Dragon (Vlad Taltos #8)
In which Vlad Taltos finds himself, much to his surprise, at the fateful Battle of Baritt's Tomb
Marching through mud just isn't as much fun as they say.
After years of surviving in Adrilankha by practicing the trade I know bestkilling people for a livingsuddenly I'm in the last place any self-respecting assassin wants to be: the army. Worse, I'm right in the middle of a a...more
The idea behind the book is really interesting, and I wanted to see just ...more
Dragon, by Steven Brust, is (as always) an exploration as to what makes up the house the book is titled after. Dragons, in the Taltos series, are military minded, follow their own honor codes, and believe nothing is better than obeying orders. They're essentially Klingons, but without the anger issues. In this book, Vlad winds up fighting inside a squadron of Morollan's army, against an incredibly dangerous wizard, in a battle he has no ...more
My reading notes follow:
@ 2.5% // Vladimir is wearing Jhereg colors. Another flashback novel? Seems to be placed three years after Deathgate falls, so that would make this novel fit where in the chronological time line?
@ 5.4% // I forgot about the paths of the dead! No wonder Barrit didn't like Vladimir in the story a few books ago.
@ 35.8 // I am pretty sure that we already covered the true nature of Spellbreak ...more
Another one that I have enjoyed. It took me a few days to finish since I kept deciding to read starting at 11:30 or so until one, and then needing sleep. Sadly, that is going to change next week. I'm probably going to start doing most of my reading on the bus to and from school, and I hope that I won't lose interest like I did last year.
This really isn't much of a ...more
Just could be my favorite line in all the books. And every time I say so, who-so-ever hears, gives me a look of some variant of contempt, or some variant of confusion.
The most irritating thing about this book for me, sadly, is that the animal, "jhereg" keeps being capitalized. And from here on out (I think), there are instances where the animals that are also houses sometimes get capitalized. That's distressing because, up until here, it was easy to ...more
What I loved most about is how effortlessly and natural we go from one time to another.
The chapters start at the climax of the battle between Morrolan and Fornia, of course, at Vlad's involvment, because the book is from his point of view again. And then while he is relaying what is happening at that moment he'll think back to something happening earlier and therefore telling with each chapter a bit more of the background and how the war came about and how he got to where ...more
In the book Vlad is more noticeably talking to the strange box than in some of the other stories, and his narration is great. The chapters all start shortly before the climax of the story and seamlessly go back to the events leading to the decisive battle. The effect, at least f ...more
The attraction of the novels is his snarky comments to his little familiar Loiosh, who is a Jhereg (little dragony thingie, but NOT a dragon which are actually elvin people and the highest in the hierarchy). It's really unecessarily confusing, which is what can be said of the ...more
Guys. I kept looking ahead to mark the end of the chapter to kind of urge myself on. The constant change of time period confused the hell out of me. I don't really like ...more
The book covers a battle between two members of the House of Dragon, with Vlad enlisting as a soldier. We get to see his personality develop more and, I think, because this book was set in the time period between events in the Book of Ta ...more
Feb 2012: Just re-read this. I think I've put my finger on why this seemed problematic. We're expected to believe that Vlad adjusts relatively easily to being a foot soldier, when in his normal life he's a shot-calling crime boss. The story is told in a non-linear way, so it's a little harder to wrap your brain around the transition. It was for me, anyway. I think right now I'm in a frame of mind where I'd ...more
Sometimes I think Brust is trying to confuse his readers by trying new story writing techniques, and DRAGON is no exception. It jumps back and forth, confusing me for the first couple of chapters, but then it smooths out and I could follow it fairly well. Although I need a reference guide to look up all the hints of things I've forgotten from previous novels.
You don't hav ...more
This is another fine entry in the series. I enjoyed it quite a lot. It doesn't always make perfect sense, but then again war never does. This one is heavy on both black humor and confusion, which is quite reasonable given that somehow the assassin Vlad has managed to manipulate himself into serving as a foot soldier in a war run by Dragons.
I can't figure out why these were never released in audio. I'd love to hear them. As it ...more
I like the way Brust plays with the structure of his books. In this one, each chapter begins with Vlad briefly describing his current circumstance (in the midst of a battle) before backing up to gradually tell the story of how he ende ...more
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