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June books: Pirates, assassins, and aliens June 9, 2010

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Dragonfrigate Wizard Halcyon Blithe, James Ward – The second in a series, this book continues the adventures of the title character, a mage and naval officer in an island military aboard a dragonfrigate – a ship built on top of and powered by a sea dragon.

This book was a $2 clearance pick, and honestly, I wouldn’t spend much more than that on it.  The character development, where present at all, was weak, and I didn’t find any of the characters particularly likable.  There was some interest in the unique setting, but it was hampered by lackluster writing and a meandering plot that only barely kept my interest.  Also, I understand that the book is about the star and title character, but I still found Halcyon rather inflated as a hero.  It’s been a few months since I read this book and it has already made its way to a used bookstore.

Dzur, Steven Brust – Vlad Taltos, one-time assassin now returned to his homeland for the first time in years, hardly gets a chance to sit down before trouble comes knocking in the form of a call for help from one person he didn’t expect – his ex-wife.

I’m probably not the right person to be reviewing this book.  It was another clearance rack find which sounded interesting, but it’s the tenth book in a series, and it shows.  The setting seemed intriguing, though I didn’t understand what most of it was.  The narrator even teases in the beginning that he should catch the reader up on all of his history, but he never does.

Despite not understanding a lot of the background of this book, I found it an enjoyable read.  I liked the writing style and the narrator was an interesting character.  The story was slow to build and didn’t really go very far, but there was potential.  This might be a series worth looking up, but don’t start with this book.

The Host, Stephenie Meyer – In a post-apocalyptic future in which the world is populated by peace-loving parasitic aliens inside human hosts, one alien finds her host stronger than most others – and has an agenda of her own.

The setting of this book immediately drew me in, especially as one told by the alien invader.  But, the scifi/post-apocalyptic element is mostly setup; this is, in fact, a love story.  The story slowed down quite a bit when it took that turn, though the character development was still interesting enough to keep me reading.  I think this story could have been a lot more than it was, but that’s merely my preference of reading material, and I don’t begrudge this book for what it was.  It was fun, in that tweenage Twilight manner that provides a brief escape from reality.

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