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Book Report #40 & #41: Daniel Silva, The Confessor; R. Hazelwood & S. G. Michaud...

Book Report #40: Daniel Silva, The Confessor:

Another Gabriel Allon thriller. These are solidly written, solidly plotted, fast-moving novels that manage not to make their morally questionable heroes any better than they need to be, while maintaining their sympathy. Although the wrap-up might be a little fast and facile (there's a detective-novel wrap-up chapter at the end of this one wherein All Is Revealed), Silva somehow manages to get through these books without dividing the various spies and assassins into "good buys" and "bad guys."

Rather, it comes down to "our guys" and "their guys," which I find a little more palatable.


Book Report #41: Roy Hazelwood & Stephen G. Michaud, Dark Dreams

Yet another book on the investigation of criminal behavior patterns, with a couple of interesting case studies. Engaging and not particularly deep, but fine for the lay reader.

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Tomato Juice, Worcester Sauce, and Aspirin: A Very Unauthorized Sequal to Blood and Iron

Keith came staggering home the next day, drunk on his ass and marking every wall in sight with his piss. Walls that rang with the cry, "Them fuckers can party!"

I'm trying to hold court. I've got Seelie, Unseelie, and New York lawyers all arguing and not a one listening to me. Not only that, but three jihadists were discoverered trying to suicide bomb the Unseelie Court, and the Cat Anna got it in her head it was my doing.

So between a stress headache and dealing with a pestiferous shyster with a summons I was about ready to chuck the whole deal and take up life as a crack whore. His sticking his royal head though the front door to the audience chamber with his momentous announcement didn't help any.

"It's what the bitch wanted in the first place!" he screeched with great glee. "The fucking cunt wanted the dragon prince to sacrifice himself all the fucking time!"

Everybody looked at him. He looked back and to their uncomprehending stares added, "The Dragon didn't want sacrifices, The Dragon wanted the Dragon Prince to sacrifice himself."

He stumbled over to a sideboard and downed a punchbowl in one long draught. That feat accomplished he gave me a bleary grin (and a fruity belch) and asked me, "Do you know what Morningstar told me?"

"Ah, no." I replied.

"'About fucking time!' Then he said, 'Now we don't have to deal with those damn brats anymore.'

"Next thing I now kegs are being tapped, chow is piled up to the ceiling, and we're partying like it's the Rapture and Jesus hisself has dropped in with the news all's forgiven and everybody can come home."

He stopped and stood in thought for awhile.

"Fuck," he continued, "I think that did happen."

Before he could say more he passed out, collapsing on the floor. I signaled a pair of elf-knights to haul his sodden ass to a bedchamber. I also made arrangements to have his inevitable hangover treated when he woke up.

After which I returned to the petty annoyances that beset any ruling monarch. It was going to be a long eternity.

Re: Tomato Juice, Worcester Sauce, and Aspirin: A Very Unauthorized Sequal to Blood and Iron

And that, right there?

Is why I support fanfiction.

BWAH!

Re: Tomato Juice, Worcester Sauce, and Aspirin: A Very Unauthorized Sequal to Blood and Iron

Never mind. Answered my own question. How weird.

Chantal

Re: Tomato Juice, Worcester Sauce, and Aspirin: A Very Unauthorized Sequal to Blood and Iron

Just finished the book and a few things struck me. Like, what did Dana/Tiamat/Leviathan/Abzu (who's a hude) really want out of the Dragon Prince. And, after all the angst (in the dictionary sense) of the original, I thought a little levity was called for.

Permission granted to post at any Elizabeth Bear fanfic site you know of, as long as proper attribution is appended.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled thread. :)

Re: Tomato Juice, Worcester Sauce, and Aspirin: A Very Unauthorized Sequal to Blood and Iron

Well. That was random.

Hilarious too, but what really astounds is that it even manages to be thematically consistent with B & I.

Re: Tomato Juice, Worcester Sauce, and Aspirin: A Very Unauthorized Sequal to Blood and Iron

"it even manages to be thematically consistent with B & I."

yes, and stylistically consistent too -- albeit irreverent.

I think this author "got" the book better than many reviews I've read!