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023 Timeless (The Parasol Protectorate, No. 5) by Gail Carriger
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Ted Nolan <tednolan>
2020-03-21 20:02:04 UTC
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023 Timeless (The Parasol Protectorate, No. 5) by Gail Carriger

After a braura 5-star start, this series has declined with each
further book, slowly at first, then more quickly as of this and the
previous book. The previous book had a rather unsatisfactory plot
and resolution (Leaving an innocent child to be fostered by hostile
vampires? Rehashing old, pre-series events based on the misunderstanding
of one word?). This book continues the trend, though as it feels
like the series's final book, I suppose the trend stops here.

It's hard to know where to start talking about this book, but suffice
to say it features betrayals from a source that totally undercuts
the light-hearted premise of the series, a complicated and poorly
explained motivation for the "god breaker plague" in Egypt, a new
shadowy and unexamined secret society, Alexia dragging innocents
into harm's way and getting one of the killed, pointless werewolf
couplings and battlings back home, and a very melancholy ending.

Really, it's sad that such a strong start and endearing chacter has
come to this.
D B Davis
2020-04-02 01:24:23 UTC
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Post by Ted Nolan <tednolan>
023 Timeless (The Parasol Protectorate, No. 5) by Gail Carriger
After a bravura 5-star start, this series has declined with each
further book, slowly at first, then more quickly as of this and the
previous book. The previous book had a rather unsatisfactory plot
and resolution (Leaving an innocent child to be fostered by hostile
vampires? Rehashing old, pre-series events based on the misunderstanding
of one word?). This book continues the trend, though as it feels
like the series's final book, I suppose the trend stops here.
It's hard to know where to start talking about this book, but suffice
to say it features betrayals from a source that totally undercuts
the light-hearted premise of the series, a complicated and poorly
explained motivation for the "god breaker plague" in Egypt, a new
shadowy and unexamined secret society, Alexia dragging innocents
into harm's way and getting one of the killed, pointless werewolf
couplings and battlings back home, and a very melancholy ending.
Really, it's sad that such a strong start and endearing character has
come to this.
In case anyone else experiences an ephemeral WTF moment with that plague
name:

God-Breaker Plague

The God-Breaker Plague is a curse that affected ancient
Egypt, in which all supernatural creatures were rendered
mortal. They lived the rest of their lives this way, and
died within a generation. The plague is said to still
dwell in the Valley of the Kings. ...

The plague's epicenter is near Luxor, at a prominent bend
in the Nile. This is the site of the funerary temple of
Pharoah Hatshepsut (aka, Matakara).

https://gailcarriger.fandom.com/wiki/God-Breaker_Plague

Luxor and the Valley of the Kings are also principle settings in
_Sphinx_ (Cook). https://crcomp.net/review/sphinx



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Magewolf
2020-04-02 16:22:41 UTC
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Post by Ted Nolan <tednolan>
023 Timeless (The Parasol Protectorate, No. 5) by Gail Carriger
After a braura 5-star start, this series has declined with each
further book, slowly at first, then more quickly as of this and the
previous book. The previous book had a rather unsatisfactory plot
and resolution (Leaving an innocent child to be fostered by hostile
vampires? Rehashing old, pre-series events based on the misunderstanding
of one word?). This book continues the trend, though as it feels
like the series's final book, I suppose the trend stops here.
It's hard to know where to start talking about this book, but suffice
to say it features betrayals from a source that totally undercuts
the light-hearted premise of the series, a complicated and poorly
explained motivation for the "god breaker plague" in Egypt, a new
shadowy and unexamined secret society, Alexia dragging innocents
into harm's way and getting one of the killed, pointless werewolf
couplings and battlings back home, and a very melancholy ending.
Really, it's sad that such a strong start and endearing chacter has
come to this.
I thought it began to fall apart with the second(I think) book where the
whole plot getting started hinged on the main characters being idiots
about a natural process.
Ted Nolan <tednolan>
2020-04-02 16:38:26 UTC
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Post by Ted Nolan <tednolan>
023 Timeless (The Parasol Protectorate, No. 5) by Gail Carriger
After a braura 5-star start, this series has declined with each
further book, slowly at first, then more quickly as of this and the
previous book. The previous book had a rather unsatisfactory plot
and resolution (Leaving an innocent child to be fostered by hostile
vampires? Rehashing old, pre-series events based on the misunderstanding
of one word?). This book continues the trend, though as it feels
like the series's final book, I suppose the trend stops here.
It's hard to know where to start talking about this book, but suffice
to say it features betrayals from a source that totally undercuts
the light-hearted premise of the series, a complicated and poorly
explained motivation for the "god breaker plague" in Egypt, a new
shadowy and unexamined secret society, Alexia dragging innocents
into harm's way and getting one of the killed, pointless werewolf
couplings and battlings back home, and a very melancholy ending.
Really, it's sad that such a strong start and endearing chacter has
come to this.
I thought it began to fall apart with the second(I think) book where the
whole plot getting started hinged on the main characters being idiots
about a natural process.
I don't specifically remember what happened in book two, but if that's the
one where her husband threw her out for being pregnant, I thought that
was a big black mark against the established tone.
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Magewolf
2020-04-02 22:33:08 UTC
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023 Timeless (The Parasol Protectorate, No. 5) by Gail Carriger
After a braura 5-star start, this series has declined with each
further book, slowly at first, then more quickly as of this and the
previous book. The previous book had a rather unsatisfactory plot
and resolution (Leaving an innocent child to be fostered by hostile
vampires? Rehashing old, pre-series events based on the misunderstanding
of one word?). This book continues the trend, though as it feels
like the series's final book, I suppose the trend stops here.
It's hard to know where to start talking about this book, but suffice
to say it features betrayals from a source that totally undercuts
the light-hearted premise of the series, a complicated and poorly
explained motivation for the "god breaker plague" in Egypt, a new
shadowy and unexamined secret society, Alexia dragging innocents
into harm's way and getting one of the killed, pointless werewolf
couplings and battlings back home, and a very melancholy ending.
Really, it's sad that such a strong start and endearing chacter has
come to this.
I thought it began to fall apart with the second(I think) book where the
whole plot getting started hinged on the main characters being idiots
about a natural process.
I don't specifically remember what happened in book two, but if that's the
one where her husband threw her out for being pregnant, I thought that
was a big black mark against the established tone.
Yes it was the pregnancy thing. Especially since they had gone on at
length in the first book about how supernaturals were turned into
perfectly normal humans when she touched them. If her husband's idea
about what happened was right they would turn into dead bodies. So he
should not have been alive(or whatever) to throw a fit.

And not only was it stupid but it forced everyone to act out of
character which just got worse as the series went along. The author
needed something to happen? No problem, just have someone at random act
out of character for no reason.

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