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Murder of Crows (A Novel of the Others) (utgåvan 2014)

av Anne Bishop (Författare)

Serier: The Others (2)

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"After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more. The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murders of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard--Lakeside's shape-shifting leader--wonders whether their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or of a future threat. As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet--and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all"--… (mer)
Medlem:Jrah
Titel:Murder of Crows (A Novel of the Others)
Författare:Anne Bishop (Författare)
Info:Roc (2014), Edition: First Edition, 368 pages
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I found that this book had a lot of the same issues that I noticed with the first, plus a few more for good measure. Meg continues to annoy me - sweet, innocent, every one loves her, with flaws that only make her more tragic and lovable. A little of these qualities is fine, but there's just too much here. The writing also continues to be stilted and the book could use tighter editing. I'm feeling a little more baffled about where we're going with this book. I enjoyed the unusually bloodthirsty nature of the Others in the first book, but they actually feel like less of a threat in this one. I also found myself rooting for the annihilation of the majority of the humans here, which is an usual position to find myself in. It still hits some notes I enjoy, with a found family, interesting power structure, and gradually widening world, and for those things I will continue to read.

As a side note, I read Intuit as Inuit for the first chapter that those characters were introduced and thought we were going to get an explanation for what happened to the native population of the Americas. I'm guessing that there just isn't a native (human) population in this world, but maybe this will be dealt with in a later book. ( )
  duchessjlh | Feb 6, 2021 |
Still really torn about these books—the story was great, though the foundation of the worldbuilding erases literally every single Native American person who ever lived. (Or makes them monsters? One or the other.)

I did enjoy Murder of Crows and I’ve got the next ones on hold at the local library. This one was about eighty pages shorter than the first, and the pacing was a little uneven because of it. Still a good read, exciting and calming by turns. Just still reckoning with the not-good stuff. ( )
  whatsmacksaid | Jan 25, 2021 |
While I loved the first book, something changed for me in this book. Maybe it's because the last book focused more on Meg and the "bad people" who she'd been dealing with, while the human/Other conflict kept the background busy and interesting. In this book the conflict was more at the forefront, or I just noticed it more and I wasn't fond of it.

Here is where my problem lies:
The bad guys as they are presented to us are the humans. They are invaders from a foreign continent. Of course, even on their home continent they are trapped on managed areas of land and live at the behest of the Others, who aren't exactly benevolent dictators. So, yes, they form groups like Humans First and Last, because they are persecuted and threatened for breaking arbitrary rules that are defined by an outside culture/race/species. So, bad guys? Of course, within that core are bad people who are using and abusing the prophets, but your average individual doesn't even know who they are, and the Others don't even know the prophets are being used like this so they don't even have that as an excuse for their actions. Then, you have the good guy Others who at a slight to one of their kind will wipe out all the humans with impudence. In fact, they control every resource the humans have access to and invest only in what they like. Of course the humans here are admittedly invaders to a non-native continent, but the ones back home "where they belong" are getting treated just as badly. So, the books are written in such a way that everyone works with the Others to keep the killing from happening primarily by getting done whatever the Others like, and the Others pretty much put up with them because one little individual is "special" to them and the rest can die in fire and flood and they really don't care, because they are lesser beings to be put up with.

There are literally no good guys here, just a lot of innocent humans who are oppressed and angry, some bad humans who are fighting back, and abusive to humans and Others alike, and the Others, who almost as a whole put up with us like livestock they can euthanize whenever they would like, except for a few pets they really enjoy and find amusing. When I could ignore this and root for Meg, one of the only true innocents and the Others who are protecting her it was great, but the constant reminder that the Others would wipe out even innocents to protect the few innocents they like they are less nature spirits and more human than is comfortable, even as the author tries to convince you this is "nature" and not "human nature". Hardly. Nature kills simply because you were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Elementals kill everyone because the only human they like was injured by a few bad people. Then the argument is made people need to see the Others as one of them and also defer to everything they want or else die. Gee, I wonder why the humans hate Others and the people seen supporting the Others?

I almost feel bad for liking this book, but in the end I am attached to Meg, and I love the elemental ponies, so I want the next book but I hope the Others continue the softer face and realize even outside scared humans shouldn't be eaten and maybe given a little freedom to actually survive outside of water taxes and gasoline tickets. ( )
  lclclauren | Sep 12, 2020 |
Another enjoyable installment in the series. Didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first (where the world building is the majority of the fun)....but it's a close second. ( )
  wills2003 | Jul 30, 2020 |
So. Tainted Meat. Got it. It's a novel about making hamburger, right?

