City of the Fallen Sky - Tim Pratt

"Once an alchemical researcher with the dark scholars of the Technic League, Alaeron fled their arcane order when his conscience got the better of him, taking with him a few strange devices of unknown functions. Now in hiding in a distant city, he’s happy to use his skills creating minor potions and wonders- at least until the back alley rescue of an adventurer named Jaya lands him in trouble with a powerful crime lord. In order to keep their heads, Alaeron and Jaya must travel across wide seas and steaming jungles in search of a wrecked flying city and the magical artifacts that can buy their freedom. Yet the Technic League hasn’t forgotten Alaeron’s betrayal, and an assassin armed with alien weaponry is hot on their trail…"

The beginning of the book jumps right into action with an alchemist named Alaeron saving a pretty girl, being threatened by an assassin, and then being blackmailed by a crime lord.
Let’s talk about some characters. Alaeron seemed to sit somewhere between comfortably familiar and cliche. The unappreciated genius lusting over the insanely hot chick who pays him little attention. We all have that friend, are that friend, or have seen that movie. But his frustration and nerdiness makes him relatable to the target audience. We didn’t really get to know Jaya which was a bit disappointing considering she was a main character. Perhaps the little detail on her was to make her more mysterious and let your imagination turn her into the girl you’d like to adventure with. Skiver (our um.. leader) is supposed to be the cutthroat who loves knives. He didn’t really seem particularly vicious but he ended up being my favorite character by the end. (Who am I kidding? He was my favorite very soon after he was introduced.) 
The middle of the book was an easy read. It went at a decent speed but I was a bit disappointed at the number of pages it took to get to their destination. After they hoped off the last boat is when I started getting the adventure I was waiting for. Besides only a single detail at the end I was really satisfied with the ending. I’m not going to freak out and tell you to buy it RIGHTTHISSECOND, but it was a good book & I enjoyed it. :3 

City of the Fallen Sky - Tim Pratt

"Once an alchemical researcher with the dark scholars of the Technic League, Alaeron fled their arcane order when his conscience got the better of him, taking with him a few strange devices of unknown functions. Now in hiding in a distant city, he’s happy to use his skills creating minor potions and wonders- at least until the back alley rescue of an adventurer named Jaya lands him in trouble with a powerful crime lord. In order to keep their heads, Alaeron and Jaya must travel across wide seas and steaming jungles in search of a wrecked flying city and the magical artifacts that can buy their freedom. Yet the Technic League hasn’t forgotten Alaeron’s betrayal, and an assassin armed with alien weaponry is hot on their trail…"

The beginning of the book jumps right into action with an alchemist named Alaeron saving a pretty girl, being threatened by an assassin, and then being blackmailed by a crime lord.

Let’s talk about some characters. Alaeron seemed to sit somewhere between comfortably familiar and cliche. The unappreciated genius lusting over the insanely hot chick who pays him little attention. We all have that friend, are that friend, or have seen that movie. But his frustration and nerdiness makes him relatable to the target audience. We didn’t really get to know Jaya which was a bit disappointing considering she was a main character. Perhaps the little detail on her was to make her more mysterious and let your imagination turn her into the girl you’d like to adventure with. Skiver (our um.. leader) is supposed to be the cutthroat who loves knives. He didn’t really seem particularly vicious but he ended up being my favorite character by the end. (Who am I kidding? He was my favorite very soon after he was introduced.) 

The middle of the book was an easy read. It went at a decent speed but I was a bit disappointed at the number of pages it took to get to their destination. After they hoped off the last boat is when I started getting the adventure I was waiting for. Besides only a single detail at the end I was really satisfied with the ending. I’m not going to freak out and tell you to buy it RIGHTTHISSECOND, but it was a good book & I enjoyed it. :3 

