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  1. #713222014-03-16 00:17:05Kirn said:

    So, apparently there's already a review of Mockingjay here, but still. Now, unlike the previous poster, who obviously knows nothing, I didn't just read the last book after watching a movie based on second book. That would have been stupid. No, I started reading Hunger Games before, and couldn't finish them because it was painfully obvious that the third book would be a horrible piece of shit. Still, these days I decided I have to finish it, and I did. And it was a horrible shit. So, let's get to Hunger Games.


    Now, if you know one thing about these books, you probably know something along the lines of 'young people have to fight in the arena in some sort of Hunger Games'. Well, at least that's what I heard when I got into this thing.
    If you would read from the first book to the last, you will notice three main themes that books have. First theme is, naturally, the one I picked this up for - children fighting in the games. And yes, it is what it is. And, I have to say, games parts are well-written, and I liked them.
    However, there are two additional things in this book, that make it in utter shit. One is that, apparently, this book carries a message of evils and dangers of war... yeah, seriously... and, trying to do that, it paints absolutely grotesque unrealistic world. I mean, hell, the structure of the world is just ridiculous, and the more you read the book, the more you know and the more stupid it is.
    And the last thing, which is the biggest offense: it's a book about a girl winning America's got Talent. Yes, really, that's all it is. So, while we get only a bit of good fighting in the arena, the more the story goes, the more we are stuck with that idiotic girl getting groomed and pampered and whatnot. Oh, and obviously there are two possible love interests. Why the fuck is it there are always two of them on this sort of women fiction?

    You know what the most funny thing is? The book actually makes attack on it's own shortcomings, but then continues just like that. And the more we read, the less action we get and more we are stuck with useless tv-show mentality of a girl who won. I mean... nevermind the fact that she is for some unknown reason is a symbol for all the resistance. Honestly, I just can't see that as something possible. But fuck that. The whole third book is supposedly about war... and all we are getting is this cunt suffering from the fact that her love interests don't see her in a way she would want them to. I mean.. what?

    Just no. I can rant a lot about this shit, but really. It's just shit. And even more so because the fighting, when it is present, is not even interesting here. Yes, there was some fun stuff in arenas, but now it's all just bland, and we are left with grotesque world that makes no sense and a main character who only deserves a swift killing blow in her empty useless fucking head.

    If you are a human being with any love for literature - skip on this book.

  2. #713782014-03-16 16:08:50Kuroba_Loki said:

    I'm currently reading Stardust by Neil Gaiman


    No comments as of now, since i just started, but i'm going to give it an overview here, when I finish~ :D

  3. #714132014-03-17 13:20:20TalTal said:


    I have my reserves about novelizations of games. They seem like they could quickly fall into the bad fanfiction category. But everyone told me I might as well read this one, because it tells you how Edward dies. Fine, I said, I'll read your shitty published fanfic.

    I shouldn't have. This book is bad in so many ways. Not only is the writing dry, but everyone is outlandishly OOC, and I'm eternally pissed at how they portrayed Edward and his death (not a spoiler since they mention it outright in the games). No way in hell he, a relatively young Assassin with a fighting style made for group fights, would have gone down the way he did. No way. Also, that whole thing were he wouldn't let Jenny pick up a sword because she was a girl. Honestly, out of all the characters in this franchise, Edward "Anne Bonny is my first mate" Kenway is the least likely to be sexist and follow gender rolls.
    The book isn't even about Edward, it's about his son, but I'm just so pissed about that. The rest of the book is a dull progression of the rest Haytham's life, told in the always unimpressive Diary style. Lack-luster action and poor characterization the whole way. Haytham didn't feel like Haytham, and I while I sympathized with his Templar thinking in the game, I wasn't feeling it here. There was a bit of good Kenway Family angst, and I liked how Haytham idolized his father, but other than that nah.

    Do yourself a favor and don't read it, just play the games and be happy with that. If anyone's read an actually good book based on a game, please tell me.

  4. #714272014-03-17 16:27:34 *DarkChaplain said:

    Do yourself a favor and don't read it, just play the games and be happy with that. If anyone's read an actually good book based on a game, please tell me.

    Just that Assassin's Creed 3 was shit to begin with.
    The biggest mistake with Forsaken was that they advertised it as "learn more about Connor", when it was written as Haytham's diary, and only a prologue and epilogue bit were from Connor's perspective. Though, funnily enough, the Epilogue speech Connor did was pretty damn good - there's even a recording of it in the game, which was cut, trollolol.

