**spoiler alert** Before I get to my thoughts on the book, here're some points to help you see where I'm coming from (there're gonna be spoilers throu**spoiler alert** Before I get to my thoughts on the book, here're some points to help you see where I'm coming from (there're gonna be spoilers throughout): I had a lot of gripes with the book, and I don't think I have enough patience to explain each point, so hopefully you've read the book before reading this.
I haven't read a lot of zombie fiction, but I really like zombie movies and have watched quite a few. In fact, I only came to know of this book by watching the trailer of the movie based on it. People like to moan about how zombies are a washed out genre that needs to be put to rest. And to those people I tell - leave the moaning to the zombies. I honestly don't see the issue. Sure, it might produce a pile of mediocre crap and even less than that, but among them, you'll find a gem. Sorta like the kids in the story, tbh.
Another thing about me is that I very much enjoy gore but dislike children. So Helen Justineau's pleas of "think of the children" and "don't kill the children" had pretty much no effect on me. Especially considering that the children were basically high functioning zombies. Kinda like in Sean of the Dead or Land of the Dead, but smarter and younger.
The reason why I brought up the fact that the children were zombies, or "Hungries", as they were called in TGWATG, is because the story starts by introducing us to Melanie, the little girl who gets strapped in a chair and wheeled in to class each morning by a brigade of military personnel with a gun pointed to her head. This was intentional, I believe, to make us feel bad for the "children" and Melanie in particular, before letting us know they were a threat. Before "showing" us what they were actually like. I knew what I was going into, having seen the movie trailer, so I didn't join the pity party.
I had a lot of problems with this book. I'm not even sure where to start... First of all, there was the writing. I didn't enjoy it. What irked me most of all were the analogies. There were so many of them and they failed to impress me.
The next let down were the characters and their interactions.
Helen Justineau was described as smart. She was anything but. Despite being a psychologist, she kept failing to read people and situations adequately, only focusing on the "children" and how to keep them from harm's way. When things when south in the second act, she kept acting like a moron. From trying to keep Melanie closer than necessary, despite the girl's clear inability to control herself, to firing that damn flare gun. And why the hell did she knock out only one of the zombies that was attacking Caldwell? Why not knock out the second one? Because story. Because Caldwell needed very dramatic, debilitating and dramatic injuries.
Dr. Caldwell was hated upon by everyone. And for what? For trying to figure the situation out? For trying to find a cure? For not being nice? In Helen's eyes, she despised Caroline Caldwell for trying to harm the "children". But what the hell was she supposed to do? Just let humanity die? She wasn't blameless, of course. Being stupid enough to approach a zombie and poke around it.
Melanie was very inconsistent with her hunger. First, she couldn't help herself, but she grew accustomed to being near her idol and the others fairly quickly. Then by the end (with only a few days passing) she could give a damn and was able to even hug Helen without trying to bite her guts out, when she was sure she would have a few hours prior.
The only character I really liked and sad to see killed was Parks. His death was pretty stupid as well. Just after the zombie kid took a bite from his arm and another went to have a go at Helen, he reached for her gun and saved her. lol, ok, pal. Could've tried to save yourself as well.
The fungus zombies - nice and deadly, but very inconsistent with how they were described. Supposedly, they could trace people by smell and even heat, but the gang had somehow managed to pass long stretches of land without having a hungry pack after them. Without so much as being mentioned as standing anywhere. I don't get it. Where were they when the e-blockers ran out?
The setting - Ok, so you try to save humanity but you set your base so far that if anything happens - everything is screwed. Um, ok. Cool. Another thing that bothered me was that life in Beacon wasn't talked about at all. The only one who mentioned it was Gallagher, and it was just the narrow experience.
The ending (some huge spoilers, so avoid if you don't wanna know)- The ending was a steaming pile of shit.
I don't mind total human extinction in fiction, but this was a mess. Supposedly, the "smart hungries" of Melanie's kind were the product of zombie on zombie intercourse. In which case, it means the children must have aged. But despite being locked in the base for years, they didn't age even a little bit? My point is, wouldn't somebody have noticed? And how is zombie pregnancy even possible? Why are those organs even functional at this point?
Throughout the book, we're not given a very sympathetic view of humanity. And it culminates in Melanie deciding to just zombify the world with the spores and create a happy family for herself and keep Ms J. as her pet teacher. And how was that arrangement was even going to work? Whoopty doo. Am I to understand the humanity wasn't worthy to live? That trying to find a way to eliminate the infection was pointless? Because what? Because life wasn't going too well at that point? Because "think of the zombie children"?
I'm not one to push for miserable existence, but zombie kids don't have any more right to live than humans do.
All in all, I couldn't recommend this book. The pacing was pointlessly slow at points and the whole thing was a disappointment. ...more
I'd like to state that I generally don't read het erotica. It just doesn't do it for me. I think this is t**spoiler alert** Major spoilers all around.
I'd like to state that I generally don't read het erotica. It just doesn't do it for me. I think this is the first one I've read in years, and only because I like the authors and their zombie universe a lot. After enjoying The Copper Horse novels quite a bit, I thought, why not? That sex scene with Copper and Coal was hot and I did want to know how his time with Alexander was. Turns out, not very good. About midway, Alexander got bored and let other guys fuck Coal/Dante, even though it wasn't agreed upon. And poor Coal was certainly not into that. But other than the bits Dante told Annie, and the reason as to why he had to do it in the first place, we don't get too much insight into that time.
What bothered me the most, is that Annie clearly said she wanted to be Coal's mare only so she could stay with him. They did fuck like horses, that first time, but I don't understand why he didn't ask her or even talk to her about it before treating her like a horse. Talk about dysfunctional relationships. And Dante also didn't seem to want to do pony-play. And neither did Annie. She liked the pampering and fucking, but there really wasn't much to pony-play she seemed to like she couldn't get without it. It seems the only reason it was even there was because of the ending. Or maybe the ending was written because there was pony play and it needed some sort of justification, because the leads clearly didn't like it much. They weren't just "part-time ponies", as Erik put it. They were more "ponies-by-necessity". I have to get back to the lack of communication between them. Annie constantly seemed lost. She kept saying that nobody was telling her anything, that she didn't know how she was supposed to behave, and it's damn true. With Copper, he was allowed to talk and was told what he needed to do. But the same, rather cheap plot points were used here as well. Like Crema/Annie not being informed about something, like pulling a sweets cart in front of people while being naked... So she got confused and made a mess. Just like Copper did when Erik didn't tell him he WASN'T going to be naked when pulling the cart outside. I mean, come on people, just... wut. And this kept happening. Percy Preston, who's a complete monster (his true colors really shine here), is invited by Dante to talk theater. Oh, Dante's an actor and Percy tried to get him killed by zombies just so he could have Dante's role, for which he was the understudy. wut. And he lets this vile person into his home... and makes Annie entertain him and some other dude as being a horse... and THEN later, Dante gets mad at Annie for blabbering about Dante being a horse whore for a year because she thought they he and Percy were friends and Dante didn't care about her (my eyes were rolling so hard).
