Lies of the Beholder

“Who cares?” I said. “Yes, it’s all in my head. But pain is ‘all in my head’ too. Love is ‘all in my head.’ All the things that matter in life are the things you can’t measure! The things our brains make up! Being made-up doesn’t make them unimportant.”

It’s been a few years since I last read Legion and Skin Deep, so when I saw a there was a new (and apparently last) part out, I had to give it a try. This time around, I listened to all three on audiobook and that, I can highly recommend. It’s a solid production and each aspect having their own voice helps that little bit more.

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Children of the Nameless

Hey, it’s Sanderson. I’ll give it a chance.

Taking place in the greater Magic the Gathering universe, there’s a feel for a huge world we’re only seeing a corner of. Names That Matter left and right and nowhere near enough time to learn what they all mean… but if you just go with it, you’ll figure out enough for this particular story.

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Burn Bright

It’s bad to have an enemy with the kinds of resources these people apparently have—but it is infinitely worse to have crazy people as enemies.

Taking place right on the heels of Silence Fallen , Burn Bright sees Anna and Charles are back in Aspen Creek, only this time around Bran is still out of the picture just when things start going a little bit sideways. There’s conflict both within the pack and from outside, in particular focussed on the Wildlings–a second pack of old wolves too dangerous to even be in Bran’s pack already of the most dangerous.

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All These Worlds

And so it ends.

Their lives were now less than a footnote in history. As gone, as utterly forgotten as any random individual from the Middle Ages. No longer even a ripple in time, except to the extent that I could keep their memories alive. I sighed to myself. It seemed sometimes that life was nothing more than the accumulation of emotional baggage—memories, regrets, and lost opportunities.

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For We Are Many

Even though I watched the action remotely via a floating observation drone, I could still feel my nether regions puckering up in fear. At times like this, I wondered if I hadn’t gone a little overboard with the level of detail in my virtual-reality environment. There was no reason for me to even have nether regions, let alone for them to pucker.

It remains wonderfully fascinating to see how the Bobs spread out and deal with all manner of problems throughout the universe, from a failing Earth, to fascinating alien worlds, to species both young to help and… otherwise. It’s a crazy universe and For We Are Many just takes the formula We Are Legion (We Are Bob) established and runs with it.

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We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

Well. That’s a thing. A weirdly wonderful thing.

The book summary does a pretty good job of telling you exactly what you get without too many spoilers (past the first few chapters):

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Magic Triumphs

That was actually somewhat surprising for an ending. I expected a knock down, drag out fight with Roland, but instead… Dragons. Of course it had to be dragons.

It’s actually a pretty solid ending to the series, even if the final confrontations/battles did end rather abruptly and solve everything a bit too neatly. I almost want to see yet another book following the aftermath. But there’s something to be said for letting an ending be an ending and I can respect that.

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The Lies of Locke Lamora

AT THE HEIGHT of the long wet summer of the Seventy-seventh Year of Sendovani, the Thiefmaker of Camorr paid a sudden and unannounced visit to the Eyeless Priest at the Temple of Perelandro, desperately hoping to sell him the Lamora boy.

The Lies of Locke Lamora is a wonderful book… in the sense of a trainwreck. The wording does quite the job of elegantly describing just how messy and dirty and ugly the world Locke lives in is.

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Silence Fallen

I last read (/ listened to) the Mercy Thompson books back in 2016, so I thought it was about time to go through the series (plus the Alpha and Omega books) again. Imagine my delight when I saw both series had a new entry!

“I’m a mechanic; I fix things that are broken. I turn into a thirty-five pound coyote. I have powerful friends. But when it comes right down to it, my real superpower is chaos.”

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