If at first you don‘t succeed…

If at First You Don't Succeed, Try, Try AgainIf at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again by Zen Cho
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I cried like a baby at the end, five stars all the way! This story of an imugi (Korean folklore, lesser dragon in form of a large serpent), trying to become a fully-fledged dragon, went an very unexpected way! Silly, cute and lovely.

Can be read for free here: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/s…

Also have a look at „Head of a Snake, Tail of a Dragon“, a short sequel: https://zencho.org/head-of-a-snake-ta…

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Boats, gates, portals and nodes…

Dragon Blood (World of the Lupi, #14)Dragon Blood by Eileen Wilks
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Best read back to back with the previous book. Avoids frustration at the end of that one, due to the massive cliffhanger, aka it stopped practically in the middle of a chapter. Some heavy editing of this one here with some massive cuts and publishing those two books in one might have been the way to go…

The book starts with immediate action (middle of the chapter, remember?), followed by a veeery looong info dump. 70 pages in, I starting skimming just a teeny-weeny bit. 100 pages later I was still knee-deep in explanations, more explanations, details upon details, portals, gates, Dis, Hell, magical philosophy, snore, skim skim skim…. And more skimming. Oh boy, this really did not do it for me. Large parts of the plot just felt like boring attempts to rack up the page count. Jumping here, jumping there, more detailed explanations, pages after pages of… I don’t even know, because I was skimming so much! The only highlight was Grandmother.

What the heck was that? Possibly the end of me reading this series. 2 catatonic stars, whimpering away, possibly through a gate into another dimension, that might or might not have a congruent timeline. I wish I had a gate to go through, back to the time before I started this book!

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