I don't even know. It's all a jumble. There was so much wrong with this novel that I just can't get my thoughts straight.
Anyways... After getting over myself, the sex was pretty hot, despite the disappointing lack of anal and the constant use of "pussy". I just don't find this word sexy. The words "glorious" "magnificent" and such were way overused.
I'm just really disappointed all around. From the by the numbers plot structure (they fuck, some misunderstanding happens, they fight, they make up, they fuck [rinse and repeat a few times], they declare their love to each other, they fight some more, Annie saves the day, they fuck) and then she's preggers and all is well in the world.
I'm a very skeptical person, so unless something has been proven, I'm not inclined to take it seriously. As such, I wasn't s3.5 stars
So, ghosts, right?
I'm a very skeptical person, so unless something has been proven, I'm not inclined to take it seriously. As such, I wasn't sure I'd enjoy a story featuring ghosts. Or at least a guy delusional enough to believe them. Surprisingly, or maybe not, because after all, Josh Lanyon's writing lures me into reading all kinds of things I usually wouldn't, I did enjoy this novella a lot.
Besides the mystery, a lot of the story is about not judging a book by its cover. With everyone and every thing. I loved this aspect.
Rhys, our main character, influenced by a tragic event in his past, wants to believe ghosts are real, but he doesn't let it cloud his judgement, for the most part. He was a pretty good character, but my heart and, tbh, lust, went after Sam. He's so well written, I really cherished him. It really showed through his actions, narrated by Rhys, how his experiences shaped him into who he is on the outside, but inside, just like Oliver said, Sam is a real sweetheart. (view spoiler)[I was quite surprised and delighted to find out that Rhys wanted to top, and that Sam was an eager recipient. I'm a sucker for those things. Maybe because I myself come across as very demure to outsiders, but in reality am the complete opposite once you get to know me... Needless to say, both encounters were super hot. (hide spoiler)]
Side note: Sunscreen as lube? That's a new one. ;p
I died inside when I thought (view spoiler)[it was over between them (hide spoiler)], thinking, "surely, it can't end like this!", and thankfully, it didn't. I would love to read more on this adorable couple.
Another thing I loved is how often I laughed.
On the plot/mystery/side characters: A hunted house that may or may not have been hunted in the story. I think Rhys just his head once too many. Besides that, the clues were enough to deduct certain things about certain characters, which is something I very much appreciate. C.K, Rhys's ex, did kinda remind me of the asshole ex in Mummy Dearest. Both assholes. Everyone involved seemed to be gay, which is such a silly thing to me, because it always reminds me of yaoi manga settings, haha.
All in all, this is a very enjoyable novella, with almost no depressing bits!...more
But, surprisingly, I did like the 2nd, especially compared to the 1st. Not nearly as much as, it seems, just about everyone else though. Besides the more fluid (albeit not very good) writing, it was also more amusing.
A lot of problems still remained, and new ones appeared. The writing has definitely gotten less stiff. Could be because of the change of location. And yet, I still couldn't picture the surrounding. It was easier, because generic forests and battle grounds aren't difficult to conjure up, having read a fair share of war novels in my day. But someone less experienced, or less interested, will most definitely struggle. I remember reading a review about the battles being confusing and not very exciting. While I agree that they could've been described much better, with more details of what was going on, the sounds, the scents, the motions, it was still plenty exciting compared to the snooze fest the first had delivered for most of it.
And this remains a big problem. While I found the 2nd part of this trilogy to be significantly better, I could not shake the impression of the first (which I had read just a day before), stuffy novel. Yes, there was a lot of slaving and palaces, but this could've been done better, I believe.
Another gripe (or a few) that remain(s), which I had not mentioned in my first review, is the use of single quotations to mark speech. I just don't understand the choice. Another thing, the use of parentheses, which I also don't see as necessary in an actual novel, was annoying. But, the biggest of them all is definitely never using "asked", but always "said" and right before the sentence. Maybe it's just a different style I'm not used to, but it kept catching me off guard and interrupting the flow of reading. But recognizable patterns are important. Our brain learns to slide over things we're used to with ease, not making us stop and reconsider, like when the pattern is changed. Could just be me being nit-picky. I can be a dick sometimes.
And speaking of, let's talk characters again. This time, we get a bit more of "show" instead of "tell", in which Laurent demonstrates his brain power. While I admit that some of his tricks were nifty, the author seemed to have turned him into an all knowing entity, one that Damen learned to respect, fear, lust, love and worship. The author must have noticed that things were unfolding too neatly for Laurent, so she had him admit to mistakes, to miscalculations, to relying on Damen, whose actions even Laurent nor his uncle could not have predicted. But, and this is a big, huge, all encompassing but, nothing, and I mean, NOTHING went wrong. EVERYTHING played out as if neatly written out by someone..........
The attempts to make Laurent more approachable fell flat to me. His admiration of Damen's strength and tactical prowess kept pouring out, despite Laurent's god status in the world around them. Damen would comment or think about how amazing and all knowing Laurent was, who in turn would compliment Damen for his reasoning and fighting abilities, only to outdo him tenfold. There was just way too much talk and thought about how smart and magnificent Laurent was.
And Damen, always lovable, always kind, trying to do right... I like him. But he was created to be liked. And neither he, nor Laurent felt like real people to me. To relate to characters, they need to feel real. To care for their future, I need to think of them as real people that are walking and breathing and fucking. But they just don't feel like that to me. They feel just like characters from a book. I forgot to add, that one of my favorite aspects about his character, was that he was into women, but also into men (into a lesser degree), and we actually got to actually see this play out. I saw this book on a "gay for you" list, and this is certainly not the case.
Yes, the growing trust between them was sweet, and it culminated in a lukewarm love scene. Yes, I know what the author was trying to do. She brought homosexual tension into a medieval-type/fantasy war/battle for succession story. The problem for me was, that I didn't even really want that sex scene. I've seen another person say they couldn't wait for it, but in all honestly, even being a huge perv myself, usually jumping on every bit of gay there is, and while NOT marveling at the story as a whole, did not wait for it. As when it had become more obvious that the sex was imminent, I just wanted to get it done and over with. Once was enough. We learnt some stuff, partially. (view spoiler)[I wonder if Laurent's uncle poked him as a child. (hide spoiler)]
The problem is, that there was a lot of attention given to the hesitant interactions between Laurent and Damen, instead of everything else that could've been interesting. There was clearly a mutual affection, and I say clearly because it was almost shoved into our face, and yet it wasn't. I don't even know if this makes sense, but it has to do with the writing and rather plastic characterization. The point is, that I didn't feel it like I should have. And again, I didn't really want to. And every time we were forced into sexual-tension zones along with them, every damn time, I heard the opening chords to "Let's Get It On", with Marvin Gaye singing the first line. I shit you not. My brain was screaming "corny much?" at me, and I had ignored it, trudging on bravely, giving myself a massive headache in the end.
