Tag Archive | Literature

X. Aratare – Birth Rite

Birth RiteA darkish book about a boy who is living the life of someone else. Kinda. He was kidnapped from his crib and raised by some other people, away from his clan that has complicated french name! And I will not write it!

Then, he somehow becomes interested in this weird mannor and his inhabitant(s). And then he meets them. After his friend is devouered by  this worm-ish thingy.

I started the book a while back and finished not too long ago. So I don’t really remember the begining. But the ending is dissapointning. It ends with the boy defying his true heritage and going back to his “foster” parrents.

The plot idea is good, but I think it could have been written differently. In a more interesting way and with a different ending. I probably won’t be reading anything else from this author. And frankly, I don’t recommend the book.

There are definitely better slash books out there.

See ya.

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Sasha L. Miller – Playing with Shadows

Playing with ShadowsOkay, this story was so cool! A monastery in the middle of nowhere! A servant that is to be sacrificed to demons because there just doesn’t seem to be any other way. And then, an honest priest that wants to save that servant and deal with the demons.

Corrin, the servant, was supposed to be in the monastery eight more months. But, fate would not have that. So, when the head priest starts taking groups of servants to do this shady job of cleaning one and the same table again and again, Corrin is confronted by Rafferty. One of the priests. And he tells the servant all about the demons in the shadows and the sacrifice to apease them. The bloody sacrifice that will most like be Corrin himself. Unless, they do this ritual that would take care of the demons.

Corrin agrees to help. However, when he is one of the ones to clean the dreaded table, things start moving fast. So the next thing that happens is Corrin running to Rafferty and them barricading themselves in Rafferty’s room to do the ritual.

All’s well ends well. And the two of them start snogging and end up leaving to check on the other priests as the demons are exterminated.

A nice little story that captivates. It took a bit of time for me to finish it, but it was worth it. And it was from Amazon, and for free! Isn’t that nice?

So, it might not have that much of slash in it, but the atmosfere is great and anyway, just go and read it! I recommend it! Will definitely be looking into the author. Hopefully, there is more from them and hopefully, it is not too pricey.

See ya.

Terry Milien – Firesong

FiresongA story, pardon, book. From Amazon. About a young phoenix that crashes into the house of someone whose parrents were lost in a fire. The man takes care of the phoenix and makes sure he’s okay.

With time, they grow close and the phoenix protects the human from the villagers that don’t like him.

And so when the phoenixes familly comes finally, they are told he will stay with the mortal. Because, he fell in love. And who are they to stop him, right?

Heh, this sounds lame. But I promise the book itself is much better. Read it practically in one go. And, it didn’t cost me anything. It was one of those that were free. So, if you’re into slash, go get it. It’s good. :)

So, I guess that will be all for this post from me. And I will see to it that I write the next book I finished too.

See ya.

Megan Derr – The High King’s Golden Tongue

A few days back, I finished a good book. It’s called The High King’s Golden Tongue. It’s slash, but that’s exactly the kind of book I like. The book is set in fantasy kingdom where those that can speak many languages are called Silver Tongues.

The main hero is Allen and he is to be the king’s consort. Only, the king turns him away without giving him a second thought. That is because Allen is a schollar, not a fighter, and that is the type of poeple the king keeps close.

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Allen then goes and wanders through the city below the castle. There, he meets one of the kings hired secret agents. And they are in need of a transaltor for a mission. So, Allen, knowing twelve different languages, joins them, thinking that he needs to prove his worth.

When the group is captured, and the king realises Allen was there, he goes on a rescue mission. A mission that is a big success. Then, the king finally learns to appreciate Allens talents with languages.

As short as it sounds, it is a good read and I do recommend it to all the slash likers out there.

I really like the style it’s written in and will be looking into more from this author. Got the book from Amazon. On my kindle. Good thing I have it, because Amazon is like the only place where you can get books that are slash. And I mean books, not just fanfiction and other stories.

Oh well, gotta go and read something more. Or, write about another book I finished reading.

See ya.

R. A. Salvatore: Legend of Drizzt – Streams of Silver

Hi,

I’m reading another book from the Legend of Drizzt series. This one is called Streams of Silver and it is fifth in the series. I’m more than half way through and even though I haven’t finished it yet, I decided to start writing this post while still reading. There are several points of view and plot lines and that needs more attention and taht’s why I’m starting while still reading.

The story starts with our four friends heading towards Luskan. You asking who the friends are? Well, there’s Bruenor Battlehammer (Warhammer would have been better…), then the young barbar Wulfgar, halfling Regis, who originally wasn’t planning on joining them on their quest and last is the main character of this series – the drow Drizzt Do’Urden. Their goal on this journey is to find the legendary Halls of Mithril (is that right? I’m not sure about the original names as I have it in czech), the original home of Bruenor.

