ichabod Drift (stupid name) and his crew of misfits end up on the run and desperatly trying to survive on their wits.

Is this sounds at all familiar then you have narrowed down both the good and the bad of this book. It's basically Firefly......It's fast paced with decent characters, lovable rouges each with a past, doing illegal things with style .

So as much as I liked Firefly, this book does nothing new. The captain may as well be Cpt Reynolds and the main female character is Zoe, throw in a crazy pilot and a Maori "Jane " warrior and you have most of the crew. So while it's a fun read it's very derivative and slight. There ain't much to the plot that couldn't have been a 45 min TV episode.

Overall if you like Firefly or just a fun Space Opera that you don't need to think about much then pick this up, if not then meh....

3/5
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Re: Lucien21 Books 2016

Postby Lucien21 » Mon Jul 25, 2016 3:32 pm

Saga Volume 1 - Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples

When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.


This comic has been described as "Star Wars meets Game of Thrones". A decades long war between the Technically advanced planet "Landfall" and it's magically inclined satellite "Wreath", two lovers (Alana and Marko) from opposite side escape and have a baby (Hazel). Now everyone is trying to catch them for betraying their own side and stop people finding out that they had a kid.

The artwork is georous, Fiona Staples really bring the characters and world to life with all it's strange inhabitants. Robot nobility with TV Heads, bounty hunters with spider like bodies, Character with Horn and others with wings...its a weird universe. Yes it have have some controversal scenes in it and it doesnt shy away from depicting adult themes. (in fact it was origionally censored on Apple products)

The script is fantastic with great characters and the dialogue is snappy and well written.

I love this series.

5/5
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Re: Lucien21 Books 2016

Postby Lucien21 » Tue Jul 26, 2016 1:21 am

Saga Volume 2 - Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples

Thanks to her star-crossed parents Marko and Alana, newborn baby Hazel has already survived lethal assassins, rampaging armies, and horrific monsters, but in the cold vastness of outer space, the little girl encounters her strangest adventure yet... grandparents.

Collects Saga issues #7-12


Oooh.. meeting the in-laws especially when you are the enemy. This could be akward. Some great flashback scenes of how Marko and Alana meet and the start of their love story, some weird planet (or is it?), the ex -fiance joins the hunt and a tragedy.

A great set of issues.

Saga Volume 3 - Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples

Searching for their literary hero, new parents Marko and Alana travel to a cosmic lighthouse on the planet Quietus, while the couple's multiple pursuers finally close in on their targets.

Issues #13-18


So the couple meet their literary hero, as their pursuers are closing in. Prince Robot IV shows up while the other group are trapped on a planet waiting for ship repairs. We are introduced to a couple of new characters (a reporter and his camerman) who are living dangerously in more ways than one. ...Timejump now Hazel is a toddler and our heroes are settled on a new planet.

Still loving it.

Saga Volume 4 - Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples

As they visit a strange new world and encounter even more adversaries, baby Hazel finally becomes a toddler, while her star-crossed parents Marko and Alana struggle to stay on their feet.

Issues #19-24



5/5
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Re: Lucien21 Books 2016

Postby Lucien21 » Sat Aug 13, 2016 5:34 am

The Sorcerer's Daughter - Terry Brooks

The daughter of a reviled sorcerer, Leofur is nothing like her dreaded father. When her life-partner, Paxon Leah, leaves on a dangerous mission, Leofur protects Paxon’s sister. When she is abducted Leofur is forced to choose between saving Paxon from a mission gone badly awry, or hiring the services of the best tracker in the world to go after her life-partner’s sister.


This is advertised as a stand alone book in the Shannara series even though it's book three of the Defenders of Shannara tag line and features most of the same characters from the previous two books. I made the same point in last Augusts read of the previous novel, it's even more evident this time around.

The books switches between Paxton Leah and his life partner Leofur Rai as they have seperate adventures caused by the Sorcerer Arcannen. Paxton is being hunted by the federation as the druids are being persued through the wilderness by the federation while Leofur, aided by a shape shifter tracker, is trying to get back Paxton's kidnapped sister from a witch.

The book switches back and forward between the two POV's as Arcannen pulls the strings from behind the scenes.

It was a reasonable read, which will be familiar to Brook's fans, but doesn't conform to all his tropes. I was mostly enjoying it until the end. The end felt rushed and didn't feel natural, one character was literally tossed aside with little fanfare, time jumps started to happen to move the plot forward and the final confrontation was over far too easily.

Maybe i'm getting tired of Brooks style but I still keep reading them...weird.

3/5
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Re: Lucien21 Books 2016

Postby Lucien21 » Sun Aug 14, 2016 3:43 am

Saga Volume 5- Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples

Multiple storylines collide in this cosmos-spanning new volume. While Gwendolyn and Lying Cat risk everything to find a cure for The Will, Marko makes an uneasy alliance with Prince Robot IV to find their missing children, who are trapped on a strange world with terrifying new enemies.

Collects Saga #25-30.