Laurent did become more interesting, so I stopped hoping Damen would end up with someone else, but still, it was just so odd. I like political intrigue and war stories. I love all that is gay. But I feel that the marriage between those, which culminated in Captive Prince, was not a very successful one. And speaking of, was Laurent's mother ever mentioned? I could just be having a memory lapse, but while we know that Damen's mother died giving birth to him (and nothing else about her. srsly, nothing else, not even something Damen's father might've told him in passing), I can't remember what mother Laurent had popped out of. His father wasn't discussed much, either. I keep wondering, just as I did in the first book - how do people even get born in Vere if nobody has straight relationships? Or even straight sex? Or just doing the Vast(ian?) thing and using men as sperm donors.
Big, huge half spoiler about the ending and Damen's identity:
(view spoiler)[It had seemed peculiar to me that Laurent the all knowing, would not have guessed Damen's identity long ago. And it seems that he had. Unless I was reading it wrong. And for that alone, now that the secret is out, I think the final part is worth reading. (hide spoiler)]
Until what I'd described above under the spoilers, I honestly felt that I could just put the series aside and not even finish it (although I still would have, because it's such a short read, especially having gone through the first 2 already). Especially in the middle of that sex scene of theirs. I actually stopped reading it out of boredom. I'm not even joking. And I'm not one to not see a sex scene through.
And this is all for now, unless I remember more stuff I wanted to say.
Choice phrase: "pitched tents". Every time I saw this line, which was repeated quite a few times, I could not help but chuckle. I'm sure that many tents were indeed pitched, and pitched hard....more
This will not be a review, per say, but just my experience with this novel (Special Forces: Soldiers Part I & II).
There will be spoilers all over,This will not be a review, per say, but just my experience with this novel (Special Forces: Soldiers Part I & II).
There will be spoilers all over, about this book and the other books in the series, which I have not read (only read reviews), and I will explain why.
So here goes...
The other week, when I was writing a story for my amusement, about two soldiers in the Russian army, I suddenly remembered this work and that I had left it unfinished back in 2010, reading the first, unedited book.
The concept was interesting, but the execution didn't pull me in. There were descriptions that irked me, mannerisms that annoyed me. It just didn't feel right. But I thought I'd give the edited version a go, and I'm very glad I did.
This time, it somehow felt more... authentic. The feelings it evoked in me were much stronger. The feelings between the two men also felt so much stronger to me, and much more gradual. The hesitance, the mistrust, the violence, it was more drawn out, and of course, well deserving. But also the tenderness. The hardships that led to words and feelings so desperate they took my breath away. I've read chapter 15 three times (after which I had to stop reading for a couple of days), each one of them leaving my face streaked with tears. I couldn't help myself. All the pain and suffering culminated in such tender, sweet words. An impossible love. This time, this book, these words, made me care. Made me love the characters.
And besides, I believe this quote to be 100% true: They break something in Special Forces training—and that something is common sense.
It hurt. It made me hurt physically, knowing that Vadim was going to get captured and tortured. I didn't want to read the next books at first. I didn't want to hurt like that. Their love was so desperately lodged in my brain, releasing chemicals telling me to care and hurt for it.
I didn't want to read on. Because despite this being fiction, despite this being mainly a story about the relationship and love between two men and war was being used as just a prop, I couldn't. It was personal. The Soviet soldier, the pride of his country, an assassin, a rapist. I don't usually find rapist-turned-lover stories appealing, because they never seem real. How could you love your rapist? But here, in the midst of war, a war nobody understood in a country that nobody cared about, where killing meant nothing... Love could grow in unthinkable places.
And again, it felt all too close. The Soviet union, which I was not technically part of, having grown up in the 90s. But my country didn't seem to realize it was over. Maybe it was all too fresh. "Foreign" was still bad. Even before understanding the word, "imported", in my mind, was a bad thing, all due to its usage around me. "Government" was to be blindly obeyed. If the stores didn't have any food in them, or you had to wait for hours in line to get something, it was ok. Because there was no other way for us.
And really, I do agree, that somewhere, deep inside, the Soviet people have turned into a servile, almost slave-like people. The KGB, in its many incarnations, was no secret. Everyone knew. Those who were smart, kept quiet. Even now, in my home country, if you speak against the government, you will disappear unless you're famous enough for people to notice. For the rest of the world to notice. If entire families disappeared from their homes, it was terrifying, but we knew to keep quiet if we wanted to live. And yet, I still consider it home...
To live in a place that running water was cut off every now and again. But it was ok. We'd eat from the dishes we'd used earlier. A place where electricity would be cut off every now and again, and if we were outside, my mother would cling to me for dear life, hurrying us up to get to our building, where a neighbor would light up a match to keep us from stumbling blindly. But it was ok. Because that was all we knew. And yet, as a small child, before we had left to another country, that by all accounts should have been stricter but wasn't, my childhood was a happy one. Maybe fear hasn't yet developed in me, as it develops later in a child's life. I wasn't scared going in the dark, even though, many years later, my mother would tell me that it wasn't uncommon to get dragged away, raped and killed. I didn't have many toys. I didn't need them. My parents took me outside, to play in parks, in the spring, where everything was green and beautiful and alive, in autumn, with the leaves colored sepia and the smells I can still remember today. And in the winter, when snow coated the earth, but I wasn't cold. Delicacies for me were a fresh, rare orange, or freshly picked raspberries. I was happy and carefree.
Just imagine how it was before that. Before the Soviet union had collapsed. Imagine, that a girl sneezing during Lenin's memorial service at school, would be disciplined and almost expelled. The Soviet pride. Yes, it runs deep. Even in me, who had left young and long ago. The pride in our values of hard work, intellect and discipline. Our traditions. Our language. When you meet a person who speaks Russian, you feel a connection. Even if this connection was forced upon our countries back in the day, it is still there. At least for me. At least in my life and those I've met. I am not saying we're in any way special, but it's easy to see how we were made to feel this way, even in the worst of times.
My relatives who served in the army in the 80s, don't like to talk about it, so I have little idea of what they've been through. They said it was cold. That's all they ever say, and shrug it off, like an unpleasant memory.