    Also, Bioshock: Rapture, prequel novel to the first two Bioshock games. It was pretty good, and respected the games, trying to set the stage for a lot of things and characters, while exploring the origin of Rapture.

    I've read the Assassin's Creed: Renaissance novel, which is about AC2, and must say that it had some nice aspects, but suffered from a HELL LOT inaccuracies with the game (from how targets were dispatched, to even the scar on Ezio's face). Some of those were fixed retroactively in Revelations, 3 books later. Heck, even Cristina Vespucci's last name was wrong.
    The biggest problem, though, was that it raced through the game's plot. We all know the game was really damn long and took you to a lot of places - and those places were beautiful, especially for when the game came out. The novel does jack shit to explore the world, or the people, and focuses on the journey instead, leaving us with a really damn rushed rundown of events. It wasn't all bad, but way too much for one single novel. You can't explore multiple decades of such an eventful life within so little space.

    Outside of that, I've been trying to read Darksiders: The Abomination Vault since it got released years ago. I never got around to finishing it, due to disliking the author's style when it comes to the action scenes. It has some really interesting bits, but the dialogue feels too dry, and especially knowing Death from the game, the writing for the combat doesn't work - he's too dynamic and fast to be captured by clumsy prose.

    Aside from that, I've read a few chapters of Magicka: The Ninth Element, which serves as a prequel to the Magicka game. Stylistically, it is fairly entertaining, though I'm not sure about how well the plot was written yet. Gonna continue that soonish.

    Btw, we DO have a thread on the problems with Video Game Novelizations

  5. #714422014-03-17 21:54:36DarkChaplain said:

    The book mostly follows Bill McDonagh around, and his interaction with Andrew Ryan. They even put some of the audiologs into the story, showing why they exist and how the people treated them etc. It does leave a lot of loose ends for the games, though, so as a standalone novel for people who don't game, it might be lacking, but for the people who played the games, or want to, it should add a good lot of lore to Rapture.

    It actually made me kinda hate the Bioshock Infinite DLC, though, because that one contradicts a lot of the book's events, with the excuse being "lulalternateuniverse".

  6. #714442014-03-17 23:15:02 *DarkChaplain said:

    Been working through a lot of short stories lately, but also finished Red Seas Under Red Skies after a bunch of delays. Excellent book, that one, though it made me extremely mad. Once again, a book full of pyrrhic victories, if even that.

    And since the book ended the way it did, I felt inclined to start with this one:


    The Republic of Thieves

    No synopsis here, since it is full of spoilers for the end of Red Seas Under Red Skies. But bloody hell, I'll finally get to meet Sabetha! 8D

    Currently I am reading Nightspear by Joe Parrino, part one of the Carnac Campaign short story trilogy. So far, it has been pretty damn neat.


    The dread forces of the necrons have descended upon the maiden world of Carnac. Led by Anrakyr the Traveller, the deathless hordes march across the verdant plains of the eldar world, bringing death to all in their path. In desperation, the seers of Alaitoc send Illic Nightspear and his pathfinders to kill the necron overlord and end the invasion at a single stroke. But Anrakyr’s allies have clouded the skeins of fate and Illic’s band of rangers find themselves not the hunters, but the prey…

    Parallel to The Republic of Thieves, for a change of pace, I'll be starting on Promise of Blood


    The Age of Kings is dead . . . and I have killed it.

    It's a bloody business overthrowing a king...
    Field Marshal Tamas' coup against his king sent corrupt aristocrats to the guillotine and brought bread to the starving. But it also provoked war with the Nine Nations, internal attacks by royalist fanatics, and the greedy to scramble for money and power by Tamas's supposed allies: the Church, workers unions, and mercenary forces.

    Stretched to his limit, Tamas is relying heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be his estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty is being tested by blackmail.

    But when gods are involved...
    Now, as attacks batter them from within and without, the credulous are whispering about omens of death and destruction. Just old peasant legends about the gods waking to walk the earth. No modern educated man believes that sort of thing. But they should...

    In a rich, distinctive world that mixes magic with technology, who could stand against mages that control gunpowder and bullets? PROMISE OF BLOOD is the start of a new epic fantasy series from Brian McClellan.

    The one short story set in this universe I read so far has been great, so I'm looking forward to the trilogy of novels (the third of which just had the first draft submitted to the editors, as far as I am aware).

  7. #714462014-03-18 00:13:41Domo said:

    I've been meaning to post this for a while, but I kept procrastinating and adding more books so here we are. I'll add covers when I'm not on mobile.

    Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

    "I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974. . . My birth certificate lists my name as Calliope Helen Stephanides. My most recent driver's license...records my first name simply as Cal."

