Tag: angels

The sublimely vexing world of Immortal City just keeps drawing you back in for more

The sublimely vexing world of Immortal City just keeps drawing you back in for more

I need to start a podcast about the worldbuilding choices in this book. Immediately.

Angels arrived 100 years ago and have lived among humanity ever since, replacing celebrities in our modern sense as the elite, beloved upper class. We’re not given a lot of information about the exact history of this, or how it went down, but I need answers.

What’s international politics like when the majority of the world’s live-in immortals live in one American city? Hey, what’s city and country politics like on that front? Are there non-angel celebrities? We’re told they showed up during the american civil war because they were upset at seeing ‘brother fighting brother’… so they just ignored all the other horrible events in human history, huh? Hey, also, shouldn’t they have been more upset about slavery? Were any of the angels not white? There’s a line about the suffragette movement- are angels sexist too?

Did WWII happen? Since angels don’t age and can only die in rare circumstances, how rapidly are angel families expanding, and do they have a backup for overpopulation/preventing incest in their bloodlines? What’s angel biology like? How come certain modern brands are listed- Versace, Gucci- but others are changed by the angels in the timeline (SaveTube, A!, Angels Weekly)? Is this timeline pollution why Blackberry phones are mentioned so often in this modern-set book?

It’s said several times angels arrived 100 years ago during the civil war, but that would put the date around 1965- are we to believe that because angels have existed, possibly stopped wars, modern tech has been invented and the story takes place then? Why the insistence on 100 years if it is essentially 150?

Is God real? Are any religions correct? How has no angel come forward and cleared that up, and how is humanity so chill about not having answers?

Considering angels take payment to protect people and save their lives (and are very specific on this with internal laws), are we to believe the angels allowed the holocaust/other atrocities to happen because the victims didn’t pay them?

THERE IS. A LOT. OF QUESTIONS.

Oh, and the rest of the book- YA teen romance- exists too, I guess.

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Do you like Satan? Do you like to cry? Can you tolerate multiple detailed descriptions of bowel movements?

Do you like Satan? Do you like to cry? Can you tolerate multiple detailed descriptions of bowel movements?

★★★★☆

(4.5 stars)

I, Lucifer is a weird book, and it’s not for everyone, or most people, or even probably me despite listing it for years as one of my favorite books. Oh, it makes me cry. Oh, it’s a fun, fast read. Oh man, does it contain a lot of gross but accurate details about the world we live in. I like it a lot, but I hesitate to recommend it. It’s not that it’s a shock-horror type of book either- it honestly isn’t.

It’s just… unique.

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Adversary would have been better if Kneupper had had the balls to kill off Jesus

Adversary would have been better if Kneupper had had the balls to kill off Jesus

★★★☆☆

(3.5 stars)

(Book 1 review, Book 2. This is the last book in the trilogy)

Ah, Kneupper. I love this series, I really do. I was so excited for this book, even if the warning signs were all there. And it didn’t suck, really. I had fun. This has always been a guilty pleasure of mine anyways.

But you nearly had it all, you bozo.

Way to blow it.

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Chaos Umpire Sits has a worse name and a better story than its predecessor

Chaos Umpire Sits has a worse name and a better story than its predecessor

★★★★☆

(4.5 stars)

(Book two in a series. Book one is here. Book three is here.)

O Kevin, O Kneupper! I know it is tempting to name your books fancy things, but considering book three is just ‘Adversary’, maybe you shouldn’t have jumped onto naming book two… Chaos Umpire Sits. It’s a little, well. A little much, isn’t it Kev?

I just finished book three, speaking of, so it’s time for a full write up of book two.

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Messiah Node continues the fantastic, character-driven LINK angel series

Messiah Node continues the fantastic, character-driven LINK angel series

★★★★★

(5 stars)

(Book three. Here is two and one.)

“CHARACTERS:

All powerful 35-year old unlucky computer hacker, my husband
Genderless polite muslim AI clone of said hacker
Satan with a bad hairstyle
Satan’s girlfriend, a cyborg former-vatican police officer turned anti-christ with an evil AI living in her robo skeleton
Michael the insane homeless Archangel who just wants the best for his bastard daughter
Zionist lesbian criminal with PTSD

How can you not have fun, honestly?”

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They Who Fell has major problems, but also, some pretty sick angels

They Who Fell has major problems, but also, some pretty sick angels

★★★★☆

(4 stars)

(Book one. Book two is here, book three is here.)

Good, well written, except for the parts where it wasn’t. Vastly better if there weren’t breaks every other chapter to spend time with four cardboard cutouts of soldiers who mission I ultimately do not care for and root against actively. The Perch is interesting though. And I really wanted Jana to mack on some vaguely evil, untrustworthy angels, so there’s that.

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