And this brings me back to Vadim. The athlete, the Soviet pride. The well read soldier. The killer. Everything, everything and anything for the country. No, for the government. If you're told, this is what you do. This is also why I didn't want to read on. I didn't want to see him suffer. To feel him suffer. Because you don't get back from it.
And then there's Dan. Angry, confused, and oh so loving Dan. I liked him. I didn't feel the same connection, but I felt his love for Vadim and it was beautiful to me. So sweet, so powerful, so timeless. It was him who put it into words first.
This time reading their story got me so emotional... Breathless.
But then, I thought, why not read on? I knew there was technically a happy ending. Even (view spoiler)[a wedding. (hide spoiler)] So I read up on some reviews for Mercenaries and Veterans and... And I have decided that I will not be continuing with this series further.
SPOILERS OF THE OTHER BOOKS, DERIVED FROM MY UNDERSTANDING OF THE NEXT TWO INSTALLMENTS
Vadim was captured and tortured for two years, during which he was broken completely. Even reading didn't give him pleasure anymore. And apparently his love for Dan didn't survive as well. I can only assume that he was numb to life. So he ran away. From Dan. From everything, once he was released (which is a surprise to me and I wonder how it happened, probably Dan's work).
And Dan went crazy. Started fucking every guy he could. And I get that. I really do. He's never been with a man besides Vadim, and after getting betrayed, he threw himself into lust instead of emotion. After a while, they are reunited. But Dan isn't satisfied with Vadim anymore. He needs other people to fuck. To watch how they fuck Vadim. Especially that one guy. All the way to the alter.
And that was it for me. The man who thought and said that Vadim was his home. His life. His reason to live. He will always find him. Always and forever. This is as close to a marriage proposal as one gets, I believe, without explicitly saying so.
But Vadim did it all for Dan. For and because of him, he was captured. Vadim had so much more to lose, so much more at risk. Not just prison for treason. Not even an investigation. No options. The Soviet regime does not tolerate betrayal. There must be no weak links. And I think that during those years of torture Vadim not so much as lost his love for Dan, but linked it to the torment and in that point in time could not face him. Pain is a powerful thing. Despite not having read the book itself, this is my guess.
Their love for each other made me hurt. It hurt, because I knew disaster and separation was imminent. But I did not expect the authors to fuck with us like that. It seems that despite the description, "an epic love story that spans across 25 years", love was not forever. Love didn't endure.
I don't need or want this pain. I don't need this... this mockery. I will cherish the edited Soldiers for what it was. Painful and beautiful. And will not mar it with what this story has become after. There will be no after. In my mind, they will forever be frozen in time, in that room, with them happy, hoping against hope that everything will be ok. That life will treat them kindly. Frozen, just like the Hasek's unfinished Sveyk.
Thank you, Roger and out.
Oh, right, I had some comments on the writing and whatever. It was clear the "plot", aside from building or setting back their relationship took a secondary position. But it reads well. Much better than the first version. The Russian bits of things were not badly done, too. Especially the use of pet names, which I don't often see. By pet names, I mean the diminutive form of names, like "Dima, Katya, Sasha, etc'". Although, for the life of me, I can't imagine a person having the last name "Krasnorada". It just doesn't sound right, even though it has Russian words in it (red & the feminine version of "joyful"). I guess it fits? A gay communist. hehe.
There were some other oddities here and there, like the "Komsomol" being referred to as "Konsomol". It's pretty obvious, with the word "communism" in it, how it should be spelt. Heh. And the use of "lapushka", as "cat's paw" or "paw". Lapushka is mainly used as "darling/sweetie". While it comes from the word "lapa", which means "paw" in general, even the palm of a persons's hand, if you want to insult them. If you want to endear the word "paw", you should say "lapka", which incidentally, can also mean "cutie", as well as a "small paw". But I guess it doesn't really matter.
Another thing that bothered me constantly, is how exactly all that fucking was accomplished without ever, as Dan put it, stabbing shit. I mean, never once was it mentioned of either one of them putting on a condom, despite Dan's generous supply. I mean, it's not a pretty topic, but where's there's ass there's also shit. I guess I'll led it slide into the mysteries of m/m novels...
If you've read this far... Sorry 'bout that.
If you think I should still read the other books, let me know. I'd love to hear more opinions, although I'll probably only read on if there're major changes done to these books.
I don't want to read the reviews, because the pictures I keep seeing are driving me crazy. It's like people don't realize they're already 40, first of all. And almost none of these men even look Russian. Or fit the description. But either way, why disturb someone else's mental picture with yours? =/ I honestly don't get this practice, of trying to find "models" and then sharing them.
Oh well. Onto less heart-wrenching reads I go. ...more
Warning: Spoilers and not favorable opinions may follow
So, uh, I've seen this book on many lists, showered with compliments by many dedicated fans. BuWarning: Spoilers and not favorable opinions may follow
So, uh, I've seen this book on many lists, showered with compliments by many dedicated fans. But my experiences with universally acclaimed fiction novels have so far been mostly disappointing, so the high expectations I may have had were cancelled out by many books not living up to the hype. I came to it open minded, without knowing much about the plot beyond the summary and a few comments.
Before I get to talking about the plot and characters, I'd like to talk about the writing, which was my biggest problem with this book.
The first sentence, even the whole prologue, didn't capture me. It didn't make me want to read more, which is a bad start. The writing itself somehow felt stifling, as though I was looking at the characters through sleep crusted eyes. Like the story was the flesh of a fruit, protected by an unreasonably hard shell. It was also very impersonal. "Show, don't tell", does not apply to this author at all. I couldn't feel any of the emotions, I couldn't feel Damon's pain when he was tortured. I didn't experience much of Laurent's supposed great speech skills.
I could not, for the life of me, paint a satisfactory mental picture of the surroundings, or pretty much any of the characters. Their descriptions were superficial at best, even the first time we encountered them. The characters introduced weren't really discussed, not giving me much opportunity to know about them.
I love world building. I know it can be tedious at times, but world and character building are essential to a good story, and there was very little of it here. Akielos sounded like a much nicer place to live in than Vere, which in contrast, seemed like a pretty terrible place. While there're certainly the liberties to fuck your own gender, there're very high "morals" in place, against bastardy and whatnot. And that's all. We didn't experience much of the outside here. The people, their traditions, character, culture, every day life, nothing was explored. All we had were some words here and there about some particular clothing quirk and the difference between their treatment to slaves (and no, Damen, being a slave is not a pact, you silly, silly prince). And I'm supposed to care if one country wins over the other? Why? Because the author told me to?
