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Olivie Blake

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Verk av Olivie Blake

The Atlas Six (2020) 3,612 exemplar
The Atlas Paradox (2022) 985 exemplar
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One For My Enemy (2019) 495 exemplar
The Atlas Complex (2024) 315 exemplar
My Mechanical Romance (2022) 185 exemplar
La Petite Mort (2019) 27 exemplar
Sacred Hospitality 16 exemplar
Fairytales of the Macabre (2017) 9 exemplar
Twelfth Knight (2024) 9 exemplar
The Lovers Grim (2019) 6 exemplar
Midsummer Night Dreams (2018) 6 exemplar

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Vedertaget namn
Blake, Olivie
Namn enligt folkbokföringen
Follmuth, Alexene Farol
Los Angeles, California, USA
Kort biografi
Alexene Farol Follmuth, also known under the pen name Olivie Blake.

Alexene lives and works in Los Angeles with her husband and goblin prince/toddler, where she is generally tolerated by her rescue pit bull.



Book two in Olivie Blake's The Atlas series, THE ATLAS PARADOX, is a bit of a paradox itself. While the story picks up shortly after the events of the first book and spans the initiates' second year at the Society, there isn't much in the way of action. And yet, despite the lack of action or significant plot development, the story grows ever more complex.

In my notes, I describe THE ATLAS PARADOX as a cerebral novel, maybe even more than the first book. In that, we were still meeting the characters, learning the world of the Society, and discovering this world's magic. In THE ATLAS PARADOX, we need none of that, and Ms. Blake wisely does not include any of it in her sequel. Instead, we get 400 pages of astrophysical theories, telepathic scenes, and dream hopping, all to explore what it means to have power and what changes having power will bring to someone.

While I am not a fan of any book that requires me to interpret what I read, I enjoyed every last page of THE ATLAS PARADOX. I might not have understood half of it and am still fuzzy on what certain characters can do, but the story is like a dream. In saying that I mean that the story feels very nebulous, very ethereal, as if you aren't supposed to understand all of it but rather pull out the salient points and learn from them. I enjoy these characters, none of whom are enjoyable, and all of whom suffer from narcissism and neuroses.

The idea we are left with as THE ATLAS PARADOX ends, that people in power or who have power will never do the right thing for the greater good, is a chilling one. At the same time, you don't have to look hard or long to find examples that fit this narrative in real life. And, just like in real life, it is difficult to discern the Big Bads in THE ATLAS PARADOX. Personally, I find the morally gray ground of the novel fascinating; I am excited to see how Ms. Blake brings it all together.
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jmchshannon | 13 andra recensioner | Mar 4, 2024 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The magic systems are quite complex and I was confused some of the time. Usually once I get confused I am quite put off but I felt like the complexity of each individuals powers and the fact that the characters themselves didn't understand them what actually the point.

The artwork throughout was quite cool and I liked seeing the depictions of the different main characters.

I'm really looking forward to reading book two.
Incredibooks | 53 andra recensioner | Mar 1, 2024 |
(Quick note to say that the version of this book I own and read is the earliest, self-published edition and not the new one. I still stand by my opinion but idk how much the two versions differ, so take from that what you will.)

"The Atlas Six" is the epitome of an interesting idea with quite poor execution. The entire premise and setup is deeply intriguing and had me super excited to read the book, but it was too bogged down with flaws to be truly enjoyable.

For starters, the magic system is vastly underexplained and left me confused. There is a lot of talk throughout the book about using magic and its limits, etc. but we as the reader never get a working idea of the bigger picture. It was also really difficult for me to care about a single one of the characters. It's like they were the Seven Dwarves, except instead of "Sneezy" or "Sleepy", each character could have just been named "Boring," "Immensely Irritating", "Obviously-Not-Important-to-The-Author", or "Literally Indistinguishable from That Other Boy" (for real, it took me halfway through the book to keep straight who Tristian and Callum were). Morally gray characters are one thing, but characters who have zero personality besides their magic, snark, and One Defining Character Trait just make for dry reading.

But maybe the biggest drag of "The Atlas Six" is that an ASTOUNDING amount of the book is taken up by everyone just hanging around and talking. Talking about what they can do, talking about which of the others they don't like, and...well, that's most of it. There is one big scene of action near the beginning, then a cool-ish plot twist revealed in the literal final two chapters, but aside from that there are just pages upon pages of characters sitting around talking or inner monologuing.

I guess I can see how some readers would enjoy this, but it's not for me at all. Hard pass on reading any further in the world of TAS.
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deborahee | 53 andra recensioner | Feb 23, 2024 |
Like its predecessors, Star Wars – From A Certain Point of View and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – From A Certain Point of View, this book collects short stories from 40 different authors telling the story of Episode VI of the Skywalker Saga from the perspective of those adjacent to the main action. It features the talents of Saladin Ahmed, Charlie Jane Anders, Tom Angleberger, Kristin Baver, Olivie Blake, Akemi Dawn Bowman, Emma Mieko Candon, Olivia Chadha, Gloria Chao, Mike Chen, Adam Christopher, Paul Crilley, Amal El-Mohtar, M.K. England, Jason Fry, Adam Lance Garcia, Lamar Giles, Max Gladstone, Thea Guanzon, Ali Hazelwood, Patricia A. Jackson, Alex Jennings, Mary Kenney, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Sarah Kuhn, Danny Lore, Sarah Glenn Marsh, Kwame Mbalia, Marieke Nijkamp, Danielle Paige, Aura Pohl, K. Arsenault Rivera, Dana Schwartz, Tara Sim, Phil Szostak, Suzanne Walker, Hannah Whitten, Fran Wilde, Sean Williams, and Alyssa Wong.

In following the basic plot of Return of the Jedi, most of the early stories focus on Jabba’s palace, thus recalling Kevin J. Anderson’s edited anthology, Tales from Jabba’s Palace, which came out in 1995. Phil Szostak’s story begins the process of renaming Max Reebo’s music from its traditional name to “jatz,” though they still allude to the original name with the line, “it came to be known by many names, some less palatable than others” (p. 21). Mary Kenney’s story from the perspective of Wicket Wystri Warrick references the events of Caravan of Courage and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (p. 231). Meanwhile, Suzanne Walker gives Norra Wexley her own chapter set during the Battle of Endor, connecting to the Aftermath trilogy and helping to retroactively establish her role in the Alliance fleet (p. 267). Alyssa Wong’s story confirms that Ewoks ate the Stormtroopers (p. 438). Emma Mieko Candon’s story focuses on Wedge prior to the Battle of Endor, with references to his and Lando Calrissian’s appearances in Star Wars Rebels (p. 464). The story also ties into the first issue of the Shattered Empire comic series (p. 471). Both Thea Guanzon (p. 63) and Danielle Paige (p. 477) expand the definition of rebellion and show how the women in Jabba’s palace found their own ways to resist. Paige has Leia neatly summarize the purpose of this book, where even characters who are not part of the Empire nor the Alliance “are part of the story” (p. 500). Finally, Adam Lance Garcia uses Dexter Jettster to tie together threads from the High Republic through the Clone Wars and finally the Empire, putting the history of the Star Wars galaxy into perspective (p. 512).

The book neatly rounds out this 40th anniversary celebration of the Star Wars Original Trilogy with stories that deepen those seen on film. Fans will enjoy the alternate perspectives as well as the references that connect this to other Star Wars media beyond the films.
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DarthDeverell | 1 annan recension | Feb 13, 2024 |



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