Okay, so I liked this novel a lot more than the first because it actually felt like an editor got a chance to flip some red at it. There was more mainline story and less of the mild and rather boring "getting to know you in such a mundane way" build. Of course, there was plenty of sitting around and watching movies and hoping that the doggie would get to lick her fingers, and while that has a fairly charming place to sit in a story, somewhere, I don't believe it really needed to be in THIS one. Repeatedly. At least I can be thankful that there was less mail sorting and more drama, even if it was bird watching. Bird watching? Oh, sorry, I meant crow.

*sigh* Believe me, I *want* to like this urban fantasy, but despite the fact that I *know* that the story really and truly has some actionable moments like raiding a compound or diving into a murder mystery or even just trying to find jobs for fresh meat that dared to be un-racist, well somehow we got a novel that managed to make all of even THAT boring. Action was muted and distant in favour of being in unsatisfied out-season heat, sappy friend-first-too-shy-to-try messages on phones, and endless pages and pages devoted to dog biscuits.

Is this charming? Are you not entertained?

I'm sorry, if I'm going to be diving into the close, close intricacies of a daily life, I want to at least get something like the Stephen King treatment, filled with frightful intimacy, warts and delusions and all, taking me on a path of deep character development for 4/5ths of a book to set me up for a huge metaphysical explosion. That would have been fine. I wouldn't have minded the mundane so much in that case. But no. We get all the cutting and some drug overdoses that were conveniently glossed over and made ordinary and acceptable and shall I say it? Yeah. Boring.

The bones of the story was fine. It suffered from being muffled and blanketed in mild cuteness and removed conflict. There were way too few moments of blind terror. The teakettle and broom was fine. The exploding trash can was fine. But where was the frantic and ever-present danger?

In exposition. Expect cities to be wiped out. Oh yeah, and do you remember when....? GAAAaaaaaahhhhh.... I wanted immediacy! I didn't want to have to pinch myself awake every 10 minutes in sheer daylight.

Fortunately, I did somewhat enjoy the care put into the worldbuilding, but because that was the only really interesting thing going on besides the Elementals, I kept asking myself really unfortunate questions. Like if the Others are a whole society of magical Native Americans in fact and feel, only with the entire upper-hand when dealing with the peeps from across the sea, and they treated and traded with the fresh meat for hundreds of years to make the alternate near-identical world we have in our reality, then why, in all the names that are holy, are we ignoring all the things that actually happened in real history that made the technological revolution not only viable but a necessity? From the gin mill to trains to the damn necessity of mining... if the Others had control over all the resources, then where was the pressure to build the trains in the first place? Let alone the advancements or the dreams required to build aircraft, cell phones, or movies? If normal humans were so smart, why didn't they take a page from the Romans and just find a way to control all sources of water and let everyone else believe they controlled what they controlled? Elementals could always ruin that control, but after they saw how everyone else relied on it, they'd hesitate out of fear of hurting their own kind, too.

I could go on and on and on, because I like discussions of power and societal pressures and history, but these world-holes are annoying, especially since the main tale relies so heavily on it to keep an illusory conflict going for us, the readers. If one domino is missing, the rest seems to all fall apart. Of course, this isn't the main focus of either novel, so I'm forced, reluctantly, to give it a pass. And then I return back to my first concern. Writing with Immediacy.

Where was the ongoing tension and conflict keeping the reader's interest alive. It was just too mild, and it didn't need to be. The story was there to be coaxed into high flame. Instead, it was banked low and kept behind a big finely-meshed grate so all we could do was get hints of some far-away lick of fire. The concern with the crows kept some of it going, but then the rains came and all interest in helping those idiots petered out. I got the impression that once they gave up their vigil and blew themselves to smithereens, the rest of the Others just threw their hands up and said, "Yeah, well, they got what they deserved. Let's hide that hand for a while and see what the other hand is doing... oh, look! Shiny conflict over there! Let's go rescue us some prophets."

Hmmmm. No, I'm not giving this a higher rating, even though it was superior to the prior novel. I'm also not going to drop a star, either, although I'm annoyed enough to want to. It's still a competent novel. I just wanted a damn lot more out of it. ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
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"After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more. The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murders of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard--Lakeside's shape-shifting leader--wonders whether their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or of a future threat. As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet--and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all"--

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