Then there was the matter of the borderline purple prose. While not descriptive enough, some of the words used felt rather out of place. Like the French. Why were the characters using French terms? To me at least, it didn't fit with the whole, rather unclear setting (which I guess means I'm supposed to infer Vere is a France-themed place?). And speaking of, where were the countries located? Supposedly, there's a sea separating them. Or maybe not. I don't know. I did not get any sense of how far apart these two countries were. Not only was I not shown these details, but I wasn't even told. And no, I do not want to be resorting to looking at maps to figure out if the terrain is rocky, flat or a dessert.
As for the story itself, I've never been much drawn to stories of rulers and their slaves. It's not that I have any moral qualms about reading such things, but it's never been particularly interesting for me to read about whatever variations on the theme available, which have by now somewhat turned into cliches.
At least here, the slave is a prince, a prince that was meant to be king. I liked Damen. He cared about his people, even in captivity. They were more to him than skin off his back (pun completely intended). He was/is a strong man, not used taking orders, let alone acting as a slave. But he did what he had and wasn't a complete idiot about it. He understood immediately what peril he was in, had his identity been discovered. But even though we were supposed to be in his head, we really weren't. Damen didn't divulge many details about himself, besides having a scar from his half-bro, and Laurent's bro. He wasn't an idiot, and yet, he didn't see through the schemes of his his brother... Shame for him.
And speaking of, um, damn, the name escapes me... Damen's brother. >.>; Oh, right, right, Kastor. Why did he think it was a good idea to let his brother be sent off as a slave. Ok, so it's humiliating. But wasn't it a safer bet to just off him? Did he not consider that Damen might turn into a threat? Why risk it? It just... makes no sense.
Laurent, on the other hand, is supposed to be a master schemer. And that is all we know of him. His dealings are all private, and since Damen is the narrator, we are not privy to Laurent's dealings or motivations. And speaking of, the author's annoying habit of skimping on plot and character points extends to titles as well. At one point, there's a sentence that goes something like "Laurent was presented with all his titles". What are those titles? Was the author sparing us what in her mind were boring details, or could she not think of any? I like to know these things.
All we know is that he hates Akielos because their people killed his father and brother. A war is a war, and yet I understand his bitterness. But not much else. He's an asshole 100% of the time. And the bad part is that he's a boring asshole for 60-70% of the book. I was almost yawning. But when he became more interesting, other parts of the story got my eyes rolling.
Like the "twists" (view spoiler)[Like the Regent liking underage boys and him plotting to kill Laurent. Why yes, in an effort to make us like Laurent a little more, his uncle was to be made a war mongering pedophile. Although, shouldn't he still have a wife? Isn't anyone married in Vere? They all take same sex pleasure pets because bastards are worse than anything else in their eyes, but doesn't that mean they're supposed to have a spouse on the side? (hide spoiler)], which honestly, were not surprising in the slightest. I know, I know, Laurent most likely has perfectly good reasons for being a tight ass. I wouldn't be surprised if all his cock sucking skills are nothing but, and/or only theoretical.
I mean, I get what the author was trying to do, but when you have one person narrating, and so few characters for him to interact with, let alone freely, or more importantly - interestingly. There was just... not enough. Nothing felt good enough in this story.
It just all felt very slim to me. And I know this is supposed to be a m/m themed story, but to be honest with you, I did not feel any longing for Damen and Laurent to end up in bed together. Sure, I wanted to read some hot sex, but Laurent doesn't interest me enough as a character, and besides being a huge dick, I think Damen can do much better. I know they'll fuck. And with Laurent looking like the type of woman Damen likes, there will be no surprises as to whose dick is going where.
Also, who and what the heck are the kyori and what are they always written in lowercase?
An extra for the extra: Oh, my, flying spaghetti monster... That extra was SO DAMN BORING. I actually liked Erasmus and was mildly happy for him to get a chance at a better life (I say mildly, because this book had made me care little for the characters), and then came this annoying extra. Yeah, the thing with the other slave was nice in the end. But up until that point... Let's just say that the training of a pleasure slave was not at all pleasurable. ...more
Boy, what a let down. Despite not being into pony-play, or BDSM in general, I quite enjoyed the two firs Spoilers may follow, so read at your own risk -
Boy, what a let down. Despite not being into pony-play, or BDSM in general, I quite enjoyed the two first installments of The Copper Horse and was really looking forward to reading the last, where the stakes were supposed to be higher but rewarding.
The authors tried interjecting plot and for me they failed. We start off right where the previous book ended (view spoiler)[and now Reuben/Copper & Erik are on the run due to the revolution reaching their doorstep (hide spoiler)]. I kept expecting things to pick up, but the pair just went from one location to another without much development. (view spoiler)[The sex breaks were odd and didn't fit at all with the mood (hide spoiler)]. Then I started the last chapter (without realizing it was the last because I was reading the compiled version), thinking this is it! Surely, the action was gonna start finally. But alas, we went straight to epilogue.
Another aspect I didn't like was how (view spoiler)[easily Reuben went from Copper, to Reuben and then back to Copper. The shifts were very sudden, and I honestly didn't see how Erik deserved that trust anymore. Erik himself wasn't very interesting this time around (hide spoiler)]. Then there was the whole thing of Reuben trying to convince himself, and by extension us the readers, that he was normal. That his relationship with Erik was normal. Regardless of whether you think it was or wasn't, this aspect to his thoughts was tedious to read.
(view spoiler)[They obviously lived happily ever after (hide spoiler)]. I feel cheated, tbh. There was a great opportunity for plotting and intrigue, but there was none. Even the previous books, which focused on pony-play, gave us so much more in terms of plot and development, so I don't see why this book ended being such a let down.
I think this was a rush job to satisfy the demanding fans, but I definitely wouldn't have minded waiting another year or more if it meant getting something that was actually enjoyable....more
I had so much to say about this book, but then it just dissipated after I'd read the epilogue. So this will probably be another one of my incoherent juI had so much to say about this book, but then it just dissipated after I'd read the epilogue. So this will probably be another one of my incoherent jumbles.
I'll start off by pointing out a few things that bugged me. Pride took off immediately after Fear, the first novel in the trilogy. But it confused me greatly, because the scene was somewhat different. I got very confused for a bit, trying to understand if it was a direct continuation or not, especially since Reuben has somehow suddenly accepted his pony-self wholeheartedly. But more on that later. Another scene that bothered me was when Erik told Reuben about his first pony. Only, this wasn't the first time, Erik'd told him in the first book, but it was treated like new information.
Besides that, because I've read these books back to back, I noticed some tonal shifts. Like descriptions that shouldn't have been there. For example, Reuben referring his prostate as a "a bunch/knot of nerves (iirc)", while it was always his "sweet spot" beforehand, and also after that. I don't think he'd be very knowledgeable about his anatomy like that...
