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January 22 2019

der alltägliche Trott

January 21 2019

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

January 13 2019

Frank liked a quote
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


November 27 2018

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

November 05 2018

Ein weiterer Abend an der Elbe, Höhe Mickten

November 02 2018

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

Frank liked a quote
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

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

October 12 2018


October 10 2018

Worm by Wildbow
"This book was 1.7 million words long, it took me 13 days to read, during which time I pretty much didn't put my laptop down. For those of you unsure, that is long, that's almost 1/2 of The Wheel of Time series, or all of ASOIAF, including Dance with Dragons.

In just under 2 weeks, that should tell you just how into this I got. In fact, when (not if, when) he gets a decent editor and publishes this as a set, I will buy it, and I will most likely read it again. Not sure if that's going to be any time soon though, as he's now working on a second book, Pact! The fact I can't just pick it up and read the next chapter now is absolutely destroying me.

I read this almost directly after Steelheart, and the two did not compare at all. This is the book Steelheart should have been.

Spoilers from here on out, I warned you. If you have not finished it do not read on, I swear to God, even if you don't think you will read it, just don't.


Promise me you've finished it.


Good, let's talk.

(view spoiler)[ The book as a whole, is basically Taylors life, from her coming into her powers and setting out into the world, to her eventual death as she saves it. That interlude at the end with her and her mother? No. I refuse to believe that is canon and I'm pretty sure that's just the authors sudden inability to let go of a character he's been nurturing for over two years. For me? It ended there on that last chapter, and I was ok with that! She went out with a hell of a bang, and that's nothing to be ashamed of.

Yeah the first few chapters were rough, but when you consider that this was his first book, it's absolutely amazing. Once it gets moving the action never really lets up, and at times it felt a lot like a game, always rising in power and intensity, with the main characters fighting just to keep on a level with everything around them.

That said, it wasn't always in a good way, it felt most apparent in the way the Nine were the ultimate bosses at one point, but then they came back later as barely more than trash-mobs. Granted they're neutered versions of the originals, but still.

One thing I did like was that despite all of the people vying for attention around her, Taylor managed to stay the main character throughout. In so many books the main character is merely a catalyst for the events around them, and she was, but she was never overshadowed or outdone by others, in the end it was still truly her story.

And man was there was a huge list of characters, after a while I stopped trying to track them, if someone big was mentioned then I Googled it and looked them up on the wiki. I liked that though, the many characters, it made the world feel solid, and the way they were handled through interludes meant that their histories and viewpoints could come through without of intruding on Taylor's. Characters like Assault and Battery, they were minor characters at best but their backstory was pretty sweet and meant they weren't just names by the time he killed them off.

I never entirely understood the bits with the space-beings, but I think that may be intentional, they were alien after all. I mean, I got the broad picture, I think, but, yeah. On the same note, the extra endbringers seemed a bit, um, unnecessary and not as memorable as the first ones. The backstory with Trickster and his lot was pretty awesome though. At times I wanted to just skip them and carry on with the action though.

Overall, I'll add more to this later, but I think it was one of the better things I read in 2013, and I'm looking forward to what he comes out with for Pact! (hide spoiler)]

September 30 2018


September 07 2018

Frank made a comment on Frank’s status

don't mock me! :D

September 06 2018

Gelber Herbst
eigentlich eher Spätsommer oder so... ich nehme das nicht so genau.

August 26 2018

Frank liked that rkcpi has completed the 2018 Reading Challenge
rkcpi has completed her goal of reading 25 books for the 2018 Reading Challenge!
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