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February 28 2019

06:17
getting warmer
Spring is comming

February 27 2019

06:33
Mirror Hour
Dresden, Pieschen am Elberadweg
Morgens zu einer Jahreszeit die sich gerade daran zu erinnern versucht dass sie gerade "Winter" sein sollte.
06:32
visibly cold
Die Flutrinne, zwischen Mickten, Kaditz und Übigau - in offensichtlich kaltem Wetter
Aufgenommen von der Brücke der Sternstraße aus.

February 25 2019

11:53
Elbtal
Blick von der Waldschlößchenbrücke Richtung Fernsehturm im Elbtal - relativ früh am Morgen

February 08 2019

19:55
Layered 2
19:54
Layered

February 07 2019

20:14
Flugverkehr
morgens in der Einflugsschneise
15:23
Frank made a comment on Jupp’s status

nah

I only tried to read a single one of his other books and it was so bad that I didn't finish it. That doesn't happen that often.

February 05 2019

07:14
rise and shine

February 01 2019

07:27

January 22 2019

18:24
Arbeitsweg
der alltägliche Trott

January 21 2019

08:00
Ghostly Grey
what a strange morning - Dresden, near Flutrinne Kaditz

January 13 2019

07:24
Frank liked a quote
62291
And who are you, the proud Lord said
that I must bow so low?
Only a cat of a different coat,
that's all the truth I know.
In a coat of gold or a coat of red,
a lion still has claws.
And, mine are as long and sharp, my Lord
as long and sharp as yours.
And so he spoke, and so he spoke,
that Lord of Castamere,
but now the rains weep o'er his hall,
with no one there to hear.
Yes, now the rains weep o'er his hall,
and not a soul to hear.
George R.R. Martin

January 11 2019

14:21

November 27 2018

10:12
Ward by Wildbow Frank is 20% done with <a href="/book/show/38479592-ward">Ward</a>.

November 05 2018

16:59
rostblau
Ein weiterer Abend an der Elbe, Höhe Mickten

November 02 2018

12:37
Ward by Wildbow
"It has been five years since the first book in this series, "Worm", was completed, and in the interim its author has honed his skills. He's improved his pacing and maintained the knack of presenting believable characters quickly, of providing enough resolution to be satisfying while still rolling out cliffhangers, and of writing excellent fight scenes.

The reintroduction of the world these characters inhabit is subtler, with fewer infodumps and more contextual information appearing as the in medias res story unfolds.
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Victoria Dallon, the protagonist of this new story, was a minor character in "Worm". At first glance her superpowers aren't as strange or inclined towards creative problem-solving as Taylor Hebert's were, but (unsurprisingly for fans) all is not as it might seem at first glance.

Unlike Taylor at the start of "Worm", Victoria starts Ward with baggage full of tragedy and messy relationships. Victoria has depth, but she's also a clearer window into the world than Taylor was. Victoria is an essentially decent person in the process of recovering from her trauma and trying to find her place in a very uncertain world. There's never any question that's she's heroic, and in many ways she's a microcosm of her society: she's getting back on her feet after losing everything.

At the start of the story Victoria knows she wants to be a superhero again someday, but she isn't sure when or how. She gets roped into mentoring a superpowered teenager support group, partly because they want to form a team and the therapist facilitating their group is against the idea. From there, she forms bonds with each of the support group members and gets involved in their (messy, complicated) lives. The main cast doesn't include a lot of simple powers or stereotypical characters, and it balances new characters with old ones from "Worm" very well. The story is different enough that it never feels like a rehash of "Worm", and the generally smaller, more immediate stakes of the story also hint at big world-changing events going on in the background.

The world of "Ward" is expansive, ambitious, and unpredictable. There isn't a single character in the main cast who I don't want to know and understand better, and I know from past experience that I can trust this author to pay off on all of the set up.
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Review in Progress, last updated January 1, 2019
"Ward" is an ongoing serial novel. I will update this review as the work progresses. I initially wrote this review at the end of Arc 7, when it was 562,442 words long, which is slightly longer than the Lord of the Rings books (including The Hobbit) (549,147 words).
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Arcs 8 and 9 were more self-contained than the previous arcs, mostly by virtue of not needing to set up as much material for future developments (or maybe just doing it more subtly than the previous arcs).
The end of Arc 9 included one enormous payoff that brought together many of the elements of the story and also set up future developments.
Arc 10 did not contain a lot of resolution, but it had some of the scariest, most disturbing scenes of the series alongside some of the most heartwarming and pleasant ones. Wildbow continues to demonstrate the variety in what he can write as well as getting even better at writing the stuff he'd already proven he was good at.
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As of Arc 11.4, the total word count is 925,026, around the same length as all 6 Dune books written by Frank Herbert."

October 26 2018

08:20
Frank liked a quote
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I'd been writing for as long as I could remember, but once I read Otherworld, I'd stopped writing original stories to focus on fan fiction. It was such a rich, exciting world that I couldn't think of writing anything else.Allison van Diepen

October 24 2018

19:24
Pieschen von Drueben
Pieschen von der anderen Elbseite aus gesehen - und von relativ weit oben

October 12 2018

19:16
Weggeflogen
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