I really enjoyed the first book, Fear. Its buildup, the pace. In Pride, things were sped up. Reuben's acceptance to being a horse didn't come as organically as I would have wished. One day he was cracking jokes, the next his skull was filled with nothing but acting as a horse. Which came pretty naturally. He got so maternal, too. xD
Nonetheless, I have to say that I loved this book. It gave me less laughs, a bit too much tenderness at the end there, but it all felt well deserved.
I enjoyed getting a peek into Erik's mind, to that day with Chestnut. And then, from there, you could see why he reacted the way he did to Reuben's disobedience. I don't think he wanted to go through it again, and yet he was conflicted about forcing someone to stay with him. That's not what Erik wanted. Just like I predicted after reading the first book, all Erik wanted as love. And, well, all the pervy perks that came with that.
There were two punishments in that book. And both of them played out oh so well. I especially loved the aftermath of the second one, which brought them so close together. I felt like what led to it was a bit forced, but goodness, was the payoff worth it. I enjoyed reading Erik like that, being a huge pervert myself. I'll tell you though, that at first, I had to lay the book aside for a bit, because I got tired of all the violence. But got right back to it later. xD (view spoiler)[Fucking loved how Erik referred to Reuben by his actual name, instead of Copper. (hide spoiler)]
And speaking of perversions... I had to google those hooves. And by Pegasus, seeing them on a female form titillated me. I started thinking that having a woman wear these contorting hooves on her legs, with a pair of black velvety gloves and then fucking her brains out... That would be a cosplay party to remember. And then I got into thinking, that having a human pony sounds really good. I much more appreciate the female form, aesthetically speaking, and a non-air-head partner, but I can definitely see the appeal.
And while I did enjoy Reuben's acceptance, it kinda dumbed him down... He really did become a horse. I've read a review saying the humiliation was turned up a notch. But I don't think so. Reuben did feel pride in becoming a prized stallion for his master. The things Erik made him do didn't humiliate Reuben/Copper any longer. He loved them. Relished at the attention and the experience. And most of all, Erik's attention. (view spoiler)[I loved the fact that after (and even during) each fuck, Reuben still thought of his master, and longed for his touch. (hide spoiler)]
The use of toys... Well, tail butt plugs... I couldn't get enough. Not enough of that in my literary word. Not to mention leather-clad fingering...
By the end though, when his "secret" of loving cocks came out... (view spoiler)[That chapter after the party, when they lay as man and man, instead of man and beast... It was beautiful and so touching.(view spoiler)[
Another thing I enjoyed, was the cast of side-characters and continued scheming. The world is crumbling, but I hope Erik will manage to pull through.
Big spoiler, but you probably wanted to know this as much as I did: (view spoiler)[Hans finally dies. But it's the last line in the Epilogue, and probably means somebody came to kill Erik. Eek... (hide spoiler)]
And a few spoilerific words on John:
I love John. I can't help it. He's such a tight ass, and it's cute how he's clearly jealous that Erik stopped fucking him and fell in love with a silly hill-billy instead. His page-time with Copper was really fun for me to read.
And on to the next novel! I do hope it'll come out soon... Can't wait. >___> Please, dear author pair, release it soon...
I'm very conflicted on how to rate it. 3, 3.5, 4... Dunno. Goodreads only does full stars. Tsk. Due to my sheer enjoyment, I'll grant it 4 stars. But could've used some editing. And I don't even care about spelling errors or the dreaded double spaces some were complaining so much about.
Note: I might edit this review later, if I remember some more stuff I wanted to say. Not that anyone's gonna read this, pft. I just like remembering how I felt about a certain book a while, and long after I'd read it.
Before I start trying to put my stream of thought about this book into words, I'd like to preface and say that ponyplWhat the fuck did I just read? xD
Before I start trying to put my stream of thought about this book into words, I'd like to preface and say that ponyplay is not a fetish that I share. In fact, any type of mindbreak and total submission games are too extreme for me to partake personally, but they're sure a hell lot'a fun to read about.
I think that first and foremost, the story is very well constructed. The feeling of owning another human being like a pet, and treating them as such, while still having clear distinctions of humanity (such as, well, fucking them) is masterfully crafted and conveyed.
I can see the intentions behind Erik's desires in the way he treats Reuben/Copper. As his master, Erik strips Reuben of his clothes, his pride and his identity. Reuben is no longer a person, but a two-legged fuckable horse called Copper, and since Reuben didn't choose to partake in Erik's games, he naturally refuses to play a long at first. But what is some humiliation compared to all the joys living as a rich man's fuck-toy can provide? Born as a baker's boy with an inclinations to the same sex, Reuben didn't have much going for him besides a strong body and a full set of teeth. Because of his red hair, he was often mistaken for an Irishman, which is as low as you can go in early 20th century, zombie infested London.
Reuben doesn't want to admit to Erik he desires men, which I find peculiar, even though he was raised to think it's dirty and sinful. He keeps telling himself that if nobody knows he enjoys the sex, then he can enjoy it guilt-free. And he doesn't just like sex with men, he likes being overpowered. Which makes him kinda perfect for Erik's games. I bet Erik would trust Copper much better if he knew.
And speaking of Erik. What a type. I love how shameless he is. How composed and how talented. So much so, that he's able to make a fortune and live on his on accord in a mansion filled with servants who're "similarly inclined". Despite his completely out there fetish of breaking men into submissive two-legged horses, I can't be but transfixed. He seems to genuinely enjoy Reuben's company, and later we see his armor slightly cracking... but he's still a difficult man to gauge. Does he only want a fuckable horse and nothing more? I don't think so, but maybe he thinks he can't get any man to submit willingly and love him trully, so he buys them off the street... and plays with their mind.
Super interesting to read about and I would very much like to know more about him.
I enjoyed their intimacy, but also how masterfully Erik plays his game to warp Reuben's mind into Copper. My only problem was those restraints Reuben/Copper had to wear so often. I'd go insane. And all those times spent inside a bath- they felt like forever and made me think their skin should've pruned and peel off!
A few words on the setting: I very much like the idea of a zombie infested London, and tbh, I wish it'd been explored a bit more.
I can't wait to read the next installment, and I see there's a third one to complete a trilogy. I have an inclination how it might end, going by the title "Love". Heh.
A major plus I forgot to add, is that this book made me laugh out loud many times. Sometimes because the subject matter was so peculiar, but also due to the hilarious dialogues and Reuben's thoughts....more
1.5 starts. Half a start for not being the worst thing I've ever read.
I read half. Was pretty bored. Implausible and boring plot & characters... Di1.5 starts. Half a start for not being the worst thing I've ever read.
I read half. Was pretty bored. Implausible and boring plot & characters... Dima's tattoos made me laugh.