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Their first stop is Lusnak where they need to find Whisper (again, is that what she’s called in the original?) in order to obtain a map of the lands they will be travelling. While Drizzt and Bruenor are going for the map, Wulfgar and Regis get caught in a pub brawl with Wulfgar being the sole victor.

Now, here we need to skip to a different plotline. And that would be Artemis Entreri. An assassin hired by Pook to kill Regis. He is following them and while in the Ten Towns, he finds Catti. And when he leaves her alive, she decides to follow him and possibly even be faster then him in order to warn Bruenor and the others. However, she is caught by him and forced to go with him. When they reach Luskan, Bruenor and his group are already gone. That is not stopping them though. Confronted by the wizards – mainly Dendybar (what’s his original last name?). He wants to know where is the crystal that Akar Kessel from the last book used to control all the minions.

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And so Entreri joins forces with the wizard and is acompanied on the next part of his journy by Sydeny, a young witch, Jierdan, a soldier and Bok, who is a golem controled by Dendybar and Sydney.

Now, let’s go back to Bruenor and the others. They reach the home of the Harpels after fighting with barbars from that part of the world. The Harpels invite them to stay and are eager to interrogate Drizzt on his race. Then they go on their way again. This time in the direction of Nesme and then Silvermoon (is that how the city is called?). In the land controled by Nesme, they are however confronted by soldiers and forced to go a different way through the swamps full of trolls? Yes, it was trolls.

With a lot of luck, they manage to fight their way through and reach the outskrits of Silvermoon. There, Drizzt is denied entrance and so the others refuse to enter without him. They camp outside and later on, Drizzt is visited by Alustriel, the lady of Silvermoon. She gives him some pretty good advice and then they continue on their way.

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Going back to Entreri and his group. On magical horses, they reached Silvermoon and decided to wait for Drizzt and co. inside the city. Leaving Bok outside. However, Bok catches a whif of Drizzt and barges in the town destroying the walls in the process. The wizards from Silvermoon are fascinated by the golem and want to study it. And Sydney grudgingly allowes it under the condition they won’t dismantle it. In any way.

Drizzt and co. in the meantime reach an old fortress where a very old man lives. He gives them advice and then Bruenor drinks a potion that will let the memories of the Mithrill halls surfice. And with this they are able to continue on their journey.

Reaching the mountains they find an old dwarven dwelling. One, that is special, because it’s above ground. Then, it only takes a little more to reach the entrance to the Halls. Unfortunately, their hunters are very close.

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At this point, Entreri and his group are in the mountains as well. And with some luck, Catti manages to escape. Also, Entreri finally gets bored with Jierdan and when the soldier confronts the assassin, Entreri killes him. In the meantime, Catti hits Sydney and runs off. When Bok is sent after her, she traps him with and avalanche thus managing to get away from her captors and reaching Bruenor and his group.

Then, Bruenor’s group finally manages to open the secret door to the Halls and all of them enter. Going through the halls, they finally figure out what drowe the dwarfs out. It was the duregars. The underground version of dwarfs.

And this is as far as I’m so far. I will continue this when I finish the last part of the book. Only one thing to add, when Sydney and Entreri find the placement of the entrance, they have Bok break through thus entering the halls too.

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Okay, I finished the book, so we can continue this.

Okay, so they’re in the Halls of Mithril. Now, they need to go through. However, they are not the only ones in and certainly not the only ones that entered. First, the Halls are controled by this nasty mean black dragon, whose original name I don’t know.

Then, Entreri, Sydney and Bok entered the Halls after our heroes. Why Bok? Well, he simply survived the avalanche. Simple as that. Okay, moving on. They get to this weird hall where there are two hallways blocked each by ten doors leading in. And that is where they are caught by their pursuerers (spelling?).

So they battle. And in the process, Drizzt and Entreri manage to launch a trap of sorts and both fall through the floor. The rest split and Bruenor and his group continue thinking that Drizzt is dead. What is Sydney doing is not important.

Meanwhile. Drizzt and Entreri agree on something – they have to get out. And their best chance is to join forces. So they walk and walk and in the end, they reach a place where the others are.

The others are walking through the hallways and enter a place that is ruined and has a hole in the wall and that is when Bruenor tells them about the dragon. And that is where they find a magical bow and arrows.

In the end, they have to fight the dragon head on. And Drizzt is tricked by Entreri who pulls him down and he himself manages to climb a cliff only to capture Regis. Thus making Drizzt swear he will find him and kill him.

