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
That's why this one is such a treat. We've got a young kid in his prime doing stupid things for powers he only vaguely understands. Just because these powers happen to later become his closest friends doesn't diminish the sheer foolhardiness of his actions, though. :)
Vlad Goes To War. Hilarity ensue ...more
Dragon takes place in three parts, two of which are woven together so beautifully it's like a master cla ...more
The idea behind the book is really interesting, and I wanted to see just ...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
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
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
I didn't like this one as much as the others I've read. It's set between Taltos (#4) and Yendi (#2), and spells out what actually happened during the battle Vlad offhand ...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
1 star: Didn’t Like it
2 stars: It’s Okay
3 stars: Liked it
4 stars: Really Liked it
5 stars: It Was Amazing
I don’t really give a rat-fuck that there are some who think I ‘owe’ an explanation for my opinion. Nope, nada, and not sorry about it.
Sometimes I may add notes to explain what my opinions are based on, and sometimes I don’t. I do this for me, on my boo ...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
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
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
This is the last one I read back in the day, so now I'm going to start on the ones I haven't read: Issola, Dzur, Jhegala, Iorich, Tiassa.
As for the supporting cast, Loiosh is good in this book; Morrolan, Aliera, and Sethra are kind of weird and distant (as to be expected); and I hope to see ...more
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