The typos were pretty stupid, but I didn't care too much. It just wasn't hot or interesting. The writing was pretty terrible, I'm sad to say. And if you're going to write about Russians, please, at least do some research.
Like names. It's very simple. Dima, is a diminutive form. No Russian parent will put "Dima" on the birth certificate. It should've been Dmitri. Doesn't have to be all the time, of course. But just like X stands for Xavier, Dima stands for Dmitri. You wouldn't let your underlings and subordinates call you Dima. It's disrespectful. Just as if I were to call Obama - Bambi or something. He didn't even call his brother, Pyotr - Petya. You'd call your brother that.
And Xavier... Storm? Really? Mmkay. no. Stupid names like that bother me to no end. I can't get into the story at all like that.
So much about the story's progression annoyed me. That insta-begging. Submission is a personal thing. Very intimate. Especially if you want to get fucked in the process. So for a crime-lord to go and just randomly try to hump the first piece of ass he fancies like that? Yeah, I dunno about that. You're kinda thinking with your dick too much, which is why nobody likes you.
I like reading about men who know what they want. Be it domination, and especially submission. I find it hot. But they kept cuming in their pants all the time. Or cuming and then doing a reprise without pause. Supposedly, they're like 30+. They can't hold it and they get it up immediately after orgasm. Sounds 20ish to me. But whatever. Let's say it's because their relationship is so intense. Let's say it's because they've found their perfect match in each other... It still didn't make the writing of these scenes any sexier. And I do like a good bondage scene. I do like toys and fingers and everything. But even here, in my opinion, the novel failed to deliver.
I dunno. I expected more. But I was sorely disappointed. Will not be finishing this book. Half was more than enough....more
Despite this being so short, I think it's the best 2 bucks I've ever spent. A good deal from Smashwords.com
I'm not sure what it says about me, that I eDespite this being so short, I think it's the best 2 bucks I've ever spent. A good deal from Smashwords.com
I'm not sure what it says about me, that I enjoyed this book through and through. And that I didn't even hate Curt. I felt sorry for him, because in some fucked up manner, I could almost relate. Or at least understand. Nothing excuses the things he's done, in prison or outside of it. And I really don't like excusing people with the "if you kick a dog..." bullshit. Because I've been kicked. I've been down. The system has not been in my favor. But then again, maybe I haven't been kicked hard enough. And despite everything, I couldn't help but feel sad and sorry for what he's been through. Nobody's ever given him a chance. Nobody cares about cons in America. No matter what their offense was. The point is not to rehabilitate, but to punish. And that's what he got. Who was there to show this man compassion? To teach him it's ok to be himself, that wanting certain things is ok, that making mistakes is ok. When nobody gives a shit about you, why would you give a shit about anybody? Instead, minor offenses turned into a life of crime. In his case, he was definitely the product of a faulty, corrupt system.
The tone of this story was spot on. I could feel the anger, the urgency, the confusion. The pace was hectic, and it didn't stop until the dramatic climax.
I think that early on, we get a sense of Curt's inclinations, even though he doesn't want to admit it. He keeps saying, "I'm straight, it's just for control/release". And then he gets a lot more than he bargained for.
The ending wasn't a complete surprise to me. I pretty much figured out it was going to be this way, because what other way was there, really? (view spoiler)[But what surprised me about it, is how ok it felt. Almost like a happy ending. Curt was at peace with himself. He wasn't so angry anymore. He felt like he could connect with his fellow men. He got a long stretch, but I don't think it's going to be too bad for him... (hide spoiler)]
All in all, this work is more than the sum of its parts, which as the title implies - is rape. It is graphic though, but that's the point. ...more
So, uh... I did NOT sign up for this. This WILL contain spoilers, which I'll try to conceal, but be warned.
I thought this was going to be a brutal stoSo, uh... I did NOT sign up for this. This WILL contain spoilers, which I'll try to conceal, but be warned.
I thought this was going to be a brutal story of hate, lust and maybe some redemption or a weird connection. What I got was one real rape, one "that's what I've been through 'cause of your dad" rape and a whole lot of cuddling. Oh so much cuddling.
Soon, Jay conveniently needs to be away on business for a few days and his partner, Al, who's had the hots for his captive, Rob, all the while he was stalking him, starts enjoying himself quite a bit. Rob is the perfect captive. (view spoiler)[He likes poetry and has even had some same sex experience, which he enjoyed (hide spoiler)]. Not to mention his hot body and (view spoiler)[willfulness to get fucked and suck dick after 2 days (hide spoiler)]. I mean, sure, sometimes pleasure is more effective than pain. Especially after brutal rape and treatment. But he Rob was in that cold room for what, two days? And then he's like (view spoiler)[Uh, this feels good when Al does it, so... Uh... More please? (hide spoiler)] And the crazy thing is, that he wasn't doing it to try and trick his captive to get away. He was genuinely into it.
And don't get me wrong, the sex was hot, for the most part. I liked all the foreplay and muffled panting, but then it became almost too vanilla for me. Even with the gag and bondage. Although the miles of tape they used was off-putting. One of the many ways to use duct tape, I guess.
Then came the ending, in which (view spoiler)[Jay (or, well, Jeff) conveniently dies in a car crash, but things haven't been too great between him and Al, so it's all good. (hide spoiler)] And then (view spoiler)[fucking Rob reappears, having found out everything. About his father putting away Jeff, and what happened to Jeff in prison (details we're never especially privy to). And he wants to be with Al. Because after all that mind fuck, he's a broken man. But no, Al's not so easy. Until he is. And btw, they totally should've fucked that last chapter. (hide spoiler)]
You know what? This is just ridiculous. I can suspend my disbelief only so far, but this went to the moon, up a man's ass and back into someone's creative lobe.
Despite the rants above, I didn't hate the book. It was a fast, easy read. Well, easy if you don't mind rape, bondage, mindfuck and lot's of hair. The sex, as stated above was pretty good. But the dialogue was kinda... I dunno. Annoying would be the word. Too chatty. And I'm adding "dude" and "daddy" to the list of words I don't ever want to see more than once per half a novel. Who says dude anymore? Who calls their abductor daddy?
And on the daddy/abductor persona: (view spoiler)[So you found your other half in a bulky, crazy, ex-con with a thick dick who likes to fuck you hard, just the way you like it. You're afraid to be alone, so you go with his crazy scheme of making the cop pay for doing his job by abducting his son. (hide spoiler)] Um. Ok.