    So begins the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit, witnessing its glory days as the Motor City, and the race riots of 1967, before they move out to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe, Michigan. To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal, one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction. Lyrical and thrilling, Middlesex is an exhilarating reinvention of the American epic.

    Summary taken from Goodreads

    So I started this book a little over a week ago and I'm still on page 137 of 373. Despite my slow progress, I absolutely adore this book. I'm not very far in but it's shaping up to be one of my favorites. I'm in love with the writing and I fully intend on reading Eugenides' other books, The Marriage Plot and The Virgin Suicides. I highly recommend this book but I cannot specify what genre because this is the first time I've ever read a book like this. Do give it a try.

    Also if you're put off by incest, don't force yourself to read this.

    Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

    Victor Hugo's tale of injustice, heroism and love follows the fortunes of Jean Valjean, an escaped convict determined to put his criminal past behind him. But his attempts to become a respected member of the community are constantly put under threat: by his own conscience, when, owing to a case of mistaken identity, another man is arrested in his place; and by the relentless investigations of the dogged policeman Javert. It is not simply for himself that Valjean must stay free, however, for he has sworn to protect the baby daughter of Fantine, driven to prostitution by poverty. A compelling and compassionate view of the victims of early nineteenth-century French society, Les Misérables is a novel on an epic scale.

    Summary credit

    I haven't gotten very far with this one either, sorry. It's 1000+ pages are very intimidating. So far, I feel very disinterested in the book, but not enough to completely stop, just take very long breaks. It's a tad slow paced but that's to expect from a book of this size. I'll edit this later with my final thoughts if I ever decide to stop procrastinating.

    Peter Pan by James Matthew Barrie

    Peter Pan, the book based on J.M. Barrie's famous play, is filled with unforgettable characters: Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up; the fairy, Tinker Bell; the evil pirate, Captain Hook; and the three children--Wendy, John, and Michael--who fly off with Peter Pan to Neverland, where they meet Indians and pirates and a crocodile that ticks. Renowned children's-book artist Michael Hague has brought the amazing adventures of Peter Pan to life. His beautiful illustrations capture the wild, seductive power of this classic book. This newly designed edition will be enjoyed by fans young and old alike.

    Summary credit

    I'm very frightened by this book, more so than I have been with any other. Initially, I believed the original Peter Pan would be somewhat like I envisioned him to be (influenced by the Disney animation). I find that Pan is far more selfish in the book. The scariest part is his lack of concern for others, I think. He's very playful and plagued by the belief that he is invincible. Well, why should he think otherwise? He's the boy who never ages! I used to admire Peter Pan, what with his perpetual youth and freedom, but I realize now that maybe we were supposed to despise him. Not despise, per se, but understand why Wendy had to leave Peter, which was a point poorly executed by Disney imo. Perhaps I was just too young to grasp it. I'll have to rewatch it.

    Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

    At the turn of the century, Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a celebrity—acclaimed as a leader in the feminist movement and castigated for her divorce, her relinquishment of custody of her daughter, and her unconventional second marriage. She was also widely read, with stories in popular magazines and with dozens of books in print. But her most famous short story, the intensely personal "The Yellow Wallpaper," read as a horror story when first published in 1891 and lapsed into obscurity before being rediscovered and reinterpreted by feminist scholars in the 1970s, and her landmark feminist utopian novel, Herland, remained unavailable for more than sixty years.

    Summary credit

    Well, that summary isn't much of a summary so I'll explain it as briefly as I can:

    A scientist (Vandyck Jennings), a doctor (Jeff Margrave), and an heir (Terry Nicholson) are on an expedition somewhere in South America. They hear rumors of an all-female land and decide to see it for themselves as no man who has ever gone to see it has returned. They discover the country that is Herland and learn of their culture while also attempting to respect it. The three men represent the three common views men had of women at the time it was written. Van is the one who believes only in science and less so in the stigma against women. He's the rational one. Terry is explicitly sexist, believing women are inferior and only exist to please. Jeff is implicitly sexist. He believes women are fragile and tends to coddle the women of Herland, often stating they are without flaws in their society.

    So, this is my second time reading Herland because I wanted to read Feed but I lent the book to someone and never got it back. Herland was my substitute. This is, again, one of my favorite books and I recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind misogyny and attempted rape. There are parts when Van is narrating their daily life in Herland that were very boring and felt very detached, I guess, from the writing. My copy came with other short stories by Gilman, such as The Yellow Wallpaper and If I Were a Man which I recommend you give a read if you enjoyed Herland.

