Done sweeping

Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


“I do not comprehend this species. How have they ever managed to achieve interstellar civilization without self-destructing?”

Finally, after about one year of updates, the epilogue in December. And finally, finally the longingly awaited HEA, with a little teaser for the next installment.

I am a little underwhelmed. There was too much discussion about who does what to whom and why for my taste. And too many too detailed descriptions of endless, different settings. And Maud always being the clever one and explaining to the others how it all works got a little old as well. The action scenes were great though. Ilona Andrews knows how to write great sword fights and bloodshed in general.

And I guess it is a tough one to keep a great narrative going in a weekly online serial with barely any editing. At the moment I feel no great need to pick up the edited, improved, mature version. But if the next story in the Innkeeper universe will show up on IAs website, I am game.

Main chapter page: (probably won‘t be available online for much longer)
http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/ca…

PS: I am at a loss about attaching the appropriate genre label. Science Fiction it really isn‘t. Ok, there are space ships and some interstellar travel. But it‘s mostly flying through the great beyond in vessels resembling catsles, with gardens, trees etc. It‘s definitely not UF. Romantic, soft SF? Space Fantasy?



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Getting, not getting, getting…

Wolverine: Get Mystique by Jason Aaron

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked the artwork and colouring. The plot was a bit meh. Every issue consists of the Wolverine trying to Get Mystique, mixed with flashbacks to their shared history. I am not telling you, if Logan manages to get her in the last issue, but obviously he keeps failing in the proceeding ones. Pretty superficial, with a philosophical sledgehammer at the end.

I found the story concept surprisingly boring and Logan one-dimensional and unlikeable. But I only just started getting into Wolverine on paper, so I might change my mind after a few more Wolverine comics.

I read this without knowing any other issues of this story arc. It worked for me.

Artwork 4 stars
Plot 2,5 stars



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Digital transformation

Fremdbestimmt: Die digitalen Taktgeber des Alltags und ihre Auswirkungen auf Mensch und Gesellschaft

Fremdbestimmt: Die digitalen Taktgeber des Alltags und ihre Auswirkungen auf Mensch und Gesellschaft by Kurt Gallé

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Zuerst recht interessant. Ich habe viel „aha“ und „genau“ gerufen und mit dem Kopf genickt. Aber irgendwie geht es von da aus nicht weiter. Jedes Kapitel beschäftigt sich mit der Darstellung und Ist-Analyse eines anderen Phänomens der digitalen Gesellschaft. Mir fehlt dabei ein Diskurs des bestimmt sehr intelligenten and hochgebildeten Autors, wohin die Entwicklung dieser Dinge uns führen könnte. Hier und da gibt es kleine Andeutungen, die mir aber zu oberflächlich sind. Wenn man sich mit dem Thema vor dem Lesen dieses Buches schon mal beschäftigt hat, erfährt man nichts Neues.

Ganz nett, nichts weltbewegendes. Ich hatte mir mehr erhofft. Die im Untertitel erwähnten Auswirkungen auf Mensch und Gesellschaft wurden mir nicht genug betrachtet.



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Still going strong

Saga, Vol. 8 (Saga, #8)

Saga, Vol. 8 by Brian K. Vaughan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Hazel struggles with being different a little. She has beautiful wings. And the zebras have beautiful, multicoloured stripes. Petrichor is finally growing on me. And all the rest… would be a spoiler.

For the next romance read, let‘s have a D. Oswald Heist book!

The Will keeps getting odder and odder. I am surprised that I even recognize him from one volume to the next.

Plenty of weirdness all around. Several „ewww“ moments.

Sweet ending. One more volume and then I am all caught up. Still enjoying it, so this might be the next series I subscribe to…



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Sword fight!

Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


“I do not comprehend this species. How have they ever managed to achieve interstellar civilization without self-destructing?”

Read in November, ★★★★☆:
Chapter 17, parts 1-4, 15 p., http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/20…

I am a little underwhelmed. There is a little too much discussion about who does what to whom and why for my taste. And too many too detailed descriptions of endless, different settings. And Maud always being the clever one and explaining to the others how it all works is starting to get a little old as well.

However, as soon as there are action sequences, the story takes off. IA does action sequences really very well. The battle scene at the end of chapter 17 is excellent.

*
Main chapter page:
http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/ca…



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More bloodshed

Lazarus Vol. 5: Cull

Lazarus Vol. 5: Cull by Greg Rucka

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very violent. Twisty. A lot of blood. Good storytelling.

Wow, and what an ending to this volume. I hope that this will all get wrapped up in the next one! Which isn‘t out yet. I seem to have found my first comic series that I will subscribe to, so I don‘t miss what happens next. The story telling is just that good.

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PS: Can I just say that I do not like the new WordPress editior. I was comfortable with the old one. Now I have to learn again how everything works. Why do they keep messing with working systems?

New planes of existence

Dichronauts

Dichronauts by Greg Egan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Symbionts on a planet with a different set of dimensions and shaped as an hyperboloid.

A somewhat human body and a leech-like creature, cohabiting and sharing their life. How do you decide the direction of your life, how do you choose your profession, your partners…. who gives in, who takes precedence, what happens in case of irreconcilable differences? Fascinating.

The book is split in several parts, each part of the book dealing with a distinct section of plot. Part One did a nice job of explaining the tensions between the cities competing for resources and the possible societal conflicts, caused by the symbiotic relationships of its inhabitants. And the next parts… well, you‘ll have to find out for yourself.

The tricky part in this book is the planet and its physics. Because of the way it‘s shaped, nothing works as you would expect. I really struggled to picture this world and its inhabitants. I am not sure if it‘s me lacking imagination or if the author did a poor job of explaining it. Or did he do a deliberate job of leaving blanks, to challenge the readers to figure it out by themselves?

It took me over half of the book to even realize that the walkers do not have symmetrical bodies (I think?). I understood that they were shaped differently, with restricted options of movement and a different visual system, but I could not for the life of me picture them for most of the book. Not sure I have the right visual even now, after finishing.

Very, very imginative and pretty much a mystery to me. Without the book blurb I would have been lost in the beginning. Minor degrees in physics, math, astronomy and mechanical engineering might have helped. At one point I started reading up on orbital planes, torque and Euler‘s theorem of rotation. And I looked up Egan‘s explanations as well: http://www.gregegan.net/DICHRONAUTS/0…
He also explains the physics at the end of this book.

I got so occupied with trying to understand the physics of this world, that the plot took a backseat until the last few chapters.

Explain this to me… I know it‘s a play on words and letters, but I can‘t figure it out:

Theo said, „Flerdibyll graznisniff?“
Seth responded effortlessly:
„Mulpeneresh, sockulee!“


Translation into plain English, please!?

This book was hard work! Fascinating stuff and deeply weird. I am docking one star for the sheer incomprehensibility (is that a word?).

I received this free e-copy from the publisher/author via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review, thank you! Sorry it took me so long….



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