The Red Star: Deluxe Edition Volume 2

Sep. 18th, 2017 07:37 am
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The Red Star: Deluxe Edition Volume 2 by Christian Gossett

The continuing story -- to the end of the published issues. Spoilers ahead for the earlier volume.

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The Red Star: Deluxe Edition Volume 1

Sep. 17th, 2017 12:12 am
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The Red Star: Deluxe Edition Volume 1 by Christian Gossett

An alternative, magitech-based USSR and a disastrous battle. . .

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Captain Kidd has gone down in history as America's most ruthless buccaneer, fabulously rich, burying dozens of treasure chests up and down the eastern seaboard. But it turns out that most everyone, even many respected scholars, have the story all wrong. Captain William Kidd was no career cut-throat; he was a tough, successful New York sea captain who was hired to chase pirates. His three-year odyssey aboard the aptly named Adventure galley pitted him against arrogant Royal Navy commanders, jealous East India Company captains, storms, starvation, angry natives, and, above all, flesh-and-blood pirates.

A really interesting book about the pirate turned pirate hunter who wasn't as ruthless or had as much treasure as people thought.

After his time as a pirate in the Caribbean he settled in New York City, married a wealthy widow & became respectable. Through a chance meeting he is commissioned by William III of England to capture pirates in the Indian Ocean. Run-ins with the English Navy, his crew not being paid because they can't find any pirates & crossing paths with his old shipmate (& mutineer against Kidd) Robert Culliford lead to his eventual downfall.
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sadly this is the last amelia peobody novel as elizabeth peters passed in aug. 2013. also sadly, ms. peters had only started writing the final page at the time of her passing, but left a lot of notes which joan hess used to complete the novel. i don't know if any were on the story or dialogue or just on the background (the discovery & disappearance of the famous bust of queen nefertiti)

it reads like fan fiction. not very good fan fic either. characters are out of character or almost parodies of themselves. there's a pack of assassins running around in almost comical fashion & the peabody/emerson clan's enemy sethos (mater criminal & master of disguise) seems almost shoehorned in. frankly, i'm not sure i really cared for the character anyway.
titles of previous amelia peabody novels were randomly added to conversations for no good reason other than this is the 20th novel in the series. it's kind of like when all of those nods to previous bond movies were in die another day for the franchise's 40th anniversary. i very nearly stopped reading it. but i will bravely plowed though to the end.

i didn't notice a change to the avalon series by marion zimmer bradley after her passing. but maybe it's because; 1. diana l. paxson was her co-author on the last 3 before bradley passed. 2. i had not re-read the series at least twice like i have with the peabody series. 3. was not in the middle of yet another re-read of the series like i am with this one. 4. or a big fan of the avlaon series like i am with the peabody series.

tl;dr only read this novel if you want to complete the series. but it might disappoint fans of the amelia peabody novels.

Introduction - Lia

Sep. 7th, 2017 05:35 pm
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-Name you would like to go by:
SylvanFae or Lia

-Present path or tradition:
(Ex-Mormon) Pagan hedge witch for almost two decades now, and I'm currently a Bard in the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, having finally gotten around to diving into the Druidry that has been calling me since I was a teen. Very happy to be home. :)

-Interests:
Druidry, Celtic cultures, shamanism, indigenous cultures, anthropology (my major), animism, spirit(s), pantheism, ignosticism, epistemological agnosticism, philosophy, earth, sun, moon, stars, plants, poetry, music, Welsh (plan to learn other Celtic and Native American languages later, if I can), magic, Ceridwen, Elen of the Ways, Arianrhod, Gwyn ap Nudd, Cernunnos, etc.

-Age (not mandatory):
40

-Brief Bio:
I'm a Druid / awenydd / hedge witch in Utah, USA, and I edit the print journal of a Pagan activism site. Sometimes I write for the site, too. I'm also on the copyediting team at Druid Magazine (OBOD's American magazine). I'm a mother and I'm in a polyamorous quad.

I left the Mormonism of the past few generations of my ancestors in my early 20s and became a Pagan because of course. ;) After decades of study, I think animism and other aspects of Paganism are our human heritage and the way our psyches have evolved and the way they still function, given the chance/left alone. The Religion of the Earth, basically... and humans are part of the Earth. So I've returned to my deeper ancestral roots, feeling like I'm reclaiming that heritage, and strengthening it to pass on to new generations. I work to correct the bad ideas that our culture(s) inherited from Abrahamic religions, like patriarchy and dominionism. I try to strengthen the Pagan community and its relational skills so that we can have each other and be a force for good and for protecting the Earth. I'd like to see more of an emphasis on community, even if we are a herd of cats. :D House cats evolved from communal desert cats that lived together, and look at them now... they're everywhere! ;) The more close-knit a group is, the more it outlasts other groups and thrives, and that's an anthropological fact. I think Paganism is worth outlasting many a thing, and worth bringing back to thriving.

Well met, kindred spirits. :)

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