  8. #715562014-03-19 15:31:30johan_5179 said:

    Dude... you could copy-paste a summary from somewhere. Or at least add a cover maybe? Or at the very least specify the name of the poor bastard whose book you're reading?

  9. #715862014-03-20 03:24:53 *kofuku said:

    Okay, so I have finally begun reading this book after letting it sit on my shelf for several months, and thus far (a few chapters in) I enjoy it. I've been a fan of John Green for a while now, having read both Looking For Alaska and The Fault In Our Stars and absolutely loving them, so I have high hopes for this one.

    It seems to follow a similar theme to LFA, with the somewhat unique yet ordinary male protagonist and the renowned Manic Pixie Dream Girl character, something Green is known for. However, unlike many people (I refer mostly to the tumblr community when I say this), I actually fancy the MPDG types. They're fun to read. And contrary to popular belief, they are real. (See best friend from high school who turned into a bitch senior year #2). Also, the plot is interesting, unlike a certain Green novel (An Abundance of Katherines; I'm sorry, I just cannot read that book. I've tried numerous times but it is just so boring), and I'm curious to where it'll go.

    So yes, I am looking forward to reading this, and will probably finish it in a day or two if I'm really into it. And I'll definitely be back to edit this with my post-read thoughts; I just figured I'd make a thing now so I don't forget.

  10. #716242014-03-20 18:13:56 *Rinneko said:


    Recently finished reading The Naturals. The book follows a 'natural' profiler called Cassie, who is recruited to join the FBI Natural program for exceptional teenagers. They are utilised to solve cold cases, otherwise known as unsolved with no leads. It was basically your usual YA book, with the expected teenage romance and unbelievable teenage talents. If you went in looking for a prolific, Criminal Minds-esque book (like me), you are not likely to be satisfied.


    Currently reading The Elephant Vanishes, which is a Murakami collection. I'm taking a breather from the flood of YA novels I just blazed through.


    Concurrently reading Shakespeare's the Taming of the Shrew. It is a play within a play, which depicts exactly what the title said. I picked it up for light reading, as I wanted more drama exposure.


    Afterwards, I plan to read Tandem. I picked this up because it is a multiverse book.

  11. #750372014-05-07 12:17:36DarkChaplain said:

    If my package were to arrive, I'd be reading these two:



    But lolnope, why the fuck would they deliver my package?

    So right now I am reading



  12. #750832014-05-07 22:56:13DarkChaplain said:

    Got my books.



    So now I'm...

    Damn, I need to finish some of these quickly. There's even more waiting and on hold =/

  13. #754522014-05-12 15:49:49 *Rebel said:


    just began to read it yesterday... So I don't know much about the book, But if you are interesting in this book you should visit this Link

  14. #754972014-05-13 01:24:53DarkChaplain said:

    So I am ~60% done with Yarrick: Imperial Creed.


    Like the novella Yarrick: Chains of Golgotha before, released in February 2013, Imperial Creed is mainly told from a first person perspective, centering on Commissar Sebastian Yarrick, though here it is more noticable as being told waaaay into the future, from after at least the Second War for Armageddon, where he lost his arm.
    Of course, it still features sections without Yarrick, told in third person, focused on other characters such as his collegue and friend Commissar Seroff, their mentor Lord Commissar Simeon Rasp, Inquisitor Krauss or Sister Superior Setheno from the Adepta Sororitas. All of those points of view play into the greater whole of the story, and do so well.

    In Imperial Creed, Yarrick is shown on his first assignment as Commissar, which also throws him right into a web of political intrigue and cult schemes. A simple assignment develops into an all-out war, and the Imperial Guard and Yarrick suddenly find themselves on the losing side. The waters of Mistral are murky indeed.
    The Ecclesiarchy's Cardinal on Mistral tried oppressing the barons and other factions on the planet via unjust taxes, and disowning them of their properties. He played his game for power to the breaking point - and a tiny, recent cult develops into a full-grown heresy that undermines the capital city and the Imperial Creed. Friends become foes as order on Mistral spirals into Chaos, and the young Yarrick has to keep morale of his regiment alive, decide the fate of potential deserters and incompetents, and observe and learn, growing into a fully-shaped Commissar.

    The novel does a DAMN fine job with all the political content, rebellion, asking hard questions and making even harder decisions. It shows perfectly just what one has to expect from the role of political officer that the Commissar presents. Yarrick's PoV is doing wonders here.
    I am also utterly pleased by Sebastian's depiction in general. You can actually see where the Hero of Armageddon, the Nemesis of Ghazghkull Thraka, rooted from, and which character traits developed out of necessity.

