It was alright. Not the greatest thing I’ve ever read, but serviceable enough urban fantasy. The later books start getting a little contrived because it turns out being thousands of years old and having iron bonded to your aura is a little OP when dealing with the Fae and Fae magics, but they remain decent enough.
You don’t trust your friend?
For book recommendations? No, not this one.
Just finished Memories of Ice and enjoyed almost every single bit of it. Man they hit you hard towards the end with big thing after big thing.
Been slowly making my way through a list of books I feel I want in reputoire of literature. I’m trying to decide between reading Foundation or Brave New World in the near future. Any opinions?
Ill do both but looking for recommendations on which to do first. The second one I’ll probably come back to later though. I’m sprinkling them in between other books to make sure I read them at some point. But I have other stuff I want to get to.
Neither books hold up very well. Don’t just read them because you feel you should, as it’s totally fine to read actually enjoyable books instead.
But, if you’re going to anyway, Foundation. But realize the books are a collection of short stories, unplanned from the start, and get increasingly strained in terms of continuing plotting and world building satisfaction.
Ah, I did not know this, and actually makes me not want to read it.
In the end I went with neither and continued on with other stuff I want to read.
I’m in the last book in the first volume of The Story of Civilization. I find a lot of things about the premise of the series but after Iron Kingdom I realized I needed a primer in history outside America to make sense of much of it. My favorite part of the first volume is that with each civilization he talks about their creation myth, and whether it’s the 3,000 year struggle of Zoroastrianism or the 18,000 year hammering of a deity in China, Will Durant’s analysis of it always boils down to “and we can’t really prove them wrong.” I think I’ve only got one more of those moments left but they’re good moments.
Just finished tbe second Sano Ichiro novel “Bundori” by Laura Joh Rowland. It’s pretty good, a fun page turner but it’s a little all over the place as far as being a mystery / police procedural and the writing is a bit sloppy in places. Despite that it’s really well researched Edo Period Japan history porn and I liked it as a lazy summer read. Gonna read more in the series for sure.
Switched To The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of [Soviet] Women in World War II. It was written in Soviet Russia in the 80s and the audiobook has a foreward that includes stuff the Soviet censors didn’t allow in the book. Needless to say this is already the most disturbing book I’ve ever read and I hope it’s the most disturbing book I ever will read.