Three books it took to get across the continent. Three books. And getting home again took one.
I've fallen behind in this series, even though I continuThree books it took to get across the continent. Three books. And getting home again took one.
I've fallen behind in this series, even though I continue to buy the books in hardcover because I love the early books. I've decided that it's time to get caught up, starting with this one.
You can't really say much about the plot without spoiling earlier books. Basically, they made it to Nantucket, where the Change spread out from, find the magic sword, and now they need to head home before the Church of the Universal Truth violently take over everything. Oh yeah, and set up Rudi/Artos as the first High King of Montival
It took me a while to remind myself who the secondary characters are, and what their societies are like. On the one hand, I still shake my head over things like the Norheimers, who are all nordic, Odin-worshipers, but I kind of wonder if the event that started all this, and opened things up for the presumably supernatural thing behind the CUT, maybe made the survivors more inclined towards over-the-top religiosity of various groups.
I did enjoy the completely throw-away chapter where they travel through Toronto and decide to climb the CN Tower (and find that a woman had gone up there with her cat to commit suicide in the early days). And when they reach the prairies, I like the fact that the RCMP is still around as scouts/fighters (much like the boy scout descended group of trackers in a previous book). I could have done without the fact that French-Canadians are all barbarians (Quebequois become Bekwas). So much of the province is sparsely populated that there should have been groups like the Norheimmers and so on. But no, gruesome barbarians.
One thing that is a ding is the fact that every. single. time that Rudi draws the sword, everyone reacts. And every time he fights with it, he goes a little cold and all-knowing, and Mathilda has to drag him out of it. Once is fine, but over and over again got a little annoying....more
I read the first book when it came out, and really enjoyed it, but due to various factors, it took until now to get to the second novel of the trilogyI read the first book when it came out, and really enjoyed it, but due to various factors, it took until now to get to the second novel of the trilogy. But that's alright. Book two has a twenty year jump from the first book (although I better read book three faster).
At the end of the first book, which featured English warlocks vs Nazi science-created superheroes, the Soviets captured the Nazi technology. As a result, they now control pretty much all of continental Europe. England has a lot of refugees, and the US is in a decades long depression.
But now Gretl (the seer) and her brother have escaped from the Soviet outpost studying them, and they've made it to England, stirring things up all over again. Will, consumed by guilt over what he did during the war as a warlock, has been giving the Soviets the locations of the warlocks, setting them up for assassination. Marsh has become a drunk and his marriage is collapsing because of his son's... condition.
And then there is the question of the otherworldly creatures that the warlocks contact to do their work and what they really want for our world.
The story ends on a cliff-hanger, and I really look forward to finding out what happens in the end....more
I've been listening to Terry Mixon for years on the Dead Robots' Society podcast. Most of his previous writing has been in a genre that isn't in my whI've been listening to Terry Mixon for years on the Dead Robots' Society podcast. Most of his previous writing has been in a genre that isn't in my wheelhouse, but this one definitely was.
You've got a rebuilding empire (the old Terran empire collapsed under rebellion, but a prince survived on a resort world to start a new empire) that is finally trying to find old Terra. Two ships are sent out with lots of scientists, under the command of the Emperor's bastard son (who is much hated by his half-brother -- the heir -- who thinks he's trying to infringe on the prince's powers). The (legitimate) princess, who is finally coming to understand that maybe she's wrong about her illegitimate brother, gets sent along by her father as part of an ambassadorial crew for the mission.
Unfortunately, things go wrong. Mind you, we wouldn't have a story if they didn't. They end up going through an unexpectedly one-way 'flip point' to a system under attack. They jump in to help, naturally.
I really, *really* enjoyed this book. It wasn't perfect, but few books are. But it reminded me of early David Weber, Heirs of Empire in particular. I can't wait to see what happens in the next volume. If you tend to avoid self-published books, this is one you should *not* skip. ...more
Not one of the best books in the series, but definitely not one of the worst.
Personally, having been reading this series for years now, I was more intNot one of the best books in the series, but definitely not one of the worst.
Personally, having been reading this series for years now, I was more into the Christmas aspects of the story (party hosting for introverts, Christmas shopping, giving presents). I was disappointed not to find out what Eve got for the rest of her friends (we get to see a bit of present giving, but the rest is all off screen).
As for the murder, I couldn't stand the victim (a personal trainer, unlicensed gigolo, blackmailer), and Eve doesn't seem to have any trouble on focussing in on the least likeable of the blackmail victims. There's a small twist at the very end, but like I said, I was more into the characters' Christmas celebrations than the murder.
Still, I love getting a new hit of my soap opera fix....more
On an emotional level, I really enjoyed Exo. I've loved this series since the start, and it's always fun to revisit people you enjoy reading about.
HowOn an emotional level, I really enjoyed Exo. I've loved this series since the start, and it's always fun to revisit people you enjoy reading about.
Exo does suffer, compared to the other books in the series, in that it doesn't have a plot. Cent is trying to set up a personal space program based on teleportation, and she's having boyfriend problems. But the book is loaded with a lot of space science and not much action. The villains from the last two books are still around but they only appear briefly at the very start (trying to kidnap Millie's mother) and right at the very end. In between is just science and space stuff. And the finale was just so... slapped on. It also completely disposes of all the conflict of the series, especially now that Cent and her family have gone public.
We'll see if there's a continuation of this series, and what they can do to actually insert some plot back into the series....more