I'm a well read technosexual who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
Brief pause for dinner, then jumped back into this.
"You're sort of like Medusa, Addie had once told me helpfully."
Shut up, Addie. Just shut up. Medusa is awesome.
I was reading more of the Aggressors, when the humidity knocked me out. Both my mom and I planned on watching the Tour de France, then go to the beach. Instead, we watched, and read, until we ended up napping. (I'll update the Aggressors page count on the side, and plan on trying to finish that up before anything else.)
We woke up and got energized just in time to go to the beach and I quite frankly didn't want to take any signed books. (I also started a bit of League of Dragons, but I kinda wanna start some of the books I finish :/)
I took a lot of things from Jessica's package. The skirt that folds up and becomes a coaster - first time I used it as a coaster - and the gotg2 tumblr. Also Love & Gelato. I was a little slow to warm up to this book, but now am super into this. Touching, smart, funny, and builds up the character before it throws her into the romantic situation.
Also, reminds me that I want a lawyer to start up a gelato place called gelawto. I proposed that the gelato costs like two hundred bucks and comes with free legal advice.
And when I said the name to a lawyer I know who joked about starting a gelato place, I said, wait, wait, I have the perfect name. Gelawto. (It was pronounced the same, so I got a table full of blank looks, until I pointed out it was spelled with law in the name, and they were like YES!)
So much fun right now. I might just finish this book before anything else.
On Tuesday, when I get home and get my hands on my copy of Uprooted, Jessica and I plan on a buddy read. So if anyone wants to join in, feel free.
Peanut butter lobster sandwiches?
But at least they're not all eating each others semen and nothing else, so there's a little bit of relief?
Good luck finding this book online, y'all.
But I'm 34 pages in, vintage semen is officially the scariest phrase I've read in a while, and this is completely bonkers.
Like, no literary merit at all.
I think I can say that cuz that's what Brett Savory, one of the co-authors, claimed to me: it was a work with no literary merit, and that is going to be the title to my truly bizarre review that I already have half-written in my head.
For now, though, I need me some League of Dragons.
PS - I apologize to the librarians. I used Savory's blog as a source, since you can ask him about this. He was pretty gleeful when explaining the premise to me, so he might not mind?
I could find zero references to it on the net, though.
I can't find this anywhere. Like it was sold to me, and signed, but, jeez, nowhere on the net.
Can I even add it?
Otherwise, I'll review without adding to the database. But I can take pictures and prove this book exists, too.
This is the kind of thing that I both love and hate. Like some of this was eye rolling worthy, and some of it was like, 'alright, i got ya, I like it.' I disliked it as much as I liked, and I did so equally. Not like I liked half, but so much more than the rest. So two and a half stars, I guess.
The world building wasn't good enough for this to be a stand alone, and even some of that made me raise my eyebrow. Like the whole cybernetics allowing them to really only breed with one female. How do they know? How does Barrel know when the only thing he does is talk to her and see her over a screen? I'd assume the whole breeding thing would be genetics, and as a cyborg, he might be able to scan her in some way - but over a screen?
I do have a thing for how much Barrel loves Nola. (But some of the names. Like Barrel? Why?)
"His Nola would breed with him, would eventually grow to love him."
The 'breed with her then she'll slowly fall in love with him' makes no sense. Keep in mind, the cyborgs in this tend to use breeding instead of fucking or sexing her up. Or whatever you want to call it.
I mean, if she doesn't like fucking you the first time, will she really agree to do it over and over again until she loves you?
Shouldn't you try to win her over before you fuck her?
"A huge knife was rucked in the waistband of his ass covering."
I'm not quite sure if that should read as pocked in the back of his jeans, or if he has a special piece of clothing called an 'ass covering.'
"A leather strap slipped between her lips, muffling her question. The male had gagged her."
First of all, I wanted to bash something when they called each other the male and the female. Just why?
Secondly, he's gong to fuck her, then she'll 'eventually' fall in love with her, but first he'll start off with a non-consensual gagging. I was like 'OH SHIT WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN HERE?????'
Nothing like what I was thinking, but yeah, I don't care if he says it's a precaution or not, the fact that he doesn't want me screaming doesn't equal love. It equals a good, hard kick in the balls.
"She's been on her own since she had four solar cycles."
I'm not sure if 'solar cycles' is years or not?
"He tasted like metal and male..."
Keep going, please!
"...her rapidly expanding hair."
"Barrel slid his shaft along her folds, breeding without entry."
That just sounds wrong. I mean, I know what he's doing, but breeding might not be the word you want there.
"She was hot, slick, snug, her inner walls hugging his tip, her purely female fragrance surrounding him."
I find this ridiculously not hot. Am I the only one?
"He licked every droplet within reach, tasting salt and aroused female."
Show, don't tell. Aroused female gives me nothing. Is that in her sweat, so not her other bodily fluids? Because other than that, how would you tell what aroused female tastes like? This is part of the lazy world building, though. Really, a microcosm of that.
"...her curves absorbing the race of his breeding, a buffer of softness, of caring."
The next time someone tells me I've gotten fat, or look pregnant, I'm going to gently chide them with 'that's just a bugger of softness, of caring.'