All the while, Bruenor did something very stupid. Using oil, fire and a lot of luck, he jumped on the dragon and lit it on fire. Only to fall down the pit with it. Making his friends believe that he’s dead. Even though he’s not. And then, they all leave the place returning to the Harpels. There, Drizzt and Wulfgar decide they will hunt Entreri while Catti wants to reclaim the Halls of Mithril in Bruenor’s stead, not knowing he’s alive.

As for Sydney, she was killed sometime during the battle. As well as was Bok.

Now, only one last part. The one with Dendybar. Let’s say, he’s dead. Killed by his own creation possesed by his “greatest” enemy.

 

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Okay, that’s it. That’s the book. And I have to say, I was reading very fast, wanting to know what will happen next. Today, I took it back to the library and borrowed another one in the series. It will have to wait though. I’m reading… *runs to check the original name*

Got it. The Charlemagne Pursuit from the series with Cotton Malone. Not bad, also, I’ve got another Cherub book. Though that one will be last. First Charlemagne, then Drizzt, and finaly, last will be the Cherub book.

If you know this book, tell me, what you think about it. If you don’t know it, just tell me something else. xD

See ya.

Multiple plotline problem

Hi,

I hate when a book has multiple plotilnes. Not because it is hard to read, I actually like reading a book with multiple plotlines. Still, I hate it too. Especially when I want to write about that book. It is almost impossible to write it out. Unless you start writing it when you’re still reading it. Like I’m doing now with the Legend of Drizzt series.

I mean… For writing about, single plotline is much better. Or, if there have to be multiple plotilnes, when they are just momentary occurences. Not when they drag thoughout the whole book! Still, multiple plotlines is a great read. Add in multiple timelines and you will not know what’s going on. Sill, great to read. So… That’s it.

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Or not.

For writing about a book, two plotlines are still kinda okay. However, it gets much harder when you have four or more of them. That was the case with the Venetian Betrayal and The Templar Legacy, about which I didn’t write. Er… I did, but in czech and haven’t published it yet. It was a good book though. Great one. The first with Cotton Malone as a main character. Written by Steve Berry. I like his books. They have ancient artefacts and take place in the present time.

Okay, that would be all.

See ya.

Cherub series: The General

On monday, I finished a book called The General. It’s from the Cherub series I started reading a few years back. It’s the ninth book or something like that. I did skip one of them, but that was because I couldn’t find it in any library. And I sure as hell wasn’t gonna buy it. It’s not THAT great a book. Even though it’s pretty good.

Okay, enough rambling and let’s focus on this book. It starts with two separate missions. One for James Adams, who goes undercover in a demonstration group called SAD, or whatever. His job is to get evidence that the leader wants to convert the group in a terroristic one. He’s been on the mission for quite some time, but it ends when some other group of officials interrupts it and chatches the coulprits themselves. James ends up being beaten by a police woman. And that’s that for his mission.

The second mission is for a group of younger Cherub agents under the leadership of Lauren – James’s sister. Their task is to check the security of a plane control tower or whatever that building is. They succesfully infiltrate the building and start destroying it, as their mission is supposed to look like an act of vandalism. HOwever, it seems that one of the technics has stayed late that evening. She calls cops and some of the kids are caught. Some manage to escape. In the end, they are all set free though.

The book then continues with a partizan war simmulation in an urbanized area led by US army. Some of the Cherubs together with the former leader – Mac – and the brain for the operation – Kazakov – are invited to play the bad guys. There are some things you need to know about Kazakov – he hates anything and everything american. He has a temper and is prepared to fight using all possible underhanded tactics as well as using anything else he’s got at his disposal.

In the end, he’s able to lead his group to victory within only two days. However, his tactics get him a one way ticket out of the For Reagan where the simulation takes place. He’s acompanied by James, who’s on top of the hate list of the US army participants – as he put laxatives in the water supply. On Kazakov’s orders of course.

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Throw in some casinos and blackjack and you have a great book. I laughed a lot when reading it. Also, I actually learned something about blackjack and the counting of the cards. I wouldn’t be able to do it, though. At least not without studying the techniques for it more thoroughly (spelling?). It is, however, an interesting method of how to win, or, at least have a better chance of not loosing.

If you’ve read some of the books in the series, I would like to know what you think. :) It’s definitely interesting read. And I’ll post my feelings about the next book when I get my hand on it. :)

In the meantime, I’m reading next book in the Drizzt Do’Urden series. Fifth one, if I’m not mistaken. Also, I think I’m getting better at writing all these summaries. :) Hey, it just helps a lot, if you write on regular basis, right? Oh well… Whatever.

See ya.