Fiction Friday

Fiction Friday; The Road to Hell

I had done what I had for the right reasons. If not for the lie, we wouldn’t have marched out to protect the empire at all.

We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson

It took a little longer than I would like, but I finally finished We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson. Though I really enjoyed the first half, I feel like the latter 50% fell off. The three different storylines became kind of tedious and predictable by the end, and none of the mysteries laid out were even remotely answered. The ending I felt extremely meh about, but there was something else that bothered me about the whole book.

A lot of the culture depicted in the story felt heavily Asian appropriated, even while it centered white coded characters. Madson is a white woman, so this came across as, well, gross. I understand that Madson originally self published, before getting picked up for trad pub, but I have a hard time believing this was given a sensitivity read at any point in the process when it really could have used one.

I don’t know that I’ll continue with this series. I just feel… sort of underwhelmed. The first half had a lot of promise that the second didn’t quite live up to, and the lead to the sequel just doesn’t seem interesting to me.

All told I’d give it 3 out of 5.

Next up on my TBR: Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse. I’ve got quite a bit of catching up to do, so I better get to it. Ta!

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YMMV: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Hello all. I went back and forth on whether I would review books this year, especially since the first few I read were very meh, and didn’t feel memorable enough to mention. However, having just finished A Court of Thorns and Roses, I decided to give reviewing another go on a case by case basis. So, welcome to 2022’s first edition of Your Mileage May Vary, the blog series where I talk about books I actually finished. 

Before we get started, as always: 

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Your Mileage May Vary: Queen of the Tearling

Hello all and welcome to an unscheduled edition of Your Mileage May Vary, the blog series where I talk about books I actually finished. This week I veered off the reading schedule I laid out for myself at the beginning of the year, and picked up something not on my list at all: Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.  

Before we get started, as always: 

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Your Mileage May Vary: The Bone Shard Daughter

Hello all and welcome to another (slightly late) edition of Your Mileage May Vary, the book review series where I discuss books I actually finished! This week I’ll be discussing The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart.

But, before we get started, as always:

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And I really mean it this time. I’m extra spoilery today. Alright, let’s get to it.

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Reasons I DNF This Book: Fate of the Fallen

Hello all and welcome to a belated edition of Reasons I DNF This Book. This was meant to go up last Tuesday, but as I live in Texas and Texas has been a frozen hellscape for the last calendar week, well… you get the idea.

Before we get started, as always:

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This week’s DNF: Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade; DNF at a whopping 8%

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Reasons I DNF This Book: Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Hello and welcome to 2021’s first edition of Reasons I DNF This Book. I’m a little bit disappointed in myself to be writing this one, because I feel like I really did want to finish this book, but… well. I just don’t have the time or energy right now.

Today’s DNF: Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James; DNF at 13%

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Your Mileage May Vary: The Obelisk Gate

Hello and welcome to the first 2021 edition of Your Mileage May Vary, the blog series in which I review books I actually finished! This week I’ll be discussing N.K. Jemisin’s The Obelisk Gate, the second entry in the Broken Earth trilogy.

As always, a reminder:

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