    Yarrick: Imperial Creed is more than I had dared hoping for, just how Chains of Golgotha was last year. It keeps exceeding my expectations, and I do not regret paying the premium pricetag. If this level of quality and excitement keeps up, it is a serious contestant for my favorite novel of 2014.

  15. #754982014-05-13 01:33:34hellstorm901 said:
    Well I just finished World War Z so the next book in the pile I liberated from WHSmith is Metro 2033.


    and under that I've got this which I'm looking forward to reading as well.


    Can't speak much for Metro 2033 but the Halo book is part of the Kilo - Five Trilogy which is set within the Post - Halo 3, Pre - Halo 4 era and says screw you to the Master Chief by instead focusing on the people who really matter. The setting is sort of a Cold War between the Humans and Covenant looking at the aftermath of the whole war itself, the Covenant is pretty much on its last legs while Humanity is trying to rebuild and expand its power.
  16. #759262014-05-16 23:22:04DarkChaplain said:


    Done with Vengeful Spirit.
    Pretty good overall, enjoyed it, though it had moments where I felt the execution could've been better, or ideas fell flat.

    Then again, this book is chock-full of ideas, so some of them falling short doesn't bring the book down.

    Bringing Horus and the Sons of Horus Legion back to the forefront of the Horus Heresy series (yes, that's a lot of Horuses in this sentence) was LONG overdue - they haven't taken the spotlight since the opening trilogy. Vengeful Spirit is novel #29, and there've been a whole lot of short stories, novellas and audio dramas on top of that number. So yes, Horus has slipped from the center of the series to being a shadowy figure pulling the strings off-screen.

    Not anymore, for now. Where previously the Warmaster's role was shoved into cameos in other novels (some of them really damn well-put, others mustache-twirlingly evil), with the best recent appearance being in Fear to Tread, for showing him both long before, and years after the breakout of the Heresy, bridging the gap between an inspiring, sympathetic leader to the evil mastermind he'd (not exactly willingly) become later on.

    Either way, this one is in a weird spot.
    Vengeful Spirit plays after Fear to Tread, Angel Exterminatus, Scars, all the Knights Errant audio dramas and short stories, Betrayer has at least halfway passed, as have Vulkan Lives, Prince of Crows, Nemesis, The Outcast Dead, but not yet The Unremembered Empire.
    It still draws from all of these novels in one way or another, mostly to good effect.

    But VS playing after these by a good while also resulted in problems, mainly due to bad scheduling on part of Black Library. It skips events yet to be told in future novellas or novels, and thus puts certain characters in a light that does not match with their last chronological appearance, or even their location / situation. Considering #28 was a huge throwback in the timeline, it is jarring to have the on-the-run / on the defense Space Wolves appear safe and sound on Terra at the start of Vengeful Spirit, for example, brushing off the discrepancy in a matter of a few lines, while the author responsible for the story in-between is currently writing other things for the publisher. Annoying.


    I'm not quite convinced by the appearance of the Blood Angels in this book either. They didn't really serve a purpose outside of developing the daemonic Red Angel, who possessed the body of a Blood Angel back in Fear to Tread and was chained by Horus. Even then, their contribution didn't make for much - they went out in a somewhat shocking way, but did not actually contribute much to the war at large, outside of killing a few cultists. As a result, the Red Angel didn't seem nearly as menacing as I would have hoped.

    A lot of the book was spent with the Knights Errant, being their first actual novel appearance so far. Previously they had been relegated to audio dramas and short stories, which fit the shadowy nature of their formation, but this time they're out in force. The hero of the opening trilogy is in the center of that part of the plot, still fighting off his trauma, doubts and disbelief. There are a few issues with the mix of Knights in their brotherhood, mostly due to somewhat stereotypical Legion characters, but I still enjoyed them.

    "Kill for the living, kill for the dead.

    What did win me over quite nicely was the Imperial Knights plot. House Devine has been featured in a short story before, and it was already told in the lore that treachery would occur. However, the way it occured caught me off guard, and I loved it. It was great to see characters with obvious evil intentions of self-aggrandisement and dickery at the cost of everybody else, including family, being somewhat redeemed by their later choices - just to be cheated and still getting shafted in the eyes of others. Well-played conflict there.


    Overall, Vengeful Spirit was a good book. Some things felt off, others felt absolutely right. A strong nexus novel at the very least. It also sets the course for the future of the series, with Horus reaching a point of no return, changing the fate of the galaxy forever.
    I can't wait what the future will hold, especially with how some of the seeds sown here will affect the iconic events from the lore.