"His essence made contact with her flesh and she screamed, her form convulsing under his, her pussy squeezing his shaft harder."
Man, I almost laughed out loud so many times, but then I"d have to explain why and I didn't want to read this thing aloud.
So, yeah, not a great book - at all.
One of the things I loved about the original suicide squad was how political it was. How it created strong female characters. It had things to say, and it said them, and I think this might be why it felt so directed. Pointedly so.
I'm loving this incarnation of the Squad, but I think parting Flag and Harley up was a mistake. It's things like that which make me feel like this has no direction. I see the purpose of it narratively, but there seems to be no larger direction, no larger statement about the world and its politics, and that makes it feel like a bit like a ship at sea with no rudder to me.
I'm hoping this pulls together soon.
But it turns out I do. This was a bittersweet look at Sideswipe, his relationship with Sunstreaker, and his relationship with Arcee. (I also didn't realized I shipped them until now, and I do, really hard.)
It didn't end where I thought I would, and yet it's the most perfect ending to Sideswipe's storyline here. More touching and thoughtful than this series has been in my opinion, and this kind of issue is why I never discount Barber, even though a rough patch with this series.
I'm finding myself interested more in Sideswipe, Jazz, and Thundercracker than in the title character. I wish this wasn't so focused on Optimus, to be honest, as I usually am neutral about him, but dislike him given what he's done in this continuity.
But, yes, I will most definitely be picking up number ten!
And man, I just loved this novel. I know that this isn't for everyone - amnesia trope, by the way - but I've loved it since I fell in love with the X-Men, and Wolverine in particular. I also love how well Novik does hurt/comfort, two tropes that are well used in fanfiction. It should be noted that Novik is very open about starting out writing fanfiction, realizing she didn't like those confines, and never wanting to write fanfiction, filing off that serial number, and replacing names before publishing. Oh, no, she uses fanfiction to get somewhere original, to eventually create a wholly original world.
But I'm not surprised to see so many tropes that I enjoy and are used in fanfic so often in her writing either.
Laurence, shipwrecked in China, has to find his way back to Temeraire, without use of his memory. Meanwhile, everyone around Temeraire is convinced that Laurence is drowned, and tries to let him get on with it - mostly by allowing him to believe that Laurence is alive and to keep looking for him until he wears himself out with that searching.
I find it very telling when they're apart and what they're willing to do for each other: it's touching, and I couldn't help but hurt for Temeraire every time someone tried to tell him Laurence was dead.
Love, love, love. This one moved really quickly for me, and I tended to resent having to put it down. Looking forward to the last novel.
I'm both fascinated and like 'man, this is so hard for me to read!' I think part of it is just being infuriated at how Charley - hah, Charley Horse! which didn't get for an embarrassingly long time - is so indoctrinated into the Hoot way of thinking, that it's good that he's enslaved, and on and on.
Part of it is what I call flow. It's something I can't really describe, but it has to do with how easy the book is to read - as opposed to how well written. Like this is well written, but the flow doesn't work for me. Technically, all the sentences are fantastic, and the author has a very good sense of what to tell, when to tell it, plot, characterization. But the flow is off. It's partly poetry, partly how the sentences flow, and partly something indefinable for me. But it all affects how I interact with the book.
It seems unfair to me that I can't define this better. I can try, partly by pointing out that some of the parts of this novel are composed of very short, precise sentences that are fine - but feel a bit overused.
I think, though, that underlying all this is a deep discomfort, especially since I'm finding it hard to relate, or really care about, any of the characters right now. I'm not sure I'm supposed to like them, but without liking something about them, I can't really care about them. That there is a deep problem. So I think I'll read this ten to twenty five pages a day - and see how it goes.
Amazon daily deal.
It's one of my favorite series!
They look nifty but I don't read the RPG books I already have, so I'm going to pass on this bundle.
I like having the TV on while I read. Otherwise, my brain thinks too fast, and I can't focus. If I watch TV, enough brainpower is focused on the TV, that, yes. I also like having people talking and not feeling like I have to talk back. It calms me down.
So, longer story not so long: I'm rewatching Twin Peaks, and it's bumping up my anxiety. I'm ready to ditch weird and horror and anxiety provoking. Does anyone have anything light, and possibly not 100% about romance, that I could watch?
Uh-huh. Pre-ordered it via Amazon now, because I didn't want to have to deal with shipping and handling on separate packages if I wanted Well's All Systems Red in paperback, too.
Golden Age is something I definitely want in paper for the illustrations, by the way. I was going to skip this. All side characters from what I'd read, and none of them interest me as much as Temeraire.
None other than Novik herself claimed this was like 90% Temeraire. So, I immediately pre-ordered it after Readercon. I tried from B&N because I could have gotten it with my employee discount. I don't want to have to wait and remember - which I'll end up flaking on, especially since it's coming out soon before school - thus the Amazon pre-order.
By the way, she's turning a fairy tale short into a novel, too, but not sure when that'll be ready/out.
I also need to pre-order Akata Witch 2, and Binti: Masquerade both by Nnedi Okorafor. Sadly, this will be the last Binti for a while, but she said she loved this world so it might come back in the future. Fingers crossed.
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