Yuki-Onna
A Yuki-Onna (“Snow Woman”) is a snow/ice spirit originating in Japan. Some legends say she is the spirit of snow itself, others say she comes from a soul that has died in a snowstorm. Yuki-Onna takes form a beautiful woman with skin as pure white as the kimono she wears. Sometimes descriptions of her say she has no feet- a common feature for Japanese ghosts. 
Yuki-Onna is said to pray on travelers wandering through snowy regions. She uses a variety of tactics to kill her victims. The most common being to simply trap travelers in snowstorms and kill them with her icy breath. Others include leading them astray, blowing open doors to kill victims in their sleep, or seeming to hold a child to trick the victim into taking the child- thus freezing them in place. 
Story Time: 

A long time ago, there lived two woodcutters, Minokichi and Mosaku. Minokichi was young and Mosaku was very old.
One winter day, they could not come back home because of a snowstorm. They found a hut in the mountain and decided to sleep there. On this particular evening, Mosaku woke up and found a beautiful lady with white clothes. She breathed on old Mosaku and he was frozen to death.
She then approached Minokichi to breathe on him, but stared at him for a while, and said, “I thought I was going to kill you, the same as that old man, but I will not, because you are young and beautiful. You must not tell anyone about this incident. If you tell anyone about me, I will kill you.”
Several years later, Minokichi met a beautiful young lady, named Oyuki (yuki = “snow”) and married her. She was a good wife. Minokichi and Oyuki had several children and lived happily for many years. Mysteriously, she did not age.
One night, after the children were asleep, Minokichi said to Oyuki: “Whenever I see you, I am reminded of a mysterious incident that happened to me. When I was young, I met a beautiful young lady like you. I do not know if it was a dream or if she was a Yuki-onna…”
After finishing his story, Oyuki suddenly stood up, and said “That woman you met was me! I told you that I would kill you if you ever told anyone about that incident. However, I can’t kill you because of our children. Take care of our children… ” Then she melted and disappeared. No one saw her again.

Yuki-Onna

A Yuki-Onna (“Snow Woman”) is a snow/ice spirit originating in Japan. Some legends say she is the spirit of snow itself, others say she comes from a soul that has died in a snowstorm. Yuki-Onna takes form a beautiful woman with skin as pure white as the kimono she wears. Sometimes descriptions of her say she has no feet- a common feature for Japanese ghosts. 

Yuki-Onna is said to pray on travelers wandering through snowy regions. She uses a variety of tactics to kill her victims. The most common being to simply trap travelers in snowstorms and kill them with her icy breath. Others include leading them astray, blowing open doors to kill victims in their sleep, or seeming to hold a child to trick the victim into taking the child- thus freezing them in place. 

Story Time: 

A long time ago, there lived two woodcutters, Minokichi and Mosaku. Minokichi was young and Mosaku was very old.

One winter day, they could not come back home because of a snowstorm. They found a hut in the mountain and decided to sleep there. On this particular evening, Mosaku woke up and found a beautiful lady with white clothes. She breathed on old Mosaku and he was frozen to death.

She then approached Minokichi to breathe on him, but stared at him for a while, and said, “I thought I was going to kill you, the same as that old man, but I will not, because you are young and beautiful. You must not tell anyone about this incident. If you tell anyone about me, I will kill you.”

Several years later, Minokichi met a beautiful young lady, named Oyuki (yuki = “snow”) and married her. She was a good wife. Minokichi and Oyuki had several children and lived happily for many years. Mysteriously, she did not age.

One night, after the children were asleep, Minokichi said to Oyuki: “Whenever I see you, I am reminded of a mysterious incident that happened to me. When I was young, I met a beautiful young lady like you. I do not know if it was a dream or if she was a Yuki-onna…”

After finishing his story, Oyuki suddenly stood up, and said “That woman you met was me! I told you that I would kill you if you ever told anyone about that incident. However, I can’t kill you because of our children. Take care of our children… ” Then she melted and disappeared. No one saw her again.

Damsels and Daemonettes

Damsels and Daemonettes

Reading, Writing, & Research. I read mostly fantasy and science fiction. I write about random things for no reason. And I research whatever subjects or questions that have crossed my mind.

2012 Reading Challenge

2012 Reading Challenge
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