The first thing that stood out to me about this book was its worldbuilding, showing one of the harshest parts of the exalted setting and how the people there built their lives, traditions and customs, and what happens when all those things are put in danger. The characters both Mortal and Exalted are compelling, and the author successfully weaves their differing perspectives into gripping drama throughout the story. You will care about these people by the end of this book.
While the worldbuilding and characters are the strongest part of the book, the action can sometimes come off as oddly paced, and the quick switching between perspectives can be unduly disorienting during fast-paced scenes, leaving you scrambling to place yourself in time and space for the first couple paragraphs after a switch, in addition some of the descriptions got a tad repetitive at times(prepare for a lot of mentions of inner fire). This does mean the latter part of the story feels a bit weaker than the earl...
Book is quite mediocre at the writing level, but unfortunately that's not it's largest weakness. Books plot is fairly weak, and unbelievable. Also, end is very anticlimatic. I didn't quite get what this book tries to be, but classic tragedy comes to mind. Unfortunately the book fails as tragedy. I have now read all Android universe book, and this definitely is the weakest. It's whole mood is very diffent from other books is series. Other Android Universe books open the world for reader, but this book just seems to close it. Maybe the biggest fault in Android: Monitor is that is feels out of place when compared to other Android books.
Who might enjoy this: People who want to read one take on how media works in Android Universe.
My recommendation: Ignore this book, unless you have read everything else from Android Universe, or you are really interested about media.
+ Everything technology related. (Cameras everywhere)
+ Megacorp omnipotency is presen...
Jason writes an excellent book as always, the ending was not what I was expecting. I particularly don't like the Dark Age, even less than the Jihad, however, the recent novels have been of particularly better calibre than the previous MWDA novel series.
I've read most of the Exalted fiction and this one may well be my favorite. The characters are interesting, the author demonstrates a clear understanding of the game and setting without feeling like you can hear the dice clattering behind the pages, and the novala provides a look into a corner of Creation that hasn't seen a lot of attention. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to get a taste of Exalted adventure and a feel for the setting.
A great read left me wanting more of the story and the way it is written makes that seem likely. I look forward to the next chapters. The characters are very well developed and the story absorbing so you want to turn the page to find out what happens next. It would make a great screenplay too.
Initially I was a bit hesitant to buy something from an author of the same last name as mine but was not disapointed in the least. Well worth your time.
I'd purchased this book a while ago, but hadn't taken the time to read the stories it contains. Finally taking a close look at the Mage 20 core book had me take a look at Everything Mage in general, and Truth Beyond Paradox in particular. First off, I think all short stories contained in this book are great, and are all well worth reading.
This book's contents are the following:
Introduction by Satyros Brucato
We Are the Shadows Cast by the Memory of Giants by Seanan McGuire
A Secret Palace by J. F. High
Well Played by Emily Jones
Bound in Blue by S. J. Tucker & Ryan James Loyd
Famished Road by Balogun Ojetade
Life by Antonios Rave-N Galatis
Nothing Important Happened Today by Scott Havens
Wildfire Sky by Kris Millering
The Girl Who Remembered Tomorrow by Bill Bridges
Dabda by Travis Legge
Sympathetic Magick by Stephen Michael DiPesa
The Process by Shawn Connolly
The Theogeneis Gimmick by Luna Lindsey
Toxic by Tina Shelton
The Long Game by R. S. U...
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 05/03/2020 05:37:34
This is a series of books which takes inspiration in the Vampire: the Masquerade setting, but clearly takes liberties with it too. The books deal with a Kindred who calls himself the Red Death, and which is trying to somehow take over the (under)world.
First off, assuming you know nothing of the universe before reading the novels, you can mostly follow everything that is said in the story. The main characteristics of vampires, and the various "societies" are described with enough details to have an overall view of the vampiric society—albeit with some serious flaws wrt in-canon stories that would later be written in both game books and other novels.
Second, if you know the universe, you'll probably cringe at many things that are described. I know some people have an issue with vampires being able to basically throw fireballs at others. The supernatural power itself (ie, throwing fireballs) isn't an issue according to me. The fact that the vampires doing so ...
#iHunt Killing Monsters in the Gig Economy by Olivia Hill (@machineiv)
I've been ridiculously excited to get a taste of Hill's #iHunt world since I first saw previews for the #iHunt roleplaying game, which has been on my play and review list, the Spreadsheet of Many, which has taken some serious knocks over the past year, for too long, but I'm hoping to get to play soon! So, when I saw Hill's #iHunt Pandemic Free offer I could not download this novel fast enough or be more thankful now than I did!
Unfortunately, my partner and I are both in the at-risk group for Corvid, so when they developed a cough after visiting family not a few weeks before the UK lockdown it meant solo isolation. Solo isolation for two disabled people who are each other's carer fucking sucks. My partner was in the bedroom and I was sleeping on couch cushions with a sleeping bag in the spare room, doing everything around the house to keep us going and seriously worrying about their he...
This is an amazing collection of TEN Doc Savage novels. I've only read three, but there were very few typos, and each is very well formatted (in epub, at least - I haven't read the others to check). Some elements haven't aged well, naturally, but otherwise it's a collection of good, pulpy adventure!
I really enjoyed this collection of stories, touching on different points of view and different lives for those in Delta Green or those affected by the beings and artifacts DG seeks to combat. Dark tales, with sprinklings of hope amidst the endless battle really set the mood and get me wanting to throw my players into the thick of it next time we sit down for an investigation. The way some of the stories loop back on each other and you follow how many lives it takes to keep just one incident under wraps is captivating and illustrated the sacrifices made by the agents and others. Night and Water (1944) and Coming Home (1968) are probably my favorites, though I enjoyed every story contained in Tales from Failed Anatomies. Defintiely recommended. ...
Great pulp fun. At times the action is a little muddled, and there are some typos here and there, but its a short, fun read about a master of disguise fighting against an organization that pushes him to the limit.