**spoiler alert** So many almosts... So many... The meetings... The deathes... They almost met... He almost lived... We almost made it... This was the**spoiler alert** So many almosts... So many... The meetings... The deathes... They almost met... He almost lived... We almost made it... This was the most eventful book so far, with numerous characters dying, ones I didn't know I'd like so much. Why oh why... I was glad with most of the deathes, I must say, especially Catelyn's. She was just annoying. I know, I know, she's a mother... Who cares? The people you got killed sure don't. They had families, too. But Cat didn't care, she just wanted to make her sonny King and maybe find them lost, but probably dead children. Sure, they say hope dies last, but don't you want to live a little more? I guess not. But don't involve others and get them killed in the process. There's much ranting to be vented here... But there were so many good things. Like Dorne. I think I'd have liked living there, especially as a noblewoman. Since being a woman doesn't mean you'll be cast aside once your mom spurts out another boy, or you get married. You can even be bastard born and you won't be looked down upon. Ain't that great? I'm sure Jon's life would have been so different had he been born a Dornishman. The only thing though, it sounds like a hot place... Way too hot.
Anyways, this books was so much fun. Soon I will join the wait for G.R.R Martin to write the last 2 books. I can't say I'm very thrilled with that prospect...more
The 2nd novel in the ASoiaF series felt much different from its predecessor. First of all, there were less Starks POVs (and as i**spoiler alert** 3.5/5
The 2nd novel in the ASoiaF series felt much different from its predecessor. First of all, there were less Starks POVs (and as it seems to progress, I'm guessing there're going to be fewer yet), so it was less Stark dominated. Secondly, I felt the writing style shifted a bit into a more fast paced hype. It didn't harm the story or enjoyment for the most part, but it seemed different to me. Unlike AGoT, I found some some chapters to be less interesting and much too slow to fit with the rest of the novel, Bran being the most tedious. I can't say I like him very much at this point. He was much better as a sleeping beauty, but I guess there's no homely castle for him to dwell in anymore... His companions, on the other hand, the Reeds and Osha make his chapters much more more interesting and worth the space. Another character that was somewhat a let-down, despite the obvious set up for more to come, was Daenerys. Her development in the first book was amazing to read, but here she spent most of her days tucked away with her dragons on some cushion or another, with her venture into the palace of the dead being the most interesting of her story this time. I know she'll kick ass soon enough, but there was little to none of it this time. Jon was his usual goody-goody-I'm-not-good-enough-for-stuff character, and despite some interesting developments, all that mountain walking was pretty tedious at times. Theon is an asshole. I know what's going to happen to him on account of spoilers, but he brought it on himself. It's sad, but not unexpected. He had "sacrificial lamb" written all over him this whole time. My most hated character besides the scheming Littlefinger (whom I'd like to see dead at some point, srsly), was Catelyn. This bitch is just... Are you serious? Yes, I understand her pain, yes, I can see what her motivations are, but are you really going to sack the entire realm for one of your daughters you might not see despite all of it? And her plan was stupid. And her sonny, Robb, I know what awaits on account of more spoilers, and I can say that he's an idiot, just like his mother. The Tully coloring brings but misfortune. Like Sansa, for example. Poor girl. Her ordeal is awful, even though she's pretty comfy inside her palace feasting on lamprey pies when the little folk starves. But it's to be expected. After all, this is a story about the high born, not peasants. But I've really come to like her character, especially with all that Hound crush. And yes, they're totally into each other, even though this can never be, but I hope it will because I can't, for the life of me, read fanfiction, so it must happen in these novels. At least a little. Please?... Her chapters were one of the highlights for me. Even her hysterical self when she got her first period was believable. And that scene when The Hound deserted was very touching. It even brought tears to my eyes and I reread it twice, something I seldom do. The stuff that happened in King's Landing were the most exciting, by far. Next fav is of course Tyrion. Who doesn't like Tyrion? I certainly do. He does all kinds of awesomeness in this book, but also some pretty stupid shit like falling in love with a prostitute. But he still rocks and needs no defending because he is the ultimate awesomeness of awesome. His daddy is a shit who needs to die, but he's a strong character all around so I don't see that happening. His sis is an idiot, but it's fun seeing her meltdowns. Joff is a messed up brat and I can't wait for his sacking. Jamie is a character I'm hoping to see more of and I know I will so I'm happy as fuck because this dude just needs some more page time. I'm probably forgetting someone... Oh, yeah, Davos the Devoted onion knight. Hmm. Can't say I enjoy his characters much, but it's our way to see into the workings of Stannis the Shithead. Damn you for denying fangirls RenlyxLoras! Damn you!
All in all, I found this read extremely compelling and I can't wait to read the 3rd novel in the series. I'm not looking forward to waiting a decade or more until I get to read the 2 last books though.......... Not that I regret starting. It's too good. So many characters though. I forgot who Rodrik Cassel was when we met him again at Winterfell... I hope I won't forget anyone important during the wait. >___>;...more
Hell, hell, hell. When bomb fell the world became a living hell. People - if not burnt to death, were scarred beyond recognition and put through sufferHell, hell, hell. When bomb fell the world became a living hell. People - if not burnt to death, were scarred beyond recognition and put through suffering I cannot begin to imagine, only to die a miserable, nameless death amid the ruins. The accounts of regular people who survived against such odds often brought me to tears. How could this happen? Regardless of the answer, I hope this would never happen again.
I've been on a m/m binge lately (the 2nd sine I'd started reading this genre in 2009), but unfortunately, I seem to have exhaus3.5 very pleased stars.
I've been on a m/m binge lately (the 2nd sine I'd started reading this genre in 2009), but unfortunately, I seem to have exhausted my options in the type of stories I'm interested in reading. But I still felt like reading more m/m, so I turned to my safe option, which is Josh Lanyon. I didn't want anything too serious or depressing, and even though I've had "Mummy Dearest" on my computer for more than two years now, I've only now gotten to reading it at the end of October, which is funny, because there's a Halloween themed mystery which I wasn't aware of.
The story itself isn't very thick on plot (being so short), but I actually really enjoyed the mystery aspect this time. I'm not big on mysteries, but this tale, combined with Josh Lanyon's always excellent writing was really fun to read. I figured the mystery partly out on my own, which pleased me, because it didn't just come out of no where. We got substantial clues for solving it ourselves.
The main characters, I have to say, were both very adorable and I would be more than happy to read more of their adventures. (view spoiler)[I felt that Noah was made a bit too much of a jerk, in an effort to make Drew's "almost cheating" to be easier to forgive. And it worked, lol. Noah was a complete asshole. No cuddling? No French kissing? No losing control, ever? Making Drew feel like he basically wasn't good enough? Well, fuck you, mr. prim and proper. One does not simply neglect a cute piece of ass like Drew. (hide spoiler)]
Ahem. Yeah. My only complaint was the lack of an explicit sex scene. I was looking forward to it, but oh well. Maybe in the next book, which will come...someday......more