Saga Volume 6 - Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples

After a dramatic time jump, the three-time Eisner Award winner for Best Continuing Series continues to evolve, as Hazel begins the most exciting adventure of her life: kindergarten. Meanwhile, her starcrossed family learns hard lessons of their own.

Compiles issues #31-36


5/5


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Re: Lucien21 Books 2016

Postby Lucien21 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 2:15 am

Paper and Fire - Rachel Caine

Ink and Bone introduced a world where knowledge is power, and power corrupts absolutely. Now, the story of those who dare to defy the Great Library—and rewrite history—continues. . . .

With an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good.

Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart.

Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.

But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, or the Library willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control. . . .


Book two in the series, I read book one in February this year and really enjoyed it. This time around I think it suffers a bit from middle book syndrome.

The great world building has been established, the characters drawn and the plot put into motion. However this one feels a bit like it's standing still. We don't really get to see a lot more progress in the overall storyline. There is a lot of action and we do find out some new things about the main character but it mostly resolves around their hunt for a friend and the ending all feels a bit too easy for the odds they have stacked against them.

The ending again hints at more exciting things to come in book three. So I hope that it gets back to pushing the main story and focusing on the wider ideas of the Library and it's power mad corruption.

Still enjoyable but not as good as the first book.

3.5/5
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Re: Lucien21 Books 2016

Postby Lucien21 » Sun Aug 21, 2016 4:22 am

The Hatching - Ezekiel Boone

Deep in the jungle of Peru, where so much remains unknown, a black, skittering mass devours an American tourist whole. Thousands of miles away, an FBI agent investigates a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis and makes a gruesome discovery. Unusual seismic patterns register in a Kanpur, India earthquake lab, confounding the scientists there. During the same week, the Chinese government “accidentally” drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country. As these incidents begin to sweep the globe, a mysterious package from South America arrives at a Washington, D.C. laboratory. Something wants out.

The world is on the brink of an apocalyptic disaster. An ancient species, long dormant, is now very much awake.


When I first got into horror novels in the 80's there was a flood of B-Movie savage animal novels. Vicious Dogs, Rats, Slugs, Crabs, Alligators etc all running rampant and chewing on humans. More recently it's more or less all Zombiepocalypse.

Which is why this novel was interesting, a new apocalyse novel based around Killer Spiders...........Image. Why spiders I blooming hate spiders.

The book is fast paced and introduces a bunch of characters, some who ultimatly end up as spider-chow and the main heroes of the story who are woring towards surviving and defeating the new threat to humanity. The descriptions of them are vivid and send shivers up the spine as they skitter over their victims.

There are a few issues with the book, but the major complaint is the ending. The book doesn't feel finished it just comes to a stop with no resolution. (It's obvious that this is being set up as a trilogy and the sequel "Skiiter" is due next year).

It's a decent-ish novel that I wouldn't recommend reading at night. Shame about that ending.

3/5
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Re: Lucien21 Books 2016

Postby LadyKestrel » Sun Aug 21, 2016 5:06 pm

:no This is one I think I'll pass on, Lucien. I had enough trouble with Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter.
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Re: Lucien21 Books 2016

Postby Lucien21 » Wed Aug 31, 2016 6:01 pm

Hope and Red - Jon Skovron

Finished this on the plane this morning to my holibobs.

In a fracturing empire spread across savage seas, two young people from different cultures find common purpose. A nameless girl is the lone survivor when her village is massacred by biomancers, mystical servants of the emperor. Named after her lost village, Bleak Hope is secretly trained by a master Vinchen warrior as an instrument of vengeance. A boy becomes an orphan on the squalid streets of New Laven and is adopted by one of the most notorious women of the criminal underworld, given the name Red, and trained as a thief and con artist. When a ganglord named Deadface Drem strikes a bargain with the biomancers to consolidate and rule all the slums of New Laven, the worlds of Hope and Red come crashing together, and their unlikely alliance takes them further than either could have dreamed possible


While not the most original plot. Young kid survives tragedy and grows up to chase vengeance. This time around they have two character who come together to become a master thief and warrior combo who have a common enemy. Being the first in a trilogy it isn't all that it seems. There are hints of a bigger threat to the empire.

I enjoyed the novel, the characters were great and the biomancers were evil. I want to find out more about red and hope so luckily a sequel is due. Next year.

4/5
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Re: Lucien21 Books 2016

Postby LadyKestrel » Wed Aug 31, 2016 6:05 pm

Have a nice vacation, Lucien!
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Re: Lucien21 Books 2016

Postby draclvr » Wed Aug 31, 2016 7:41 pm

What is a holibob?!
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Re: Lucien21 Books 2016

Postby Rosaboobie » Thu Sep 01, 2016 5:48 am

Maybe holiday??
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Re: Lucien21 Books 2016

Postby Lucien21 » Thu Sep 01, 2016 7:31 am

Yup holidays. Landed in Orlando yesterday, just in time for a hurricane.
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Re: Lucien21 Books 2016

Postby LadyKestrel » Thu Sep 01, 2016 6:21 pm

Great timing, Lucien! At least you got to land first. Are you going to Disney World again? I haven't been there yet.
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