**spoiler alert** I liked the first in the series, but I'm beginning to think the relationship is unhealthy. JX and Kit bicker unhealthily, and they s**spoiler alert** I liked the first in the series, but I'm beginning to think the relationship is unhealthy. JX and Kit bicker unhealthily, and they seem to want different things, and when they fight Kit says cruel things. Not really my cuppa.
I Find the relationship between JX and his brother's wife to be a bit... Implausible and kind of creepy, but its made worse by JX's encouraging her dependence on him for tasks most women can learn to do themselves. She clearly loves him, so JX should distance himself from her.
Further, JX has begun demanding Kit do things, like go to the park with his newphew, help his ex with her plumbing problem, and has become controlling in bed ignoring Kit's desires to top. JX seems to constantly desire to change Kit to be how he wants, instead of accepting how Kit is. If Kit would tell him off about that... Then he might back down, but Kit keeps trying to accommodate these demands which makes it worth.
Further if the boys can afford a home like this in SF, they can get a security system and Kit can get some back treatment.... Homes like that would cost millions, especially with a pool, and Kits painful back seems.. to need better treatment.
Kit has stopped writing something he really enjoys, and it kind of frustrated me to hear people kind of knock him down so much, including JX when he was with his cop buddy.
I don't get the attraction these men have for eachother.... They both seem to be opposites. I guess overall I was disappointed. JX seemed interesting at first, but now has become borderline abusive. Granted Kit is messed up too... But... JX was quite pushy this book. And it didn't work for me....more
**spoiler alert** I have read the whole series but I honestly think this is the first one where I've actually grown really tired of Bren. First, the f**spoiler alert** I have read the whole series but I honestly think this is the first one where I've actually grown really tired of Bren. First, the first half is spent with him endlessly mulling over future actions, and possibilities of his encounter with the aliens. Since a lot of this is recap, it gets boring. I want something to happen.... And nothing does except Bren invents ways of improving communication, and getting attaboys from his staff, the dowajer and the ruler. Boring stuff. Are we seriously supposed to believe Bren is the best diplomat the planet has to offer? Since when is Bren the only skilled person on the whole planet? his gift is language. Yeah he has a bit of diplomatic skills but a world with millions and only Bren can do this work? I'm seriously finding that tough to believe.
Second, there is a lot with Cajeiri and his yes-gang of human children who exist to just hang out with him. It seems pretty clear that Hermione, oops, Irene is going to be Bren's replacement and is getting groomed to work with Cajeiri. How convenient that she has no good family ties to slow her down and she has an evil grasping mother to justify this new separation as carefully illustrated by Bren's interviews.
The interaction with other humans was the most disappointing and irritating part of this story. Cherryh paints any human not in complete agreement with Bren as being almost cretinous, villainous, or just a plain rube, not understanding the wonder, the glory that are the atevi race. We are of course bad people, starting fights, staring wars, causing problems for everyone. Bren conveniently excuses himself from any guilt of these actions by stating he is now firmly from Earth- The Atevi one.
The ending where Bren chooses to leave the human POW human to stay in captivity to preserve his precious homeworld was cruel, made laughable by his insistence that he can teach the poor man to cope with his existence by making him an interpreter. LOL. Seriously? This is how he salves his conscience? I seriously hope Bren loses his job someday and ends up in disgrace and hated by humans. He deserves it for that move.
I guess ultimately, I'm losing interest in Bren. He is no longer a fish out of water, exploring Atevi culture, he is now the ultimate mary sue, the yes man of his Atevi masters and slowly and swiftly losing his humanity.
Don't get me wrong, I do think the Atevi are cool. But only to a point. I don't want to be Atevi. I like the idea that humans and Atevi are different. It is boring to read about humans acting like atevi... ...more
**spoiler alert** I felt the story was inconsistent. Characters looked different depending on who was doing the pencils. No one drew Jenny right, as s**spoiler alert** I felt the story was inconsistent. Characters looked different depending on who was doing the pencils. No one drew Jenny right, as she looked much older than 10 throughout, and sometimes looked audlt. I did hope to see Apollo/Midnighter do a bit of parenting as Jenny was very free range, and the smoking got on my nerves. I realize that was the same habit Sparks had, but it got old for me. She is supposed to embody the spirit of the 21rst century and not many kids these days are smoking like chimneys.
Apollo looks ugly throughout the story, and either was portayed as an imbecile or just a real second stringer. Only towards the end did I feel anything got really resolved....more
Read it. Thought it was coarse and the art wasn't great. Just don't see Apollo/Midnighter acting this crudely in front of their daughter. Some funny sRead it. Thought it was coarse and the art wasn't great. Just don't see Apollo/Midnighter acting this crudely in front of their daughter. Some funny scenes but the Boondocks style art did not appeal to me...more
**spoiler alert** I like some of the characters in the Authority, particularly Apollo and Midnighter and Jenny. I thought the art here was beautiful.**spoiler alert** I like some of the characters in the Authority, particularly Apollo and Midnighter and Jenny. I thought the art here was beautiful. They did an especially good job of depicting Midnighter without his mask which was refreshing sometimes he can look quite ugly. Apollo looked older than Midnighter which might be because of the size and cragginess of his face, but he was attractive enough.
The story is weak and kind of leaves you hanging. As villains go, I liked the idea of the robot seducer Danny, but they needed to take it further. Danny was just a bit too easy to take down.
My favorite scene though was when Danny defeated Midnighter in combat, and then just left him there dazed after the kiss.
I do admit to wondering what happened between Apollo/Midnighter during Lucas's clumsy explanation. The ending leaves you hanging, because nothing is resolved, and no one apologizes. It just was what it was. Engineer taking out Danny was anticlimatic.
AS art goes, it is beautiful, worth reading for that alone. As a story I felt it needed more. I would've loved to had Danny sew more discord, and for the ending to have some better indication that Apollo and Midnighter forgive each other....more
**spoiler alert** The only volume in this I liked was the last story. Did not care for the soap opera world, or the world where Midnighter was sort of**spoiler alert** The only volume in this I liked was the last story. Did not care for the soap opera world, or the world where Midnighter was sort of a gestapo-esque bad guy (although he was hot). YEt another world where poor Apollo is dead. But at least he died a hero.
Pencils were inconsistent and downright ugly to me at times. Particularly the soap opera world. characters looked older or younger depending on who drew them. Jenny looked particularly badly drawn throughout going from a kid, to an adult and back again.
I don't care for gen 13 scenes as they seem too juvenile for such an adult book and they sort of make a cameo in the final world that is visited. I found them shooting heroin with the doctor kinda disturbing. I'm hoping they are intended to be older.
The final book was worth it for the scene where Apollo voices his fears about dying to Midnighter. Midnighter did a cute job of assuaging those fears, although calling him a dumb blonde was kind of cruel.